Cameras

So what cameras did I take all these bloody photos with???

One of these...

And another...

And finally one of these

My 1st camera...

Make:

Canon

Model:

S400

Cost:

330 (GBP)

Shots:

10,000 ish

I started on my trip with a Canon S400 (aka the Digital Ixus 400).  This has turned out to be a design classic point & shoot camera by Canon... their newer cameras that replaced it (SDxxx's), apparently do not compare to the image quality that this 4MP camera gives.  OK, it old, fat and slow, but the quality of the lens and sensor are pukka!  I also noticed, looking at my mates photos, taken with other makes of cameras but of a similar price/type, some are a bit shitty by comparison.  So I have been very happy with this little fella and have been amazed by the quality of the photos that came out of it!  Some of it might be down to the photographer taking them too I guess ;-)

Here's a good review of it: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons400/

 

My 2nd camera...

Make:

Canon

Model:

S400

Cost:

$600 (AUD)

Shots:

22,000 ish

Ok, so I liked it so much I bought another one... Why???
I experience the infamous E18 error message... meaning the lens is fcuked and doesn't wanna come out to play...  Bugger!!!  I wasn't that surprised really as I'd just returned from the amazing Fraser Island, on the east coast of Oz, the worlds biggest SAND island... I was just lucky that it hadn't failed whilst I'd been out there really... but yeah, I'd tried so hard to protect it from the sand, and new the risks... but still the bloody stuff got in my lens assembly and jammed up the little cogs so that it made the most uncomfortable/disturbing noise when trying to start up... I did very recently open her up and have a look and I was surprised at the amount of sand that had accumulated in the thing, I had been on quite a few beaches with it up until it broke.  I even tried powering it up after I'd shaken and blown some of the sand out and she came to life!  The lens came out and it took some photos, but the focusing was shagged... oh well...

So I had to buy another camera... I had three factors that made me chose the same again...  Quality, Accessories, Price...
I new I had to buy another of these Canons as I was obviously very aware of how good their quality was, so I wasn't gonna buy another brand... But I also had lots of accessories for this camera... Some people don't realise what's involved when buying these cameras... what else you need to buy.  I had 5 batteries, 3 memory cards, an underwater case ($$$), a charger, a 12/car charger, etc...  Especially the Underwater case made me buy a camera that fitted it... but Canon did now sell the S410, a slightly updated version (virtually the same tho) and the S500, a 5MP version.  Both with the same body/button layout, so these would fit in the U/W case.  But then it came down to cost...  We (I was travelling with Sarah the Canadian at the time) found a shop in Brisbane that sold the old S400 and it was a little bit cheaper than the S410 and a lot cheaper than the S500... And the guy was also gonna do us a deal as we were gonna buy two!  Sarah had a similar sandy death of her camera just before I did.  So we got a good deal and we both walked out with brand new Canon S400 cameras!!!  Yay!

My second S400 did me bloody proud.  It continued all the way around Oz and it managed to take over 22,000 photos!  I think I'd got my money's worth out of it!  But alas, one sad day in October 2005 I was trying to get a photo of the assembled, waiting crowd at a surprise party, and had put my camera on a box of Goon (wine) to get a shot with the flash off... and I knocked it off...  it landed on the concrete floor on it's lens...  Bugger!!!  I picked it up and wiped off the wine that had also spilt on it and waggled the now wobbly lens...  "That's fcuked it"  The party's special guest was just about to arrive as well... what bad timing :-(  But I decided to have a play around at my now dead camera... can't kill it any more I guessed... but I pulled the lens back straight and it went clonk... the lens snapped back into allignment!  It even turned off and on again!  And it took photos!  and they came out in focus!!!  Yippee!!!  So it wasn't dead after all but it did fail to extend the lens 2 out of 3 goes after that... rather annoying...  But I got all the shots I wanted that night!  I love my Canon!

 

My 3rd camera...

Make:

Canon

Model:

S80

Cost:

$800 (AUD)

Shots:

4,000 ish

I'd had my money's worth out of my last S400 and it was time to get a new one.  This time I wanted to move up in the world of photography and get a cameral with lots more buttons and things to play with!!!
My mate Tall Steve had a lovely Canon S60 which was a 5MP camera with all the normal manual camera functions/controls but it also included a lovely wide angle lens!  This made the photos so much nicer and the bigger lens also faster, letting in more light, so it need the flash a lot less.  I had the privilege of borrowing it for a whole week when my S400 came up with a CF Card Interface error and was being fixed under warrantee by Canon in North Sydney.  I loves Steve's S60 it was a joy to use... but it was quite a lot bigger and quite heavy...  it didn't fit so well in my pocket... (the number 1 rule for me buying cameras)... but just at the time when I dropped and maimed my S400, Canon bought out the brand new version of the S60, the S80... much the same as the S60, but smaller, lighter, faster, better quality...  I WANT ONE!  So I went hunting around the shops in Sydney and found one that had some of the first shipment...  the only shop in fact!  And I got one.  I paid a bit more for not waiting a week, but I had a Halloween party to get some photos at!

Here's a good review of the S80: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons80/

So I've got quite a few thousand photos with this fine beast now...  It's design is bloody excellent and it's smaller and lighter body (compared to the S60) means that it fits in my pocked fine and I don't notice the little bit of extra weight compared to the S400 (which was a heavy little brick) I really love the wide-angle lens it has... excellent for taking shots indoors, etc... you can just see so much more in the pictures!  I'm having lots of fun playing with standard manual controls... Tv, Av, M, etc...  something the S400 never had... and there are also loads of funky things like the My Colours function that let you play about...  The Positive Film setting it has is great for those lovely blue sky landscapes, etc... the colours are just so vivid!
I think this is a bloody good upgrade from the S400.  Very impressed.

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