Wednesday, February 28, 2007

An expensive paperweight

I lost my grip on my beloved new digital camera last night and broke it. Understandably, I am not happy about this. I got the camera for Christmas, after a long period of frustration with a much more primitive digital model. I was having a lot of fun with it. I own a lot of cameras (two 35mm, the crappy old digital, the new -and newly broken- digital, and three antique cameras). I can't remember ever dropping one before.

You are probably thinking that this wouldn't have happened if I'd been using the wrist strap. You would be wrong, then. I was photographing some stuff on a counter top, so my wrist was too close to the surface for the strap to save the camera. It only fell a few inches and didn't seem to hit that hard, but the fully extended lens took all of the impact. Now it no longer functions, and the warranty doesn't cover owner stupidity. I'm sure it would cost more to fix it than to buy a new one. So now I own a very expensive paperweight.

10 comments:

LL said...

That can't be good.

Here's hoping you get back to snapping pics in no time. Look on the bright side, at least you can get the latest model. ;)

fermicat said...

The one I had was the latest model, dang it.

trinamick said...

Ooh, that bites. I am famous for dropping stuff, so I baby mine constantly. But I'm sure it's only a matter of time.

Beth said...

Oh my, I feel your pain, but have learned something new. Is that what the wrist strap is for?? I always wondered. I knew it couldn't be a lovely accessory or anything. I'm sorry about the camera though.

I never break a thing of mine. My children do it for me.

Dave said...

You might look at your homeowners insurance policy. If you have all risk, rather than named-peril, contents coverage, it might pay. Two caveats. Deductible might make it not worth it. If you are only going to get a small amount, eat the cost because you don't want the loss experience on your record.

Taylor said...

I am not convinced that there isnt the technology out there to make something like a digital camera more resilent. I think making them fragile is a ploy to create a constant market for them.

wa11z said...

I think Taylor is right. Hurry up and get another one.

Jim Donahue said...

I have a tendency to drop watches on hard floors and break them. I've lost track of how many I've lost that way over the years.

Kathleen said...

I dropped my favorite watch yesterday on the floor and found a flaw in the crystal later. I was so not happy.

I'm so paranoid about dropping my digital camera that I always use the wrist strap, but I'm sure that the day I do drop it it'll be like your scenario and it won't have mattered anyway.

bc said...

My first digital went into the lake. It was in shallow water but ruined none the less. I like the one I have now though but I want a higher model. Only thing about the higher models is that they have a special battery while mine takes AA.