My New Canon Digital Camera (Plus Obit to My Old DigiCam)

dinesh wagle with canon digital camera
Wagle with new Canon digital camera that displays his own image- the first photo that was taken by the camera on the day he bought it. This photo and the one displayed were taken by Suraj Kunwar on 31 and 19 October. Clicking on the image will display the its enlarged version.

19 Oct [Kathmandu]: I vividly remember that day, some four years ago in the same shop in New Road where I bought a brand new Canon Digital Camera today, I had gone to buy a digital camera. That was Canon A370 camera, two 128 MB memory cards, two pairs of rechargeable batteries and a battery charger. I paid Rs. 27,000 for all that (the camera was 3.2 Mega Pixel).

The camera I bought today the camera is 7.1 Mega Pixel (Canon A570) and the pack included a slim 2 GB memory card, a pair of rechargeable batteries and a battery charger. The LCD is bigger and has more shock resistance capacity. The total cost: Rs. 19000. I could also add the inflation in Nepali market and currency over the last three years.

Dinesh Wagle image by the old Canon digital camera This is the image of Wagle taken by the old Canon camera, as the first image, on the day it was bought (27/04/2004- 18:45:36 PM). Pic by Ujjwal Acharya Clicking on the image will display the its enlarged version.

Things-especially the digital ones- have become cheaper on the one hand and bigger in terms of capacity and performance on the other.

Okay, I must write more on my four year old Canon A 370 that was working absolutely fine until last week. Then suddenly something happened to it, the LCD shopped displaying.

I bought that camera because that I really wanted to. And I must admit I made optimum use of the small and wonderful piece of machine. That camera really took me to the digital age and helped me in so many ways. The camera was most useful, among many things, to take pictures on my blogs and for my newspaper stories. Without that camera, no photo blogs on UWB and WSJ would have been possible. Many of my blog posts and newspaper stories have been greatly supported by the photos that I took with that camera. Many a times, the camera became the object of attack by the riot police who were desperately trying to control or suppress the pro-democracy demonstrations in pre-April 2006 days and months.

The camera was so much dear to me that I rarely gave that to other people. That camera was with me everywhere. And I used to carry it always. The official motto was: “It’s here, on my waist (or in my bag) 24/7.”

In retro, I have no complains against that camera. I must thank it, from the heart of its lens, for superb service it provided to me in its youthful days. Yes, there were many instances when I was frustrated because I couldn’t click fast enough to capture fast moving thinks, especially the police beatings in the rallies, but then it wasn’t really the camera’s mistake or mine either. It was designed or manufactured the way it was and I had decided to buy in the form it was available in the shop at that point in time.

The shopkeeper who sold me the camera said that it would cost about Rs. 3000 to fix the problem. And after that, he said, the camera would fetch as much as Rs. 3000 if I wanted to sell! So I have decided not to fix it and not to sell it for the time being. It’s an object of historical importance and significance for me! It’s a piece of antique! It has seen and experienced history in Nepal. Not to mention many different places in other parts of the world. As for now I have decided to keep it in my private collection! But that’s not the final decision yet. Many be some day I will consider putting it up at eBay for auction with the minimum bid of USD 5000. (Or this amount might increase in future, I am serious.)

[This blog post was written on the date specified in the dateline and was posted on the date shown on the post date.]

8 thoughts on “My New Canon Digital Camera (Plus Obit to My Old DigiCam)

  1. Finaally got to read the Great News! You look different , almost unrecognizble ( to me) at least four years ago! Seems like you caught the Star Disease too, they look better when they grow older!! That’s the miracle of the Age of Miracles ( if I can say so). You look somewhat shy too biting your lip there as opposed to your extra bold pics in your “Ping” sessions. Perhaps the camera helped you grow as a bolder person in front of it!! ( if I can throw a wild guess)

    My sincere obituary to the old camera too, its captured some once in a life time moments too. Made histories of mere events. Its a bad feeling to be the “murderer”of the antique nevertheless!! 😦 Hope the soul rests in peace.

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  2. And I think you mean “it stopped displaying” and not “shopped displaying” in the entry. It would have been better if the camera had been with someone else, wouldn’t it when stopped working?

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  3. “Perhaps the camera helped you grow as a bolder person in front of it!! ( if I can throw a wild guess)”

    >> I think that’s not entirely wrong guess. But just like every other people I also feel awkward when I am in front of a camera, especially for the first few minutes.

    “Its a bad feeling to be the “murderer” of the antique nevertheless!!”

    >> I do not understand why you have to have “bad feeling to be the murderer’.

    “And I think you mean “it stopped displaying” and not “shopped displaying” in the entry.”

    >>That’s right, thanks for correction.

    Thanks Reader for the link. I have written about Networking years ago, in Nepal magazine. I have written about social networking as well, most recently about Facebook in Kantipur.

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  4. LOL Ah the pretentious Wagle Lord who doesn’t understand “bad feeling to be the murderer’’?? Oh well, go back to the time when you conveyed me the news of what I did and what happened to the antique piece!

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  5. Well, I appreciate your effort in providing me with useful links. Only if I had a researcher who would do the same for my stories in paper and blogs! I doubt if there are (many or any) oldies in Kathmandu who are into social networking sites.

    But that’s a nice topic to do the story if, as I said earlier, there were good research on the topic so that I could find appropriate person to quote etc. In the western journalism, the researchers play important part in reporting and reporters do the job based on the results of such research. Here a reporter has to do all which means spending a lot of time in things other than reporting (which means wasting important time on non-reporting tasks). That’s my two cents on how we do journalism.

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