To be able to photograph you have to have a camera.
I started small, I don't know what my first was except it was a Minolta
using the 110 format. As I got better (in my own opinion) my interest and
ambitions grew and I had to have an SLR camera ( ~ Single Lens
Reflex). My first SLR was a Minolta Dynax 5000 AF (aka Maxxum 5000
AF), which I was very fond of, and I passed it on to my sister, who won't
give it up again, even though I've tried to get it back, so I can use it
for black&white photography.
When I exchanged my Dynax 5000, my next camera
became a Minolta Dynax 700si (aka Maxxum 700si), which I haven't been less
fond of, and that's the camera I still use today.
I've joined the party and just invested in a digital
SLR which I try to come to terms with at the moment. I've waited a long
time for Minolta to develop a digital SLR so I would be able to use the
lenses I've already got, and finally it has been released - Konica Minolta
Dynax 7D (aka Maxxum 7D). The reason for it to be named Konica Minolta is
that Konica and Minolta went through a merger in August 2003.
Today I have equipment as so I as amateur
photographer can cover almost all the situations I can be met with. The
equipment covers from wide angle (24 mm) to
telephoto (500 mm), including a 50 mm macro lens, which is particular
suited to small plants and insects, or if you just want to get really
close and still be able to focus.
My main system is the two Minolta cameras
and a number of lenses, flash, light measurer and other stuff used in the
Some years ago I inherited a Canon camera (EOS 650) from my
grandfather, and I am using this system to try to learn to take black &
I would like to be better at taking B&W photos, but
I'm not very good at "seeing" a motive in black & white.
My collection also consists of an old Kodak box
camera and two old 35 mm cameras, a Zenit Junior made in USSR and a Petri
made in Japan. Again cameras I have inherited, but quite fun if you just
want to play a little with some old timers.