Arrgggh! I Killed My Digital Camera R.I.P.

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Forum topic by BlankMan posted 12-16-2009 08:04 AM 1054 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2009 08:04 AM

I had my camera in the shop so I could take pictures of my ongoing projects for my blogs. I reached to grab it and it slipped out of my hand and 4 feet later hit the concrete floor. D*mn gravity. Memory stick and battery popped out. I picked it up and reinserted both and turned it on, nothin’. Dead. So I charged the battery knowing full well it’s of no value but I had to try something, No joy. And lately I was considering buying another Li-ion battery pack for it because two of the three I have for it bit the dust. Now I’m glad I hadn’t.

It’s an old camera, a Sony CyberShot DSC-S50, one of the first, had it probably 10+ years so I got good use out of it. I did like it, took really sharp pictures and they looked great even when I’d print them 8×10.

Good thing I finally upgraded a few months ago and picked up a Nikon S630, but I still used the Sony more, at least around the house. And the only reason I upgraded was because I wanted one that fits in a pocket, if I hadn’t done that I’d be pictureless at the moment. Well I could use my Nikon D40 too but that’s like a 35mm, just more work and time attaching the lens and stuff. These other ones are point and shoot so it’s really quick. Or I could use my real 35mm. Do they still make film? ;)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#1 posted 12-16-2009 08:16 AM

I bought a Minolta F 100[like the truck?] & when it died I went postal & got a Canon 40D. Love it but so big & ominous that I got a Canon is 10. 20 x zoom & has movie too. I used to photo a lot of car shows but now mostly wood. Canon has a new one a is 20. With 12 meg & high def movies! At $400 a real bargain.

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#2 posted 12-16-2009 08:28 AM

I bought an olympus E-620 which cost me about 2 grand with a 28-84mm and 140-600mm 35mm equivinent. I love it. I take all my wood photo’s with it now, really sharp. 13 MP. 33 times zoom.

I’ve only had it for a few months but its perfect for really showing off woodworking.

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#3 posted 12-16-2009 10:52 AM

Stupid gravity. I try to ignore it most days.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#4 posted 12-16-2009 04:25 PM

Curt, my wife refuses to go digital. She still takes her 35mm point-and-shoot on every vacation.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 12-16-2009 04:33 PM

i think that is what the wrist strap is for sorry but thats what i keep getting told. i have done that twice, well i finely learnd.

-- gagewestern

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#6 posted 12-16-2009 04:33 PM

Yeah I still use my 35mm too, mostly for fast action stuff. Most digital cameras can’t shoot fast because of the time it takes to store the digital picture. Some can shoot in bursts but not continuous. At least maybe not the affordable ones. They’ve gotten a lot better though.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#7 posted 12-16-2009 04:41 PM

yeah, I always wanted a point-n-shoot digital for trips and for the shop, but we are both photography nuts at home, and have a hard time downgrading from the speed of SLR and it’s lens selections…. although for some application, I’m sure it’s not really necessary.

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#8 posted 12-16-2009 04:46 PM

I always have the wrist strap around my wrist, but first I have to successfully pick it up, that was the problem.

Sharon, you got it, why I still have mine and use it. Although my D40 digital is an SLR and comes pretty close, the whole reason why I bought it was because it was an SLR and you can get additional lens.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#9 posted 12-16-2009 04:59 PM

For point & shoot type stuff, I am strictly digital. Have a couple of OLD cams, including a very early Casio that connected via a serial port. My current cams are both Fuji, one point and shoot, one DSLR, The DSLR doesn’t use a standard cable, I need to get to a camera shop and snatch a new one…

I do still have an old 35MM SLR (Pentax P3) that I have had since college. It’s a really nice camera, but where on earth am I going to get film for it any more?

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#10 posted 12-16-2009 05:30 PM

PurpLev – Our latest digital has a “burst” mode where it takes 10+ pictures in very rapid succesion. I can shoot my grandson in the process of kicking a soccer ball during game and have plenty to choose from. My wife uses that mode at local auto racing tracks. It was Kodak under $200. My problem with SLR was timing to get that optimum picture.

35 mm film selection and processing are hard to find around me. When working, I was told that some states ban the developing chemicals so the film needs to be sent out of state for processing, which forced some of the testing sites to convert to digital.


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#11 posted 12-16-2009 06:16 PM

Hey Curt, it is still available! :)

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#12 posted 12-16-2009 07:10 PM

LOL Thanks Chip, now you got me thinking about it. Gotta resist the urge…

It’s time I let this old relic go. I might see about getting it fixed though, if I can do it for under $20. Just hate throwing things away…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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