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  1. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    I was looking for an old camera bag in the basement and came across my first digital camera, which I forgot I had.

    Resurrecting the Minolta RD-175.


    I bought this for studio catalog work. I had a catalog to produce in 1996 whose previous editions were done in black and white. I had three choices ... one, try and track down existing images from the manufacturers (they were all consumer products) which in 1996 would have been a mix of crude digital scans, transparencies (ie. slides) or photographic prints, take new photographs using film and have them scanned, or take new digital photography. Considering the time constraints, the first option was out, so it was really a cost/quality comparison between traditional film and scanning or digital photography still in its infancy.

    Here was a bit I wrote about that.

    Please keep in mind that this was 1996.

    For the record, the camera was a Minolta Maxxum 500si film body with a digital back stuck on it and storage attached to the base. Storage was in the form of an internal PCMCIA hard drive ... yes, an actual spinning platter hard drive. :rolleyes:. The whole contraption with lens cost around $5k. Considering it was introduced in 1995 for close to $10k, this was a deal. Images were stored in a proprietary format so you needed a utility to convert them ... it was supplied on a 3.5" floppy. Once converted they were 1.75 megapixels maximum resolution.

    My current camera? A Nikon D3200. 24 MP ... Over 13X the resolution for 1/10th the price.

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  2. Granite1

    Granite1 Zercron Encrusted Tweezer

    My first digital camera was in my Nextel i580, and was 1.5 MP I believe.

    Here's a picture of me with my first cell phone:

    I had hair back then. :p
  3. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    I had one of this series. I had adapter lenses for it. I brought it into the office and let my boss play with it. His wife kept telling him he'd use up all my film. Got one of the first Coolpix after that.

    I got a decent 8x10 photo of kid's first wedding from the Kodak.
  4. olbriar


    My first digital. Purchased in 1998


    I thought I was in the big time. :)
  5. Clementine_3

    Clementine_3 Extreme Android User
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    I don't recall which model or when exactly but my foray into digital cameras was a Sony Mavica.
  6. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    That might have been the one I had if it had attachable macro and tele lenses.

    I forgot I had this to play with:
  7. Slug

    Slug Check six!
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    Olympus C-1000L, purchased in 1996:


    True TTL metering and viewing just like my OM film bodies and a stunning 850K pixels on a 1/2" CCD. :)
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