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The other day I was in the park with SuperDad, the Geeklets, and some of our oldest friends (whose kids are friends with our kids — it was a really friendly day, all around) and somebody said something about a camera.

All of a sudden it struck me: some people actually still have cameras which aren’t phones. In fact, (I remembered with surprise) *I* still have a phone-less camera hiding away in a closet somewhere, probably covered with dust and old socks.  But it’s obsolete and therefore forgotten, since the camera on my HTC One X is way better and much more convenient.

Daguerreotype camera built by La Maison Susse ...

Daguerreotype camera built by La Maison Susse Frères in 1839, with lens No. 3 by Charles Chevalier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who still uses cameras?  Not camera-phones, but actual cameras?

I know a few folks — artistic types — who use cameras that look sorta like this:

let´s do it old school

Let´s do it old school (Photo credit: mörfie)

Er, that’s not quite it.  Maybe more like this:

19th century studio camera, with bellows for f...

19th century studio camera, with bellows for focusing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, you get the idea.

My point is, the cameras that are actual cameras and not camera phones have a special look to them.  They look old-fashioned . . . and somehow outdated . . . even if they are in fact brand spankin’ new from the Nikon shop in the mall.

Why is this?  Can great big huge special lenses really take that much better of a pic than my phone’s 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, smart LED flash, BSI sensor (for better low-light captures), and 28mm lens?  Or, perhaps, in this age of HD everything, that’s a stupid question.  Perhaps my little camera-phone is still just a poor imitation of the real deal.

For all intents and purposes, though, I don’t think I’ll ever buy another camera. Why should I carry a camera *and* a phone when my phone does it all?

On the other hand, maybe I should dig that old camera of mine out of whatever cave it’s hiding in and find someone who could use it.  Like maybe this strange egg:

Mister Strange Egg

Strange Egg