Well folks, the bigger, badder Fuji S700 arrived today, and as I noted in the previous post, I'm just getting familiar with its most basic features! But I don't want to spend this quick post rattling off all its prowess ... in fact I'd rather sing the praises of its older and smaller cousin the Finepix 2650.
The 2650 was my introduction to digital photography and it has done some amazing work for me over the past five years. For a mere P&S of 2 measly mega pixels, it has outperformed a lot of other cameras I've seen, thus making me a confirmed fan of Fuji cameras.
This little camera has really been a trooper over the years, and has survived bad weather of all sorts, drops and many other adverse conditions with nary a complaint. To be honest, I'm a bit wistful to put it aside in semi-retirement ... This was the camera that finally brought the joys of profligate photography to me, because up until the point I got the 2650, I had always thought of photography as something that was just too expensive for my admittedly modest means. This little camera blew that notion right out of my head and opened up a whole new world of experimentation with what I could do with a good quality basic digital camera. It has taken literally thousands of (mostly good to amazing) shots of all sorts of subjects, but has really excelled in macro mode capturing the diverse flowers we have planted all over the garden. This blog is a testimonial to what it can do, because everything here was taken with the 2650 since the very beginning.
As you can see in these photos, neither camera is really big, and even the S700, though larger, is relatively compact (thus the smell phone prop up for comparison). As for the 2650, I'm not sure right now what I'll do with it ... I could sell it for a fraction of what it cost, or I could pass it on to another novice photographer (what I'd prefer) who wants to get a start in the digital realm. Admittedly, it has gotten a bit quirky in its "old age," but I think it still has a lot of life in it for the right person ... then again I might just hang on to it and use it in situations where I care less about the fancy features and just want to take snapshots ... I'm truly undecided at this point, because this little guy has been way too good to me over the years, and I have a somewhat emotional attachment to it.
I guess you never forget your first digital camera, eh? I'll always think fondly of the 2650, no matter what! (Want to guess which camera took which pic?)