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Canon S2
Posted on 2008.02.04 at 21:14
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I've had this avatar for over a year, but never had reason to use it. That is, until today. My wife bought me the camera I've been eyeballing for nearly two years. "An early Valentine's gift" she called it. How the hell am I supposed to compete with that?

The Canon S3 IS is a point & shoot who thinks its an SLR. It emulates settings of f-stop, shutter speed and film speed. Its lens can accept filters and attachments, and it has one of the best zoom lens on the market for a point & shoot + its IS designation = Image Stability. Incredible, really.

I first ran across this model's predecessor, the S2, some time ago at OfficeMax in Saint Louis. Having only ever used my Minolta X-700 and the camera drax0r gave me - his aging Kodak DX3600, I was not familiar with the brand, outside of just coming off a visit with photogoot and his $10k Canon rig. But it came with Goot's stamp-o-approval, so began my hunt!

The S3 was released at $399 which it remained until the new S5 came out; The time to strike was now! Unfortunately, I found myself caught in that embarrassing time when hourly-wage retailers cannot explain to me why both the S3 and the S5 are the same price thus missing any sale items. The next day they pulled them from the shelves. They were no longer available. (The S5 attains higher resolution via more megapixles, something I do not use since my work is all web-based, and a, "hot-shoe" attachment for an external flash, something else I'm not likely to require. Hence, the S3 is perfect.)

Then, in Wise County, I found a floor model beat all to hell. $299. Not a significant savings, but doable. Alas, the LCD screen was cracked, the attachment ring cover was missing, the viewfinder was filthy and scratched all to hell. I called Goot and he comforted me.

The next month, and for reasons unknown to me, I check the photo department at our local Wal-Mart, and they still have one on display? It's marked $272. And yes, they had a new one in the box!

Thanks babe. Now I'm going to be unbearable!


photogoot at 2008-02-05 04:15 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Great news. I am all a twitter at what this means for content here in the LJ community. I look forward to what will certainly be an explosion of photographic creativity from you.
ehowton at 2008-02-05 04:32 (UTC) (Link)
I'm gonna take a picture of my cock.
galinda822 at 2008-02-05 04:26 (UTC) (Link)

Now who has the hotness?!
ehowton at 2008-02-05 04:34 (UTC) (Link)
The included 16MB card held 7 (seven) images at full resolution.
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2008-02-05 04:30 (UTC) (Link)
I think the point is that you're supposed to try to compete with that ;-)
ehowton at 2008-02-05 04:33 (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear.
ehowton at 2008-02-05 05:43 (UTC) (Link)

catttitude at 2008-02-05 05:46 (UTC) (Link)
She's a beaut....
(Anonymous) at 2008-02-05 11:31 (UTC) (Link)
Nice new camera. I've always been impressed with Canon's digital cameras. We own the Digital Rebel, which is what was used to shoot our wedding.
time3 at 2008-02-05 11:33 (UTC) (Link)
That was me :l
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-02-05 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
That's a very nice camera. Actually, "fucking awesome" was the phrase I was looking for, but I didn't want to seem tacky. ;)
ehowton at 2008-02-05 14:49 (UTC) (Link)
The power you give me I will lay down when this crisis has abated, I promise you. And as my first act with this new authority, I will create a grand Army of the Republic to counter the increasing threats of the separatists.
texas_tangent at 2008-02-05 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely new beautiful camera. catttitude
did a wonderful thing for you. I look forward to seeing wonderful
pictures of your family.
ehowton at 2008-02-05 17:43 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I will be unstoppable!
glodowg at 2008-02-05 18:26 (UTC) (Link)
Hey Dude - CONGRATS!!!!

Now I guess I will have to get all my photos uploaded, I can't let you get ahead of me.

I will be looking for an online album. I think BrassMonkey is going to host for me. Man another project - shit!
ehowton at 2008-02-05 19:50 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the salutation. Two years in an awfully long time to wait for something. Maybe I'll actually get more pics of the kids since I can tell this camera its running 1/1000 speed film.

Gallery is awesome - that is, unless you want to puss-out and use Picasa's Online Album. I understand it only takes a couple of clicks.

Until I actually call to get my jack run and my static IP, I'm using DynDNS, ergo, you may visit my gallery here: http://darkvoyager.homeunix.com/gallery/main.php

Running your own gallery is teh awesome!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-02-05 19:50 (UTC) (Link)
I was going to give you the Canon S3 IS for Valentines Day!!! Now that just ruins it, what will I give you now. I know why don't I let Q and his crew come visit for a while!
ehowton at 2008-02-05 19:52 (UTC) (Link)
You're very sweet to think of me. And I'd love to see Q and his posse.
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