[Categories: Photography, Photography 101 Forever]
Per Amy at The World Is A Book: “This week, the theme is My Photography Journey. I’m taking the opportunity to share part of my journey with you.”
My journey is typified by a seemingly endless string of cameras, any one of which I will have for several years until I am attracted to buy a different one.
As I’ve said countless times, “photographers take photographs, I take pictures”. Throughout many decades of ‘taking pictures’, my expertise has remained firmly rooted in illiterate naïveté about the rudimentary functions of photography and cameras. Point and Shoot R Us, no matter what equipment I have. Owning a Steinway does not make one a better pianist, or any sort of pianist at all.
My memory being what it isn’t, I can’t even recall what film cameras I had before the digital age, I just always took pictures. I don’t even know why I was motivated to do so. Memories, perhaps. Growing up, we took family pictures. I recall taking pictures in ‘Nam, boring ones thankfully, and on R&Rs in Bangkok and Hong Kong. They were converted to slides and I had trays of them, and a slide projector. I threw them all away when I joined an ashram and divested myself of my worldly possessions for one of umpteen times.
Possessions, meager but plentiful, come back to me like dust to static electricity, so a decade or two later I worked in Europe for 4+ years, traveled a lot, and ended up with a thousand-plus prints. I kept those and a few years ago had them converted to digital, keeping those memories remain intact.
Voilà, the digital age. I definitely can’t forget my first digital camera, the can-TANK-erous (emphasis on TANK) Sony Mavica FD-91. A beast, but this is early-on, groundbreaking technology:
Yes, it recorded on 3.5″, 1.44MB floppy disks. I took it on a trip to Amsterdam and London and quickly had to search all over A’-dam for more disks. I found a box of fifty somewhere. Pack THAT in your suitcase. Still, it took some decent photos. I think the following is one, The Keukenhof of course. No self-respecting tulip would take a bad picture:
Somewhere along the line I dabbled with a ‘real’ camera, a mid-range DSLR. A Nikon D5200 with several lenses; an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, and a 35mm ‘prime’.
It was a lot to carry, and it seemed like I never had the right lens attached for the shot I wanted, so eventually is was back to Point and Shoot. I’m really into the portability of the small ones, and the quality is usually sufficient for archiving and blogging.
I’ve had a Sony DSC-V1 and a Canon SD 850 IS:
I’ve had a Canon SX 200 with 12x optical and 4x digital, totaling 48x zoom. ZOOM ZOOM! Minor problems was that clarity washed out at 48x and it is nearly impossible to hold still.
I had a little Canon Elph 100, which served me well on a trip to Europe.
I had a Panasonic ZS-100, which I still kick myself for having lost on a trip. STUPID! I think I left it in a rental car and, surprise, it was never turned in.
I liked the ZS-100 so well that I replaced it with a ZS-200.
It’s a little larger than some of my previous, but I think it has a good combination of features. Without case, it fits in many of the pockets of my hiking shirts and jackets. With case it still fits in jacket pockets.
As you can see below, I’m still in possession of three cameras:
Wrist straps are a must, in my opinion. It’s the first thing on when I reach for my camera. I like the cases small also, each with a belt loop, which I sometimes use:
Of course, my iPhone camera is always handy. I have an X (ten) presently. I find it best for closeups, though I’ve also captured some decent sunsets. It’s also good for marking a location for a group of pictures.
That’s all folks!
Stay safe, be well, be kind to one another.