I’ve been fascinated by cameras and photography since I was a boy. My father was an avid photographer, did wedding photography, had a darkroom for developing and printing pictures, and made our photo Christmas cards himself for the first few years. Some of the cameras I’ve used over the years are:
- Brownie Hawkeye – my starting camera
- Leica IIIG – The last of the screw mount Leica cameras that my Dad bought new around 1958. When I was a boy, my Dad taught me to use a handheld exposure meter and this camera. I took many pictures with it on our vacations.
- Agfa – One of the Optima series.
- BolseyB2 – A neighbor had this camera and he took the shutter timing mechanism apart and could not reassemble it. He gave it to me, and I was able to get it assembled and working.
- Canonflex – This was the first SLR (Single Lens reflex) made by Canon, and was introduced in 1959. I believe that my Dad bought it when it was new, and I started using it about 1968 to take closeup pictures of my clock collection. We had a screw on closeup lens that worked well.
- Canon AE-1 with 50 mm Macro lens. I bought it new about 1980 and used it for closeup and general photography for years.
- Canon EOS Rebel Ti – when our middle aged eyes could not focus the AE-1 anymore, my wife and I bought this camera in 2003.
- Canon A540 – for home and church web site photos. Our first digital!
- Canon A570 IS – for use in the clock shop. Has manual exposure mode which is good for closeup photography.
- Canon EOS 40D – digital SLR – haven’t bought one yet but it looks good!
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