A Paid For Post – The HD Way

At great risk of being sued for divulging too much information and having my site closed down for disinformation I plough on regardless with the aid of some amazing photographic evidence in my first ever paid for post…..I paid for it so I’ll bloody well write what I want about it. A camera so bad it’s almost good.

The Vivitar 8010 Camera

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Sang KhomQuality photographs come at a price and the big players in the camera world regularly bring out the latest hi tech model in order to try and stay one step ahead of their competitors. Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, Kodak, Pentax, Polaroid, Vivitar…..Vivitar ? How the bloody hell did that get in there. Oh well, lets see what it’s all about as Beyond The Mango Juice presents an amazing collection of Vivitar moments that are thankfully captured forever.

I took this photograph in Sang Khom, Udon Thani Province and is a perfect example of the capabilities the camera has. I’m still unsure as to whether this is two Thai brothers off to an animal themed fancy dress ball or if it is indeed an actual chang. Unfortunately I drunk a few too many of the latter and I will never know. To order your 600 x 400 mm print of  ‘The Poomsan Brothers’ and please do hurry because with the pantomine season approaching these kind of photos prove to be extremely popular, email  nellyisthatabloodyelephant@thaisabai.org .

Phu RuaIt’s pointless rushing to email me to order a print of this superbly taken photo. My Vivitar Reproduction Factory in Romford, Essex is currently working 24/7 on a massive backlog of orders and waiting time now extends well into next year.

Phu Rua hosts its annual flower show at the end of December and attracts thousands of daily visitors to the event. The town is in the mountainous region of Loei Province and the photo on the left aptly named ‘Mountain Flower’ was snapped during my visit there last Christmas.

Those of you who know me personally or through this blog will look at the photo and imagine that bored, smoking endlessly and with no beer in sight I stubbed my cigarette out on the nearest flower. Honest I didn’t, the flower really did look like that. The Vivitar for once just didn’t get it quite right.

Gaan and NooThis is possibly my favourite and sure to appeal to all animal lovers. As you can clearly see I am particularly interested in hearing from one of the many rabbit experts amongst you who will no doubt be able to inform me of the type of breed the rabbit is. Thanks for that.

This photograph was taken in Ban Norn Chad which is a village in one of the poorer parts of Thailand. Here the Vivitar is a symbol of modern technology and an object of immense curiosity. The village is so far backward in time that it will be at least 20 years before Neil Armstrong steps on the moon and a further ten before they’re convinced that Tesco Lotus is not an endangered flower. The Vivitar is the future they all want to grasp.

A photo that captured a wonderful day in our village and one I will never forget. I left our dog joyfully chasing our rabbit round and round our garden and went off to savour a few afternoon drinks. On my return our dog, tired from his energetic play was chained to the garden table and my girlfriend was preparing a sumptuous rabbit stew. The perfect end to a wonderful day. To order your limited print of ‘Friends at Play’ email wilaiIain’tseenthebloodyrabbitfor6days@thaisabai.org .

JomtienScenic shots are proof of a camera’s quality and ‘Float My Boat’ is an example of the Vivitar’s strength in that particular department. This picture was taken on a beautiful day at Jomtien beach in Chonburi and the tranquil waters are clearly noticeable in this fine Vivitar shot.

The skipper of the middle boat can be seen waving at the shore as behind him his lady friend opens a bottle of red wine and the fishermen in the vessel on the right are looking delighted as they inspect their afternoon catch. The Vivitar really does use its image sensor to the full capacity when capturing scenes with this kind of crystal clear sharpness, making it a camera for all occasions.

The camera retails at around the £80 mark and its value for money can best be summed up by this short letter I sent to the manufacturers….

‘You absolute bastards, I paid 80 bloody pounds for this pile of crap and now my puppy dog looks like a hyena, I haven’t seen my rabbit for weeks and my girlfriend refuses to go out of the house, even Robin Hood would have given this a miss….yours endearingly Hoo Don.’

There you go, my first ever Paid For Post. I guess I now just wait for the cheque to be posted. Easy money.


I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

10 Responses

  1. Pattaya Pete says:

    That one had me laughing. You definitely sold me on the vivitar…where can I get in line to buy it. 🙂
    .-= Pattaya Pete´s last blog ..Learn Thai For Beginners =-.

  2. Mike says:

    Martyn this must rank as one of your funniest posts (there have been plenty). I think I like the “lucky” moment the best! (To anyone in the dark it has to do with the OUR now deceased rabbit).

    I figure either you or the infernal machine need glasses.

    Future photographs might well carry a warning similar to the old BBC chestnut……Do not adjust your set…..

    Made my weekend-thanks.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Bangkok’s Fertility Shrine-Chao Mae Tuptim =-.

  3. Dutchie says:

    Haha .. this cracked me up :-))

    In my teens, pocket camera’s were the rage when one gets rewarded for excellent school results. I had my first camera (cant remember the brand now ;-0) at 12. My 16th b-day present was a *drum rolls* … Vivitar ! Disposable flash bulbs had to be mounted on the cam !!
    Digi cams of today r such a delight, even for greenhorns like me, it captures sharp images with a simple click.

    My hubby has his stash of camera’s n filter lens when he was very much into photography. They r now kinda like museum pieces kept in cabinets in the attic. Anyone interested ? *wink*

  4. Talen says:

    I think you deserve to be paid double for this post. Frankly though I can achieve the same camera effects just as easily with expensive camera’s and even when I’m not drunk.
    I have to admit…if you stare at the last picture long enough the 3d effect is awesome.

    Made my day Martyn…keep it up.
    .-= Talen´s last blog ..What is Issan? =-.

  5. Catherine says:

    I agree. It’s hilarious!
    (and painful at the same time)
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Thai 101 Learners Series: The Long and Short of Thai Vowels =-.

  6. Hoo Don says:

    Pete thanks for commenting on BTMJ and I hope you will view again. Believe me you don’t want a Vivitar 8010.

    Mike – Noo the rabbit is still alive and hopping, I was only joking. WW will kill me if she reads the post. Sorry if I brought back painful memories about the rather unlucky Lucky.

    Dutchie – The contents of that attic could be worth a fortune. A Vivitar on your 16th birthday must have been an exciting present at the time, they do make some half decent cameras but the 8010 is not one of them.

  7. Hoo Don says:

    Talen – Thanks for your support once again and the amount of snaps you take then I’m sure the odd one must go wrong. Somehow I don’t think I’ll be getting anything in the post from Vivitar.

    Catherine – Like I replied to Mike, I was only kidding about Noo and besides I think he’s too big to fit inside a stewing pot. I have just bought a new camera and the initial pics look pretty sharp. It is a Samsung PL50 and was reduced from £199 to £89 and I thought it would be worth a go. Very impressed so far.

  8. Jon says:

    What a brilliant post HD.

    I’m cursing the day I received a BenQ camera for Xmas (currently to be found collect dust, as I snap using my Sony Ericsson) though BenQ hasn’t made it to the dizzy heights of Vivitar just yet.

    Let’s hope Santa isn’t reading your gushing review else I know exactly what I’ll have waiting in my stocking this year – Viva the Vivitar.
    .-= Jon´s last blog ..If websites were people =-.

  9. Hoo Don says:

    Hello Jon nice to hear from you. I have just bought a Samsung PL50 camera that was reduced £110 to £89. I looked at it and thought it must be rubbish if they’ve reduced it that much, so intrigued I asked the salesman to take a few shots and well, I was quite impressed. The Vivitar reigns no more.

  10. Vivitar has always been my favorites old time camera 😀 Definitely make my day. Thanks for this hillarious post.
    .-= Laptop Drivers´s last blog ..Get a Date with Skout Dating S60 1.5 =-.

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