My First Digital Camera

I got a digital camera while I was in college. I got a film camera first and it kept getting dropped. My parents dropped it at the Hoover Dam. When they came home I said I would forgive them if they got me a digital camera for Christmas. They did.

Yesterday for some reason I was trying to remember what kind of camera it was. Thankfully I had a few shots from back then on my Flickr and it included the camera data. It was an HP Photosmart 315.

Seeing as there is a growing group of folks on YouTube who are singing the praises of early digital cameras, I figured maybe someone might have uploaded a video about that camera. The only thing I found was one guy showing his camera collection and an HP PS 315 was one of them, but it was broken. The only thing I remember about it was that it took a weird memory card.

Here’s a classic picture I took with that camera…


Today I was looking through Flickr for something else and I found this photo of me actually using that first digital camera…

That’s from my UMass Lowell graduation day in 2004. I’m not sure who took that picture. I think it’s a scan of a print. Maybe it was my father? My brother? My sister? My uncle? No clue. It is visual evidence that I owned an HP Photosmart 315 though, so it’s good for historical reasons.

My second digital camera was a Kodak Z740 Zoom and there are probably a thousand shots from that camera on my Flickr. That sucker was used a lot. I bought that in 2005, and upgraded to the Nikon D90 that I still use almost daily in 2010. What will the next digital camera be? The safe money is on something mirrorless, but that isn’t going to happen while we have kids in college because those suckers are expensive. The only other thing that I think about, which I will not actually pursue, is a film camera that can auto focus. My eyes get shittier every day, and manually focusing that the ebay Nikon is tough for me.

Packing Up

Harry’s getting all of his boxes packed up and ready to go for tomorrow. The plan is for him to load up his car in the morning and anything that doesn’t fit will go into our car.

In the interest of distracting myself from the imminent return of the empty nest syndrome I am trying to figure out what to do with the camera situation. There will be rest stops and gas stations and maybe lunch in downtime Burlington and I still want to find a way to convince the love of my life to drive through Woodstock, VT and possibly the glory that is the Quechee Gorge (I think there’s zero chance of either thing) and in the current mental state I will need a camera close to me at all times. Film is a given, right? But these days film requires a digital companion. Will it be the DSLR or will it be the point and shoot? The iPhone will be there, of course, but which other camera will be there with it?

I am not going to make that call tonight, but in preparation I have put both camera’s batteries on their chargers. It also depends on how much stuff ends up in our car. If I have room for the bag I’ll take the DSLR. If not then I’ll take the point and shoot. Here’s hoping for sun and a chance to get close to Lake Champlain (pretty much zero chance of that too). Also maybe a chance to see some of the cool parts of downtown. We’re dropping Harry’s stuff off and then moving across town to meet Bellana. Lunch downtown could happen.

I’m not sure where this post is going anymore. Camera. Film Camera. Digital Camera. Yadda yadda yadda.

It’s quarter past nine in the evening and I haven’t done my walkies yet. I will do it after everyone else goes to bed, which should be any minute now.