The Return of the Kodak

On a whim I spoke with the woman at the ‘battery counter’ in the local pharmacy and asked her if it would be possible to get the KLIC-5001 battery that my Kodak P850 takes. She said she’d do some research and find out. Later in the day she called and said she could get it, but only as a two pack and for $23 – which is about the same price I can order them in from Amazon with shipping. Well I prefer to shop local whenever I can, so the batteries are on their way. Should arrive Thursday.

In anticipation of having that quite nice camera working again (aside from the broken flash), here’s a few old pictures from it which show why I like it. Oh it’s only 5MP (see my many comments on why that’s not important, elsewhere in this blog) and a mere 12X zoom, but it’s a nice camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach lens that’s sharper than either of my Canon zooms and on par with the marvelous Nikon.









That last one needs a bit of explanation. The workmen are placing steel netting over the rock face to prevent loose stone from tumbling down onto the road below. My seemingly high vantage point is due to the slope of the road combined with a telephoto view, not because I was on the mountain with them. Oh and if you look closely you’ll see there’s four people up there.

What exactly I’ll do with the old Kodak once I get it ‘re-powered’ I don’t know. Probably program in my favourite settings and take it with me wherever I go for ‘grab shots’ that I formerly did with the Kodak V1003 and that the Nikon W100 doesn’t really work well for.

I admit the position of some of the controls on the P850 drive me crazy, and it has nested menu selections that are hard to find. But for a point-and-shoot that’s not going to be used for the ‘tricky’ stuff it’s certainly sufficient.

3 thoughts on “The Return of the Kodak

  1. I’m pretty sure my Kodak Z730 takes the same battery. Kodak digicams, esp. those with the Schneider-Kreuznach lenses, really did lovely work. They have the limitations (e.g., poor low-light performance) of their era, but in good light they delivered good sharpness and smashing color.


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