Tuesday, 19 December 2017

History of the Digital Camera

For some reason today I found myself looking up the history of the digital camera. They have come a long way in a short period of time but when you look at all computer based technology development and improvements are fast. I am not interested in old tape based technology and to the nost part I am only interested in memory card type cameras. During todays search I saw an old film camera tethered to a shoulder carried memory/digital back. Hardly what you could call discreet of portable.
Kodak DCS 100, based on a Nikon F3 body with Digital Storage Unit, released in May, 1991. 
Can you imagine lugging that around at a wedding or as a press photographer. You can read about this and other Kodak early atempts on Wickipedia here
I am interested in the Kodak DCS (Digital Camera System) from early 1990's until its demise in 2005 when Kodak were in dire financial problems. These cameras were costing many thousands of dollars and big hearted Kodak agreed to offer support for them until 2008. Here is a picture from the top of the Wickipedia page of the type of Kodak DCS I am talking about.
The picture show a Nikon but Canons were also used. I am not sure if any collaberation went on with Fuji as they were trying to develop their own digital Pro Series. I can remember wanting a Fuji S3 But all I did was dream about one and never did buy my what was at the time dream camera.
Note the huge for the time display. Well as I am writing this I am sitting in our dining room with my soon to be replace TZ8 made by Panasonic. I am hoping to capture some shots of birds on the ggarden feeders, but as per usual the birds have other ideas. I mentioned the TZ8 it was released in 2010. Just five years before the above cameras had been state of the art and I am mentioning the TZ 8 because it showcases the rush in technology I ended up with a camera one quarter the size and a zoom of 12 times optical and if my memory serves me corectly 30 times digital. And all of this done on a sensor approx 1/32 of the full frame sensor used on the DSLRs above.

Monday, 18 December 2017

New Camera (not mine )

My Daughter in Law treated herself to a new Olympus Pen E-PL8 camera for Christmas. I have had the pleasure of seeing her come to terms with finding out how to use a real camera rather than a mobile phone camera. She loves it! Being a creative person she is straight in there trying different stuff and then examining the result. APETURE is the new word for today. Explaining F stops is a nightmare and YouTube videos do a far better job than  ever I could.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Film Friday

All I know about Film Friday is give it a try! I started this virtually defunct blog to hi lite cameras that have been around since 1955. Why 1955 ? Because I was born in that momentous year, what other reason could I have chosen oh you have checked it out and the Leica M3 came on tap in 1955 & you consider that more important than the fact I was born. Let me tell you I don't! I have failed with this blog but do I care?  no is the answer. I still love photography and I am as passionate about cameras now as I was when I wrote the first post but a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then. I am now in an electric wheelchair full time and Multiple Sclerosis has robbed even more of my body. I cannot collect cameras any longer as putting it bluntly I cannot afford to. But digital photography suits me, no developing of film no films to buy and I even struggle getting a compact flash card out of a camera and my wife has to remove SD cards so reeling and winding on a 120 film ain't ever going to happen again for me not ever!
But a mate has just bought himself a Nikon kit so maybe come the better weather we might just have some expedition' s to hone our non existent photographic skills. Who knows I maybe able to take the lens cap off still and remember how to take a shot or two!

Maybe I need these SNACK CAPS I could eat them

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Been on holiday

We have just been away for a few days and my camera actually got some use. Only wildlife shots taken from inside through the window but it was great! I haven't used the camera since last summer and if felt good. Just snaps of a few birds and rabbit's and squirrels even a deer. All taken from indoors and whilst I was in my wheelchair. The most frustrating thing about being unable to stand and walk is setting up a shot. If I see a shot that is crying out to me I cannot move to get it from where it deserves to be taken I am stuck in the chair and cannot move from it so I have to make do with what I can do rather than what I would like to do. Yep frustrating but life is frustrating and we all have to get on with it.