My very first camera whatsoever was an Instamatic, I recall it as
104 with external flashcubes. At the age of 4, I got my first system camera. This
Nikon FE stayed with me for some 15 years without any overhaul. When it
finally gave up during my stay in Southampton 1994, I decided to
divert from Nikon to Canon as my lenses also needed some upgrading.
210mm tele was ok but not enough and they had pretty good deals with
wide- and telezooms to 300mm at the time.
My EOS 100 stayed alive for some 8 years
but when the autofocus no longer gave me 100% result I decided to
replace it with an EOS 30. Much trouble with this new one. It went on repair
several times for shutterproblems. I said all the time that the
camerabody housed the problems but they didn't seem to find it. They
even gave me a new wideanglelens in order to solve the problem. It
didn't help and finally they decided to give me a new camera instead.
That's how I got the 30V.
35mm, 70-210mm, 28-70mm
1979 (?) -1994/12
||Canon EOS 100
28-80mm, 75-300mm, 50mm
||Canon EOS 30
||Canon EOS 30V
2004/03 - 2008/03
When it comes to the 35mm film used, the story is pretty simple.
During my very first years I loaded the cameras with whatever I got
from my stepfather who worked as photographer at one of the big
newspapers. Thats why some of my earlier shots are black&white, some
very grainy, some on negative colorfilm, some on high ASA slidefilm.
When I started to do more regular trips to the airports I found out
most of "us" used Kodachrome K64, or even K25. Said and done, K64 it
was, buying 10 at the time the price was quite reasonable and
included processing. Processing the films took a while since the
process were only done by Kodak, first in Sweden, then in
Switzerland and lateron only in USA before the Kodachrome production
was terminated 2009. Anyway, I only used it until the end of 1995.
thought I would stay forever with this one but one of my friends
took the giant step away from the Kodak world and introduced Provia
100 in our community. Suddenly we realised the K64 were almost
black&white! The K64s colors from back in the 1960 is not comparable
at all with the quality they showed during my active time. Provia
however showed some immaculate colors. On the edge of too much but
still not turning over. From 1996 I used only Provia (or the LCC
version Sensia) 100 ASA. Good thing also this film used the E6
process, meaning every lab could deal with it. The only thing we
didn'nt know about was how long they would last. On the other hand,
the longlasting K64 quality might have changed as well, none can tell
for sure... Last years before I put my 30V aside, the prices of film
as well as processing got unreasonably high and I'm happy now that I
can spend the money on harddrives instead!
After using slidefilm
since 1988 without any thoughts of buying a DSLR, the prices for
film as well as development were increasing rapidly and I had no
arguments left to stay with this media. When Canon launched the EOS
40D late 2007 I thought the DSLR's finally had a solution good
enough for me. The main issue being the introduction of sensor
cleaning functions. In the beginning of 2008 I took the biggest step
in my photographic life and bought a 40D. So far I'm very happy with
||Canon EOS 40D
2008/03 --> 2011/08
Samyang 8mm, 17-85mm, 28-300mm
As told above I started my carreer with an Instamatic, but I have also used pocket
cameras for a long time, parallell to the big ones. My first "partycamera"
was the small and handy Mju-1. This one however was stored many years
ago when the digital cameras were introduced on the market.
1978 - 1979 (?)
After borrowing a C-1 from a friend for a couple of years I
bought my first own digital camera. It was a P100.
Great camera but lot's of dustspot problems. Sony even decided to
switch the complete lens in order to solve the problems. During this
maintneance I had a W12 on loan from Sony as needed a camera during
my summer vacation 2005. Sony never solved the problems with my P100
and it was replaced by a P200 instead. This one is now used by my
girlfriend and still works fine!
After reading several tests I
choosed an Ixus 65 as replacement. Not very happy with the lousy
edge sharpness on this one I decided to try yet another one. After
reading more tests I finally bought a Nikon S200 but not happy at
all with this one, crappy autofocus being the worst issue. As I now
have my EOS40D I do not make any great efforts in finding a new
pocket camera. I also tried my girlfriends Minolta when the interest
of Cruiseships started. This one was great for this issue as it had a
2002/04 - 2004/12
2005/01 - 2005/07
2005/08 - 2006/09
||Canon Ixus 65
2006/09 - 2007/12
2007/05 - 2008/02
||Nikon Coolpix S200