Three is an amazing number. It turns up in all sorts of places. Especially stories. In this story it turns up as the number of cameras I’ve set my sights on having. Yes, only three. Right now I have ten – I think. More than I need, anyway. So here is the goal:
1). The Take-It-Anywhere Camera. This slot is currently fulfilled by the Fujifilm F80 EXR. It’s the perfect little point-and-shoot that fits in a pocket but gives great results like a quality 35mm compact. It often exceeds expectations in fact. So no change there.
2). The Daily Grinder or Workaholic Camera. This slot is currently fulfilled by the Nikon P610, which unfortunately keeps failing. Sometimes on shots that can’t be duplicated. It is nearing 3,000 pictures on the current SD card, and I’m pretty sure it was never built to last so long with so much usage. I need the superzoom so that I can quickly switch from a flower close-up to a bird in a tree when I’m out and about. Most of the photography I do gets handled by this camera. The best candidate to replace it is a used Sony DSC-HX350 for $250. Comparable new cameras are 2 to 4 times as much as I paid for the Nikon in the first place, and don’t really offer anything that would justify the expense (I do not have unlimited funds to work with here). The Nikon P950 is the company’s current equivalent and it’s $950 when on sale. It offers more zoom (83X), which is ridiculous in light of the difficulties encountered handling the 60X of the older model, and a lot of ‘gizmo-tech’ I’d never use, along with a certain reputation for fragility that I don’t want.
3). The Experiment Camera. This slot is currently fulfilled by the Canon T100 and I must say it does the job wonderfully. The only shortcomings are the Canon lenses: be warned that EF-S lenses are not up to snuff when it comes to quality. You need to spend silly money to get good glass on these, or else do like I do and shoot with the ancient Takumars. This is the camera I most want to upgrade, and that would be to a Canon 5D. Why? Because of the bigger sensor. That’s not much of a reason because the only advantage is better low-light imaging. That is one thing I could stand to have as I do occasionally shoot night scenes. It just isn’t major. I’ve been waiting for a used one for cheap, but so far ‘cheap’ has been over $700. They just dropped the price on the one I was looking at to $680, so it will probably be sold before my next ‘financial cycle’ starts this coming Thursday.
For all the introspection I’ve done lately on my photography and what would enhance it, this is the result. It would help if I could first unload some of the superfluous cameras, but there are only two that would likely fetch any money worth bothering with. I’m going to try anyway. I would also sell the T100 once there was a 5D to take its place, providing I was satisfied with the exchange.
A curious side note is that 3,000 has nearly come up not only on the Nikon, but on the Canon that I’ve only had since 2018. It’s also coming up on the SD card in the Kodak 850. There isn’t a chance it will occur on the Lumix, as at 500+ images so far the ‘good picture’ rate for that camera is less than 2% and it isn’t likely to improve.
At this point I could move forward in my plan by dropping about $1000. This is not the time of year to spend that money: Winter tends to bring unexpected expenses and it’s a good idea to cushion the bank account a bit beforehand. Plus I have more wood to get, and you just never know what might happen while doing that.
Even if I can and do make these minor changes, what of it? Would anyone besides me notice or even see the difference? Probably not. And what of the other digital cameras that would still be hanging about taking up storage space? Or the next one I see that I want for some trivial reason and decide to buy anyway.
The best laid plans of mice and photographers …