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The End of an Era

Posted by Matt on January 12 at 10:39 am

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been in the process of trying to replace one of the founding members of the Lima team. Being responsible for photographing every product photo on the site over the past 5 years and every bead in our magazine ads, we thought that a formal retirement was well deserved. I’m talking about the smallest member of the Lima team — our digital camera.


Old Camera

Before I give an introduction to its successor, let me give you a quick history of our old camera. After college graduation, Ali had an internship with an interior designer. Rather than being paid, she asked her boss to just buy her a digital camera. She chose the Olympus Camedia C-720 from Circuit City and it was the first really nice thing that Kevin & Ali ever owned.

The Photo Room

The Photo Room

They set up a “photo studio” in one of the closets of Ali’s college apartment so that she could photograph her jewelry and eventually, beads for a new web site they were thinking about starting… When the camera wasn’t in the photo studio, it was in downtown Ann Arbor snapping pictures of Ali’s friend Heather modeling Ali’s most recent jewelry designs. Needless to say, these were not the most professional of photographs, but she was proud of them :)

Although the camera has been a loyal companion to us over the years, it’s had its fair share of problems. Every once in a while, the camera shuts itself off and locks up for about 10 minutes. The battery and memory card doors have to be Scotch taped in order to stay closed. On top of all that, the lens cap has been missing for years.


New Camera

I think anyone would agree that it was about time for a new camera. However, we wanted this new camera to last just as long.  So, we bought a Canon Rebel XSi Digital SLR Camera. It’s a real beauty! I won’t get real technical, but lets just say that there are 4 times the number of megapixels in the new camera. If you’re not sure what a megapixel is, that’s OK, just know that the new camera is far superior in image resolution and quality!

I know it sounds kind of like Toy Story with cameras, but we’ll never forget that old camera. When there’s a Lima Beads Hall of Fame, you can be sure that the old camera will be in it. As for the new camera, it has very big shoes to fill, but we think it should fit in quite nicely at Lima Beads.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    Time is moving way too fast. It seems like yesterday that we were photographing beads in that tiny apartment.

    I was able to dig up some photos taken with the old camera.

    The first is a picture is of our lazy dog in the first ever Lima Beads office (spare bedroom) shortly after bringing the new camera home.

    The second is a picture of Alcatraz that I took from the docks of San Francisco. The zoom abilities of that camera always amazed me.

    The third picture was taken on Mackinac (Mackinaw) Island, MI.

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  2. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    My “SIMPATHY” for the old fellow!!! But, CONGRATS!!! for the new!!!!

  3. LoriEllen
    LoriEllen says:

    That’s a fantastic new camera ya got there!

  4. Alice P
    Alice P says:

    A salute to your old trusty camera, and a warm welcome to the new! My hubby and I love to travel and have always used Canon cameras. So it was a given that I would use a Canon when I began my jewelry biz. I, too, have a Canon Rebel digital and have been pleased. Hubby likes that we can switch out almost any of our current lenses with it.

    A question…do you use an uplight for your photography? I have been thinking about purchasing one, but not quite sure if it would be worth the expense, or just a waste of money.


  5. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    Alice- I do love Canon. We don’t use an uplight, we’ve found that it injects too much light into the more translucent stones and alters the color. Photographing beads (and jewelry) is such a challenge…

  6. Kathryn Lobert
    Kathryn Lobert says:

    The retiring camera has served you well! Looks like the new one is a great camera as well. We bought a new (smaller) Canon and are so pleased with it. HOWEVER, as an English major who goes nuts over stuff like this (ask my kids – their eyes will roll), the word PREDECESSOR would be describing the camera which came BEFORE the one you retired. Kathryn (the picky:)

  7. Matt
    Matt says:

    Kathryn – You’re absolutely right! I’ve fixed the post. Thanks for paying such close attention.

  8. Alice P
    Alice P says:

    Kevin, thanks for the advice on the uplight. You just save me some money!


  9. Gloria -Aussie chick
    Gloria -Aussie chick says:

    Love your new camera, I also have a canon and love it with all the gadgets built-in, macro, super macro etc.

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