Diving into digital camera history

Paramount Theater Marquee - Austin, Texas

Paramount Theater Marquee – Austin, Texas

I mentioned last week that I was moving into a fun but dangerous territory for gear acquisition. I recently purchased two cameras, one about a month ago from Precision Camera, the other got delivered this week from KEH, a place specializing in used gear. I’m having so much fun shooting the camera from KEH that I’m starting with that first.

I shot the photograph above with an Olympus E-1. A 11-year-old DSLR with a 5 megapixel sensor. It’s ancient (by digital standards), primitive and slow — and I love it. You didn’t expect a mirrorless camera guy like me to get a DSLR, right? Well this camera is kind of special, for many reasons. I’m not going into the specifics just yet — you’ll have to wait for a future post. Olympus historians, however, will know why this camera is so ground breaking.

The July 4th, Independence Day holiday is upon us and I’ll be shooting the E-1, among others, to see how it does. How can this ancient compete with the young whippersnapper digitals? I think you’ll be surprised. I have great hopes, at least. We’ll see how it measures up.

I told you I’m getting into some wacky cameras.


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2 thoughts on “Diving into digital camera history

  1. For a real shock, try the Canon G3 (four megapixel, roughly year 2000) and the split-body Nikon Coolpix 990 series — especially for closeups, macros. It turns out the megapixel race was over nearly 15 years ago — we just didn’t realize it.

    1. There is so much good old gear around, and for dirt cheap prices too. BTW, I still have my first digital camera and it works, a Canon Powershot S300. At 2.1 megapixels.

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