Well, I think I feel a little dirty now. You see, I actually take half-way decent photos, but it’s been a while since I’ve had a good camera. I forget at what point I ended up not using one… I gave my Pentax K1000 to my brother a long time ago for some reason, maybe because I had been traveling so much on submarines or something, and actually used a good compact, film camera. A Pentax ESPIO, I think it’s called. Actually did a great job.
I think there went something marginally wrong with it, then I ended up using a series of the “APS” (I bet nobody remembers that evolution from 35mm 🙂 ) one-time use cameras. As much as I like them, they ended up having some drawbacks in range and sharpness, not surprisingly.
Then when I needed a new cell phone (and I was definitely a holdout on getting my first one, and then the replacement–people used to have to text me using cuneiform 😀 ), I got one that had a camera. So I’ve been using that for a while, and even with its limitations, it’s been quite useful.
At the last place that I worked, I ended up in custody of a Sony 5 megapixel Cybershot, not a compact at all (in fact, it’s a beeg hulking thing). It was meant to be a serious camera, before a lot of the DSLRs came out, and had a great lens integrated into the body. It also had wonderful battery life. I took the thing to Hawaii for two weeks on a not-even-full charge, and it lasted thru the whole trip and even had some charge left over when I got back. But the downside was that it was a big hulking thing, and I wasn’t just there for photos, so I ended up not using it as much as I could.
You can see some of the pix I took with it of a hike my bro and I did, if you go to my Mac site which is linked over to the right (and I don’t use any more since I post here now).
But I got my brother a really good digital “pocket camera” for Christmas. And long story short, I ended up liking it so much that I had to get one of my own. So I did. After looking around a bit, I ended up with a slightly scaled up version, the Panasonic TMC-TZ5. And yes, it’s really nice :D. In fact, right now it’s more camera than I probably need. But after being a holdout for so long, I do feel like I’ve succumbed to something a little dirty, a little lustful… 😉