Best Rugged Camera

best rugged camera

  • (of a machine or other manufactured object) Strongly made and capable of withstanding rough handling

  • Having or requiring toughness and determination

  • (of ground or terrain) Having a broken, rocky, and uneven surface

  • broken: topographically very uneven; "broken terrain"; "rugged ground"

  • sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring; "with a house full of boys you have to have rugged furniture"

  • furrowed: having long narrow shallow depressions (as grooves or wrinkles) in the surface; "furrowed fields"; "his furrowed face lit by a warming smile"

  • A chamber or round building

  • equipment for taking photographs (usually consisting of a lightproof box with a lens at one end and light-sensitive film at the other)

  • A camera is a device that records/stores images. These images may be still photographs or moving images such as videos or movies. The term camera comes from the camera obscura (Latin for "dark chamber"), an early mechanism for projecting images. The modern camera evolved from the camera obscura.

  • television camera: television equipment consisting of a lens system that focuses an image on a photosensitive mosaic that is scanned by an electron beam

Davenport beach twilight

Davenport beach twilight

The eternal
If man builds a tower, a temple, a tenement, he looks upon it new and says, "Here stands my monument for all to see. Let it be an image of our vision for all time." And though the best designed, the sturdiest built and the most carefully preserved may last for ages upon ages to inspire younger generations to even greater heights, eventually the crush of eons will make grist of all. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
Wild places show no scars from the ages they have known; the glacier, the rockfall and the wind leave only birthmarks upon their substrate. Every day the coast and the ocean crash into one another and are born anew. The decay of the edifice is told by the bending of the line, the marring of the surface; rock and sand have no smooth surface, no straight line to bend or break, they are eternal. This agelessness is the backdrop upon which our own senescence is projected.
I headed south to the California coast just outside of Santa Cruz some weeks back to soak in some of the immortality of the wild and rugged Pacific and to get soaked in some of its chilly brine. In years of making landscape photographs, I've tried to learn to make successful photographs regardless of whether the light lines up with my expectations. It being Fogust, no sunset was to be had, but instead a thick marine layer and a deep blue twilight. It should be noted that whereas a clear sunrise and sunset may not often be had, blue hour rolls in on time come rain or shine. Deep fog and thick clouds only serve to deepen the blues further.
I passed a growing party of beach goers, huddled around a campfire, boombox and tiki torches, and stepped out onto the rock where sea meets shore. A chill was in the air and more than once did I have to hold my tripod and camera above my head to avoid catastrophe. The sea was wroth and in foam wrote its fury upon the long, wide rock lip of California. White-knuckled, the waves clawed deep groves into gray stone as twenty-foot swells battered the stacks and the thickest tufts of the marine layer moved onshore for the night. The last glow of daylight faded and cold air rushed in from the California current while I made one or two long exposures; the tide was coming in and the larger swells made thunderous reports as they pounded the seacliffs. Chilled, soaked from the waste down and out of twilight, I headed past the growing bacchanalia and up the hill, homeward bound.

The Tank

The Tank

The Canon T90 was launched in 1986. It was an extraordinary camera, possibly the best manual focus SLR camera ever made. Certainly, it was Canon’s finest hour in the pre-autofocus era. The body was designed by German industrial designer Luigi Colani, who is famed for his rounded, “organic” designs.

Ergonomically, the camera was beautifully balanced and incredibly comfortable to hold. It is the ancestor of the modern EOS body design that you see in cameras such as the 5D mk2 which was used to take this photograph. The T90 was rugged, incorporated three motor systems, had a built-in 5fps winder (!), used 4 easy to find AA batteries and had an extremely sophisticated metering system (even by today’s standards) which included a multi-spot metering mode. Its dedicated flashgun was also a fantastic piece of engineering. The T90 was dubbed “The Tank” by the Japanese press because of its ruggedness.

Sadly, the T90 was born at the wrong time, just at the dawn of the auto-focus era. Within 2 years, it was superseded by the Canon 650, the company’s first proper auto-focus camera (not counting the clunky T80 which was launched in 1985).

When I was a student, I could not afford the T90 and settled for its cheaper brother, the T70. Many years later, I was able to buy this beautiful camera from a camera fair... it works perfectly and takes great pictures.

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