My Genius Husband

Summer last year, Troy picked up a Canon Rebel XS camera with a broken shutter curtain from a garage sale for relatively cheap. The person who sold it to him said that it wouldn't cost much to have it repaired. Liar. I asked around in some Canon photography forums and everyone said that buying a new camera would cost less than having it repaired. So the camera had to go into the closet and stayed there for an indefinite time. Until last night. Troy started fiddling with it and fixed the camera in, like, 10 seconds. Such a genius. I don't know why he didn't do it earlier, like 6 months ago, but at least he did it.

I've been playing around with the camera since. I'm so used to shooting with bulky, heavy SLR cameras that are older than myself that the Rebel XS feels as light as a feather in my hand. I'm also so used to shooting with all those old cameras in manual mode (since that's the only mode available) that the first time I tried the AF mode, I was so impressed, I could pee my pants. Except I wasn't wearing pants, but you get the point.

And since the said genius husband wants me to tell you all about the cameras we acquired this past weekend, I guess I just have to, or else. Well, we picked up two cameras from the popular Olympus XA series (XA1 and XA2) and two Praktica cameras (Praktica LTL, which is an SLR camera, and Praktica nOvex KAF, which is a point-and-shoot camera). The Olympus XA2 is the most costly of the bunch but we got it for less than what you'd have to pay for one on eBay so it's all good.
I'd elaborate, but I'm tired, so off to bed I go!


  1. Gordon
    March 13, 2006

    So, basi­cal­ly, you walk around with no pants on when you test your cam­eras? What ARE you tak­ing pho­tos of!! ;-)
    Please do elab­o­rate, I’m in need of a cam­era upgrade but lack funds.. any hints would be wel­comed.

  2. Troy
    March 13, 2006

    Gor­don: I guess it all depends on what type of pic­tures you want to take, whether you want to use film or not, and ulti­mate­ly the amount of funds you do have. The best places to start look­ing for old­er cam­eras are flea mar­kets, thrift stores, antique stores and oth­er places like that. I’ll let Fir­da answer more, since she is the pho­tog­ra­pher in the fam­i­ly.

  3. Firda
    March 13, 2006

    Gor­don, I’m not sure if you’re into shoot­ing film because all the cam­eras I men­tioned in this entry are film cam­eras. But if you’re look­ing for a dig­i­tal cam­era, Pana­son­ic Lumix DMC-LZ2 sounds good enough to eat and I think the price is pret­ty rea­son­able. The black one looks espe­cial­ly yum­my.

  4. Michael Bains
    March 19, 2006

    I was check­in’ my Site Meter and found that some­one came to my site via a Google on “Depres­sion Sucks”. One of the entries, which I decid­ed to click on for kicks, was this one from 2004.
    Just want­ed to stop by and say “I’m glad you’re still alive!”
    Not so much me right now. As you said back then though, I’ll get over it.
    Nice evo­lu­tion of your blog, btw.


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