April 01, 2007

New Camera

Iíve been an amateur hobbyist photographer for years. I love to take pictures and to be a little bit on the artistic side at times. Iíve used the same camera for almost 20 years now, a Pentax K1000. Iím telling you folks, this is a great camera. It doesnít have all of the bells and whistles that most cameras had, everything had to be done manually, but it was nice. I loved it; it did everything I wanted it to. I used this camera for anything I wanted to take real pictures of. The great photos from last yearís vacation all came off of this camera.

But then it broke. It wouldnít function properly and the picture quality started to suffer. I took it to a local camera place to see if it could be repaired, and they told me that what was broken on it, could not be fixed. They donít make the parts anymore. So I asked them what they had in the line of replacement cameras. They started off showing me all of these digital cameras, that were niceÖ but they are digital. Iím not a fan of digital cameras. Iíve always been able to tell the difference between a digital and a film photo.
When I asked to see the film cameras, I found out they have completely stopped making them. If I wanted a camera that still used film, I would have to find a place that sold used cameras.

The guy behind the counter and I had an argument over the quality of digital cameras. The quick version goes like this:

Me: Digital photos suck, I can always tell the difference.

Salesman: With the new cameras you canít tell the difference.

Me: I saw pictures just last week taken on a new camera, and I could tell they where digital.

Salesman: Then the place that printed them out didnít know what they where doing.

Me: Well my father had them put onto paper here.

Salesman: ÖuhÖ It must have been set on a lower quality.

Me: My father is technologically stupid; itís on the factory basic settings that always put it at the highest possible quality. He doesnít know how to change it, and wouldnít in fear that the camera would break by him doing something to it.

Salesman: Ö

Me: So there are no film cameraís here at all?

Salesman: Only point and clicks.

Me: Sorry to have wasted your time.

That was 6 months ago. After doing a lot of research I verified everything the guy had said. They donít make anything short of point and clicks anymore that still take film. Which is a shame. Finally I got around to coming with the terms that if I wanted a new camera, it was going to have to be digital.

Finally on Tuesday I went out and bought me a new camera. I stuck with Pentax because their last camera was a great camera, and served me well. I ended up getting a Pentax K10D. To be honest it has a ton more features then not only am I not used to, but I probably wonít use. Since then Iíve been taking pictures of everything, just trying to get use to the way it handles. Which is the nice thing about digital, it doesnít cost you an arm and a leg in film to do thatÖ and you can instantly see what you did wrong. On the other hand it also has a fast drive motor on it, so you can take a rapid series of pictures. Iíve always wanted a camera that could do that.

So Iíve been following Ktreva and the boys around the house taking their pictures over and over. Itís starting to drive them nuts. I think they are getting the feeling for what itís like to be followed by the paparazzi. So expect to see a lot more photos of the family and stuff over the next couple of months while I break it in.

Posted by Contagion in Stories about me. at April 1, 2007 08:16 AM | TrackBack

Holy shit, you paid $1000 for a camera?
But yeah, on the new cameras if you use a high quality setting and use good (professional, not home) printing, you probably won't see the difference.
Actually I'm pretty sure most cameras *don't* default to the highest settings, because the high settings are mass memory hogs and the larger majority of people don't care enough to use the extra memory on it.

Posted by: Shadoglare at April 1, 2007 11:17 AM

Actually I know they do, the last four digital cameras I've used, including this one came set at the highest possible picture setting. The most megapixels available on it. It's factory standard. IT's why people buy the camera's like this is to get the best quality. And I still can tell the difference.

And after the extre lenses, the memory card that didn't come with it and all the other stuff... I spent quite over that amount.

Posted by: Contagion at April 1, 2007 11:58 AM

Film vs. digital - general Googling of the equivalency gives answers between 6 and 12 MPx, so you should be fine.

Topic discussed in agonizing detail here:


Posted by: Harvey at April 2, 2007 09:18 AM

We have a K1000... my husband loves it. He's very much into the photo stuff and he has managed to find people who will repair any sort of camera. So, if you want to get it repaired, let me know and I'll see if he can find someone for you. (it's likely to be out of state... but he has bought cameras on ebay and shipped them off for specialty repairs, so it can be done).

Posted by: Teresa at April 3, 2007 03:43 PM

I've had a Canon Rebel for a couple years now -- once you get used to the digital end of things, you'll end up loving this one. And yes, there's no question that there IS a difference between digital and film -- but the difference IS decreasing and only those with really good eyes can still tell the difference -- the vast majority of people simply cannot.

Posted by: Ogre at April 5, 2007 12:27 PM