I am a hobby photographer in North Carolina; I hope to go professional sometime in the future.
My interest in photography started when I was 8 years old; my parents gave me a Kodak Brownie (box camera). A few years later, my dad inherited my maternal grandfather’s 1955 Leica rangefinder This antique is four years younger than me. I read the accompanying book cover to cover, applying the principles of composition, since I couldn’t apply anything else!!
In my early 20’s, I purchased a Petri SLR with a 55mm kit lens, and two telephoto lenses. About 5 years later, I added a Canon A1, with two telephoto lenses. Unfortunately, in the mid-80s, someone broke into my house and the cameras were history. Financial considerations kept me from getting any more until 2004, when I found a Nikon D70 on sale (the model was being discontinued).
Even then, I let the D70 gather dust on the shelf until 2008. I took some classes at my local community college and really got into photography.
I am now the proud owner of:
Nikon D70, D5000, D7000, with Nikon 18-70mm zoom, 70-300mm zoom, 35mm f1.8 prime, and Tamron 18-270mm zoom (my “walking around” lens). I also have a Sony digicam and a Panasonic MiniDV. I recently found two film SLRs: a Minolta with 2 zoom lenses and a Pentax with 1 zoom, as well as three eletronic flashes – all for less than $80.
I talked Dad into giving me Grandpa’s Leica. My photography teacher laughed when he saw it; the highest film speed on it was ASA 100 (they don’t make film that slow any more). I used to say the Leica was wasted on Dad, who once picked up a book of Ansel Adams photographs and said “Gee, these are nice; too bad they’re not in color.” Dad had the last laugh when I read Adams book The Camera; referring to one of his own photographs, he said that, although he liked it as a black and white image, he felt it would be more effective in color.
I am building a collection of filters and other accessories. My cameras don’t gather dust anymore; I have been known to take as many as 1000 photos daily. My house is a mess; my sister says the reason I don’t have time to clean is because I am too busy taking pictures.
When the D70 was my only camera, I had to send it off for repair. When I spoke to the customer service rep about shipping it off, I mentioned that I was frustrated because I would see a perfect photo opp, and not be able to do anything about it. She laughed and said “You need a camera fix!”
I love my Nikons, but if I had it to do over again, I would go with Canon for the superior lenses.