Not the photo, that was taken today, in some rare sunshine. No, what is old is the camera on which I took the photo, the camera I refer to as BagCam. This is the camera that waits in the padded lunch-box in my ManBag, and is thus carried with me everywhere that ManBag goes.
BagCam is a Fujifilm E900. This is technology from eight years ago! Practically antediluvian in the world of digital cameras. It was a highly rated camera back then — a digicam that provided the ability to take raw images, and enabled manual control of exposure and ISO settings. Back in 2005 and 2006, the camera was pretty expensive — this was to be expected of such a professional pocketable digicam. I was pleased when, in 2008, I managed to find the last E900 in the on-line Fujifilm refurbished camera shop… for £70 — yes, a price reduction of about £170 over two and half years.
The E900 is not a small camera by modern standards — it is not much smaller than a Sony Nex series camera. Still, it is a well-built camera. It feels solid — like you could hammer in nails with it, for example, if an emergency house-building job came up while you were out taking photographs. It is well-built, with tight-fitting doors and gaskets, and rockers and dials that still feel positive after five or six years of light use.
The fact that the sensor is only 9Mpix is an indication of its age, but it has the characteristic Fujifilm colours and clarity (as well as the slightly odd and hard to remove noise characteristics of the Super CCD-HR cameras). I like it. I will undoubtedly keep it until it breaks — unless somebody buys me a Sony RX100 first, of course.