What Was Your Special/First Camera?
My very first camera was a 110 that went with me halfway around the US when I was 14. (My dad, a college professor, had a 6-month sabbatical and we traveled.) Unfortunately, it gave up the ghost when I skidded down a sand-gravel slope at Big Bend National Park. The poor thing picked up so much sand I could have made my own beach!
My *real* baby, though, was the Pentax K1000 I bought during my freshman year in college with one of my first paychecks. I had gotten a 50mm lens with the camera, but soon sprang for a 70-200mm zoom that became my lens of choice.
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Having the ability to zoom in and out helped me crop photos exactly as I wanted them. (Most of my shots are of landscapes, with some animal photos in there as well.) I loved having the ability to change depth of field, speed, etc....the amount of control made a huge difference in both my photos, but also in how much I liked *taking* photos!
My trusty Pentax is semi-retired now. It resides in it's own custom outfitted bag in my office (zoom lens still attached), but my main workhorse now is a Canon DSLR that I'm also growing to love.
- Do not keep your camera in a pocket when skidding down gravel banks.
- Get a camera that will let you expand your abilities, not limit them.