Camera diagnosis – my camera is kaput…but there’s a new one in my future!

It’s one of those events that has given me some insight at how integral my camera is to my life. In October I reported on this blog that my camera was sent in for a cleaning. I took advice about where to send it, from a local reliable camera store. Okay. Elaborate prep packaging and paper work done; then sent it off for a cleaning. Oh no. Get it back and it’s broken. I mean, really broken. Darn it. I remain calm. It’s only a camera. (As my former boss would say to me, “Nobody died, Catherine.” Words to live by, if you think about them. Gives me a good perspective on the the-order-of-importance of hierarchy.)

One week goes by and I am feeling bereft, disoriented and slightly bewildered. No camera. I use my phone for photos, which proves to have limitations, no Zoom lens for one, and disturbing artifacts that activate like ‘live’ photos- a Very ghost in the machine effect.

Images shot with my smart phone – I did not see the refections when I was shooting the pics of the Wests at the zoo. This is one happy accident of art, of the reflections in a window, while viewing the Gorilla.

Sooo, what to do. What to do? I sent the sad camera to Chicago and the bad news was that the entire zoom lens and motor had to be replaced. Oh yes. The cost was more than the camera was worth. Ugh. Asked for advice (what do I know?) from a dear friend who knows about the dollars worth and the world. The verdict: purchase a new camera.

Cameras are a market where technology rules. I’m a painter and photography is my hobby. I took classes in it at the university. I do not need a mega professional camera for what I do. However I would like one with some wizardry built in.

Nowadays cameras are like small robots that make pictures for the user. I researched the internet about models that interested me. Very slowly I began to grasp the newest stuff out there. It’s daunting to read endless reviews and jargon and look up what the jargon means. Hey! Do I want to make videos or selfies or have a touch screen? Nah. I want a better zoom than I had, yeah… and so forth. Me – a very grateful user of all the geek sites that review cameras. I just typed in what type of camera I was looking for “Camera X reviews” and I had hours of fun reading.

Santa Claus is bringing me a new camera. I picked it out. Whew, that was work and I fretted until that was over. Relief has come over me.

In the meantime, I have started to rebuild my art website. I have begun to add art work – portraits and some stories behind the work. There is still work to be done on the site, including a contact form.

Shot with a smart phone – Greetings of the Season to you!

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen. I am grateful for all the people who stop by my kitchen with their kind words, great art, recipes and thoughtful comments.


I want to say hello to all my friends at Fiesta Friday #202!   There are cookies in my week to bake! Cohosts this week are Judi @ and Laurena @ Life Diet Health

About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Chopped veggies in a Zen monastery for a weekend. (Seriously) Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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23 Responses to Camera diagnosis – my camera is kaput…but there’s a new one in my future!

  1. Oh, gosh, I’ve been having camera problems, too! Glad you posted this, and I’ll check out your links.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Oh no! Here’s hoping that your new camera is far superior to your broken one… A blessing in disguise! Thanks for linking up to Fiesta Friday.

  3. One of my nick names apart from Fonz is Silverback. So as you can imagine I laughed out loud to see him looking at your children. Lovely nature isn’t it. 😊

  4. My camera is not broke but I would like to get a new one – not sure what though! Great reflections of the little boy and gorilla.

  5. Looking forward to hearing which camera you purchased after all that research. Have a wonderful holiday.

  6. What camera did you pick?

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