Before cameras, the only way to capture and preserve a moment in time was to lure it into the icebox with a trail of fluffernutter sandwiches. Keep memories alive and un-freezer-burned with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 toward cameras and other photographic equipment at 17th Street Photo Supply.
17th Street Photo's attentive staff vets a glut of cameras and equipment shipped directly from manufacturers' warehouses, complete with full warranties. Pupating shutterbugs can get started with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10—a water-, shock-, freeze-, and dust-proof digital point-and-click sturdy enough to survive even the most brutal ballet recitals ($189). More seasoned memory snipers, however, can record spontaneous action two hours at a time with the sleek, white Flip video camera ($159). A large, malleable Rogue FlashBender bends and reflects light into an attractively even sheen, and the Manfrotto Modo Maxi tripod with quick release liberates photogs to record long-exposure wonders such as moonrises and sloth marathons ($70). Once the last shot has snapped, display images in futuristic fashion with a Vivitar digital keychain ($19.89).
17th Street Photo's one-on-one service will happily guide customers to the best camera for their needs, explain how to use its various features, and even roll out an illustrated family tree identifying the hardware's sire, dame, and ancestral lineage.