As a child I had the fun of using a Brownie type film camera with those square flash bulbs that popped and always had a bit of a burnt smell to them. As I got older I watched my Dad take hundreds of images on slide film (he was in the Army and we spent time in Europe, Asia and many different U.S. states). When I got my first film camera I also took slides but it was a chore to drag out the slide projector and load them into those long metal boxes, so I switched to film. Life (college, marriage, jobs) got in the way and although I had a Minolta film camera it languished in a closet most of the time except when I used it for my college photojournalism class or to take vacation snaps.
Then in 2004, my husband gifted me with my first digital camera. I was in heaven! The camera was an 8MP Konica Minolta Diamage2 with a fixed zoom lens and a macro “switch” as well as a pop-up flash. The viewfinder titled up as did the screen…pretty snazzy for 2004. The whole thing weighs less than one of my short Canon L lenses! I snapped my heart out and learned how to use Photoshop Elements. Through the years I graduated first to a Canon 30D, then a 40D, then to a 7D and finally to my current Canon 5D Mark iii (although I am lusting after the Canon 5d Mark IV but the price is way too steep especially for an amateur photographer). I also have too many wonderful Canon L lenses. And I use the Creative Cloud versions of Photoshop now. My how far we’ve come!
I took my 5D to Camera Solutions in Portland for a much-needed cleaning and wouldn’t you know it….the sun has come out, there are several varieties of birds in my backyard and I have some Gerber Daisies I’d like to photograph. But I don’t have a camera…..oh wait….I do. Yes, I kept the Diamage. Here are a couple snaps I took the other day as well as photos of the camera itself. One of these days will be a classic, just like the Brownie camera. Enjoy!!
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