My photographic journey
I invested my life savings in my first camera aged 10 with money earned from my newspaper round. It was a Russian made Cosmic 35. I then graduated to an all manual Zenit B SLR with a prime 50mm lens and an external exposure meter. I used a magnifying glass to create my first zoom lens. When I got a real job, working in a fish and chip shop and then as a petrol pump attendant, I upgraded to a Canon A1 and a zoom lens. Then I bought a Canon T90 and Canon EOS 650.
But like the story of the ‘Pearl of Great Price’ I eventually sold all my Canon equipment and converted to Nikon, first buying a lovely Nikon D200 DSLR, before upgrading to a Nikon D300, and eventually to the full frame D700. When the children left home, I could afford a Nikon D4s with a D750 as a second body. I carried a Sony RX100 on my hip until an iPhone became my primary camera.
I was finding the cameras and lenses increasingly heavy to carry and so in late 2019 I part-exchanged my DSLRs and lenses at MPB and London Camera Exchange, for a mirrorless Nikon Z6 with two zoom lenses – a 24-70mm and a 14-30mm as well as a 50mm prime. Increasingly dissatisfied with the auto-focus on the Z6 and reliance on one storage card, in 2022, I repented of my move from Canon and purchased a Canon EOS R5 with a RF 24-105 F/4L lens. It will be my last switch…
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