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Re:[teacherartexchange] Digital curriculum


From: Keith Johnson (kjphotog_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 17 2008 - 06:07:12 PDT

Yes, same here I've not had a problem with the easy to use Kodak
compact cameras. And the one time I did, yea camera vs concrete,
concrete wins. And that broke the battery door off
and like others here - you get to know your tapes. I used electrical
tape to wrap around the battery so it would stay in & then a strip to
hold the door on. And that camera continued to work fine for a number
of years. And when it finally died - I removed the covers so I can
show students what goes on inside a digital camera.

Yep getting the compact cameras repaired if they're out of warranty
never seems to be worth doing. Wow, if you're buying spares for parts
and making repairs you can probably get some extra biz from users of
the list.

I notice one thing that's disappearing from many of the compact
cameras these days and that's a viewfinder. I prefer the viewfinder -
it just seems easier to compose your shots than waving your camera
around at arms length viewing/composing your photo using the lcd
screen on the back the camera. Especially outdoors in the bright sun.

Guess the choice of camera is the luck of the draw. I've had Canons do
the same things that that was mentioned happening to the Kodaks, the
Lcd was messed up & another the lens wasn't working after about 3
weeks of middle schooler use.

I haven't used any camera where the customer service from the
manufacture was that great - yet.

Yes the zooms that come with most compacts is about the same as taking
6 steps forward for the telephoto.

I've got great card readers at Radio Shack, they have one model that
handles the common cards, sc, cf & a couple of others for about $20 &
see it on sale now & then for 10.

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> Customer service is a HUGE consideration. Part of the reason I probably
> wont' replace my Sony I have at home is just for that reason. No camera shop
> can fix them, they HAVE to go to a factory repair center (none of which are
> around here) costing more then my camera is worth. I bought a non-working
> "parts" camera for $50 on E-bay, and have used many things off it. My screen
> cracked, the shutter button, and the battery cover have WELL paid off the
> purchase of the other for parts. I should try to find Kodaks to do the same
> for my two broken ones. I did like the cameras, my daughter still uses the
> one with duct-tape over the battery cover. It's going on 8 years old I
> believe.
> Laura Drietz
> Art Teacher
> Brookings Middle School
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> Laura, that's interesting cause I've had the exact opposite experience. My
> Kodaks are very reliable (mine don't have the extruding lens specifically
> because the students have a tendency to be rough on them - I purchased mine
> with minimal features with student use in mind). I've had my Kodak cameras
> for 2 years with no problems. I personally have a Canon Powershot A620 that
> I purchased specifically based on Consumer Reports. I will never buy another
> Canon product due to their awful customer service. The camera died on me
> while still under warrenty. I sent the camera in and it cost me $80 for them
> to fix it. So my less than one year old $300 camera which is now a $380
> camera, and the people on the other end of a 2 hour hold for customer
> service are rude. Still don't know what was wrong with it - nobody could
> seem to tell me. I do have a Fiji camera that I love, but I'm not letting my
> students touch my pricier cameras!
> ~Michal
> <snip>We have a Canon Power Shot A550 for each of our art rooms. I've been
> very happy with them.
> Personally, I have had problems with each Kodak camera I've owned. Lenses
> sticking shut, battery doors that break then won't stay shut, lots of little
> issues. My current home camera is a Sony that is 4 years old now, and still
> working great, the only issues I have had are pure abuse from my kids, not a
> defect with the camera.
> The things I would NOT be concerned about are a big zoom lens. MOST pictures
> do not need that, and it seems the more zoom you have, the more problems
> with lenses, not to mention the size of the camera, my personal one has a
> 12x zoom lens, and the lens is FAR larger then the camera, actually making
> it awkward to carry around. But you want ACTUAL zoom, not DIGITAL, all the
> digital does is crops the picture, you don't get the quality of a physical
> zoom lens. Also mega pixel size. Anything over a 6 is really not necessary,
> keep costs down by this. Unless you plan on printing off prints that are
> poster size, the size of the pictures is not that much of an issue. I had
> digital portfolios of all my students' artwork for one year. Used up all my
> state web space, because my pictures were such big files, even when I
> re-sized them. Just something to keep in mind.
> The card reader is a great idea, also a ton of rechargeable batteries if
> you're getting a camera that uses "regular" batteries.
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