Fortune in Misfortune
I have a checkered history with camera ownership.
I was pushed into a pool with my first Canon SLR, a T70. I took an EOS D52 on a very expensive trip to the Masai Mara and Ngorogoro crater in central Africa. On my return with a bag full of film of stunning scenes, I was hit with catastrophic disappointment when the shots were developed. One each of a set of flawed UV filters was attached to my three prized lenses. With film you do not know until well after the event. This all but killed my enthusiasm for photography.
Because I had stopped used using it my D52 was traded in by my ex-wife so that she could buy herself a sexy new DSLR. She gave me a used 6MP digital compact camera as a consolation. I was not pleased, but this led me into the exciting digital era. To see a version of the shot immediately after you had taken it was glory to me. I was broke and had to wait to upgrade to the DSLR. I eventually bought a Canon T1 and fell in love with it until I realized that this was a basic, entry level. I lived with the buyer’s remorse until this one was stolen in a burglary.
Again I had to wait, but I bought a mid-range after that. The cycle was repeated twice with burglaries, waiting and up-sizing. I eventually thought that the universe did not want me to have a decent camera!
Meanwhile I borrowed a variety of Digital Cameras from friends and learned how to use Photoshop. This gave me experience in a variety of Compact and SLR digitals and the bug bit! Digital Technology gave me the control. It appeals to my huge appetite for instant gratification. I fell in love not only with the features but with the speed at which the technology is advancing.
At a time that I was in dire financial straights I sold all my kit via Ebay and learned that if you don’t wait until the equipment is ancient you can actually get a good price. Another technology marvel, being the internet even allows me to chop and change and experiment without costing the earth.
I cannot tell for sure which I like more… taking the odd exceptional photograph, enjoying the great works of others or following this amazing technology wave. In my view Digital Camera technology is at the forefront of so many precision engineering and microelectronic disciplines, ranging from light optics, through micro mechanics to microchips and software.
The mind boggles when you see what lies under the covers of today’s DSLR’s!
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