single frame: Bike xing

Bike Xing

Bike xing
Canon PowerShot S95

My Canon PowerShot S95 was a gift at Christmas in 2010. I can’t believe it just keeps working. Aren’t digital cameras supposed to be fragile, and fail after just a few years of use?

I’ve certainly used mine heavily. I’ve probably made 10,000 photographs with it.

I was still learning this camera’s ropes when a few co-workers and I took a photo walk Downtown. The city had just installed these bike-path markers in the pavement.


8 responses to “single frame: Bike xing”

  1. dan james Avatar

    Jim, I think some are better than others! I have a Nikon Coolpix I bought in 2011 that’s still going strong. The only thing that recently went is the rubber thumb grip, so I just super glued it back on.

    In the first seven months I had it I remember shooting 1000+ photos a month, and must have shot another two or three times that since – it must have made 250000+ pictures, if not more.

    I have three Pentax DSLRs (well, one Pentax, two Samsung clones) that were all from 2006 and they all seem to be fine.

    I suspect in the future it’s more likely that software and hardware (in)compatibility with be the issue that prevents us using them, more than anything else, as it was with film cameras when certain types of film was no longer available.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I guess these digital cameras all have shutters designed to fire only so many times. So in a way they are all time bombs waiting to explode. My K10D had a low number of shutter actuations, by the way, so it and I should be good for a long time. My genuine Pentax M42 adapter arrived yesterday by the way! Now to make some time to try it. That’s quite challenging – life has been very full lately.

      1. dan james Avatar

        Yeh my K10D is pretty low too, less than 10k I think. Hopefully years of use left in them!

        Glad you got the adapter. The K10D plus Takumar(s) can certainly weave some magic!

  2. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    Your camera outlasted my iPhone :-)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It outlasted my first one, too. I got my 5 after I got the S95. But I don’t carry the S95 with me everywhere every day, and haul it out 25 times a day. I also manage to drop the iPhone from time to time. I’ve only dropped the S95 once. I wonder how well the S95 would hold up under that level of punishment.

  3. tbm3fan Avatar

    I still have a Nikon Coolpic 5400 to use for slit lamp photos. That one dates to 2003 and got it used. Then there are the Canon A590 and A720 bought used for quick shots for the web. Last I still use a Minolta Maxxum 7D which I found as a used body after several years of looking. Manufactured around 2005 and it had two things going for it. Controls I can access without using a menu, a real strong point, and it could mount all my Maxxum 7000 lenses. Very sharp, great colors only it seems to underexpose a bit which I had read about. I use it mainly in manual so I can pick ASA, speed and aperture along with compensation to override the underexposure tendency that I perceive.

  4. Photography Journal Blog Avatar

    Very nice, I like this image a lot.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you!

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