I’ve been using Canon’s PowerShot G line of cameras for several years now as my primary point-and-shoot.
I like these cameras a lot because they offer a lot of DSLR features in a much smaller size, and I don’t have to worry about detachable lenses. Also, the kit costs much less than a DSLR.
Also, I can use my underwater gear to get pictures like this.
So I was using a Canon PowerShot G9 until a year ago, when it mysteriously died, about the same time this happened…
Not sure how exactly it died, but I kept it and had always hoped I could put it back together.
In the meantime, I’ve been shooting with a Canon PowerShot G11, which is very similar to the G9 except that it’s image sensor is a bit more sensitive, it has slightly better controls, and a nicer LCD screen.
As you can imagine, the day I got my G11, the impetus to fix the G9 dropped substantially.
Fast forward to a couple of nights ago when I decided it was time to see about fixing the G9.
Once I started poking around the inner bits of the camera, it quickly became obvious that it was a lost cause.
This camera was dead dead.
It’s an odd thing, but I was quite sad when I reached this realization.
I guess it just got me thinking about balance. I don’t want to define myself by my stuff (like the Ikea catalog scene from Fight Club), but neither do I want to become so unattached from my stuff that I can loose several phones/cameras in a couple months and not think anything of it.
My sister said something to the effect of taking care of the stuff that you have so that you can get the most good out of it.
I guess that’s kind of the point.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I like taking pictures, and my camera allows me to do that, so I will take care of my camera.