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p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · your photography gear journey

I started way back in high school in a b&w film class where we developed our own film and made our own prints in the school darkroom. It's a shame that these no longer exist.
Then I didn't pick up a camera again until after college in 1994 when I started traveling.
Going to DSLR in 2004 was a revelation.

My list in order of purchase:

Ricoh KR-5 & 50mm lens

Canon Rebel S ii & 35-80 lens

Nikon N65 & 28-80 lens

Nikon Coolpix 3500 (first digital, swivel lens, 3MP)

Canon 20D (first DSLR)
Canon 28-135
Canon 10-22
Canon 70-200f4

Canon 50f1.4
Canon 100f2.8 macro

Canon 85f1.8

Canon 40D
Canon 17-55 EF-S
Canon 70-200f4 IS

Canon 300f4 IS

Canon 5D ii
Zeiss Distagon 35f2
Canon 17-40f4
Tamron 28-75
Olympus Zuiko 21f3.5
Olympus Zuiko 28f3.5
Olympus Zuiko 35f2.8
C/Y Planar 50f1.7
C/Y Vario-Sonnar 35-70f.3.4
C/Y Distagon 28f2.8
C/Y Distagon 21f2.8
C/Y Vario-Sonnar 28-75

Contax N 24-85 converted
Minolta Rokkor 58f1.2
Canon FL 55f1.2
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400
Canon 24-105

Canon 300f2.8 IS

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p.3 #2 · p.3 #2 · your photography gear journey

It has been a long road - but as best I can recall:

1952 - Kodak Brownie

Agfa Memar 35

Yashica 2 1/4

Nikon FM

Bronica 2 1/4

Linhof 2 1/4

Graphic 4x5 view

Rollie SLR

Kowa 6

Pentax 6x7

Rollie 35 T

Nikon F3

Linhof Technika 2 1/4

Contax 139

Brooks Veriwide 6x9

Konica 35 slr

Linhof 6x7

Contax RTS

Konica Hexar 35

Epson digital

Canon Digital 20(?)

Leica D-lux 2

Canon G9

Canon 5D

Canon 5DII

Fuji X100

Sony A65

Sony A900

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p.3 #3 · p.3 #3 · your photography gear journey

My brain refuses to dedicate the capacity to remember all the lenses I have gone through, or bodies, so I will attempt this in terms of milestones:

1975: KODAK 110, first camera.
1980: BRONICA S2A and Nikkor medium format lenses, first serious camera.
1999: SONY Mavica 88, first digital camera.
2004: Nikon D100, first DSLR
2007: EPSON R-D1, most enjoyed and beautiful camera I have owned
2012: NEX 7, second most enjoyed camera owned..thus far..

Between those, probably around 80 lenses, 15 film bodies and 20 digital bodies..

Mar 30, 2012 at 12:58 AM
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minolta srt mc ii - gift from uncle
minolta maxxum 7xi
minolta maxxum 700si
---waiting for affordable maxxum digital---
canon 450d introduction to cz lenses
canon 5d
minolta autocord*
canon 5dii
sony nex-5
minolta cle* due to m lenses for the nex-5

*these 3 bring me smiles for miles

Mar 30, 2012 at 01:15 AM
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p.3 #5 · p.3 #5 · your photography gear journey

As far as I can remember, this is my gear journey

20th century:

110 point and shoot
Nikon FM2 + Nikkor 50mm f1.8
Pentax K1000 + Ozunon 28mm f2.8 (belonged to a friend, but I borrowed it for so long that he gave it to me)
8x11 flatbed scanners (various--up to 1999)
11x17 flatbed scanners (various--my last scanner was purchased in 2009 and is in dire need of replacement)

21st century:

2000 - Casio QV3000EX (belonged to a friend--first digital camera I ever used)
2003 - Nikon E5700
2007 - Nikon E5700 breaks

Canon 5D Mark II + 100L + OM adapter + K adapter + Olympus 50mm f1.4
Canon 430 EX II + ST-E2
Olympus 50mm f1.4 falls apart
Extension tubes
Canon 50mm f1.4
Canon 24mm f3.5L II TSE
Reversing rings (for Ozunon 28mm)
Really Right Stuff BH55
Really Right Stuff Macro Rails
A succession of Gitzo, Manfrotto, and no name tripods were bought and destroyed
The longest a tripod lasted in my hands was 29 days, for a Manfrotto Basalt Fiber, the shortest a tripod lasted was 5 minutes, for a Gitzo Ocean Traveler--every single one was returned for a full refund to B&H--without any hassle at all.

Really Right Stuff TVC33 + center column
Canon 430 EX II x2
Zeiss 50mm f2.0 Makro-Planar
Zeiss 50mm f2.0 Makro-Planar returned
Canon 65mm f2.8 MPE

Beseler copy stand (backordered at the moment)

And in 2012, I hope to go either multispectral (Coastal Optical 60mm + modified 5D2) or larger format (617 or 8x10), if my finances allow.

Edit: I should also add that around 2003 I came up with a set of specs that any DSLR would have to meet before I bought it:
full frame
live view
12+ megapixels
really good in low light (I thought good ISO 1600 would be enough)
articulated LCD
under $2500

Basically I wanted a DSLR that had all the incredible features I'd been seeing in digital point and shoots, but better image quality. I nearly passed on the 5D2 because it didn't have an articulated LCD.

Mar 30, 2012 at 01:26 AM
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Started off with NIkon (An EM then an F801s), got out of shooting for a few years.

Got back in to shooting in 2002 with an F65, added an FA, an F601M and then an F90X.
Branched out in the summer of 2005 with a Ricoh KR-5sv
Went digital in September with an *istD, added an MX as well.
Sold the Nikon gear (aside from a couple lenses)

Sold the *istD in January 2006 for an EOS 3
Sold the EOS 3 6 weeks later due to reliability issues (a recurring issue with me and Canon gear) and got an F3HP.
Added a D50 in May
added a bunch of Nikon gear.
Gave the D50 to my GF (who is still happily shooting it) in September 2006 and got a K100D.
Sold the K100D in January, got an EOS 10D.
Sold the EOS 10D a few months later, went back to film (Nikon and Pentax). Dabbled with a Maxxum 7 around this time
Bought Mamiya M645 in August 2007
Got a *istDS in October 2007
Bought Mamiya 645 Super, sold M645
Returned *istDS and got a K10D a couple weeks later.
Flipped the K10D for a D300 in late February 2008
Added a D40 in fall 2008.
Sold the D40, bought Panasonic G1 in January 2009.
Bought Bessa R in July 2009
Sold the D300 a couple months later due to lack of use
Bought an Oly E-30 in Sept 2009 to complement the G1
Sold E-30 in early-2010 and bough a Pentax K-x. Bought Pentax 6x7 in early July 2010, Sold Nikon film gear, bought a Maxxum 7 and a PZ-1p.
Sold all Pentax kit in September 2010, bought Sony A33
Bought OM-1, OM-4T in december 2010, january 2011
Sold OM kit in summer 2011, bought 2 Yashica bodies, second Maxxum 7
Bought A700 in August 2011
Bought NEX-5N in January 2012
Bought Contax 139Q, RTS in late January 2012
Bought NEX-7 in March 2012
Sold all Yashica kit, RTS in March 2012, Bought Nikon FM, EM + lenses.

Currently selling most of my kit. Keeping NEX-7, E-mount lenses, Nikon kit, A700, 3-4 A mount lenses, maybe Maxxum 7's.

A bunch of film kit (mostly Nikon) has been glossed over. I've owned way too much to truly keep track.

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Mar 30, 2012 at 03:44 AM
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p.3 #7 · p.3 #7 · your photography gear journey

Buy intro level SLR and two cheap zoom lenses.

Get much advice which consists mostly of ďlearn how to use the equipment you haveĒ, ďbuy a good tripod and a flash firstĒ, and other stuff I didnít want to hear.

Buy 18-300 zoom, so I have one lens that does everything, cheapest tripod and flash I could find. Discover that even bad tripod and flash really help photography. More cheap lenses donít.

Give away cheap stuff I bought after realizing nobody but a noobier noob than me would buy that crap. Buy a decent mid-range zoom to replace kit lens. Another decent zoom to replace cheap telephoto lens. Realize better glass does makes a difference.

Buy a supertelephoto zoom because telephoto shooting will be very cool, and who would pay that much money for a high quality telephoto lens. Sell cheap telephoto zoom for 1/3 of what I paid after discovering it can only get decent shots at noon on cloudless summer days when I borrow a good tripod.

Buy good telephoto zoom with image stabilization. Fall in love with photography again when I see how good the images are. Borrow friendís tripod on a lark. Buy a good tripod and ballhead, when I see the good zoom is even better when properly supported.

Upgrade to better camera to make sure Iím getting maximum resolution from my new better lenses.

Try to shoot indoor sports events with consumer zoom. After missing 16,853 shots of my kids, finally break down and buy 70-200 f/2.8 lens. Get 62 great shots before kids both quit sports to go into text messaging full-time. Justify cost of zoom on the basis of how much Iím saving on sports equipment and uniforms for the kids.

Realize 70-200 f/2.8 zoom makes my other lenses look bad. Get better zooms so I have the whole range from 16 to 200 covered with f/2.8 zooms.

Shoot with a 50mm prime and realize the image quality is better than my $1300 24-70 f/2.8 zoom. Plus the wide aperture lets me do all kinds of cool things. Plus, itís 1/10th of the size.

Realize that $4,000 worth of zoom lenses have sat in the closet for 6 months, that all I want to shoot is the prime lens. Realize that prime lens will be even better on full frame camera. Sell zooms, buy full frame camera and more consumer grade primes.

Realize that the primes are really soft in the corners on a full frame camera. Buy top quality fast aperture primes. Go on vacation. Realize changing lenses on the beach is really not such a great thing to do. Buy back zooms I sold for 25% more than I sold them for.

Kids start playing sports again. Find out full frame camera shoots about 1 frame every second. Realize 70-200 f/2.8 isnít long enough on full frame camera. Buy 300 f/2.8 lens. Buy pro-quality 10-frames-per-second camera ($3300). Get great shots of a couple of games. Kids decide to quit sports again and go back to professional texting. Investigate being part-time sports photographer since I have equipment. Find out I canít stay up that late anymore.

Consider changing brands, since another brand released this really great camera that does things my camera wonít do. Realize that will mean changing all my lenses. Examine finances. Actually examine lack of remaining finances. Realize my current camera is better than I am, that I have some amazingly great equipment, and no money.

In desperate attempt to stave off bankruptcy, start Lensrentals.com.

After 4 years of testing SLRs and large lenses all day, become fascinated with small, mirrorless systems and antique lenses. Currently shoot antiques with a Horseman viewcam on a 5DII, and M mount lenses on an NEX-5.

Mar 30, 2012 at 08:43 PM
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p.3 #8 · p.3 #8 · your photography gear journey

So, that's how it happened.

RCicala wrote:
...nobody but a noobier noob than me would buy that crap.

That's what they're there for.

I started my quest for the perfect lens at a bargain price in the year 2000, after a family trip to the UK. Later, when comparing images from the SMC Pentax-A 50/1.7 that I'd owned forever, with the super-duper SMC Pentax-FA 28-300/3.8-5.6 that I bought for the trip, I realized that all of the good images (not most) were from the 50; and all of the crap images (not most) were from the superzoom.

I wasn't a noob at the time, maybe more of a rube.

P.S. my quest continues....

Mar 30, 2012 at 09:04 PM
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I've always had some kind of camera since I was a kid, but I took it up as a hobby in 2010. I started with a 7D and got a couple of budget primes (Sigma 30/1.4, Canon 50/1.4, Canon 85/1.8.. stuff like that). A couple of months later I had started a decent L prime & zoom collection and had added a 5DII. The Canon 16-35/2.8 II and 70-200/2.8 IS II were my main lenses.

Around May 2010 I got my real alt lens (not counting some cheap Sigmas) - a Zeiss 21 Distagon ZE. That radically changed the direction of my photography. And I got a bunch more ZE lenses (35,50MP,85,100 MP) and a couple of more alt lenses (35/1.4 Rollei, Rokkor 58/1.2 etc).

In august I got a Leica X1 as I wanted something compact with good IQ (carrying all those primes around was killing me). I also got a Pentax 67, just to try a bit of medium format and film. I didn't particularly like the X1 so in the end (in november) I got an M9 which started a new chapter in my photography. So what followed was another set of lens purchases, first Zeiss ZM (18/25/35/50) and then Leica (75 Cron, 35 Lux, 90 Cron V3, 50 Lux, 28 Cron, 90 Cron AA). That last one was in may 2011 and I also bought an M6 at that time. My last purchase was a NEX-C3 (august 2011) to use as a backup M-mount camera.

Mar 30, 2012 at 09:30 PM
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Started off photography at the age of five with a Nikon F. The year was 1993.

The first major upgrade from that was the 20D body in 2004.

After i killed the shutter (150k clicks) from it, i got a 40D which i sold used after it even hit the markets here in Finland. I also sold my 100mm F/2.8 macro and 28mm f/1.8 lenses i got with the 20D. Got the MP-E macro for insects and later on saved up for my dream lens, the 85L and my dream body, 5D.

After one year, the 5D and 85L were stolen from me when i was bowling with my family. Insurance covered the whole thing and i got a 5D Mark II and a new 85L.

Since then ive saved up for ALT lenses. I have gotten rid of most, saving only the 135/2.0 FDn and CZ 35-70/3.4. I also got the 135L and samyang 35mm f/1.4. This is what i mainly shoot nowdays.... oh wait, i also bough a Canon F-1N and found a Yashica Electro 35GX from a drift store.... Can't remember everything.


Here's a list of everything i care to remember owning =)

Leica M3
Yashica Electro 35GX
Yashica Electro 35GSN
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 1D Mark III (sold, because its too hefty for me!)

FD 28/2.8
FDn 50/1.4
FDn 135/2.0

EF 28/1.8
EF 35/1.4 Samyang
EF 50/1.4
EF 85/1.8
EF 100/2
EF 100/2.8 Macro
MP-E 65/2.8 1-5x Macro
EF 70-200/2.8L IS
EF 70-200/4L
EF 300/4

CZ 35-70
CZ 85/1.4

Nikkor 50/1.2 (I want this back!)
Nikkor 50/1.4

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oh man...

Panasonic LX3
Canon 350D
Canon 450D
Canon 500D
Canon 550D
Canon 40D
Canon 50D
Canon 1D
Canon 1D mkII
Canon 5D +BG-E4
Tamron 17-35mm 2.8-4
Tamron 17-50mm 2.8
Canon 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS
Canon 20mm 2.8
Canon 20-35mm 3.5-4.5
Tokina 20-35mm 3.5-4.5
Canon 24mm 2.8
Canon 28-105 3.5-4.5 II
Canon 28-135 3.5-5.6 IS
Sigma 30mm 1.4
Canon 35mm 2
Canon 35-80mm4-5.6 II
Canon 50mm 1.4
Sigma 50mm 1.4
Super-Takumar 50mm 1.4
Canon 50mm 1.8 mkI (2x)
Canon 50mm 1.8 mkII (2x)
Canon 55-250mm 4-5.6 IS
Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 EX APO HSM
Canon 70-200mm 4 L
Canon 70-210mm 3.5-4.5 USM
Canon 85mm 1.8
Canon 100-300mm 4.5-5.6

Nikon D1h
Nikon D1x
Nikon D200
Nikon D300
Nikon D700
Tokina 11-16mm 2.8
Sigma 14mm 2.8
Sigma 15-30mm 3.5-4.5
Tokina 17mm 3.5
Tamron 17-35mm 2.8-4
Nikon 20mm 2.8
Nikon 24mm 2.8D
Sigma 24-70mm 2.8
Nikon 24-85 3.5-4.5G
Tamron 24-135mm 3.5-5.6 SP
Nikon 28mm 2.8D
Tamron 28-70 3.5-4.5
Tamron 28-75mm 2.8
Samyang 35mm 1.4
Nikon 35mm 1.8G
Nikon 35mm 2D
Nikon 35-70mm 2.8
Nikon 50mm 1.4D
Sigma 50mm 1.4
Nikon 50mm 1.8 series E
Nikon 50mm 1.8D
Sigma 50mm 2.8D
Sigma 50-150mm 2.8
Nikon 55mm 3.5 Micro
Nikon 70-300 4.5-5.6 VR
Sigma 80-400mm 4.5-5.6 OS
Nikon 85mm 1.8D
Sigma 85mm 1.4
Samyang 85mm 1.4 AE UMC
Tamron 90mm 2.8
Nikon 105mm 2.8D

2012 Target setup:
Samyang 8mm FE
Nikon 24-70 2.8
MAYBE Sigma 85 1.4

Don't even get me started with lighting/misc gear...

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First camera was borrowing my dad's ME super for a couple of trips, Galapagos and Australia, used some old lens like a 35-70mm and a 50-135mm they were pentax fixed f4s I think. Fell in love with 800MAX Kodak film that I could buy 5 rolls for 6-7$, hated paying to develop even at something like $1.70 a roll. This camera just felt so fun to use and hung around my life between middle school and high school (mid-late 90s early naughts). My dad had gone digital but not DSLR, some strange casio with a microdrive, and later a funny fuji with the multiple sensor sites.

Graduated High School, went to university where I worked a summer building control systems for a bunch of triangulation cameras. These were new nikon D1's I think, maybe they were D1x but I wasn't looking at the numbers. They were cool because we used 35mm f1.4s on them I think (we were taking a pictures of air patters illuminated by rockets that spouted TMA into the sky) and they were MF lenses and it was just right again. We dicked around in the lab and treated them just like every other digital camera we knew about. Basically our generation's polariods.

Switched majors, got my BS in physics, went to grad school (Materials Science??!!), dated a freshman with a digital rebel and kit lens. The rebel was cool since it was a real camera and was digital and was something she had bought herself so I could conceivably afford it. Never used the AF since all the pictures we took were in the dark. Bought a pentax ist* because it had a prism finder and 1 tamron film kit lens. Also got a tokina 28-75mm mf lens with an f2.8 at the wide end! Also because the camera arrived before the lenses i bought a used 135mm f2.8 soligor to use waiting for the other lenses. I used the tamron 3 times. All of this cost less than a set of tires for my VFR at the time.

Christmas came, so I bought a couple of russian fisheyes 8mm and 16mm. The 16mm was pretty much glued to the camera after that. Got a second bike, lost the freshman, photography was still the cheap hobby.

Crashed the second bike due to inexperience and bad weather, fixed that bike and got a 3rd bike.
Rationalized that at my current rate I would quickly exceed the shutter count for the ist* (60,000), so i bought a SD14 for the strange sensor and the (120,000) more robust shutter. Discovered that the SD14 got speckles over 400 iso so bought 4 DG500 Super flashes and a ring flash and shot at iso 50. Also bought a 50mm macro and a 28mm f1.8 for all of $1000 (all sigma gear). Fell in love with the finder and ergonomics even though the sensor was super slow. Sold the 2nd bike sometime that summer. Bought an e420 and 25mm pancake to have an always with me camera.

That fall I moved to China for a year, in HangZhou, which is a short train ride from Shanghai and supposedly has about 8mil people. It was my first city, I got my colleagues from work to take me to the electronics and camera malls. On the first trip I bought a cheap tripod to replace the cheap one that I didn't want to carry on the plane, accidentally handled an A900. I didn't think they would actually let me play with it but the guy took it out of the case and put a 35mm f1.4 on it and I was in trouble.

Kept searching for SA mount lenses in china and they cost more than double the American prices. Tried to buy a bike in china to realize that motorcycles were banned in my city. Started spending free money on photographic gear, got a RB67 with a polaroid back and a 150mm f4 and a 250mm f4.5. Learned to shoot without a light meter. Sold the 1st bike to a professor buddy. Bought the A900 and a 50mm f1.4.

Discovered with the A900 the joys of useable iso 1250! Also SSS for low shutter speeds. Took another trip to Shanghai with some strange foreigner, came back with a beercan 80-210 f4. Saved up a month and went back to buy the 16mm f2.8 fisheye. Bought a 80-400mm tokina in HangZhou, traded that for a 400mm f5.6 sigma, then later traded the beercan for a minolta 135mm f2.8.

Returned to the states, where I bought a minolta 28mm f2.8 with visible fungus scaring and later a minolta 100-300mm to justify the shipping of body caps and end caps after a hotel cleaning lady threw mine away. (I carried the A900 in the breast pocket of my motorcycle jacket and the lenses in the other pockets) Also that year I picked up the 90mm vivitar macro f3.2, plasticy as hell but my favorite protest lens.

At the next summer I moved to Vienna, Austria to 'hang out' with that foreign girl whom I'd travelled with to Shanghai the year before. Sold the final bike started a PHD in Austria, and applied for my work permit. Discovered the work permit would take 5 weeks to process and my visa waver was only valid for another 3.5 weeks. Travelled to England to leave 'Europe' with time on my visa, bought a minolta 200mm f2.8 HS. Returned to Austria and studied and worked but there were few used minolta lenses to be had short of the internet.

Income was rather tight for the first 6mo living in Austria so I felt overly exposed with the A900 that I could not replace if it was stolen so I started thinking about something disposable and mirrorless. Saw a nex3+16mm kit for 300Ä in a store and bought it then and traded all my old equipment that I could (400mm sigma, russian fisheyes, e420+pancake) to get a OM 35mm f2 and a OM 85mm f2. Received a OM 50mm f1.8 as a gift a few days later with an OM-1 attached.

Thoroughly enjoyed my pocket camera! Tried using the A900 and decided I loved the files but hated the "ok" focus that I could get with AF (mostly due to field curvature... I think. stop down focusing is awesome). Decided I would sell the A900 when a more sonyesque sensor was released for e-mount, the nex3's colors never sang to me. Nex 7 was announced so I decided to sell the A900 after seeing the dxo scores. Bought many CV lenses on a trip to the US expecting that the nex7 would also be available during the trip (compared 950Ä to 1300Ä at the time) except the floods hit and there were none to be had without pre-orders. Enjoyed the 28mm f2, 35mm f1.2 v1, 40mm f1.4, 50mm f1.1, 75mm f1.8, and 90mm f3.5 on the nex3. Kept checking the Austrian shops until May for the nex7 but none were available. Passed by my favorite dealer who had an m8 for cheap. Bought that with the nex7 budget and played with an m8 for a while. Took the m8 to the US and sent the nex3 to china with that foreign girl. Played with all of the Canon TS lenses in the US and left ready to buy an old 5D.

Came back to Austria and bought a nex7 as a lark. Was quite satisfied and decided to sell back the m8 (fun camera lovely B&W, completely useless for concert photography as I could never tell from the back screen if things were perfectly sharp.) Sold it to my dealer for about twice what I was expecting (I'm hard on gear) so I got a nice wooden tripod and a FD 200mm f4 macro, to push the karma back. Bought a second nex7 (dumb idea but I wanted two matching bodies for a long while... never again) and a green FD 300mm f2.8, and a Zeiss 180mm f2.8.

Currently I'm saving up for a VG900, though if I don't get enough money fast enough it will probably turn into an A99 + samyang kit + Kiev TS lenses. ( I do miss SSS)

I'm a complete EVF convert and will never go back, I don't even miss AF.

I'd love to build a cheap digital rangefinder because the abstraction of the m8 was beautiful to me but I really hated the electronics.

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I started out in high school borrowing my Dad's Minolta SRT101 (still have it)
Have most of the stuff still and in roughly chronological order
Canon A-1 and assorted lenses (still have)
Yashicamat TLR
Minolta Maxxum 9000 (wanted autofocus)
One of the first Olympus digital cameras, shot 640x480 no memory card, download from camera (around 1996-7)
Olympus E-10
Coolpix 990
Canon D60
Canon EOS 5 (film)
Canon 1D MII
Canon 40d (now modded for IR)
Canon 450D modified for astrophotography
Canon 5dMII
Canon 1dm4
Fuji X-Pro 1 (and all three initial lenses)
Bunch of EOS lenses from 8mm to 500mm
Zeiss ZE 35mm f2 and 21mm f2.8
Some Tokina and Sigma and Samyang lenses

Been a long and interesting journey starting around 1975 with some intermittent breaks.


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How any of you remember all of this is beyond me.

Here is all I can remember (and the order is probably wrong somewhere):

Minolta SRT-101 with a few primes and/or an Olympus Trip 35 (as a teenager)
Some random Kodak film P&S (twenties)
Canon AE-1 Progam (Black), FD50/1.4, FD35-105 (30-ish)
A couple of Fuji "Zoom' series digital P&S
Canon 300D and Kit lens
Added the EF100/2.8 Macro and a bunch of other stuff...?
20D and more lenses (now getting into manual focus "alt" gear)
Started side business shooting weddings, portraits, products, etc. with my wife
1D and more lenses
5D and more lenses, lenses, lenses, Rokkor 58/1.2 conversions, etc.
10D and more lenses, FD lens conversions and tinkering
XT and more lenses, more lens conversions
Another 10D...
Somewhere along the line sold every camera above except the 5D, and at least half of all the lenses I ever bought
T1i and more lenses
Another 5D
Bought and sold some more lenses...
Hiatus from shooting and FMing...
Bug bit me once again (still have 2x5D, T1i, crap-load of lenses)
Then there's lighting gear, bags, stands, tripods, accessories... Got a whole cabinet full of that crap...
Feel no need for gear purchases, but have my eye on maybe a 35/1.4 of some sort...

Oh, I just remembered; I had a 40D for a few weeks, too.

DOH! and an Oly E-330 for a little while... and a Contax 139Q...

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Kodak Instamatic 126 (1972)
Yashica Lynx rangefinder w/1.4 lens (1982)
Canon A-1 (1983)
Nikon FE (1989)
Nikon D70s (2008)
Canon 1D MK II / N & 5D (2010)
Kodak SLR/C (2011)

Lenses ... well, that's a "whole nother" story thanks to this forum.

Nov 07, 2012 at 07:50 PM
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p.3 #16 · p.3 #16 · your photography gear journey

Konica 35mm--Canon Elan IIe--Nikon 800--Sony F707--(sold elan IIe)--Mamiya 654e--Canon 300D--Canon 20D--(sold Mamiya, sold F707)--Canon 5D-- Oly. E-P1--Canon 7D--Canon 5DII--(Sold Canon 7D)--NEX 3--(Sold 5DII)--Nex 5n--Nex 7--(Sold 5D, Sold Nex5n & E-P1)--DP2M

Current Nex7 & DP2M are main cameras and RX100 is p&s.

also owned at one time: (Canon 40D, Rebel XT, Pany LX3, Fuji F20, Canon G9, Canon S90 & S95)

Nov 07, 2012 at 07:58 PM
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p.3 #17 · p.3 #17 · your photography gear journey

First camera was a Pentax ME from my dad with a Tokina 28/2.8 and a Pentax 85/1.8. He then got a Minolta P&S thingy with dual sliding lens which was pretty rubbish I recon.
Then got a 300D with 18-55 kit for myself.
Later got a Sigma 24-135 which was really really awful. Then went and got the Canon 50/1.4 which I liked, got the 85/1.8, never really got warm with it. Got the Sigma 105 Macro and the Sigma 12-24 because it was the only real wide you could get back then.
Later got the 20D and the first alt glass. I think I first got the Leica R 28/2.8 newest (first with cheap adapter not hitting infinity and then with a Novofex). Got the CV 125.
Had that combo for quite some time till it got stolen (Cam, Sigma 12-24, Leica 28/2.8, Canon 50/1.4 and CV 125) on vacation.
Got a 50D as replacement. Really hated the pics out of this cam and quickly got rid of it for a 5D II. Re-bought the CV125 (at already inflated price). Got the Sigma 50/1.4, the Zeiss 35/2, the 21/2.8, the Sigma 70/2.8, the Sigma 24-70/2.8 (for "light" travel), the Zeiss 50/2 MP and most current the Zeiss 25/2.

There are a bunch of additional lenses that I'm not quite sure when I got them. The Canon 65 MP-E, the Hartblei 80/2.8 Superrotator (old version, not a great lens but it does it jobs for the occasional product shot). Had a Sigma 120-300/2.8, now replaced by the Canon 300/4 IS (such a boring lens, one day I'll get the Leica 280/4 I'm telling me).

Nov 07, 2012 at 09:19 PM

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p.3 #18 · p.3 #18 · your photography gear journey

There was a similar topic in canonrumors, just copy-pasted my post there:

2010 August - 40D and 50mm 2.5 macro, my first dslr and lens to get started learning photography.

2011 January - upgraded to 50D, I bought a 24-70 2.8L. Got published in a fashion magazine at this point.

2011 June - upgraded to a 7D, bought 70-200mm 2.8L IS II. Started working as a photographer for a PR company which does events like Ms. California USA pageant.

2011 December - bought a 5D mk2 during the christmas sale. Did dual bodies with 5d mk2+24-70 and 7d + 70-200, just in time before the Ms. California pageant.

2012 April - sold 7D for 5D mk3. At this point I bought cheap primes for lowlight to complement my zooms, 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8. And bought a 17-40 for when I need ultrawide. Started working for a clothing company in downtown LA as an in-house photographer. Shot my first billboard with them 2 weeks ago

2012 October - bought a Canon EOS 3 to try out film for the first time.

(I have to say that I was being taught from the beginning by a fashion photographer who had shot for magazines that include FHM and GQ which really helped me meet the right people. Also gave me free access to a real photo studio with strobes right from the start so I never had a reason to buy any.)

Nov 07, 2012 at 09:30 PM
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edwardkaraa wrote:
2007: Back top film. Contax 167MT Aria S2 + 13 lenses

Wow!! That's an amazing collection. You acquired that all in one year? i'm not sure I could give up so much gear, especially after such a short time.

That's a lot of coin.

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p.3 #20 · p.3 #20 · your photography gear journey

My story, as best I can remember it. I still have almost all this gear, only a few sold.

Canon Rebel XS, with kit lens. Added a 50mm and 100-300mm zoom.
Fuji GSW690, GA645 (returned immediately after trying it out)
Canon Rebel XT, added 35mm f/2, 20mm f/2.8, 100mm f/2.8 macro, 85mm f/1.2 L and 300mm f/4 IS L
Fujifilm S205EXR (sold)
Fujifilm S5 Pro, added Tamron 17-50, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8, Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AIS, and Nikkor 24mm f/1.4
Fuji X100
Fuji X10
and then back to film with Fujifilm GA645.

To be continued.....

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