VIII: The Twilight of the Silly Cameras

5/22/22. Just because almost all my cameras were antique when I got them, doesn’t mean the pitiful market of these things has any kind of immortality — I guess one of their charms, like so many of my pitiful preoccupations, is how they defied the end, silly toy-like valorous — but there is an apparent decline even so long after the 2008 iphone, what sounded their death knell in the first place. ... So be it! Their junkiness and afterlife state enthralls me! Who needs a super phone that’ll take better pictures — except in daylight of course, where most of my silly cameras have the viewfinder advantage. So that is the power & the glory what vague twilight enhances their beauty...


DSLR  Silly cameras I II III IV V  VI  VII  VIII     Fujifilm s602    Fujifilm E500    Fujifilm S3300    Fujifilm S1800    Fujifilm S2940    GE X5       
 
     



5/29/22. The beautiful 4/02 Fujifilm S602 3mp x6 zoom was a mere $28 @ ebay, and may even work! — so far, it lights-up good. Now all I gotta do is insert some stupid media. ... Which didn't work. ... But not to worry, this is such a chic wonderful camera it takes two kinds of media, stupid & compact flash! One of 'em's bound to work, surely. ... & the 10/01 PC Magazine claims it was a $1,000 in the glorious past! Discounted for slavish puffery, still probably ~$800?

& all is well now — it's taken its first glorious pic, which is out-of-focus, presumably 'cause I didn't pop-up the flash. The failing stupidMedia thing was doubtless because I tried to cram a giant 64Mb stupidMedia into the little feller; a decent-sized 16mB did the trick....


5/31/22. My next contestant, the 7/04 Fujifilm E500 4mp x3 zoom, was only $27, a buck less than the previous entry. And it lights-up also — but requires more expensive stupider film, of the dubious xD flavor. But it came with an exciting original box, including a DVD loaded no-doubt with exciting antique software!

... And it works like a champ! Ship it! ... So the 6/05 Popular Photography has "call" for the price, meaning of course mucho svelte — how mucho I have no idea, but probably at least a few $hundred. ... & I installed the DVD in the box, which otherwise contained a cute miniature tripod, manual, and various probably-extraneous junk whoever lavished affection on this camera in yesteryear could think of, including a dubious soft case — but I suppose they could've been included by the kindly dealer. ... The software constantly complains about how "This applicaton requires Windows XP" but it hasn't so far, although I assume flaming catastrophe is not too far ahead. ... But it's all so sweet and antique....


6/2/22. Next, for a pricey $40, I got this 12/11? Fujifilm S3300 14mp 26x zoom, and I'm sure it will be exciting when it arrives from ebay one of these days. ... Unlike its apparent successor, it does not appear to have the sx20 wheel of doom, so that's good.

6/5/22. It arrives and work perfectly! ... Well none of these latter-day Fujfilm's seem to focus well without the flash, despite their image stabilization/autofocus. ... But then oddly it got better when I switched the pix from my accidentally-selected 8mp to the giant 14 — don't know why, probably just bizarre morning calmness .


6/11/22. Continuing in our Fujifilm silly roundup is this  2/10? Fujifilm S1800 12mp 18x zoom, what was another 40 bucks @ ebay — and today it's going for $189.98 from the cheapest of amazon's "these shippers" — used! ... So I made out like a bandit!

... I guess this obsessive acquiring of Fujifilms doesn't get me anything ... but then, none of the silly cameras gets me anything! ... Except a strange secret joy that I am surrounded by despised but precious junk....

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6/13/22. Probably the last of our June Fujifilm roundup is a 12/12? Fujifilm S2940 14mp 18x zoom, a mere $42.79 at the ebay magic camera emporium and $91.80 used at amazon! So once again, astonishing bargain time among the silly cameras....

And finally, I accidentally bought a second GE X5 for $26.74 @ ebay, which has the adorable property of looking very much like a mini-S2940, the sweet innocent thing.