Lens-ArtistPC-133-My-Photography-Journey

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Apologies for a late and long post

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The first cameras I used were Dad’s Agfa 35 mm

and another Agfa with a Bellow Lens on it.

Both were used in the mid-sixties.

Towards the very late-sixties, after I left school,

I had a love affair with Super 8 movie cameras,

which was great until I came home from

a three week camping trip up through

Central Australia (1975) realising that

thirty seconds of watching a home movie

of an inanimate object was not

the way forward for me, particularly

when I began planning a 1976 trip

to the U.K. and Canada.

I decided to buy a small point and shoot 35mm camera

and settled on an eighty dollar camera,

similar to the Yashica.

Because I was dealing with the shop quite a bit

I asked the owner if I could give it a try

before committing to purchase.

  Presumptuous of me, wasn’t it?

After a ten second think shop owner

gave me this Yashica.

An hour later I had been from one side

of Warrnambool to the other and finished

the roll of twelve photos.

I was so pleased when my photos were returned

that I opted for the $36.50 second hand Yashica.

My logic being that if my camera were

to be lost, stolen or damaged better it was

a $36 camera rather than an $80 camera.

So began my love of 35mm cameras.

Sometime in 1977 a workmate asked me (and my Yashica)

to take his wedding photos in February 1978.

Just the excuse to purchase an Olympus OM 1 SLR.

 

 

Several weddings later and with saved pennies

I was certain I needed a backup camera 😉

 

Then of course I needed a better (OM2) camera…

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In late 1984 MGW came on the scene.

Fifteen months later any spare funds

were being directed toward a newly

acquired 300 acre farm.

This coincided with brides wanting more

than I could deliver or were just bridezillas.

One I will never forget allowed me

five minutes photo time before leaving for the church.

At this time two of three Olympus cameras

were requiring some form of repair

which always had a base price of $200.

Photography went on a hiatus for few years.

With our first born due in February 1989.

We decided to purchase a ($2,500)

Canon video camera for Christmas.

According to the retailer its selling point

was the ‘CCD device‘.

It took nearly 30 years to find out what

CCD meant…and I don’t think it mattered.

Now as a result of our Christmas purchase

we managed a 20 minute video

of our first born’s first bath at home.

Really mind numbing viewing  🙂

I think number 2 to was nearly walking

before he appeared on video…not really.

Twenty years ago for my 50th birthday,

came my first digital camera.

A Canon IXUS complete with a 32mb card.

Next was a Kodak DX7590 Digital Zoom Camera.

All of my Cairns photos were taken

with my Kodak DX.

I always had a hankering for Nikon cameras.

So with an empty nest and a

new experience of a steady income

arriving in my bank account each fortnight,

(I was teaching at a nearby correctional facility)

I found an excuse to upgrade to a Nikon D90.

Then another backup camera incase the D90

was damaged during our Botswana Safari

Two or three years ago I began to realise

the limitations of crop sensors…

…and began a long winded period of researching

Nikon FX cameras, before settling on the

Nikon D750.

A couple of reasons for the D750.

It  was one the less expensive end of FX cameras.

It used the same batteries as the D7100

and it also has two memory card slots.

It also is possible to use the DX lenses on the D750.

The DX lens produces about a 12mb photo

compared to around 20 Mb FX format.

The D750 also as an automatic setting for DX lenses.

Camera club members who are Canon buffs

all say that the Canon equivalent of a DX lens

on a Full-Frame camera results in a broken mirror.

My latest acquisition is another Nikon.

It was waiting for me at Men’s Shed

when I visited for the first time this year.

The only thing it cost me was an eye roll

when I showed it to MGW.

She simply does not enjoy cameras as much as I do.

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Money spent on cameras is my ‘beer and cigarette’ money.

Coca-Cola is my drink…30 cans for around $15;

verses 24 bottles of beer for $55.

I have never smoked; however a while back

I was talking to a retailer and totally shocked

to discover cigarettes were around $50 per packet

 

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16 thoughts on “Lens-ArtistPC-133-My-Photography-Journey

  1. I enjoyed your camera “flashback,” Woolly. Your love of each camera at each stage of your photography journey really shines through. What’s next? I’m looking at the newest Fuji 70 to 300 mm lens that is coming out soon.

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    • i think it’s time to really give a camera a good run before anything else comes along. If our 2020 African safari goes in 2022 that will give my D7100 or D750 a good workout. If we cannot go next year we along with other members of our group will probably wave goodbye to our deposit. I thought our 2013 would be our first and last so I went armed with an 8gig card per day and averaged around 800 shots per day.

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      • 800 shots. That sounds about my average when we’re traveling!! I really hope you get to go in 2022. Fingers crossed. So many travel plans cancelled and rescheduled. The same is true for us.

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      • 800/day or trip? Only clarifying because at the end of our first safari one of our group mention that head taken ‘nearly 800’ for the trip. Really hope the vaccine works and we can travel in 2022 😊

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  2. I really enjoyed your trip down memory lane Woolly – especially your humorous views on your sidesteps along the way! I miss my Nikons terribly and would love to move to their mirrorless line but so far am not impressed. Maybe their newly-announced Z9 – we shall see. I fear it may exceed my maximum spending enthusiasm tho 😊

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    • Thank you Tina. It was fun remembering, writing and photographing said cameras. Budget was he governing factor with my purchases also. However,, with the benefit of 20×20 hindsight I should have purchased a Full Frame camera when they became available. After all we were all used to 35mm full frames prior to crop sensors. I don’t know how camera makers made a profit prior to DSLRs. Both my D7100 and D750 are no longer supported by Nikon. I guess my purchases are only possible (within budget) as their price is reduced. Although a $5,000 camera is only around 200 packets of cigarettes, right? 🙂 I know which I would prefer to spend $5,000 on 🙂

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      • It’s been around a decade since I hit a golf ball. About that time I saw an advertisement for golf ball. The guy lived near a golf course and collected all the out of bounds balls near his house. He was selling boxes of them for a few dollars. Not a golf ball box…rather a 12x12x12 inch box. I still have have a box of them.

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