The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love...Kenya

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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Counting the Days

I am dead in the middle of production, and so slammed I can't see straight. I am looking forward to my marathon shoot tomorrow in the freezing rain with the client on set...yip-freaking-eee. I am currently 109 days away from staging and the excitement is beginning to build.

So, my camera dilemma remains. I am such an avid photog, but have never bought gear retail. One reason for that is because my current cameras are about as old as I am. I have the dosh, but can't seem to part with it. But, check this out, I'll buy plane tickets in a heart beat, not even giving it a second thought. Last week a friend invited me to stay with her family at a house they rented in the Bahamas. In a matter of days I had bought the tix and confirmed the trip. Now, the natty part of this story is, the plane tickets were half the price of my desired camera, but I have been drooling over the new camera for about 5 months. What in the world is wrong with me? I know part of it, at least with my 30 year old cameras, I know the technology is outdated, but time tested. With the new stuff, next week could be something better coming down the pike.

Ok, back to the grind. At least this bout of production is a reminder of what I am giving up and how much it doesn't even phase me.


  • At 1:19 PM, Blogger Brian Reeves said…

    Keep ya head up, gyal!

    As for cameras, I'm not as much of a photography nut as you, but I found the idea of a digital camera to be pretty important. Last time I had a Kodak Advantix camera and it was great but the problem was it was very expensive (film ran around 13 dollars for a roll of 25), it wasn't available in the Caribbean, and there was no way to check your pictures for quality until they had been developed. My digital camera (I bought a Sony DSC-P73) has lots of memory (up to a couple hundred pictures, depending on size), and can even record MPEG videos. It's small enough to reasonably carry around to catch candid moments, and the quality is high enough to make decent prints.

    When you leave for the Peace Corps, concerns about new technology outdating your investment weeks after purchase will no longer be very relevant; access to new technology will be limited at best, so make sure you go into service with something you'll be satisfied using for at least two years. I personally recommend digital for the above reasons, and selecting something small enough to carry around. If you have the money, as you indicate in your post, you can buy a $600 dollar digital camera that has picture quality high enough to rival non-digital cameras, and even record little movies (which I think will end up being more valuable than the pictures themselves).

  • At 8:41 PM, Blogger Me said…

    Ok, this is going to sound outragous, but the kit I hope to take will have three cameras:

    Nikon D70 - soon to purchase if I can come off the cash.

    Nikon F3 - gift from client and excellent camera...will be great to shoot Black and White, which digital hasn't mastered. Also a great back-up camera for when the electronic world has failed me.

    Canon Powershot S410 - Great point and shoot, very discrete and excellent glass for a point and shoot.

    Now, I have a plan for image storage and solar power for the juice.

    All this to say, yes, photography is important to me. I want to use my time in Peace Corps to try and become better at it. It is my art, the filter through which the world makes a little more sense.

    It is very odd, I am a Television Producer, but time and again I choose to take stills. I have lugged video with me a few times and I never use it. I think the Canon has a video feature, but I never really use it. I guess that is because I am spoiled. Video to me means good (read expensive) cameras with top flight operators to boss around (essentially a Producer's job).

    I am committed to getting the Nikon D70 this week (no, really I am, just wait and see). I have a steep learning curve to overcome, so that I can just shoot away in Africa and not worry about what the images are really looking like.

    Thanks for the support. Hope the flooding in Guyana is over!

  • At 10:41 PM, Blogger renee said…

    oh my. i am so happy to find someone (or others, i have yet to read other people's comments) who are going to Kenya to work in health/sanitation. i am having the same dillema of what camera to take, though since i am no expert photographer, i think i may stick to my two favorites, my sony digital (which has been there for me many a time) and my classic 1975 minolta (old, yes, but i am so used to it, being that it was my first REAL camera)I am so nervous too. what to pack, which i have been mentally doing over and over, and other such things.


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