SILLY CAMERAS V

The hideous spectre of climate-whatever-it-is-this-week stalks Florida — @ 3/28/19 I had the heat on! — got down to 62°! ... Oh why oh why did that monster W not sign the holy kyoto accords!!?!?!?! ... It is largely because I don’t like cold that I am here in the golden land of beauty. And yet the bitter days slip away. The totally unbiased nonpartisan Washington Post claimed spring had sprung, but there’s still snow in the Northeast. And the hypocritical democrats @ 3/26/19 refused to vote for the “Green New Deal”, even though they’ve repeatedly insisted that global whatever-it-is-this-week is the most important issue of all eternity!!!!

... So I will curate my silly cameras, and pray for real global warming.

Olde Filme

On a more heart-warming note, behold this fellow’s booth => at the Adamstown PA “German Trading Post”. His spot is replete with film cameras which, I admit with regret, I was quite dismissive-of when first encountered. ... But, upon reflection in tranquility, I realized I was there the first time! ... For the youth of today, which includes the booth’s sprightly curator, it may well be exciting mystery & magic....


Others:   DSLR   Silly Cameras I & II, III & IV     Olympus C-3000     Kodak CX7330     Olympus D500L     Fujifilm S8100     Canon A80     Canon G10      


4/1/19. I will open my Spring Silly Camera Break with the 4/00 3mp Olympus C-3000, redolent with stupid memory and rapid-fail™ battery power circuit — a true evoker of the silly camera ethos! ... It's $10 @ ebay, but I went the premium route and wasted $26 for amazon prime quality and they came through. I then bought the lens cap at ebay for $7, so I feel I have navigated a pointless expenditure in style....

And it does take beautiful 3mp pictures, throbbing brilliant nice and on super Stupid Media supplied from my special spider-wracked antique stock! 16Mb! 21 or so pix! And the battery is always almost empty.

... It's all so beautiful. And PC Magazine says in 8/00 it was $800 retail! ... Really, I have visited the sparkingly-scammy Olympus many times in these fascinating pages, and they do bring me joy. As will its lovely lens cap whenever it shows-up....


4/7/18. An exciting harbinger of the silly spring, a perfectly functional 5/04 3mp Kodak CX7330, a happy companion to my 4/04 7300. I got it at the local Cooper City Antique Mall where I paid an opulent $25 which I was sure was wasted — but it wasn't!  ... And it came with the typical 6 or seven tiny child pix, obviously having served a short-lived purpose in ancient times and now resurrected again when the tiny child has probably got into master puppetry graduate school....

Sure, there was a little green stuff I cleaned-off from the battery contacts, and its totally-dead genuine Kodak EZ-scam rechargeable battery, which I will of course carefully preserve with the other zombies. But it leaped to life when I turned it on, took a picture, and it has a menu "Live View" setting which a previous pilgrim had set to Off so its batteries will not disappear in a few minutes! — but NO! — not a previous pilgrim but, the manual informs me, the default setting! ... Oh treasured ancient silly kodak. ... I mean it has still has its standard repertoire of scammery but, basically, harmless unless the buyer was paying attention — i.e. to figure-out the ridiculous "share" accessories etc. — which couldn't've done Kodak much good.

... But oh golly the enthralling wonderfulness when the stupid camera lights-up! — my tawdry existence is somehow justified, the world is made right, for a few hours in the morning. ... And it was only $140 in the day!


4/10/19. Lurching into luxury, at tremendous expense I've ordered a 1/05 8mp! Nikon Coolpix 8800 10x! zoom, originally $800! ... Whenever it arrives from the amazon reserves, I anticipate a treasure-trove of beauty and scammy rechargeability, and it looks like a real camera, a distinction I assume is key amongst the beautifully silly herd, at least as they called to the pitiful camera suppliant in 2005 or so....

— but wait (screeching noise)! ... It appears I will be saved from my antiquated luxury by amazon decadence, expressed in this case by their now typical inability to deliver anything promised "by 9pm". ... So sic transit gloria amazon. ... I guess I didn't want that silly old camera anyway....


4/18/19. At last, a $25 ebay genuine antique silly camera! The LCD flickers, it uses StupidMedia, I had to conserve the years and set it to 4/18/09 'cause it didn't go up to 2019 ... but my 9/97 0.786mp Olympus D500L 3x zoom works — and takes beautiful pictures, once I figured-out I had to manually enable the flash, as was to be true of most of the canons et al to come in the golden years ahead. ... Dpreview and other innocent advertising  claims it was an entire 1.0 megapixel, but it isn't....

And 1997 is hardly the earliest silly camera in the laboratory — my precious casios of yore will always outrank in that respect — well apparently my 2nd casio qv10a is contemporaneous, but anyway the glorious D500L is probably the oldest silly camera I can get pictures out-of, that is, actually usable — the qv casios stopped producing pictures through their loathsome rs232 cables some time around windows 98, hence their exclusion from the official silly camera herd....

But I'm disappointed — it was only $595 in 1998! I mean a whole megapixel or so for a lousy $600? ...  But in 1999 it was call$ == priceless....


5/30/19. A precious harbinger of spring: a perfectly preserved 1/08 10mp Fujifilm Finepix S1800 18x zoom for a bargain $20 in the frozen North — it was £225 in 2011. And $80 on amazon prime today! ... I haven't actually taken any pictures with the endearing little device, but it lit up in the junk store with joy & beauty, after I finally applied my test-it-with-batteries strategery, so long deferred....

6/8/19. It is beautiful — but blemished: there's vignetting at the wide angle, which is perhaps what it's trying to tell me when it proclaims a "lens error" at every power-on (cured by operating the telephoto control). But it is still sweet....


6/9/19. At first, the 8/03 4mp PowerShot Canon A80 showed saddening signs of decrepitude — the LCD's images were strangely smeared, picture out-of-focus. But then a little impact adjustment or maybe just settling-in and it was right as rain, a beautiful point 'n' shoot with advanced photographical settings. ... Perhaps the CCD, left alone so many years, needed a short bath of electricity before it'd behave....

And it was only $20 or so in junk store America with the original box! ... $400 in the day! ... @ amazon 6/10/19 it's ~$30 prime! Apparently a popular little camera....

So that means my silly cameras include Canon "A" series A10, A20, A40, A70, A75, and now A80! ... Guess I gotta check-out the middle there — but apparently the A50 is a 1999 0.8mp camera, it's out of sequence! & it's a hideous battery-pack camera! No AAs! ... The A60 is the cruddy version of the A70, & costs too much at amazon, as does the A50, so I guess I can rest content now from my completedness frenzy....

And the poor A80 is a little shy of perfection. With the flash, it's OK, but it's terribly dark without, making it one of few canons that didn't produce beautiful pictures out-of-the-box. ... Even my obviously-in-retrospect-broken A540 took beautiful pictures!


6/14/19. So then I paid $105 for an 11/08 14.7mp Canon Powershot G10 with Raw at the amazon abused camera corral, and it will arrive any week now in perfect condition. And it probably won't have broken pixtels like my evil SX30 'cause this camera's got a CCD sensor! Although it is equipped with the silly recharge scam....