Death Of A Camera: Cheerio, Kodak Z740

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The rain twists slowly across the landscape. It hisses around me, making the world sound like a dead channel, and it clatters against the back of my waterproof as I hunch over my rucksack to fish out my camera.

What a view.

“Please, let nothing change – this is perfect,” I say to myself, ignoring the fact that physically I’m in a fairly miserable state. However, just for a few minutes I will be able to banish what my rational brain is telling me – that my so-called waterproof trousers obviously aren’t, that I’m standing on a Northumbrian hillside in the rain on December 29th, while other people are laying on the floor and groaning from being mince-pied and turkeyed to the brink of death, and it’s only a matter of time until my boots fill with water, at which point Full-Blown Misery will commence. For a few minutes, I can put the camera up to my eye, and the world will recede, the same way it does when I’m tapping out or scribbling down words. For a very short while, it will be nice to not be here.

I compose my shot, hold down the shutter release…

That’s odd.

I check the batteries. Oh well, I’ve had these rechargeables for years – I know they’re topped up because I did it last night, but maybe their charge has shallowed out with use. Fair enough. I dig out the pack of brand new batteries I bought at Hexham Tesco the day before, spend a few moments cursing because my fingers are too cold to lever the plastic away from the cardboard back, and pop 2 fully-charged AA cells into my camera.

I turn it on.

After a few seconds, the power indicator flashes red – and it shuts down again.

Alas. After ten years, my trusty point & click Kodak Z740 is no more.

But I can’t complain. I knew it was coming, which is why I’d been scanning point & click camera options for the last year. I wasn’t using it to learn to take photos – that’s what my Canon EOS30D is for.

Still, ten years is a lot of photos, even for someone as erratic with a camera as I am…

Ten years is a good time for a camera to last. But it’s a royal pain that I’ve discovered this at the beginning of my walk. Well, c’est la merde. I shove the inert, suddenly useless lump of metal back into my rucksack, turn and trudge onwards.

My Kodak Z740 is dead.

(Oh HAI,  just-arrived Panasonic Lumix).

All photos: Mike Sowden.

  • Gorgeous….and people say that a point & shoot doesn’t take good pictures. If you are looking, the camera is really secondary.

    • Mikeachim

      Sometimes, the scenery does ALL the work. ;)

      Thanks, Sharon.

  • pam

    That night shot, in the market/restaurant street? Lovely. Really really really lovely.

    • Mikeachim

      T’was. That was a deliciously warm night in Chania, Crete, and I was hunting for a free and fairly inexpensive table for one. I can’t remember what I ate, or where I sat – I just remember the light and the shadow, and the way the whole street felt so genial and welcoming. Goosepimples, remembering it.

  • The Lumix is well lush. I’m considering getting one as my ‘carryinmypocket’ camera. I’ve been considering it for a while. I should really have got one when my G9 was stolen before Christmas, but my ma (bless her cottons) was hell-bent on getting me a like-for-like replacement. So I have a G9. Which I can’t currently make talk to my Macbook. Sigh.

    Also? What Pam said about the night shot of the restaurants? Spot on. Same goes for the men in armour.

    • Mikeachim

      The Canon Powershot G9? Looks a nice piece of kit. I can’t blame you (or your Ma)…

      The Lumix is so tiny and portable and cute it makes me want to stroke it with cooing noises. Unfortunately/luckily, I’m a Real Man. What photos I’ve taken have been crystal-clear. Really powerful little gizmo. But I need to get back up Hadrian’s Wall way to see what it’s capable of.

      Ta for your kind words. :) The shiny-headed men? York Viking Festival. Perhaps obviously. Maybe I’ll just shut up now. Yes, that’d be best, Mike.

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