Good-bye, Old Friend

by Wendy Copley on February 17, 2010

Good-bye, old friend.

The time has come to say good-bye to my beloved camera. My Canon Digital Rebel 300D has officially bit the dust. It started flashing an error message two weeks ago, and after a consultation with a repair shop I was informed that the shutter was broken and it would cost nearly $200 to repair. Ouch! Since this would be the second repair in less than a year, I had some hard thinking to do. I chatted up some of my photographer-type friends and the consensus seemed to be that the life span of a camera like mine wasn’t much longer than the five years I’ve had it. Sure, I could fix the camera this time, but there are likely other parts that are on the verge of wearing out. I started seeing lots of expensive repairs in my future.

Still, I hate the idea that a camera like this is simply at the end of it’s life. I’m really, really annoyed that something this expensive isn’t built to last or even really built to be repaired. It drives me nuts that so many products are cheaper to replace than to maintain!

I stewed over this decision for over a week and then finally, my husband decided that he was going to get me a new camera. My new camera arrivedĀ  today and I’m so excited about it. It’s faster, smaller, it has a bigger screen and lots more bells and whistles. I know it’s going to be a really great friend to me.

But I’m still feeling a little sentimental about my old camera. It had a really good run. I’m not sure of the exact date we got it, but I know that it was in early April of 2005, so we’ve had it approximately 4 years, 10 months or 1767 days. In that time I took…

Wait for it…

Seriously, it’s worth it.

47577 photos!

That’s an average of 27 photos per day for the last five years! Wow!

This old camera has captured births and birthdays, Christmases, Halloweens, babies, big kids, cuddles, naps, friends, family, beach trips, snow trips, trips to the playground, countless photos of a kid in a Batman suit, countless pictures of toddlers eating in their high chairs, bentos — dear God, there have been a lot of bento pictures! There have been photos of dishes, laundry, craft projects, and other things that are so mundane I can’t even remember them. Lamps! I’ve taken photos of lamps! Seriously — who takes pictures of lamps?

A woman who loves her camera, that’s who.

Good-bye, old friend. Thanks for all the memories!

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  • Truly a great camera. Did you ever give it a name? Did it have a gender?

  • No — I never gave it a name or assigned a gender. I always thought of it as “The Camera” so maybe that was it's name.

  • Nishtha

    Aww. It has served you well. I am now inspired to do my own project 365 on my Nikon.
    *Commenting for the first time. *

  • lgalarneau

    I totally remember when you got that camera!!! So what did you end up with?

  • robin

    I had that same decision and same camera last year. The CMOS sensor was starting to fail. I am with you on the whole “cheap” products that cost us a fortune and can't be repaired. It's sad. Hope you like your new camera. What did you get?

  • rookiemomwhitney

    I sorta felt like crying after I read this.

  • ~M~

    Wouldn't this entry and that photo make a great scrapbook entry? Mr Camera has been a huge part of your daily life! He deserves a scrapbook tribute!

  • Nishtha, that's fabulous! I'd love to see some of your photos.

  • I got the Rebel XSi, a more recent version of the same camera. It's different enough that I need to read the manual, though!

  • I got the Canon XSi and I'm loving it so far. I need to dig into the manual to get familiar with some of the new features though.

  • “It drives me nuts that so many products are cheaper to replace than to maintain!”

    Ditto, ditto, ditto and AMEN!
    I was shocked, horrified, appalled, last week when I read Bakerella referring to printers these days as something like “free machines with purchase of ink cartridges” and being glib about how disposable they are these days. AUGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!! NO, NO, NO!

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