My camera is my friend. AND it keeps me sane - sorry, Chris, but I just can't seem to identify my camera as male or female nor to give it a name. But I still love it! And unlike Chris's "Gretchen," I know a bunch of you also have the same friend - the Kodak v705.
I wrote previously about what a friend my camera was and how it could be YOUR friend too. And over time I have realized how important my camera was to me. That fondness was driven home to me just a few weeks ago when I lost my friend. Actually I didn't lose it, it sorta died (surgery could be performed but at a significant price). Panic set in because I had several community profiles that needs pics and a new listing coming on the market. Thanks to AR and a post by Jeff Turner about the Kodak v705, I hopped on the Internet, pulled out the credit card (so easy to do), ordered my new camera with overnight delivery and, presto, I had a new friend.
I don't have a picture since I haven't figured out how to use the camera to take its own pic (maybe a mirror?) but have included a photo from Amazon.
I keep my camera on my desk and it DOES keep me sane. It helps me focus (bad pun, I know), and I shudder to think what I would do or where I would be without it (ugh, another one). Keeping it near me reminds me to ALWAYS take it along, wherever I go, just in case. My camera is important to me, not only for adding wonderful photo to listings, but for documenting my travels, things I enjoy doing, precious moments, and of course building the Localism database with pics and community profiles.
I have to say that whenever I am using it to take pictures, I recall all the posts that have been written about BAD MLS photos - it helps me to pay attention to the task at hand and to try to take the best pics I can. But I am still learning how to improve my photography skills and have quite a ways to go. Don't think I will be quitting the day job any time soon.
BTW, for those of you with the v705, Mike Stankewich has written a great series of tutorials on this camera. Better than the documentation on line.