Saturday, February 2, 2013

Making Do


This week I lost my Canon Powershot in the drink. Not my drink, I hasten to add. The camera slipped from my pocket as I was crossing a stream. Although we located the body and dragged it to shore, the little fella looked all done in.

So that leaves me with the Nikon. The giant Nikon I bought two years ago and couldn't park in the closet fast enough.

I expect I'll get used to all the buttons and dials eventually, but I'll never get used to the size and heft and that bulbous lens. The little Powershot could hide inside my breast pocket and was always ready for a surreptitious photo op or two. The Nikon, on the other hand, is just about as subtle as a tractor.


33 comments:

  1. I feel your pain & loss. I hope you let it RIP in that beautiful drink. Peace be with you during your grieving, and learning curve, process. May they both be short, rather than like a long & big protruding telescoping lens.

    What type of camera best fits you might bring an itch to get something small again. I continue to just point & shoot, and ask questions later. My pocket friend still has much to teach me. I just need to read & listen more.

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  2. Oh nooooooo!
    Like the Alanis Morissette song, Life has a funny way of helping us out---

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  3. Without meaning to, I've recently downsized from the PowerShot of about five years ago to the pocket size it is now, and I've found advantages to both. I miss the one-eye view-finder, and find reflection in sun to be a problem now. Also, half the time when I press the shutter, I move the camera--there's not the balance or resistance from the left hand. But that convenience of the mini matters a lot.

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  4. PA - You're quick. I published that one by accident.

    CP, there will be a brief period of mourning. My technique is similar to yours

    Des, yes, it's time I give it an honest effort.

    Banjo, size does matter.

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  5. Oh man... I have a newish Power Shot. Just bought it a few months ago, and it has acquired what I think of as an "orb." Now, I've downsized to the iPhone, for the time being. I have an older Elph, but the hurdle there is that I have to re-locate it and charge the battery. As you can see, I too have a lot of problems.

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  6. And drowning is such a tragic way to go. I mourn your loss.

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  7. Poor little dude. He might have enjoyed death by gin more.

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  8. I think you will get used to it... but I will mourn for you until then. I am strictly a Nikon-er myself.

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  9. Just an opinion here, but I'd take a Nikon over a Canon most days, these days.

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  10. Heh, heh...I've been there and done that with a little Canon Powershot some years ago while traversing through one of a gazillion streams (El Nino year) off the Gabrielino trail in the lower Arroyo Seco. These days, I lug around a cumbersome Canon EOS 60D and an assortment of lenses. Not conducive to hiking, but luckily, I have conscripted labor (i.e., my hub, the hapless sherpa) to assist with the extra carry-ons. Poor Gil!

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  11. RIP, little Powershot. I hope the Last Photo was something peaceful....

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  12. Oh, that's a loss that hurts. But I have a hunch you'll do wonderful things with that bulky Nikon.

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  13. Well, apparently Nikon has some fans, and as I said, I'll try.

    Cam, Is the sherpa an accessory I can order on Amazon?

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  14. Oh no! I love my little pocket camera. As much as I like the idea of a spiffy grown up camera, I know I wouldn't use it much because they're so cumbersome. Until I know I could give it the kind of life it deserves, instead of leaving it to languish at home, I won't adopt one. Besides, my brain only has only so much room for technical information and you can practically operate a space shuttle with one nowadays.

    Maybe you should let Albert take you on a shopping trip for a new little compact number.

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  15. I'm so very very sorry about your camera, I always felt it was an integral part of AH's identity. Explore up private driveway, click click (quickly and silently). Look into abandoned house, click click. That big Nikon will unbalance you when you hike the trails and boulder-hop the rushing waters. I'm very happy with my little iPhone camera, which may even allow me to call for help if I ever injure myself in the middle of nowhere.

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  16. And it converts into a torch if I'm out too late in the mountains.

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  17. Surreptitious shots . . . when I have the opportunity, I look at my cumbersome Canon Rebel and say, "Well, forget THAT!" Until you get a new PowerShot I hope you can make do with the Nikon. I usually don't sweat the buttons. Photo ops are too fleeting for all that adjusting.

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  18. Oh no! I'm so sorry... poor Canon Powershot...

    Love these photos!

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  19. What a bummer! Give the bulky Nikon a chance to shine, and if it can't then I agree that getting a new pocket camera is a good idea. And a pocket with a button flap.

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  20. Sad. I can't understand why they don't make cams waterproof or water resistant at least. It's not like we stop taking pictures when it's raining or when we're crossing streams. I hate big cams! I like sneaky and spontaneous shots so they don't work for me. Until a few months ago, I was taking pics with my iPhone LOL.

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  21. Poor little Powershot! Ryan feels your loss; he often has his Powershot in his pocket, although he does love to play with my Pentax DSLR. My condolences on your loss; will the funeral be private, at the convenience of the family?

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  22. Members of the Powershot's family are asking the press and the public to respect their privacy at this difficult time.

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  23. Sorry about the loss. Your photos are lovely.

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  24. have you tried putting it in tupperware with a bunch of white rice and letting it sit a few days? All electronics can be helped like this---say your cell phone tries to flush itself or in the washing machine as you reach over to put something in there at the last moment.

    Tupperware, electronic item, rice to more than cover, shake. I usually leave it is on an edge of the item so the water can roll out. I also tend to rotate it every few hours, but have been told one doesn't have to do this.

    Good luck and hopefully it isn't dead dead. So sad when a camera dies.

    And maybe for the next trek, a lanyard for around the neck for the next little machine?

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  25. The death of any camera diminishes me. I find that I am unable to comment further at this time.

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  26. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you express your condolences with fine wines or chocolate (no cheap shit, please).

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  27. I know. My big guy bit the dust right before Paris. It was nice to tote a shorter lighter lens but I missed some good stuff without that 200 zoom! You'll get use to it. Just look at the great photos you just posted!
    V

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  28. Well.....s*@t!!!! May you learn to love your Nikon as much as I love mine!!!

    Red or white, dark or milk???

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  29. As a PowerShooter myself, I condole. I downsized to it when we were embarking on a very far trip and I wished to be unemcumbered. My dear mate was so happy not to have to be patient whilst I changed lenses. It now need replacing, but I'll find something equually good, flexible and small. About the condolences--I still have some TJ's chocolate truffles around, or are they just too declasse?

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  30. Would the family consider cake-flavored vodka? It's deeevine!

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