Notes on cameras

by Gerald Oskoboiny


On this page I keep track of various cameras and accessories that I own or have owned in the past. See also: my page on photography.

Currently I use:

Previously I have used:

News/history

Aug 3, 2010
Bought a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens and hood, Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 cabon fiber tripod legs, and some memory cards from B&H.
Sep 10, 2009
Bought a Canon WP-DC28 waterproof case for my Canon G10 from B&H.
Aug 16, 2009
Bought a Canon 70-200 f/4L IS USM lens, Lowepro Apex 60 case (for my G10), and an 8 GB SDHC card from B&H.
July 21, 2009
Bought a Canon G10 ($480) from B&H, because the Olympus 8000 sucks. Also, another Pocket Wizard Plus II, 8GB microSD card, and some rechargeable batteries.
March 27, 2009
Bought an Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 ($400) and 2 GB xD card ($20) from Hunt's at Harvard Square, Cambridge.
March 25, 2009
Bought a Remote Switch RS-80N3, Kata T-214 Torso Pack, Pocket Wizard Plus II transceiver, and Manfrotto RC2 grip action ballhead from B&H.
June 21, 2008
Bought a Canon 40D, BG-E2N battery grip, BP-511A battery, 580EX II Speedlite flash, EW-83J lens hood, and a Canon SD870 from B&H.
Apr 30, 2008
Lost my new Canon SD870 in Hawaii :(
Apr 9, 2008
Ordered a Canon WP-DC17 underwater housing for my Canon SD870, a Canon Remote Switch RS60 E3 cable release, a 4 GB microSD card, and a Twenty20 VholdR helmet cam from B&H.
Apr 4, 2008
Bought a Canon SD870 IS to replace my broken Canon SD800, from Best Buy in Orange, CA for $300 USD, and a 4GB Sandisk Ultra III CompactFlash card, $90.
Nov 2, 2007
New lenses: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM; new filter: B+W 77 mm Kaeseman Circular Polarizer Multi-Resistant Coating (MRC)
Apr 7, 2007
Broke the LCD screen on my Canon SD800 :(
Nov ?, 2006
Bought a Canon WP-DC9 waterproof case for my Canon SD800.
Nov 6, 2006
Bought a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 lens, and a Canon SD800 from B&H.
May 21, 2006
Broke the LCD screen on my Canon S500 :(
Sep 27, 2005
Ordered a Canon WP-DC800 waterproof case for my S500 from Prodigital2000 on Ebay for $168 USD+tax+shipping = $216.20 USD total ($260.99 CAD.)
Feb 22, 2005
Ordered a Canon S500 from B&H for $325 USD + shipping, $335 total.
Feb 10, 2005
Returned my Canon S500 to Future Shop since I haven't been that happy with the photos so far (turned out to be user error -- they added some more menus that weren't on my old S230); I wanted to wait to see what happened with my Canon S230 repair (turned out to cost more to fix than the camera is worth, as I expected); and because I can buy one for $100 less in the US, and I'm going to Boston at the end of Feb.
Jan 28, 2005
Bought a Canon S500 from Future Shop in Edmonton for $500+GST, ~$435 USD total.
Sep 29, 2004
Bought a Canon 420EX flash from Future Shop for $350 CAD+tax, ~$310 USD total. (sells for $180 USD in the US, doh.) Wow, what a huge improvement over the built-in flash in my Canon Digital Rebel (and it can also be used with my old Canon G2); see sample photos.
June 9, 2004
Ordered a ClamperPod mini tripod ($12.95 USD) and Mini Ball Head ($12.95 USD), +$4.50 USD shipping. Received them on June 15. Quality seems excellent. Ball head is a Giotto MH 1004.
May 9, 2004
Bought a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens from B&H in Manhattan, $415 + $36 tax - $20 mail-in rebate. Also bought 2x Canon 58mm haze UV-1 filters, $12+tax each, and one 72mm haze UV filter, $25+tax. Also, bought a Zing X-large protective pouch, $17+tax. (all prices USD)
Nov 24, 2003
Bought a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS lens in Bangkok for 19500 THB, about $490 USD? (overpaid a bit because I wanted to use it on that trip; was $400 at B&H). (actual amount: $662.11 CAD)
Nov 15, 2003
Bought a 512M Sandisk Ultra II CompactFlash card from a store in Tokyo for 20800 JPY (~$192 USD; goes for $142 usd on amazon.com, doh.) (actual amount: $267.45 CAD.) I haven't noticed a huge speed difference over my non-ultra cards. Related: CompactFlash Performance Database
Nov ?, 2003
Bought a Canon EOS Digital Rebel
Jan 30, 2003
Bought a Canon S230 from a local store (Black's) for $600 CAD+tax. (it was really hard to find; almost everywhere has been sold out since Christmas.)
Jan 10, 2003
Ordered a Canon WP-DC600 waterproof case from YesMicro for $160 USD+$5 shipping. (actually, Ted ordered it for me because stupid american ecommerce sites don't accept Canadian credit cards for some reason.) I picked YesMicro because it was very positively reviewed on ResellerRatings; other places had slightly cheaper prices but got blasted on that site.
Dec 13, 2002
Sold my Canon S200 to a friend for $450 CAD, because I want to upgrade to the S230.
Sep 26, 2002
I bought a Velbon MAXi 343E tripod ($120 CAD+tax, at Future Shop)

Yesterday I bought a Slik Compact travel tripod at MEC, but I returned it and got the Velbon instead because it seems to have much better controls, has a ball head, and much more height. (at the expense of extra weight and length when compressed: 46cm/0.9kg vs 36cm/0.6kg of the Slik)

Sep 25, 2002
I finally bought a Canon S200, woohoo! ($530 CAD+tax, at Future Shop)
Apr 24, 2002
My friend got a Canon S200; seems great so far. I'll probably get one next month. I patched gphoto to add support for the Canon S200.
Jan 14, 2002
Someone paid me $250 USD to use this photo of the US capitol building in a catalog. I wonder if I can build up any kind of decent revenue stream from licensing my photos? (or maybe just make enough to pay for all these expensive toys?) (hmm... this entry isn't really camera-related; should move it somewhere else, but where?)
Dec 21, 2001

Bought a Canon PowerShot G2, woohoo! The G2 is a huge, huge improvement over my old Olympus, which I really liked; it's amazing what a difference a couple years (and twice the price) makes.

Before I bought the G2 I couldn't decide between it and the Canon S110 ELPH, which is good quality and about half the size of the G2. For a long time I thought my next camera would be one of the ELPHs due to their nice small size, but then I saw the specs for the G2 and read some glowing reviews, and decided to get one of those instead. I think I might still pick up an S110 to use in situations where the G2 is too big/bulky/expensive (e.g. in bars, on ski hills or at the beach.) (or even better, a Canon S200! Finally, a camera with an orientation sensor!)

Nov 23, 2001
I lost my Olympus D-450Z digital camera :(
Feb 1, 2001
Bought a Canon Elura2 digital video camera
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Nov 16, 1999
Bought an Olympus D-450Z, my first digital camera
June 17, 1998
Bought a Canon EOS Rebel G with 35-80mm kit, $335 USD+$24 shipping at B&H. Never really came to like it very much, I think partly due to the lame entry-level lens.

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