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Going digital

Since the 50's

My first gear - the 50's

Rolleiflex and Minolta - the 60's

The Nikon era

Going digital

The lost war

 

My hobby was saved by digital photography. In 2001 on a trip to Flensburg in Germany and exactly one week after September 11 - there were two minutes of silence - I bought a small 2 million pixels Canon PowerShot A620. It was mostly thought for fun, because I couldn't imagine that I could have something serious from a camera like that but I was wrong and soon I stopped using my F3.

By means of the computer and Photoshop I could again be creative; I could do something with my pictures and I could travel light.

The year after I changed back to my favourite brand, Nikon. It was the quite new Coolpix 5700 with 5 million pixels and 10x optical zoom.
In 2003 Canon was the first company to market an affordable digital SLR, the "Rebel" EOS 300D. I felt tempted to buy it, but I didn't like the feel of it. Too much plastic and in my opinion it quite felt like a toy camera. Half a year later Nikon answered back with their D70 and that I bought - and stopped travelling light.

In 2005 I also purchased a used Nikon D1. When launched in 1999 the D1 had cost a fortune. It had no more than 2.7 million pixels; nevertheless it had contributed to lots of high quality magazine pages.

My D70 has gone into retirement. My D200 I have sold, my D300 (as well as my D1) got stolen and today I primarily use my fullframe bodies D800 and D700, even if I quite often just take the cheaper, smaller and lighter but well performing D90 for convenience reasons and with the cheap kit-lens 18-105 mm mounted on it.

 

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