My Excuse for Taking Awful Pictures? It's the Camera!

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This post has stuff about a previous relationship. My perspective has changed

Pentax ME Super

I once picked up this camera in Vietnam—no joke, it was an old ME Super. I bought it for $150 which was a total ripoff. After I started snapping pictures on it I realized that it would only take every other picture. You basically had to advance it twice which means a roll of film with 24 pictures would only be good for 12. I never once was able to take a decent picture on the thing, go figure. It seems like no matter how beautiful the subject matter—a sunset over Hong Kong for example—the photos always come out sub-par.

Fast forward to the present. Mary and I have been taking a lot of pictures. Mostly of the kids. I take some of myself and Mary, or if I’m out and about and I see something funny I shoot a quick video of it on my Treo. I still have the old ME Super but I haven’t used it in a long time. As hard as we try though, it seems rare that our pictures ever turn out as good as we wish they would. It’s such a bummer. I think we both just wish we could capture the moment as it is. No lighting problems, no blurring, correct color. Just as it was when it happened.

My working excuse has always been, “it’s the camera.” But is it really?

Cyber Shot DSC-P72

I’d love to test that theory against a really nice camera. Obviously the higher end Nikon cameras or Canon cameras would do a better job than our little Sony Cyber-Shot, but I’ve just been wondering if it’s worth investing in a nice camera like that. I certainly don’t want to be a pro photographer, but I do want to have some nice pictures to look back on in the years to come.

So what do you think? Should we invest in a better camera? Do you have any recommendations?L