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Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Luke, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I was just trawling through the local sale lists looking for an under-appreciated gem...... maybe an old film camera or a cool lens no one had scooped up yet. I don't remember the early days of digital photography gear because I just wasn;t into it. But where all early cameras so crazy looking?
    Sony Mavica MVC-FD91 0.8mp Digital Camera with 14x optical zoom
     
  2. I remember ones like that. There were some strange ones for sure and they did not come close to the quality of the film cameras.

    My Dad bought one and it was fun but the 1.2 MP just did not cut it.
     
  3. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 7, 2010
    It recorded to a 3.5" floppy drive, later models used a 100MByte "Superfloppy".

    Look for a Nikon 100- the entire camera went into a PCMCIA slot, 100K pixels?
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I think I'll try bringing a "floppy" disc into the local photo processing place and see what they do with it.
     
  5. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    The first digital photo I took, using a borrowed Sony Mavica with a 3.5 in. floppy disc, was an image of a Peregrine Falcon sitting on the ledge outside my 28th floor office in downtown Houston, circa 1998. I probably have that file somewhere.....but it's likely to be on an unreadable medium of some sort....:frown:
     
  6. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 7, 2010
    I have many 20 year old floppies that are still readable. I just recently found a ZIP100 disk, backed up ~1998 with a lot of files I thought lost.

    I have working 3.5" and 5.25"floppy drives, ZIP, JAZ, and CLIK drives. Also have a CP/m computer in the basement. Have not fired it up in years. I used to process satellite images on it.
     
  7. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 7, 2010
    Fujix DS-515A Digital Card Camera | eBay

    Mine works, and carries the Nikon "Red Stripe". Fuji and Nikon partnered on these. Not many built, mine is a Nikon E3, Sn 67. 1280x1000 resolution. These were $7K cameras.
     
  8. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Awesome find, Luke. Gotta love how this person has all the original packaging... I wonder if they were using up until now?

    Crazy how expensive the digital stuff was at the start... I can see why a lot of people stuck with analog (that and the 800k pixels). :biggrin:
     
  9. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    800,000 pixels do fill a 1024-by-768 monitor with a few pixels to spare. For those of us still using that resolution, every photo being viewed full screen is only 800k...

    Just sayin'...:smile:
     
  10. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 7, 2010
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    Kodak DC120, circa 1997. About 800K pixels, interpolated to 1280x960 when made into JPEG from RAW.
     
  11. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    You can't blame the manufacturers for designing their cameras like that. It was the time when Sigourney Weaver, due to her strong Amazonian role in Aliens, was the new wonder woman. So all men were modelling the cams on Xenomorphs:
    AVP_Xenomorph.

    Honestly almost every new digicam of the day was born of that mould.

    Just a shame camera designers didn't, and still don't, style them based on aliens that resonate with folks like me, you know more like these handsome devils.....







    morlocks1.
    Hmmm...then again there's a little Penatx K-01 about them isn't there?
     
  12. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 7, 2010
    Not all of the Digital cameras were that ugly.

    Nikon Coolpix 600, also 800K pixels, from 1998:

    Nikon Coolpix 600: Digital Photography Review

    Used CF cards, had an LCD, even very-slow Liveview. The latter was for use mostly for Macro mode.