Saturday, March 25, 2006

The Camera is Dead, Long Live the Camera

Well, I took a huge gamble on Wednesday. After getting through the first few stages of grief over my Sony DSC-V1 demise, I started bidding on eBay for the next version of that camera, the Sony DSC-V3. It’s not like I was adverse to buying it new, but no one seemed to have a new one and there is no “next generation” for this model. I know I should go with a DSLR, but I’m just not ready yet.

So, I bid on one on eBay and didn’t win. So I bid on another one, and waited. Well, the first one I bid on had the winner back out and they have a “second chance offer” that’s good for 24 hours. Of course I was still the high bidder on #2. An hour later I was outbid on #2 so I took camera #1.

Not only did I get it at the price I wanted, he threw in a 1gb memory stick and free overnight shipping. So there it was, waiting at home for me last night. I was holding my breath, because you never know on eBay if you’re actually going to get what you paid for. This was my 11th purchase on eBay (plus the dining room set which didn’t technically go through eBay because I bought the whole set, not just the table) and I have to say that I’ve never had a problem yet. The only weird thing is that the charger cable was missing, but it included an external battery charger, so that solves that problem. Not only that, but my V1 cable works just fine.

It’s a different camera in many ways than my V1. It’s slightly larger, black and not silver. The controls are in different places, though the operate in pretty much the same way. What’s cool about the new one is that it’s 7 megapixels, still has the great Zeiss lens and has better auto-focus. The LCD screen is bigger than my old one, but doesn’t seem as crisp (but I can live with that).

I’m still fooling around with it and trying to figure out all the different, new settings but I’ve got my little candy photo studio set up and so far things are going well. The extra megapixels will me more detailed candy goodness on candyblog!

In the mean time, here’s my tribute to the wonderful camera that has brough so much photographic goodness to my blogs over the years.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:09 am    

  1. Congrats,

    Glad to hear it all went well.  I look forward to the higher res.  I too will miss the V1…what do you do with a dead camera?  Can’t donate it.  Give it to a props guy?  Screw with security at public buildings?  Make a display case for it?  Auction it to a fan?(this was the actual Camera used for CandyBlog over 26,000 photo’s were taken with this camera)

    Just Curious


    Comment by crispin on 3/26/06 at 3:57 am


  2. Very cool! Does the telephoto lens attachment work with the V3?

    Comment by Will Campbell on 3/26/06 at 4:42 am


  3. Crispin - I have no idea what I’m going to do with the camera. I’m still carrying it around the house occasionally.

    Will - no, the lens doesn’t work on it, but I think it might if I get the right adapter ring (which I might do so I can use a polarizing or UV filter).

    Comment by Cybele on 3/26/06 at 6:25 am


  4. I’m just trying to determine if my DSC-V1 can be given life support. What caused your camera to die?

    Comment by Lori on 3/21/07 at 9:08 am


  5. Lori - I had no luck in figuring out what was wrong with my DSC-V1 and no one seemed willing to fix it besides Sony (for their weird agreed upon price sight-unseen).

    My suspicion is that all the salt air caused a connection somewhere to become corroded. It went out on at least two dozen boat trips. I took over 26,000 photos with it ... I might have worn it out.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/21/07 at 11:31 am


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