Silly Cameras VII

1/16/21. The grand endless trek continues, pitifully challenged by global-whatever-it-is-this-week “polar vortex” with bitter 50° temperatures in its Holy Science wake, as I shuffle into the age of covid and arson/riot elections responsible kill-trump kindly “we don’t got hate here” except for fascist republican scum.

... But the cameras are still silly! And there is a connection between today’s inspiring politics and the exciting ethical standards of the beloved camera industry — but I will fondle my silly cameras in sacred peace & contemplation anyway, probably arousing the covid stasi....


DSLR  Silly cameras I II III IV V  VI  VII     Fujifilm A201    Canon A430    Fujifilm S5100      



1/24/21. The 8/01 2mp Fujifilm A201 is a tiny perfectly-formed stupid media camera of yore. And it was a lousy list $250 in a 10/02 PC Magazine, so I can't even indulge in my usual bargain gloatathon. ... Altho to be sure it was only $18.70 @ ebay, and takes OK pix. And it came with lovely pix from the ebay seller of out-of-focus close-ups of odd bits of jewelry, so I guess it didn't work for that. ... I hope she knew about the close-up switch on the front of the camera; I know I never did in the days of my beloved casios....

But it's cute as a button. As to be sure are most of the silly cameras, whatever their mundane defects in what we call the real world if you will pardon the expression....

In other news, these cranky days saw one of my innocent silly cameras deteriorate — something not seen so often in the laboratories, in the seemingly immortal if silly herd of obsolete digital cameras: a tiny bit of the battery door of my beloved a1000 fell off, with a resonant clang to my attuned hearing. ... I've had battery doors fall-off, of my beloved Kodak in infant mediocrity, and my actual real software engineer L22, after I retrieved it from obsolence in the glorious beginnings of the silly camera campaign — but that's a Nikon — the A1000 is a Canon for goodness sake! ... I don't recall dropping it, which is no doubt how the fault began, but a few days ago it presented a pointy surface in my pocket and a bit of the battery door did indeed come off. Sic transit etc....

Back at the fujilfilm corral, I must happily report the A201 was supplied with its own proprietary-as-all-get-out USB cable, to go with the fraudulent stupid media, so all in all it is a wonderful evocation of a golden era. But the seller, oddly, included stupid media film, so it's still a breathtaking bargain....

2/26/21. A precious 2/06 Canon 4mp Canon A430 is approximately NOS, coming in its original box with the documentation still in the ur-plastic envelope, although still including an obvious add-on camera case, no doubt bogus trickery back in the day so no one will ever pay the advertised bargain price....

So my first hurdle was figuring-out how the zoom zoomed! ... Well actually before that I had to install a new CR1220 clock battery so it wouldn't keep whimpering at every power-on ... and then I guessed the zoom was the up-down arrows — couldn't find it in the manual! ... And then I went to buy some more CR1220 batteries....

And actually the zoomed shot wasn't so good, and the others were darkish. ... And by 2006, PC Magazine observed price omerta, but they claimed the a430 was "inexpensive" so I can't snoot even about that. ... But the new box & appurtenances are lovely, and the camera is cute — and what else is there?

2/27/21. A second camera from ebay what arrived on the same day as the a430 is a beautiful very camera-looking 1/05 4mp Fujifilm S5100 10x zoom what PC Mag claimed was $360 "street". ... And it takes pretty good pix. Even with its super special XD Picture Card  — oddly, supplied with the camera, the second time this's happened! 

... It's really fraudulent to sell such cameras without noting scammy not-so-available film, but I've borne-up under the injustice because I of course knew before purchase. And presumably hardly anybody would buy one of these things thinking to get a bargain, although perhaps someone so ignorant that they don't know how to make their phone work might be gulled. ... But no, in these days the silly camera purchasers must be composed of those of unbalance tendencies such as myself.

... But sadly, the time has come when there are too many silly cameras, and I had to achingly consider how to carve-out another shelf from the existing cornucopia of all kinds of dubious junk that I treasure. So I made a terrible compromise, and I will de-access selected silly cameras by storing them in plastic drawers in the dark — boring silly cameras with scammy proprietary (of course) chargers which I couldn't pick-up and use without an agonizing charging cycle delay anyway. ... Some of the proprietary-charge cameras are amusing-enough so I will keep them upon glorious display, such as the coolpix 990 with its rotating head — which, on inspection, hasn't got the nasty proprietary battery but perfectly decent AAs which I could replace in a trice at any moment and take pictures with abandon — if the silly thing weren't too much trouble, 'cause of the weird rotation. ... And then I put-away an S4000 and got to entomb it in its own original product box, which was strangely gratifying...

But never mind ... it's all so beautiful ... and silly....