- Jun 30, 2013
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My father never had much money but he had a keen interest in photography. He came home from WWII and brought with him some folding cameras which I suspect he liberated from someone as a spoil of battle. He would look for sales on outdated 120 and 620 film and would develop his film with a plastic light-tight developer and he was always trying to ensure a dark room and I recall his irritation when someone turned on a light anywhere near he was working. I learned about fogged film and lots of curse words. He had an old enlarger with a regular light bulb and he would sometimes let me go in his dark area if I promised not to move and block his way and I always promptly seemed to do that. He would drag me off to photograph models at a local swim park on a nice summer day and never seemed to be embarrassed by his lack of a new camera. I had a Christmas when I was maybe 12 and I opened the package and it was a used Argus C-3 with case and flash. I was in heaven. He later swapped something for an Argus C-4 which he used until his untimely death at age 49. The bug had been planted in my mind and the C-3 was followed by an Astroflex FX which was a store-branded Praktica FX with waist level finder and a Meyer f1.9 Preset lens. I carried that camera with me when I was stationed in Germany by the Army Security Agency and I used it all over Europe, Africa and everywhere I went. I saved and bought a Yashica Penta J with 50mm 1.8 lens which still sits on my shelves in my office. Around 1972, I started selling for Ehrenreich Photo which was the Nikon distributor to industrial accounts and they furnished me with a Nikkormat FTN, a Nikon FTN an assortment of lenses. In 1973, I started law school and continued part-time selling and did freelance portraiture and aerial photography for a real estate company. I had bought a Philips Color enlarger with a color analyzer and did much of my own work in enlarging photos. I then added a Nikon scanner for slides and negatives. After graduation from law school, I devoted quite a few years to start my career so photography was just a thought. I did get a Nikon F3, followed by F4, F5 and with a Nikon F8008, F8008s, F90, F90s, along with some Nikon FEs and FMs thrown in for good measure. I decided underwater was a thing so I got a Nikonos III, then a V with flash gear and dove for several years. Then came digital and my journey started with a D-1, then a Fuji S2, S3, S5, D70, D200, D2x, D 600, D610, D700, D800, D750. Couple this with a studio owning wife with all her lenses and we had more than our share. I bought a Panasonic G5 in 2013 and while I liked it, it was just okay. Bought a few lenses and then before a trip to Ireland, I bought a used OM D EM 10, added a 25mm 1.7, Sigma 60mm 2.8 and I was hooked. In just a few months, I bought an Olympus OMD EM 5ii, then a used EM 1, a 40-150 2.8, a 12-40mm 2,8, a Godox flash and other things. Am I happy I have changed to 43? I would say delighted. I have several 16 X 20s and 20 X30s of the Ireland trip on my office walls and they were taken by the underrated EM10. I keep telling myself to sell some of the Nikon bodies, lenses and flashes but I have a tough time selling anything as many of the cameras of my past are on shelves in my office including an old Contax IIIA and Leica IIIf. I even dabbled with MF for awhile with Mamiyas but the 645 was not that bigger and the Mamiya RB 67 was a beast. How about your journey from then to now?