New Camera! Now I Can Finally Dump Nikon
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New Camera! behold the awesomeness! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4, cropped — 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1400 — full exif
New Camera!
behold the awesomeness!

It was my birthday yesterday, and knowing my taste for high-end photography equipment, Fumie got a new camera for me.

Scale vs. a chopstick holder seen in this old post -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4, cropped — 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1000 — full exif
Scale
vs. a chopstick holder seen in this old post
Photo Taken Above I knew it would be too close to focus -- Kyoto, Japan -- http://regex.info/blog/
Photo Taken Above
I knew it would be too close to focus
Pushed Back a Bit apparently still too close -- Kyoto, Japan -- http://regex.info/blog/
Pushed Back a Bit
apparently still too close
First Photo the scene through the viewfinder is best described as “approximate” -- Kyoto, Japan -- http://regex.info/blog/
First Photo
the scene through the viewfinder is best described as “approximate”

It's about the size of an egg, and delivers about the same in photographic quality. I love it.

It's a Leadworks “Mini Digital Camera”, sporting a 0.3MP (640×480) sensor and an internal memory that can hold 20 shots before you have to download to its proprietary software (Windows only) using its proprietary drivers and proprietary USB cable. you can see more here, and even buy one yourself.

It has a counter on the back, and that's pretty much it. Anthony played around and quickly took 20 shots, then had to wait for me to download them. It's digital, with the convenience of film!

Finally, I can get rid of my crappy Nikon gear.

Anthony Playing Around -- Kyoto, Japan -- http://regex.info/blog/
Anthony Playing Around
Me Playing Around with my inferior Nikon gear -- Kyoto, Japan -- http://regex.info/blog/
Me Playing Around
with my inferior Nikon gear
Reverse Angle of the 2nd shot in this post -- Kyoto, Japan -- http://regex.info/blog/
Reverse Angle
of the 2nd shot in this post

It comes with a key-chain clip, so will find itself attached to my camera bag.


All 13 comments so far, oldest first...

Since you’ve upgraded, I call first dibs on your Nikon!

I knew you would, so already shipped it off to you this afternoon. Should be at your place by the weekend. Enjoy. 😀 —Jeffy

— comment by Marcina, USA on April 13th, 2010 at 11:36pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Congratulations to your birthday dude! 🙂

— comment by saha on April 13th, 2010 at 11:44pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

“Digital, with the convenience of film” made me laugh.

— comment by Zak on April 14th, 2010 at 12:37am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Crimony! And to think I wasted all those pesos (on my birthday just a few weeks back) on a Pentax K7. Now THAT there, is a camera. (Can you say Bokeh, ladies & gentlemen?) Happy Birthday!

— comment by Ron Evans on April 14th, 2010 at 2:04am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Happy birthday, Jeffrey. Cute camera.

— comment by Julia on April 14th, 2010 at 2:34am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

For Heaven’s sake, get another one and make a pair of earrings out of them. Then you’ll always have one handy for Anthony to play with.

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on April 14th, 2010 at 3:10am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Did this post get lost in a time warp for 2 weeks?

Alas, my birthday is not on April Fool’s Day, so no, I didn’t get the camera until the other day. —Jeffrey

— comment by Rob on April 14th, 2010 at 5:08am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I still have my first generation non-ironic 640 x 480 digital camera. It won’t fit on a keychain, though.

I had something or other back in ’97 whose best was 640 x 480, but it’s quality far far exceeded that of the new equipment in today’s post. I took it out today in the daylight to give it a better workout… we’ll see. Maybe I shouldn’t have sent my Nikon gear to my sister. (-: —Jeffrey

— comment by nils on April 14th, 2010 at 10:30am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Happy birthday, Jeffrey.

From 3rd to 5th images I was thinking that you were too giddy with Nikon 85mm lens, until it occurred to me that tiny camera might actually be capable of shooting award winning images.

🙂

— comment by parv on April 14th, 2010 at 12:49pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I like the last picture. Lots of humor

— comment by Expat in Va on April 14th, 2010 at 10:28pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Happy Birthday, Jeff

and congrats on your new birthday camera. I hope to see some super posts
on the ever-turning, always new ways of looking at our 1100 year old home.

— comment by Father Mac on April 17th, 2010 at 8:49pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi!
I bought this exact camera when I was in Japan, the problem is that I can’t get it to work unless it’s plugged into the computer with the usb cable. Wee bit frustrating. But yours seems to be working fine without being plugged in. How did you do it? Is it something idiotic like having to put batteries in it or do you actually have to do something to it? it’s all a mystery to me since I can’t read the Japanese instructions.

cheers!

You do need to put batteries in it (AAA, in the bottom), and press the button on the back to turn it on. —Jeffrey

— comment by Lina on April 28th, 2010 at 6:58am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hello,
i just got this same camera brought for Japan, my friends didn’t know you can’t use it with mac
…. 🙁

i am just wondering if there is any chance of some trick for doing it!

thank you very much

I ran WIndows in a window on my Mac using VMWare, and ran the software that way. —Jeffrey

— comment by Carlota on October 18th, 2010 at 7:06am JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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