if you’ve been reading my blog already then you’ll know that my old camera, a Fujifilm finepix 1300 recently bit the dust – a small piece of plastic holding the battery cover – and therefore the batteries – inside the camera broke, and the only way to keep the batteries in was a big wodge of duct tape. That, coupled with the knowledge that the memory card in the camera was now severely out of date (they don’t even make them any more) meant the writing was on the wall: I needed a new camera. Pronto.

[Fortunately Mum lent me her digital camera for the intervening period, and its that that i’ve been using for the last six months.]

So i asked for one for Christmas. Some money went towards it from my birthday, and i asked everyone to give Mum money towards the camera if they were going to get me a present. Nearer christmas she asked me what camera i wanted, and after discussions with Sez, we settled on a Fujifilm F40fd (review, photo of front, photo of rear).  I was quite keen to stay with Fuji – the old camera had lasted me for 8 years, which is pretty good going in today’s throwaway society – and Sez, who knows a lot about cameras, reckoned that of that particular class of camera, the F40fd was getting better reviews than the newer F50 or even the F60, even though the F40fd was getting on to be almost 2 years old by that point (and two years is a long time in the world of digital cameras, obviously). I think it cost around £100, so it didn’t break the bank exactly, but its not cheap either.

Am i pleased with it? Oh hell, yeah. It takes really lovely photos, has some great macro capabilities (macro = taking photos up close and personal, which i do like, not so much of people but of things) and the colour handling is pretty good too. There’s a 2GB card in there now, and with that it’ll do 28 minutes of video as well, which is really excellent – I’m looking forward to playing with that! There;s a huge screen on the back that you can use for viewing the photographs with – which feels ginormous after the finepix1300’s titchy lil thing.

I’ve had a little play, and its the results of these i want to share with you. Nothing earth shattering, just some nice photos of the frost from last night, photos of jess, and photos from around the house… i took too many to share here – the rest can be found on flickr, here, but for now, there’s a few behind the cut… (okay, i lied, a lot behind the cut..)….

[oh, and as an aside, Dad gave me a new phone too… my old one had been on the blink for a while, buttons not working, the charging connection only working intermittently, so i knew that one was a matter of time too. Where he works, people are always upgrading to the latest phone so when he needs a “new” one, he just asks around if anyone has an old one he can buy… only this time, no one was getting rid of one! Must be the credit crunch. Anyway, because he knew mine was going, he went and bought me one. Not a hugely expensive one or anything (thank goodness), a Nokia 2760, but it does have a camera in it – and this is the point – it will also record short videos. So i’ve been rather snap and video happy the last few days. been driving Michiel up the wall. poor guy. ]

frosty leaf

frosty leaf

frosty stick

frosty stick

fruit - lemons, oranges and tangerines

frosty grass.. crunch crunch crunch

frosty grass.. crunch crunch crunch

Itchy nose

Itchy nose

spotted something

spotted something

lemons, oranges and tangerines

lemons, oranges and tangerines

in colour now

in colour now

good thing i got these shots then. shortly after they were gobbled up!!!

good thing i got these shots then. shortly after they were gobbled up!!!

funny how exactly the same photograph - just one in colour, one in Black and White, give different feelings...

funny how exactly the same photograph - just one in colour, one in Black and White, give different feelings...

on the other hand some shots in B&W dont work at all, like this poinsettia. In B&W its drab, washed out, a boring old thing....

on the other hand some shots in B&W don't work at all, like this poinsettia. In B&W its drab, washed out, a boring old thing....

... yet in colour, its beautiful, uplifting. christmassy. (this was given to me by Mum and Dad for xmas).

... yet in colour, its beautiful, uplifting. christmassy. (this was given to me by Mum and Dad for xmas).

part of the garland on the wall

part of the garland on the wall - but this is a classic example of a macro

theres a sad kind of wistfulness that comes with this photo, i think.

there's a sad kind of wistfulness that comes with this photo, i think.

a crocheted snowflake that mum made

a crocheted snowflake that mum made

part of the garland on the wall

part of the garland on the wall

anotherdisplay - but i love the glossiness of the hollyleaves here

anotherdisplay - but i love the glossiness of the hollyleaves here

baubles and ribbon hung on the kitchen door

baubles and ribbon hung on the kitchen door

i love the fact that you can see the reflection of one of the baubles in the other here...

i love the fact that you can see the reflection of one of the baubles in the other here...

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