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PetKal
Registered: Sep 06, 2007
Total Posts: 24831
Country: Canada

I thought we'd go back to the very beginnings of our DSLR journey, just when we got our first digital SLR camera and started to test it and experiment with it.
Let us see some of your shots from that early period, however simple they might appear when compared to your current standards.

I had gone directly from my infrequently used A-1 and a couple of FD lenses to 300D as soon as it was introduced, i.e., I never owned any EOS film cameras. At that time I also bought my first EF telephoto lens: 70-300 f/4-5.6 USM.

Here are two shots from that period......300D + 70-300 f/4-5.6 USM.



Jefferson
Registered: May 29, 2009
Total Posts: 4726
Country: United States



Jefferson



Jim Victory
Registered: Oct 09, 2003
Total Posts: 7587
Country: United States

The first Digital camera I owned was a 1D. I got it in December of 2003 and took it to the zoo to test out. Prior to that I used an AE-1 and AT-1 and 8 FD lenses I still have.

These shots were taken on 12-21-2003 using a 100-400.

























PetKal
Registered: Sep 06, 2007
Total Posts: 24831
Country: Canada

Those are very good.



RobertLynn
Registered: Jan 05, 2008
Total Posts: 11659
Country: United States

PetKal wrote:
I thought we'd go back to the very beginnings of our DSLR journey, just when we got our first digital SLR camera and started to test it and experiment with it.
Let us see some of your shots from that early period, however simple they might appear when compared to your current standards.

I had gone directly from my infrequently used A-1 and a couple of FD lenses to 300D as soon as it was introduced, i.e., I never owned any EOS film cameras. At that time I also bought my first EF telephoto lens: 70-300 f/4-5.6 USM.

Here are two shots from that period......300D + 70-300 f/4-5.6 USM.


You were destined to be a birder.



Grantland
Registered: Aug 17, 2002
Total Posts: 3551
Country: United States

my first dslr was the 30d.

brings back many good memories.



Jefferson
Registered: May 29, 2009
Total Posts: 4726
Country: United States

Started with a 30D, and yes it was motorsports (I'm close to Road Atlanta).
4/08 The Mitty....only thought I knew what I was doing...now I know that I don't

Jefferson





crteach
Registered: Dec 22, 2005
Total Posts: 536
Country: United States

Back in September 2004 I got my 20D and I was excited! I figured out that it would probably take me about 2 years for the 20D to pay for itself in film development savings. The first day, I went around the new hay barn we had just built and took a few pictures. Back then I shot jpg and had no clue what RAW was.



reno.peterson
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3077
Country: United States

I like this thread...I began in April 2008 when I was the "Unofficial Photographer" for my brother's wedding, with a EOS Rebel K2 and 28-90 f/3.5-5.6 Kit from Wal-Mart. I scouted a few digital bodies soon after, and entered the Digital world very shortly after in June 2008 with a Digital Rebel and 28-135 IS lens.



Ian.Dobinson
Registered: Feb 18, 2007
Total Posts: 11990
Country: United Kingdom

OK I'll play.
My first DSLR was not Canon (sorry I didnt see the light earlier ) , it was the Pentax IstD . I had a pentax film body (Z10) which I had a couple of lenses for, I had stopped using it quite some time ago and had been thru a few Digital compacts and had an SLR like Minolta Bridge cam.

So I spent a small fortune on a 'proper' camera . just think now you can get a 7D (or very close) for what that pentax cost me!!!













And then not knowing much I went out a bought a Sigma 170-500 . not my best purchase ever . I probably only got a handful of keepers from it . No stabilization (not even in body IS!!) at an effective 750mm was never going to yeild many keepers






Peter thanks for starting this thread. It made me look back thru My LR cat and realise how much I used to just Play with the camera and shoot the kids and stuff rather than think about getting things right. maybe its the rose tints of the past but I think it was more fun


Ralph Conway
Registered: Jul 31, 2008
Total Posts: 3932
Country: Germany

Great idea,Peter.

I purchased my first DSLR in autumn 2002 (corrected, the picture below was done November 25th 2002, not 2003) after I did a test of it in the shop end of summer and saw that its resolution (6MP) for 20x30 cm prints does not give me any longer any disatvantage compared to film. It was a EOS D60 with grip. It was a gift from my mother :-).

Back home and everything attached and my 50mm 1.8 mounted (I was shooting with EOS 5 before) I wanted to test it and just called a nice friend, to do some shots. Afternoon was late and it already gots dork in my flat so after an hour I dexcided to stop. I did some final nude pictures with ISO 800 (maximum) at about 1/10th second. Of course I did not hold any of those - except the last one:

Because itīs a nude pic I only post the link here (thank you for the advive, 15Bit).

From that point on I was in love with my camera and digital shooting



15Bit
Registered: Jan 27, 2008
Total Posts: 3881
Country: Norway

Ralph - there are some policies with respect to nudes on the forum. You need to abide by them so that folks don't get into trouble viewing from work:

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Be aware of content. Any photographs considered lewd, vulgar, sexually orientated, or pornographic in nature will be immediately deleted. Please only post decent, tasteful, artistic photographs. You may only post a link to your artistic nude image and not embed it into your message. If you do embed the image to this site the moderator will remove it without warning
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coranda
Registered: May 15, 2011
Total Posts: 403
Country: Australia

My first DSLR was a 7D purchased in January 2011 - so I don't think I can make the sort of contribution you're looking for. :-)



Ralph Conway
Registered: Jul 31, 2008
Total Posts: 3932
Country: Germany

15Bit wrote:
Ralph - there are some policies with respect to nudes on the forum. You need to abide by them so that folks don't get into trouble viewing from work:

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Be aware of content. Any photographs considered lewd, vulgar, sexually orientated, or pornographic in nature will be immediately deleted. Please only post decent, tasteful, artistic photographs. You may only post a link to your artistic nude image and not embed it into your message. If you do embed the image to this site the moderator will remove it without warning
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Thank you, 15Bit. I changed it.



jj_glos
Registered: Apr 11, 2010
Total Posts: 1244
Country: United Kingdom

I only bought my first DSLR two years ago (a 500D), and it was probably a good few months before I came anywhere near to having a clue what I was doing

I so wish I had bought a 350D when they first came out, I was so close to doing so but build a custom PC instead! I missed the first year of my daughters life, using only a phone camera... (I did have a Panny FZ30 bridge camera but it wasn't used a lot).


IMG_1096 by jj_glos, on Flickr


Jennie_as by jj_glos, on Flickr


IMG_2943 by jj_glos, on Flickr


IMG_2655 by jj_glos, on Flickr

All with the kit lens or the Tamron 70-300 I believe. EDIT: (sorry for the big pics, now changed! I forgot that I used to upload the full res images!) The first two shots are actually with the 50mm f1.8 II, the last two with the Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6.



Snopchenko
Registered: May 19, 2010
Total Posts: 2256
Country: Russia

A fun thread here.
My first DSLR I got in spring '2006 was called 7D... but not the Canon one. The pics are mostly too awful to show (not that this has changed much, mind you) but I'll try to scavenge some from my archive. Tomorrow, m'kay?

The first Canon DSLR I had was a 30D, 4 1/2 years ago. It sometimes angered me to death with its constant failures so 2 years ago I got rid of it in favour of a 1D Mark II N that I have now.



WiLLGT09
Registered: Jan 23, 2009
Total Posts: 464
Country: United States

Uhhh, my first DSLR was a Nikon D80, which I got in 2008. I made a quick jump to Canon after the HD-DSLR explosion.

Anyway, here is my favorite shot from the first outing with the camera. D80+18-135 kit lens.


Tech Tower by William Brawley, on Flickr



Gunzorro
Registered: Aug 28, 2010
Total Posts: 6768
Country: United States

This is my first digital picture (test shot of bedroom), with D60 and 17-35L lens, July 10, 2002. I was hooked!







Company picnic, July 2002, EF 28-135 IS.












My first pano, warts and all! Good enough to get me excited about the possibilities of digital composites.







ggreene
Registered: Aug 11, 2003
Total Posts: 2110
Country: United States

I started out in digital photography with a 10D in 2003. I had not done anything with photos for years after doing some astrophotography in the mid 80's with an OM1n. I just disliked the whole chemical processing behind it all. I saw the 10D and said that was worth taking a chance on to regain my interest. Turned out to be a great decision on my part. My wallet has hated me ever since.

Here are a couple photos I took with it. The moon shot with a 400 f5.6 and 1.4x TC and the bumble bee with the 100 f2.8 Macro.





molson
Registered: Oct 30, 2002
Total Posts: 10877
Country: Canada

My first digital "camera" was a Kodak PalmPix (the less said about that, the better...).

My first "real" digital camera was an EOS 1D... here is one of my first photos with that camera, which was licensed to National Geographic Traveller magazine a few months later... my first digital "sale".



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