Thursday, June 19, 2008

And, I'm a dork.

I'm so freaking excited, but at the same time I feel like such an idiot! I have my digital camera of course, the one I take everywhere and use all the time. It's convenient. But my true love, my passion, lies in my very nice 35 mm Nikon camera. The last time I used it, fully functionable, was LAST 4th of July! It sprinkled a little that night. The next week I went to the birthday party of my then 2 year old niece in St. Louis. When I went to take pictures I couldn't get the camera to focus, it was blurry! Even on the manual setting. I was so upset. I never have had the time or the money to take the camera in to get it fixed and looked at. Lately it's really been bothering me!

Last night my mom and I were packing (me getting very stressed at the organized chaos she was making in the dining/storage room, so I left the room and packed Hailey's very organized room instead) and she started to pack up my camera stuff. I told her to let me have one last look at my beloved camera before I give up for good and take it in to have it looked at once we've moved. I took off the lens and gently cleaned every glass surface in that thing that I could. Still blurry. I had just begun to thing I must have dropped it and screwed up some inside mechanism when I noticed something as I was looking through the viewfinder. Not only was the object I was looking at blurry, the numbers INSIDE the camera were blurry! (The numbers for the ISO settings etc.) That made me realize it must be something with the viewfinder! I saw a little switch next to the viewfinder that I'm embarrassed to say I didn't even know was there. I thought maybe it was the switch to take off the viewfinder and clean it. I moved it down, nothing...the viewfinder was still firmly on the camera of course. Then I looked through it...and everything was crystal clear! I feel oh so stupid. Whatever that switch is, it's the cause of me not using my camera for a WHOLE YEAR. I was so excited it was working and not broken that I ran outside and took picture after picture of Hailey. I love this camera!! Tonight I'm going to look in the book and figure out just what this ridiculous switch is for...other than totally confusing me.

I'm just so incredibly glad to have my camera back.


Kayce said...

That's hilarious. I could totally see myself doing that.

When I was actually reading the manual for my new camera a few months ago, I remember reading something about a dial next to the viewfinder that adjusts it to accommodate for bad vision so you could take pictures without your glasses and still see clearly through the viewfinder. I bet that's what was messed up on your camera. I have yet to experiment with mine yet because I doubt it adjusts enough to handle my bad vision. Lol.

Erin said...

Oh my gosh I bet that's what it is!!! That would make perfect sense!! I can see no other reason for this switch, that has to be it. Wow who woulda thought they'd put something like that on a camera??? Guess that goes to show who DIDN'T read her manual when she bought the camera! LOL

Joanna said...

Lol...That sounds like something that I would have done!