It has been widely reported that Kodak is going to exit the camera, camcorder and digital frame business. I’ve long ago moved to my Nikon DSLR and have not used a Kodak brand camera for a number of year. I didn’t think much of Kodak’s demise because it was just another example of a thriving company unable to adapt to the changing world of technology. (See also RIM, Newspapers and the recording industry)
It wasn’t until I was brushing my teeth the other day that I was reminding of that quality product Kodak made, especially in the digital world. I was once the proud owner of a Kodak DC290 digital camera. This thing was a hulk and at 2.1 megapixels, my camera phone has a higher resolution. But, that didn’t stop it from taking some damn good pictures. It is a shame such a grand company is going down in flames in such a spectacular way. I was never much of a film photographer. I owned my share of the cameras, but my skills could never justify the cost of developing and I quickly lost interest. With digital, the devices were able to make my mediocre shots looks great and throwing away the hundreds of junk shots for the nice ones was cheap and easy. The Kodak DC290 did an excellent job of this.
Why was I reminded of this while brushing my teeth? Because two of my favorite pictures ever taken, shown below, were taken with the DC290. They currently hang in my bathroom and I get to look at them everyday. I took then while on a trip to San Francisco, driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway. I stopped to stretch my legs on the side of the road and this is the beauty that awaited me.
It is likely that Kodak will become a bankrupt patent holding company, suing other companies that were able to survive and prosper in this digital age, into oblivion. I’ll still browse through my old shots taken with my DC290 and remember with fondness the pictures it took.