Nothing photographic is my friend these days. The camera I sent back to Canon for repair (because it had a defective battery hatch when I bought it) seems to have come back with a new fault: it eats through batteries in minutes, managing at most five photos before giving out. Some brand new alkaline AAs I put in weren’t sufficient for it to take a single photo. If this doesn’t magically clear up in the next day or so, I suppose I will have to mail it to Canon for another repair.
Compounding the trouble, iPhoto deleted several thousand carefully tagged and sorted images from my library; more than a year’s worth of photography simply vanished. I do have a backup on an external HD (quite current, thanks to the Time Machine feature in Leopard), but I doubt it will be easy to recover them while maintaining the tags and folders.
It’s almost enough to make a person go back to rolls of T-max, binders full of prints, and hours spent in the dark room.
[Update: 11 February 2008] In the end, iPhoto’s little hiccough seems to have cost me every photo I have taken since leaving Vancouver. It was pretty easy to recover the older ones archived by Time Machine. But the photos exclusively on my hard drive just seem to have vanished without explanation. Disk Utility found no problems with the disk or with disk permissions. Once again, the importance of backups is demonstrated.
On the camera front, it seems to be responding well to newly charged Ni-MH cells. Probably, the earlier issue was the result of rechargables losing amps while my camera was off getting repaired, combined with a pack of bad alkalines I purchased.
[Update: 12 February 2008] I was wrong. My camera told me that the batteries were dead after 11 photos. When I put the batteries in the charger, they were ready in the time in took to brush my teeth.
Conclusion: the camera must return to Canon once more, with a slightly more subtle but equally crippling issue to be resolved.
[Update: 10 April 2008] iPhoto failed catastrophically again. Thankfully, I was able to fix it using yesterday’s backup.