It was 22 Years Ago Today


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It was 22 Years Ago Today

15 Jun 2020 9:12AM   Views : 424 Unique : 302

I'm overshooting that title I wanted yesterday by a couple of years, but in fact it was 1998 when I won a sales competition and became the proud new owner of a Kodak Easyshare digital camera, with an immense 1.3MP. At the time I was using medium format film for my larger prints, so 800x600 pixels didn't really attract me and I passed the camera along to Sue. The advantages soon became apparent though, and she produced some very good images, albeit it very small images by today's standards. Sue then managed to fling the Kodak camera at the ground to ensure that I had to buy her a better one. No, OK, I'll rewrite that; she was struggling into the house trying to carry far too many things from the car and the camera slipped out of her grasp onto the floor. Just an accident, but one that we just have to pull her leg about....But a better one was indeed duly bought and we moved to a Canon S30, now a mighty 3MP. Yesterday I told you about our first major jump from film to digital, the Fuji S602 Pro, followed by the Fuji S7000. After that we went to the Pentax *istDS, the first affordable Pentax DSLR, and away we soared.....

But back to the Kodak Easyshare and I found the floppy discs, actually Kodak Image Magic Picture Disks, dusted off the external A drive and had a look. The images actually needed no adjustments in most cases, and were bright, colourful and sharp, within the limitations of the low pixel count. However, if they were used on forums and many other web pages, then I doubt that anyone would comment. Let's have a look and see what we think. All pictures by Sue.

Tatton Park










Moseley Old Hall

Unknown building

Remember floppy disks?



I have to say I'm quite impressed by the images and as a notebook for publishing in a blog, for example, the Kodak Easyshare would still be usable. Slow and with a small incovenient screen perhaps, but usable. If it hadn't been dropped we could give it a whirl, but I think we'll stay where we are now, having moved on by 22 years.

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15 Jun 2020 2:58PM
The tonal range is quite remarkable and viewing them on a phone, as many people do, they could easily have been made with the latest kit

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