My Digital Early Days – Part 1 – Nikon Coolpix 5000 and Canon D30

Argus C44 35mm Film Camera
I’ve been interested in photography for almost my entire life, beginning in the mid 1960s when my dad bought a 35mm Argus C44 … wow, fifty years ago!  From that I progressed to a nice SLR the Minolta SRT101 and then a Canon EOS Elan.  Then on January 8, 2002, I jumped into digital photography and have never looked back.
My first digital camera was the Nikon Coolpix 5000.  But that didn’t last long.  The battery life was terrible, unacceptable to me.  However, it could produce nice results as you can see from the photo of Molly, our Beagle, who loved to lay on the heater vents on those cold January days.  The Nikon was 5 Megapixels, which was a lot for that time, especially considering it was in a small sensor point and shoot.  But I decided to go a different route, so the next day I took the Coolpix back to the camera store and traded up to a Canon D30.
San Francisco on a foggy morning.   Taken from the cockpit, shortly after takeoff.
The D30 only had 3 Megapixels and cost nearly $3,000.  That was a lot of money “way back” in 2002!  🙂  But it was a great camera and I ended up keeping it for almost two years, carrying it with me on trips (I was a Captain for Delta Air Lines) and vacations.  Again, the image quality was excellent and the files would still be considered excellent for what most of us do with images these days … i.e., put them on the internet.
The next camera in my “digital history” was the Canon 10D, but we’ll save that for another time.  For now, here are a couple more photos from the D30.
Sailboat reflection on a calm morning.

Lighthouse on Elbow Cay, near the Bahamian island Abaco.

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