by David WIlson
(Jesus Pobre, Spain)
A life in Grime - Olympus C1400L
The fixed lens DSLR no longer exists as a category of digital camera but in the late nineties this type of camera was quite popular.
Mine was a 1997 model which has a RRP of £1300 when it was introduced. I bought mine in 2000 as a bargain bin end of line offer from Dixons in London for £300 to complement my Pentax 35mm.
I could see the way things were going with digital, and it seemed like the right time to dip my toe in the water.
The C1400-L produced excellent quality images which gave good 6x4 prints, but was hopeless in low light - anything less than good light, not only would it not provide a focus lock, if you did manage to persuade it to take a frame without using flash, it would reward you with a dose of dark blocky pixelated mush.
Eventually I sold it to the son of a friend and upgraded to a Canon Powershot A40. 4mpx -wow! I'm now on my fourth A series Canon, and also own an Eos 400D
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