Friday, 9 January 2009

Out With The Old...

I'm feeling very ambivalent at the moment. Tomorrow I'm getting a new camera (fingers crossed for Amazon Prime...), a Canon dSLR which I'm ever so excited about - on the other hand, this automatically demotes my old camera to second-best, and I'm sentimentally very attached to my old camera so I must admit to feeling a little bit sad at the same time. (This feeling will almost undoubtedly evaporate, overwhelmed by pure childlike excitement, the second I get my hands on the new one!)

I love my old camera. It's a Pentax Optio 33WR, only 3.2MP but then again I've had it since (I think) 2003. I bought it for two key features:

a) it's waterproof, and
b) it takes AA batteries.

Both pretty important when you live (as I did then) on a narrowboat! And it has served me well on various very exciting trips, where mains power has also been scarce. I think it's fair to say it's the first camera which I've had that I've actively loved so I will miss it.

In honour of my old camera, then, I took it out for a walk this lunchtime in the beautiful (and frozen) Cotswold countryside.


Kazzy said...

OOO I love that last shot with the gnarled trees and the pathway. I know what you mean about being sentimental with your things. I get that way too, almost like the object will feel that it has been demoted. Have fun with the new camera! I am looking forward to new cool photos!

Jeanne said...

I love the shot of the sun coming through the bare tree branches.

You may be emotionally attached to the old camera, but I've got a feeling once you live the heady experience of, what, 10.2 megapixels? you'll dump that old camera quicker than the Toy Story kid dumped Woody when Buzz Lightyear came along.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Kazzy - that one was my favourite, too. I know I'm so lucky to have this kind of scenery two steps from my front door!

Jeanne - the new one is going to be 12MP... hoping it will arrive in the next hour or so, then I'll be heading straight out for another walk :) In which case there should be new photos on here by tonight. Still my old camera will still have the advantage that it fits in my pocket/handbag.

Anonymous said...

Lucky you, getting a brand new camera! I'm getting a new Pentax this weekend, but I have a feeling it's more like your old camera. But I'm excited nonetheless.
Your old camera takes beautiful pictures, I can't imagine how good the new one will be.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Dedene - I think the problem with the new one is going to be that it's a better photographer than I am! At least until I learn a bit more. I have adored my little Pentax over the years so I hope you get as much enjoyment from your new one :)

Pam said...

Oh my goodness..12 MP! Lucky you, you are going to have such fun with it!

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