Throughout the years I’ve owned a handful of still cameras. I was given an old Mamiya 35mm many years back by my dad, but I’ve never shot a frame with it because the mirror needed repair. I acquired my first used camera as a teen, it was an old Polaroid Land Camera (circa 1960s). I used it all the way through high school and up to the late 1970s. It wasn’t until I was working that I bought my first 35mm SLR. It was a Chinon CE-5. This camera came with a Chinar, 35mm – 70mm auto zoom lens. Later I bought a Tokina 80mm – 200mm zoom. I used that camera through to the mid 1990s. Eventually the film advance mechanism failed and I decided to replace the camera with a Pentax ZX-M. I continued to use the ZX-M from the late 1990s to 2009. For convenience, I purchased a Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH in 2005 and I have to say, I’ve enjoyed using that little gem quite a bit.
Now I have a digital SLR camera that I picked up in 2009. I made the choice to keep the lenses, all Pentax standard mounts and bought a Pentax K200D body. So far so good and I’m ready to embark on new photo taking adventures. Soon, new lenses are in order, but for now I make the best of what I have.
These posts aren’t meant to be a history of my photography but an album of some of my favorite landscape and portrait shots over the years using these various cameras. Captions that describe what camera I used will give you an idea of approximately when the pictures were taken. Hold the cursor over the thumbnail and the title will appear. Click the thumbnail and a larger image will appear.
You can view these photos and more on my flickr photostream.
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