There’s lots I want to say, but most of it would be better illustrated and my beloved new (well newish, it’s not in warranty obviously) fuji finepix camera has decided to have a nervous breakdown. On Thursday I dashed out to take photos of the frost and managed to switch it on as I was pulling it out of my pocket. Whether it was this, or the general hard life that any delicate and expensive piece of electronic equipment that has the misfortune to be owned by me has to endure,* the lens has zoomed all the way out and now is stuck like that. Whatever I do, I get a ‘Zoom Error’ when it’s on, and then when I turn it off it doesn’t neatly tuck its lens away and close up as it’s supposed too, it just sits there looking vaguely priapic and entirely useless.
A quick google has revealed several suggestions, from switch it off and switch it on again, to hoovering around the lens (presumably to get rid of any blocking grit in the mechanism), to attempting to turn the lens manually until you hear a click. So far, I’ve had no luck with any of these. The camera is stuck, I’m stuck, and I’m annoyed. Annoyed with myself for not taking better care of it (the last one died of a similar problem having been dropped once too often), and annoyed with the world because there’s no obvious way of getting it repaired. I feel certain that any camera or electronics shops will be full of pimply youths who will tell me it’s uneconomic to repair and there’s one out which is already newer, faster, cheaper and whizzier and which will only destroy a small slice of the world’s resources. And at the same time, somewhere out there there’s probably an old boy with steady hands and a set of strange triangular-shaped screwdrivers who could probably actually fix it (I mean, it was put together by humans, wasn’t it? It might have been the ultimate in technological wizardry, but it’s not ACTUAL wizardry, is it? So surely it could be repaired, no?) but who found it was uneconomic to set up a repair shop because nobody gets things mended any more. But mostly I’m just generally annoyed because taking a photograph for my blog now requires using the other half’s camera which is a) too complicated and b) too expensive to be reasonably placed in my hands without supervision. When I’m attempting arty shots of frosty woodlands, it’s nice to have the big SLR with the other half on hand to help out but when I’m just trying to capture an amusing-looking sheep I’ve passed on my bike I need a camera I can slip into my pocket. So for now the blog is going to have to be mainly words, unless anyone has any bright ideas.
* I did suggest last time that the other half get me a ruggedised camera, but I had a ruggedised phone, borrowed from Baby Mother, which I have also managed to break. So that probably wouldn’t have helped much either.