Most of these pictures were shot in & around Seattle, the city I nominally
live in, with one of the several cameras below. A few others were
submitted by friends and were probably taken with a P&S. I do have a
tripod and now a monopod (thanks Nathan!) but usually shoot freehand, as
I'm too lazy to bother with them. Usually.
Yes, I do know a fair bit about cameras now, but please,
stop asking me that question!
The Coolpix just wasn't cutting the mustard. It is slow and frustrating
to use, and I'd heard so many great things about the D70 that I decided to
try one out. They are all true. This is a fantastic camera that
is simply fun to use. It's faster than my trusty F3 (since I don't have
to wind the film!). It shoots up to ISO 1600 and still looks good. It
takes all my CPU lenses (which I have quite a few - I hadn't noticed, as
the F3 doesn't care). It's just a blast to use and makes photography fun.
This camera is almost as much fun as my old FM10.
My introduction to the world
of digital cameras. I was going to go with one of the Canon digital Elph
line, but a friend convinced me to go with this one. Nikon's $200 rebate
didn't hurt either, although most of that has been consumed by
accessories. I've got two batteries, an AC power supply, a 256MB CF card,
a 128MB CF card, and a slide/negative adapter, which I'm really looking
forward to trying out. Basically, it lets you take photos of your
negatives at close range. Since the camera has a 4MP CCD, it should
produce a decent quality scan of the negative, but without buying a
separate scanner. Pretty cool! The camera itself wasn't in stock when I
ordered it, so I'm still waiting for it to arrive. When it does, I'll
scan some of my negatives and fill out the image galleries a bit. I'm
also learning SQL and ASP and building a database of all my images, so
within the next 6 months or so I hope to have a dynamic image library on
Until December (2000), this was my primary camera. I used one of 3 Nikkor
lenses; either a 35-70mm zoom (f/3.5), a 70-300mm zoom (f/4), or a 28mm
fixed (f/2.8). This is a fully manual 35mm SLR. Even though it is pretty
cheap for an SLR, it's great for learning and can do just about everything
any other SLR can do, and without worrying about the batteries! I used
this camera constantly for over a year and never once replaced the
batteries. My only complaint was the limited light meter, and possibly
the weak shoulder strap rings which broke when I got mugged in Buenos
Aires on Christmas Eve. That was the end of my FM10, which I have finally
This is now my primary camera. It's a lot like the FM10 but a bit more
solid, with more features than the FM10. It also has an aperture-priority
mode, which is very very very very very tempting. Combine that with the
unlit LCD meter readout (as opposed to the FM10's bright LED meter
readout) and my predilection for shooting in low light, and I end up using
the AP mode a lot more than I'd really like to. I use the same lenses I
had with the FM10, except that the 28mm was on the FM10 when it was
stolen. I've replaced it with a Sigma f/2.8 17-35mm zoom, which is pretty
fun to play with, but haven't taken a lot of pictures with it yet.
This is an old Minolta SLR from the 80's that my boss
gave to me. It may have some historic value as this was the first
autofocus SLR. Then again it may not. The batteries had exploded
sometime during the camera's long incarceration in the nether reaches of
my boss's house, but after I cleaned out the battery compartment with
baking soda, the camera worked beautifully. This has a 35-70 zoom, and
70-200mm zoom and seems to take nice pictures. Unfortunately, both are
slow lenses, about f/4, and I seem to have some sort of fetish for low
light/night photography, so I don't use this camera as much as I could.
I'm also aware that I seem to have a fetish for the word seem, but I can't
seem to stop using it. I have stopped using this camera, as I seem to
have lost it somewhere in my last couple of moves. Damn.
This is a 35mm P&S made by Yashica. It features a f/3.5 Zeiss 35mm fixed
lens, is weatherproof, and has a very cool viewfinder on the top called
the SuperScope. It takes very nice, sharp pictures even in low light and
fits easily in my jacket pocket. I carried this camera with me at all
times until age and abuse took their toll, and I had to retire it. Since
Yashica stopped selling this camera (why Yashica, why?) I've replaced it
This is also weatherproof and smaller than the T4, with a
sharp fast f/2.8 lens. The only thing missing is the SuperScope, which I
do miss, but this camera also has a spot meter and slow-synch flash, which
is really nice. I carried this with me at all times until it got stolen
at a party. Why would anyone steal a cheap film camera?
The only thing I can think of is that the thief was drunk, confused or
just plain stupid and thought it was digital. Well, it is silver, but I'm
voting stupid anyway. I eventually bought another one and take it with me
when I can't conveniently carry my D70.
This is an
old Soviet-era Russian medium format camera I found in a used camera store
for $35. It has a twin-lens reflex (TLR) rangefinder system and is very
basic, but seems to have all the necessary controls (even a mechanical
self-timer). One thing it lacks is a light meter, so I have to guess or
else use the Minolta as the meter. I've heard it described as one step
above a toy camera, and so far I agree. It was certainly cheap enough.
There is a light leak somewhere near the bottom of the camera, but
otherwise the pictures look pretty good. I've only gotten 5x5 inch
prints, so perhaps with a greater enlargement the quality of
this camera will really show up.
This was my primary camera before I started getting
more serious about learning all this junk. It was a Nikon ZoomTouch or
OneTouch or something, I forget. It had good optics and took reasonably
nice pictures until the zoom mechanism froze one winter and I broke it
trying to take a picture of a seagull. Oops.
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