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Photography is an old hobby. I still have the first picture I took, using my father's all-manual Yashica. I cut off my brother's head. :-) But I have developed a lot since then and nowadays my photos are very successful among my friends.
My first camera was a Canon AV-1 with a 50mm lens. It was a semi-automatic one, but very nice. I bought it in New York in 1982 and in its manual I learned almost everything I know about photography. Later I have acquired other lenses: a 28mm and a zoom 70-210mm, both Canon. By the way, this 28mm is a fantastic lens, with an image quality I never found in any other.
But with time it became too simple for me and I decided to get a more modern camera, with auto-exposure and auto-focus, though still allowing me to have full control of all settings: I bought, in the end of 1991, a Minolta Maxxum 7xi with two Tokina lenses (28-70mm and 70-210mm). Great camera, but I think I needed better lenses. Pity I let some water drop on it during my trip in the Caribbean and it stopped working, so I bought a Minolta 600si, which had both better and worse features than the 7xi.
I also had an "auto-everything" Pentax IQ Zoom 90, whose good image quality was a pleasant surprise. In 2000 I purchased a Sealife Reefmaster, for underwater pictures, but unfortunately I used it very rarely. A few years ago I joined the digital photography era, with the small Fuji FinePix 2650, a very neat camera, as you can see the tests I ran, by clicking here. Later I started using a Canon Powershot A620 - a compact with many advanced features.
Then in 2007 I purchased my latest digital camera, finally retiring my film equipment: a Canon EOS 400D, with two excellent lenses (Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L and Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) and more recently a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS. I am enjoying this system, but I still miss the film years in which I learnt so much. To digitalize these old slides, I have a Minolta Scan Dual IV film scanner.
As my passion for photography is very big, I have a special page, Photography Corner (English only), where you can find some of my photos, including links to my commercial work, as well as my friends' photos and an extensive list of photography links. See you there!
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