2003 seems like a lifetime ago with what all that’s happened since then. In the field of electronics, specifically digital photography, the changes and advancements have been monumental.
Take this groundbreaking digital camera from Canon. Released towards the end of 2003, the Canon IXY Digital L as it was known in Japan (Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH here in the US) listed at an amazingly high price of $349! For that amount of money you got a sharp fixed 6.4mm f/2.8 Canon lens and 4.1 megapixels. The images were recorded on a standard SD card (only the second Canon digital to do that) hence the US name ‘SD10’.
Canon’s ultracompact digital beauty.
What surprises me the most about this camera is the quality of the images. It’s amazing what 4 MP can do with a tiny CCD sensor and high-quality Canon optics. Here’s a few samples below.
If you like collecting older digital cameras then this one is a must. I’m not quite sure how I ended up with the Japanese market model vice the common US model. In markets outside Japan and the US the camera is known as the Digital IXUS i.
Nikon Nikkor lenses have been praised since the dawn of time (a slight exaggeration) and in some cases rightly so. This Nikkor lens is right up there in its reputation as a fast quality lens that’s as relevant today as when it was made.
Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI lens made between 1977 to 1981. Don’t confuse this with the later AIS lens which immediately followed this lens.
It takes 52mm filters and caps, has a seven blade aperture, features seven elements in six groups, close focusses to 1.5 feet, and weighs in at 255 grams. It uses the famous Nikon F-mount.
This lens functions perfectly and the front and rear elements are clean and clear but there is some dust specs inside and some light haze. In my test shots with my Nikon D800 the lens performed well with the imperfections not visible in the final images.
One little camera with three different names. Canon released the North American model (PowerShot SD1300 IS) in early 2010 so this little gem is already 11 years old. Back in 2010, 12 megapixels was a big deal in such a compact point and shoot digital as this.
Here’s mine in cool blue.
This Canon is equipped with a super sharp Canon 4x zoom lens with image stabilization (IS). The zoom’s 35mm equivalent is 28-112mm so it covers a comfortable shooting range (up to 16x with digital enhancement).
It uses a CCD sensor with TTL autofocus so my pics come out nice and sharp 99% of the time.
It’s a fun and easy camera to use and it’s also quite compact – it easily fits into almost anywhere. I like playing with these older digital cameras as their build quality was generally quite high. By the way, the macro ability is good with closest focus at just over one inch (3 cm).
Those of you who follow this blog know that our main collecting passion lies with most everything from Yashica. The Yashica TL Electro X was my first 35mm SLR and since then my collection of all things Yashica has grown substantially.
On the left is the original Yashica Sailor Boy (1962) – to the right is the Wee Willie Winkie version from around 1966 or so. Yashica has never officially named these guys so we’re assigning them names just to make identification easier.
Recently this version popped up for sale in Japan and although we didn’t purchase him I’d like to at least show another side of this collectible figurine.
All three of these versions were made in Japan by Modern Plastics during the 1960s. The football guy wearing number 35 was more than likely promoting Yashica’s line of 35mm cameras but little else is know about him. He is…
The absolutely stunning attack on the most visible symbol of American democracy on 6 January 2021 should be a lesson to us all that words matter. For far too long the lunatic fringes of our society have been given a free pass by claiming that their organization’s members are nothing more than spirited “patriots”. What I witnessed yesterday was an armed insurrection attacking the United States Capitol building while Congress was in session and the current vice president and vice president-elect were present. This is unacceptable in a free democracy with well established laws and rules. It was not a protest, it was the pure definition of mob violence directed at the freely elected representatives of our government. And we all know who, just moments before the attack was the prime instigator. Breaking laws and planning a coup against our government is a serious crime that should be punished to the full extent of the law.
I believe in my country and I believe our Republic will prevail as long as the lunatic fringes of our society are reeled in and labeled for what they are – Rebellious Traitors. I served over 22 years in the United States Navy during the height of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. I would have given my life to protect this country and I expect nothing less from our elected officials that take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic. The same oath I took back in 1975.
I suggest a formal inquiry be conducted to root out the cancerous factions within and without our government. Someone and somebody is responsible for instigating the events of yesterday with their constant lies and inciteful words and actions.
Don’t let the ideals that make this country great fade out or be overrun by terrorists and extremists. – Chris
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2020 was a pretty dynamic year as far as our camera collection was concerned. Lots of outgoing cameras and lenses and a few (well more than a few) additions. Here’s my top 6 new members of the hoard.
An eclectic mix of cameras presented in no particular order.
Believe it or not but there’s a few more not listed here. I’ll blog about those soon. There were many more outgoing cameras in our collection in 2020 which is always a good thing.You can’t keep them all.
Thanks for stopping by and a big thanks to all of my new followers that joined the blog in 2020. Also a very big thanks to all of my followers since day one back in 2015. I couldn’t have ever imagined over 700 followers in my wildest dreams. Thanks!!! – Chris
While doing some research on late 1950s Japanese 35mm rangefinder cameras, I came across the Leotax brand. Their cameras are highly regarded by collectors and photographers alike. They have a reputation of being one of the better built Leica inspired models, especially during the early 1950s. I personally believe that Nicca built the best versions as I own several different models and I occasionally shoot with a Nicca 3-S.
My good friend Paul Sokk pointed out that a Leotax camera box in my collection has the name of the model spelled differently than the accepted norm – ‘Merite vs. Merit’. Intrigued we both started looking for proof as to the camera’s “real” name. The camera was also known as the model TV2.
My recently acquired Leotax Merite camera box (from Japan). Mérite in French.
“Excellent mechanism with the best technology”… Leotax Merite