(This only for camera nuts. Others won’t be interested.) Can we talk?
My first was a Kodak Baby Brownie at age 12. First photo was of Puddles the hippopotamus at the SF Zoo. Next camera, from Uncle Walter, who had an Oakland camera shop, a Rolleicord (not Rollieflex), shot pix on 3-month Lambretta motor scooter trip through Europe. Next when I was in the Air Force in Germany (’58-’60), the secret service guys on our base let me use a little Leica fixed lens (35 mm I believe); the b&w’s I shot with it are so luminous. I was in charge of the base photo lab, so learned the techniques and developed and printed b&w for maybe 8 years.
Then in the ’60s a Nikon and Nikkormat (one with TRI-X, other with color slide film), both with fixed 50 or so mm lens — the photographer had to zoom by moving back and forth. Traveling in US, Canada, shooting pix for Shelter. Shot ’65 Bob Dylan concert Providence RI from stageside, Tri-X, some of my best photos ever.
Then the Olympus OM1 came along, half the weight of Nikons, a wonderful system and I ended up with about 7 lenses, 2-3 bodies. That was it for many years.
Then I got my first little digital point and shoot, a-ha.!
Then a Nikon digital camera (forget name) that shot raw, but was not intuitive-friendly. Then met one of my two camera salesmen-gurus at Adolph Gasser in SF and I ended up with a big Canon EOS that focussed on what you (your eyeball) was looking at. It worked, by golly, but I wasn’t sure I wanted electrons bouncing off my right eyeball.
Next through 2nd guru, Gary at Keeble & Shuchat in Palo Alto (I prefer it to BH Photo in NYC), a ta-da — Cannon 20D — powerful workhorse of a camera, heavy, but oh-that-lack-of-shutter-lag instantness. I
Dropped it on concrete twice — no prob. I got omit was like an extension, shot pix for Builders of Pacific Coast. Weight not an issue, had big camera bag w/lenses in truck.
Stuck with that for many years until Gary introduced me to the half-as-heavy Panasonic Lumix G1, which is my big boy camera now:
1. A Go-pro Helmet Hero sports HD video camera, beautifully designed system
2. A Sony Cybershot, something like the WX-9, but an earlier model. It shoots a seamless panorama. You pan across maybe 180 degrees, it shoots a film and outs it together as a landscape photo.
What prompted this, brother and sister photographers, was setting out this morning, for a change, with the Lumix, and feeling so much more “empowered” at shooting than with a pocket camera. If I do any real hunting I want to be looking through a lens, not at an LCD display, and have the features of a grown-up camera.
I dump all of them on the office MacPro or, if on the road, on my quite wonderful 11″ MacBook Air and then some onto blog.
I love prowling a city with camera.