FFfPP — Technological Obsolescence

img_2854All of Bill’s photographic and video equipment was laid out on the crocheted bedspread.

“I know Bill’s going to take me,” the Pentax SLR said. “I am the most sophisticated camera here.”

“Great,” said the long, telephoto lens next to the Pentax. “Then he’ll probably take me, too.”

“Hey, what about me?” objected the Olympia SLR.

“You’re old,” said the Bell & Howell 35mm. “I think I’m the perfect solution…compact and lightweight.”

“Excuse me,” said the Samsung Maxima. “I’m compact, lightweight, and digital! No futzing around with filming and developing.”

“Fuhgeddaboudit,” said the Sony video tape camera. “You stills are so one dimensional. I can catch all of the action, not just snapshots.”

“Hold on a second,” said the Chinon digital video camera. “I use an SD memory card for my video images so that Bill can shoot his videos and easily upload and edit them on his computer. I’m the obvious choice.”

“Shh,” Bill’s coming,” said the Snappy.

Bill entered the room, pulled out his iPhone and took a picture of all his photographic equipment. “Now that my iPhone can take great pictures and videos, let’s see what I can sell all this junk for on Craigslist.”

(198 words)


Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: OctMorgueFIle 2018 3aaef119ddeda7b5fc5175d55c4df183.

15 thoughts on “FFfPP — Technological Obsolescence

  1. baddadcartoons101 October 31, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    Good one! I have drawers of old cameras that probably aren’t worth a penny, it’s just hard to throw them away

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 31, 2018 / 5:17 pm

      Yeah, me too. I think I even have a Kodak Instamatic and a Polaroid instant camera somewhere in my basement.

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  2. Sadje October 31, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Oh, poor guys. All that boasting just to end up as junk! 🙃

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  3. Sight11 October 31, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    Camera story, I recently read a review of mirrorless camera, those are game changers for sure…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Somewhere Sea November 1, 2018 / 3:28 am

    The rapid, constant updating of technology creates great anxiety for me…I’m trying to learn my new phone AND my new laptop, and I’m a bundle of nerves wanting to get into a time machine and go BACK!!

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    • Marleen November 1, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      I sure get that. And we’re too dependent as a society on computer stuff.

      (While not wanting to educate enough people to keep up with it all.)

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  5. pensitivity101 November 1, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    I bet they were all gutted! We got £100 at a car book sale for all Hubby’s old cameras.

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  6. Reena Saxena November 3, 2018 / 11:56 pm

    This was the first thought that struck me on seeing the picture -Obsolescence.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. leigha66 November 8, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Nice group of equipment… I miss the print work I did in photography class. Now you have to search all over to find a place that does 35mm film developing. There probably are lots of those old cameras on Craigslist and Ebay.

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