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A Eulogy for my first camera

On Friday, I had my fears confirmed. My first semi-professional camera is no longer of any use. I have to lay it to rest. The last adventure was simply too much.

It was a warm, clear day in December. We hadn’t had much of a rainy season and I didn’t think it would rain at all that day. It was a perfect day to document a rock climbing adventure; or so I thought. At approximately 3pm, the clouds gathered in fast and within minuets, it was bucketing down with rain. Great deluges of water cascaded down the rocky slopes forming waterfalls. What had been an easily navigable, dry pathway quickly became a deep, gushing gully in no time at all. Needless to say, we were soaked. Sadly, I must report that the Pelican Case, the world’s toughest case, bombproof and all, didn’t stand a chance against the testy African storm and my trusty camera got soaked. Caput, done with, broken, no more.

There was a time when that camera was literally Bad Rabbit Studios; it was all the equipment I had. That camera has been on all my great adventures to date. It survived the lesser known waters of the Lugenda in Mozambique, it navigated the banks of the Zambezi from Kariba to Kanyemba and witnessed the spectacular Victoria Falls. The camera withstood the hot winds of Gonerazhou and the heat of many a dance floor in Harare. It was a true warrior!

Anyway, all good things must come to an end and it was time. I had begun to feel on the last few jobs that the camera was lacking in clarity and finesse; all the adventuring had taken its toll.

It is time, Canon 70D, to say thank you. I could not have done it without you. You have taught me much of what I know today and given me the start that I needed. It will be hard to replace you, but I know it must be done. I leave you now with a quote by Hellen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”. It certainly has been a daring adventure. Go well.

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