Silly Cameras IV

4/28/18. Sometimes I feel I’m closing in on the canons at least, but then sometimes I’m not at all sure. ... On the other hand, the camera biz is still going downhill, and I guess I take a guilty perverse pleasure in that — it’s not that I want all those lying incompetent retailers and web sites to be punished exactly — and really, if they were looking forward to a prosperous exciting career they presumably have already suffered much. ... Apple itself, with its iphone camera slayer, makes vast sums but not, sadly, stuff that “just works” anymore ... if it ever did.

... Ah ... it’s all gloom & despair — except for my adorable fiendishly-cute recently-antiquated cameras, even ’though some are broken....


Others:   DSLR   Silly Cameras I & II & III      Canon S1 IS     


4/28/18. I realized I had omitted the first of the Canon S-series, so I got a 2/04 3mp Canon S1 IS 10x for a mere $50 at the amazon emporium of genteelly-battered cameras — only $340 retail in the day — and it will arrive any day now to join the teeming herds. ... But sadly, it was wasn't genteel-enough: "Primeking131" claimed it "works great but it is not in very good cosmetic condition" but it took one in-focus picture, and then subsequently all out-of-focus — so maybe it worked for Primeking, but not for me; the focus was gershtunk. ... And then I realized the in-focus picture was from my beloved G1, as the EXIF info informed me — and of course last year's date if I'd noticed — I just grabbed the CF out of a drawer and there was a picture there already by happenstance. So Primeking has no excuse. Nor me....

Manual Focus

But I learned about the S1's MF Manual Focus button which, conclusively, didn't work either. But it's on my other Canon zoomers, and does something my DSLRs won't do[13], which is focus at infinity without tears: just keep moving the indicator up to the top. Although none of them seemed to actually change the observable focus, good or bad: even in the little "magnified" center box it deliberately puts up. But maybe in darker conditions something'd show; presumably the zoomers stop down / amplify to make the EVF as "good" as possible. 

But in my too-battered S1 the fuzzy focus remained unaltered, auto or manual, and so it went home to that great silly camera corral in the sky, or at amazon, or "Primeking131". ... I will get another someday, probably cheaper — non-prime? — and presumably better; there are lots more @ amazon....

Compulsory Flash

Another interesting peculiarity of the S1 is the flash was compulsory — I couldn't lift it up with my fingers like the subsequent models require, but it popped-up for the picture when I pressed the shutter halfway — although that could be suppressed by operating the flash button appropriately, if one remembered. ... After this zoomer, Canon obviously realized that accidentally not firing the flash was far less objectionable than firing it by mistake — at a museum, or a theater, or a funeral. And the non-auto-popup flash would've been cheaper. ... But my Canon DSLR pops-up in AUTO by default and makes a huge noise doing it, which frightened the poor amateur the first time. ... Although it can be lifted manually....