I’m not happy.
I think my camera has shuttered its last shot. I love that camera and have used it more than any other camera I’ve ever owned. Even my 35mm cameras, the ones tucked away unused, never handled as much work. But now, there is a big error box on the screen about the shutter button. And we can’t seem to fix the issue.
First off, the camera has some age on it, like eight or nine years? Maybe. I’ve gone through countless lens and external flash, but the camera body has always been tough and reliable. It has put up with some rough moments when I carried it hiking, when I was chasing butterfly and bees. Helping me photograph snakes from a safe distance. This camera is an old friend. I like this camera.
When the error screen first came up, I tried what I thought would work. You know, the reboot thing. Turn it off…wait…back on. Nope. I even took the battery out at one point, but nope. I then ceremoniously, handed it to my son and gave him the same pitiful look that the dogs have when they want inside. He looked at the error, he ran through all the menus on the camera, then we came in here and researched the problem. Following the videos showing what to do, he took the bottom off the camera and moved that shutter wheel thingy. (Sorry about the technical talk) Upon testing it, we thought it was fixed.
So he put it all back together.It wasn’t fixed.
I know its old, but I really like this camera. Maybe I shouldn’t be so attached, but this camera has been with me all over the place. I would feel as if I were letting it down if I simply set it aside with an “oh well” I did check the Nikon web page. This camera has been -archived- I checked amazon. I can get a used with no guarantees body for sixty dollars or so. Why would I toss money at something with no guarantee? I don’t have money to just throw away.
I’ve already posted on my social media page asking if anyone knew of anyone local who actually still worked on cameras. I have had a response, but it wasn’t quite as local as I had hoped. My son said good luck. He doubted I would find one since phones have such good cameras now.
As I write this out, I’m thinking that technology keeps changing at some breakneck speed. The things that I recall from my youth, how we would have never imagined it would become the things of today. I remember those big cabinet type televisions, and now while they may be massive in width, they are only inches deep. WIFI magic in the air. Bluetooth. So many things, the differences, the changes the adjustments made over time.
There is one thing I am glad of, the One who never changes. Who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Always the same, always in control, always loves us. Earthly things will pass away to time, but His love endures forever.