I have been using my clunker digital camera c. 2005 during road races. It sort of reminds me of the Ford Taurus I drove during college. Dependable, comfy, but definitely not brand new. Once I was trying to squeeze out of a parking structure and ended up scraping up a good portion of one side of the car. The parking attendant ran over to me horrified when he heard the noise and I just smiled and waved as I drove off (my dad did not smile and wave when he had to hammer out the body of the car because it was now scraping the wheel).
This is my relationship with my current on-the-go camera. It's been dropped. It's been scraped. It still does everything I need. I love taking it to races because I could care less if it went skipping across the concrete. However I have come to realize that while I don't care about the camera, I definitely care about the pictures it is supposed to be capturing.
I was watching a video of the Big Sur Marathon today (can I just say that if the grand piano guy is playing "What A Wonderful World" when I go running by I will totally start crying). I realized there are going to be some amazing photo-ops on this course. In fact, with my lack of consistent training the whole point of this race is enjoying the scenery. But what happens if it rains? How will I take pictures? I was planning on getting a sleeker digital camera I could stick in my back skirt pocket before Disney 2010. But I realized I have an amazing race to photograph coming up very soon.
I had been piddling around researching cameras for a while but really got down to business today. Long story short, I ended up getting this one in orange. Even better it was on clearance at the physical store even though it hadn't yet been marked down online. In fact I think I got it for a great price even when looking at those bargain-yet-possibly-shady electronics sites.
The thing is shockproof (go ahead and drop it!), waterproof (sweat, rain and snorkeling!), and freezeproof (hello, Antarctica Marathon!). At first my goal was to get the lightest, sleekest camera possible. But I'm willing to haul around another ounce for some peace of mind.