Old camera


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Old camera

My first digital camera was a great introduction and gave me the confidence to think I could actually take some pictures.   However, eventually I got frustrated with the way the add-on lenses obscured the viewfinder and bought a new camera.

Kodak DX-3900 Zoom
  • 3.1 megapixel resolution (2160x1440 pixels) - enough to print 14"x11" pictures without blurring
  • 6x zoom (3x digital, 2x optical) - not ideal, but I wanted at least some optical zoom.  And if I want more, there's always lenses (I can also screw filters on to the same fitting...)
  • Expandable memory cards
  • Moderate degree of manual adjustment to exposure settings etc.
  • Still affordable!

Lenses

Kodak make a lens kit which fits the DX 3900 Zoom (as long as you remember to buy the 32mm-37mm step-up ring!).
  • 2x telephoto lens (with full optical zoom that gives you 4x, with optical and digital zoom 12x)
  • 0.5x super wide-angle lens
  • +7D and +10D close-up lenses

The only issue I've had is with the step-up ring.  As it's metal, and the body of the camera is plastic it is very difficult to screw in without damaging the thread.  However now I've got it on I'm leaving it there...

Filters

Eagle-eye were one of only two places that I could find in the UK to sell 37mm filters.  Kodak used to sell a set, but seem to have stopped for some reason.

Memory cards

At the time, Crucial UK did a very cheap range of cards.  They're still not bad.

Accessories

Eagle-eye sold me a very cheap mini-pod, and I got an Antler camera bag Dixons to stick the whole shooting-match in.  In the meantime I've got a rather odd-shaped Tiffen bag that came with the lens kit - was cheaper to get the lenses with the bag than without.

Product photos are of the respective manufacturer.

Last updated: 31/10/2005 This work is licenced under a Creative Commons Licence. 2004 R GillinCreative Commons Licence