Photograph of a Fujifilm Finepix F30 digital camera with the lens extended (on).

Fujifilm Finepix F30

I guess it had to happen.

I bought a new camera and the ol’ photo-mojo does a complete runner, and apart from some training/test shots I’ve not taken a picture with it.

This uninspired and lazy picture was taken on my desk. Lazy because if I was serious about it I’d have gone to the ‘photo closet‘, and set the camera up on a tripod so that I could get a good depth of field. Studying the picture more closely I would have also removed the hair stuck to the camera.

Whatever. This is my first digital camera — a Fujifilm F30 — bought in 2006. It’s been sitting on my ‘antique’ camera shelf for a year and a half now, and much to my surprise it still had a charge in the battery, and it works! I know it’s been on the shelf for that long because I looked at the pictures on the memory card — though it took me ten minutes to find a suitable USB cable so I could check.

Photograph of a Fujifilm Finepix F30 digital camera with the lens retracted (off).

Fujifilm Finepix F30

The F30 still impresses me, it takes wonderful pictures. The wear on the shutter button shows how much it has been used. The picture quality, longevity, and customer support from Fujifilm was a major factor in my decision to buy my X-E2s and X-E3 cameras. Customer support because Fujifilm repaired it free of charge when I broke it by very stupidly getting water in it, totally my fault.

Just to prove it still works …

Taken with my Fujifilm Finepix F30. This is straight out of camera with just a tad of artistic vignette added in Lightroom.


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