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Old 09-29-2012   #1
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Kings of the digital ghetto

With everyone talking about the speedy obsolesce of digital cameras, does anyone have any outdated digital gear they still use regularly for the special features, unique images or just for kicks?
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Old 09-29-2012   #2
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I still use my M9. Obviously it's rubbish now, but since I only make picture for myself and my family I hope that no one notices.
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Old 09-29-2012   #3
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I have an old Canon A570 IS that I use sometimes. It has a built in viewfinder that is great to use in really bright light.
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Old 09-29-2012   #4
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My Leica Digilux2 might fit that definition. It's such fun shooting with it.
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I have a Canon 5D but that was only bought recently. Sometimes I look through old pictures I took and am surprised at how nice quality images taken with an old Canon A620 (7mp 2006) and A720 (8mp 2008) P&S's are and sometimes wonder whether I should pick another of them up used for cheap

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Old 09-29-2012   #6
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my trusty canon powershot SD630. got it as a gift in 2005 or 2006 and i still use it when i need the promptness of digital without taking out the D300. it has been smashed, lens first, into the ground at least twice while filming skateboarding. still works like a charm and will probably continue to do so for a long while.
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Old 09-29-2012   #7
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Old 09-29-2012   #8
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Olympus E-P1, obsolete thanks to the new Sony-manufactured sensor on all new Olympus m43 cameras. I just like the E-P1--
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Old 09-29-2012   #10
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What does the question mean? As long as it works and takes the pictures you want, it ain't 'outdated'.

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Old 09-29-2012   #11
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What does the question mean? As long as it works and takes the pictures you want, it ain't 'outdated'.

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To you and I that may be true, but a lot of brainwashed people think "If it ain't cutting edge, then it is no good." Got to keep up with the Joneses.
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Old 09-29-2012   #13
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I still use my Panasonic DMC-TZ3. I dropped it onto the asphalt two weeks after buying it back in '06, and it still works fine. I got it for the zoom range (28-280mm 135 equivilent), which at the time was something rare on a P&S. Purple flares; bad low light response; mirror finish on the viewing screen makes it almost impossible to use out in bright sunlight (so I wind up shooting while looking over the top of the camera), and this is with a hood on it; too small. These are some of the reasons I would like to replace it. But it's still decent enough to use on the workbench for documenting camera repairs, and the quick grab shot when it would take too long to load a film camera. Or when I've run out of the budget at the end of the month, and can't afford to burn any film.

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Old 09-29-2012   #14
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Old 09-29-2012   #15
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My Nikon Coolscan 5000 is "outdated" but I still use it quite a bit.
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Old 09-29-2012   #16
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Old 09-29-2012   #17
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Old 10-04-2012   #18
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my trusty canon powershot SD630. got it as a gift in 2005 or 2006 and i still use it when i need the promptness of digital without taking out the D300. it has been smashed, lens first, into the ground at least twice while filming skateboarding. still works like a charm and will probably continue to do so for a long while.
I still have one of these as well. It was my first digital camera and I took it everywhere. The back screen is smashed on one side and the body is covered in scratches but it still takes nice pictures in good light and the flash system is actually pretty reliable at close distances.

It's now relegated to boat duty when we go fishing. Takes great trout photos!
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Old 10-04-2012   #19
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My son uses the Nikon D70 I bought new a decade ago to photograph things he builds with Lego bricks. To me, the camera was outdated the day I bought it, because the image quality of a 6mp sensor wasn't even close to what I needed, so it was just an expensive toy. The Kodak 14n was the first digital I owned that I used for my fine art work, it gave incredible images. Now I have a Canon 5DmkII and it is magnificent too.
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my obviously outmoded rd-1. 6MP? REALLY? OMGZ!
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Nikon D70. Still works, images still surprise me.
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I spend way too much time with way too much tech at my day-job. While old certainly doesn't have to mean anything less than full original function, I'd agree there is such a thing as outdated. In the case of a digital camera I suppose that can relate to a few things:

- file formats no longer commonly supported/out of style
- memory card format no longer common or batteries not readily available
- requires no-longer-common tech to use - odd interfaces, cables, etc
- for internal memory, only talks to very old operating systems/programs

That said, I'm a fan of much outdated tech - one of my motorcycles, my wife's 42 year old car, a very simple 1946 home, vacuum tube equipment, etc. Looking for my next hotrod project at the moment, thinking pre-WWII, with any eye towards daily driveable.

I guess the pattern goes something like new > used > old > outdated > expired, with some things never getting all the way down the line.


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oddly enough, my ancient Sony DSC-U20 has a really neat look for available light shots. tough and tiny, decent protection for the lens, runs on a pair of AAA batteries, and unfortunately, stores images on Sony Memory Sticks, 128mb max. comes out every few months just to surprise me I think.


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Old 10-04-2012   #25
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I spend way too much time with way too much tech at my day-job. While old certainly doesn't have to mean anything less than full original function, I'd agree there is such a thing as outdated. In the case of a digital camera I suppose that can relate to a few things:

- file formats no longer commonly supported/out of style
- memory card format no longer common or batteries not readily available
- requires no-longer-common tech to use - odd interfaces, cables, etc
- for internal memory, only talks to very old operating systems/programs

That said, I'm a fan of much outdated tech - one of my motorcycles, my wife's 42 year old car, a very simple 1946 home, vacuum tube equipment, etc. Looking for my next hotrod project at the moment, thinking pre-WWII, with any eye towards daily driveable.

I guess the pattern goes something like new > used > old > outdated > expired, with some things never getting all the way down the line.
All very true, and, I'd suggest, implicit in 'As long as it works'. Though even the odd cables are OK as long as you've got 'em and they work.

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What does the question mean? As long as it works and takes the pictures you want, it ain't 'outdated'.
Quite right. All my digital cameras are, by prevailing standards, "out of date". My most up-to-date camera is my Canon 50D, bought in 2008. My most-used digital camera is an original Canon 5DmkI.

Every time I think of buying an "upgraded" model, I note that the largest size I can print to is A3+ (19"x13"), and ponder on just how much I would really see of any gains from a newer camera when printed at that size. For the last few years I've concluded "not enough".

Sure there's more than just the image chain to consider: there's ergonomics, there are other functional aspects like AF speed and sophistication and on and on. (The impressive advances in high-ISO imaging are also there and actually in the imaging chain. Not that I'd make much use of that.)

What I have right now suits me for the kinds of photos I take. If that changed (eg. if I decided I had to shoot football matches in available darkness, played on unlit grounds on moonless nights) then I might find my existing cameras inadequate or inconvenient for the task. When that happens, I'll assess my options. Until that happens I think I'll leave things as they are. When I do eventually see the need to upgrade, it will be to better equipment (and probably cheaper) than anything available right now. That's in the nature of technology, especially one in it's not-yet-mature stages.

In my kitchen, I have an A3-size print of this photo:


The print looks pretty good, and people often say exactly that. Despite it having been taken with an oh-so-obsolete 6MP Canon 300D (which I still have and even occasionally use, though mostly I've lent it out to friends since it's semi-retirement).

Every time I think about buying a new DSLR, I look at that photo and wonder just how much improvement a newer camera will give me over that (let alone the considerably better cameras I've acquired since then), and how much I'm prepared to pay for that improvement, given all the other things I could do with the money.

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Old 10-19-2012   #29
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I still have my Nikon D70s and Panasonic L1. Both are in the 6-7 meg pixel range. I can't really bring myself to sell either as I love their image quality - especially the Panny. Besides I would get next to nothing for them so why not keep them? Neither have the dynamic range of the latest offerings which blow them away in this respect but with the right image both cameras can kick *ss and are well worth using. My main DSLR right now is the D700 which is superb but the others a still taken out for a ride more or less regularly.
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agreed. something can certainly be outdated as I see it, but still work fine for the intended (or often other) purpose - I love stuff like that.

alas, it DOES get pretty darned inconvenient at times. I'm far less than thrilled as film photography hits the early stages of this. fewer people deal with it properly at airports, film/paper/chemistry not so readily available locally, etc.

won't change what I use one bit, but planning gets alot more important.

honestly, media ends up being one of the first problems with 'outdated' digital bits, the same as film may be to some extent in the future.

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All very true, and, I'd suggest, implicit in 'As long as it works'. Though even the odd cables are OK as long as you've got 'em and they work.

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