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     Olympus C2000     Fujifilm S8000     Fujifilm S3100    Another Canon A80     Fujifilm S3000
      



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 sellers" — used! ... So I made out like a bandit!

... I guess this obsessive acquisition 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 (used of course) 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.


8/6/22. And then, at the glorious Factory antique warehouse, I bought another 2/99 (!) Olympus “Camedia” 2mp C-2000 Z for $10.50, and which is fully as dubious as the first, and marks at least a solemn cycle point in the grand silly camera obsession, since my first C2000 was my original silly camera!

And I must report the Factory guy, while still with a booth of derelict cameras, had only this one of interest, to me anyway. Perhaps in another season he will find more. ... But the camera came with a brand x camera case, what'll go into the laboratory's useless camera case storage....

But anyway, this silly camera works! Its operation is a little obscure, but of course I got the pdf manual (by googling for it, so many innocent years ago), and it takes lovely pictures. ... Although it did fail at first, with a super-giant 64mb Stupid Media card, but then it was happy with the 8mb flavor....


8/27/22. A $50 ebay special got me the 11/07 Fujifilm 8mp S8000, a thing of beauty and sacred obsolescence. But it takes nice pictures, using the fabulous XD film.

It is a relic of the halcyon pre-iphone days, all dewey-eyed  w/simple innocence — I don't know how much more of that I can stand, but still, with the second C2000 and the ethernet deat rattle, I suppose I must cherish the tolerable antiquities I got left, no matter how tawdry. And these silly cameras are tawdry; it is their essential charm....

Not that there's anything the least bit admirable about our contemporary ridiculously expensive D$LRs and mirrorle$$ cameras — they reek of tawd without compensating cuteness or cheapness, and I will not worship them no matter what the masters of the universe say....


9/13/22. And now for a ~$30 @ ebay xD-film bargain: a 2004? Fujifilm 6mp S3100, marking an early instance of dpreview-scorn — but I suspect it's entirely controlled by the manufacturer, whether Fujifilm sent a "review" free camera to the site, in this case skipping the s3100 in favor of the S3500, although I don't know whether it's 'cause the latter is cheaper or costlier — oh, obviously the S3500 is the cheaper thingey with its measly 4mp; perhaps they just didn't want to waste the more expensive camera on a give-away review copy....

However the kindly ebay vendor included free xD film, which is really quite nice for the wandering fans who don't keep a secret stash of this scammy film brand around, particularly @ the camera's $28.37 price. ... Also included at no extra charge is an exciting collection of previous-owner pictures, which always warms my voyeuristic heart — well, as much as pointless sports pix and other random shots can. ... If nothing else, it proves someone used the camera for a few years, from 1/04 to 7/08 it looks like....



9/14/22. Factory antiques yielded up a pitiful  8/03 4mp PowerShot Canon A80 what I've already got one of, and the poignancy is all but overpowering — is all the titillating junk of my golden years fading away?! ... Will I be reduced to collecting ceramic owls?!?! ... Even my ridiculous keyboards are wandering into the mists, along with the ridiculous music, as everyone spends their lives staring at their phones. ... But ebay's still got A80s in abundance so I suppose that's what happened — everything's on ebay, technology's final resting place, until I disturb their internment....

And my second A80 is a little sad: pink pix, no playback, NiMH AAs stick in the compartment (had to use a dental pick to get 'em out — but I believe other early silly canons share this fault) — but no matter. ... Who wants to live forever anyways?!?!



9/29/22. So I went back to ebay for a beautiful 8/03 3mp Fujifilm S3000 for a mere $20 — $33 @ amazon! And it takes better pix than the sad little second A80. ... And it came with free XD film! Which, as a special treat, included somebody's sixteenth birthday party captured with some other 12mp camera somewhere in time — well actually 9/27/14 according to the image dates. ... These leftover photos are a special creepy thrill of the used silly camera market — I idly muse on what pitiful life catastrophe and/or minor diversion made the images wander so fecklessly. I mean, presumably the camera wound-up resold/abandoned and presumably not working anymore because the reseller reused the XD film....