|About me and the motivation for this website.||
Years ago I owned a Mamiya RB67 Pro 6x7 camera, a very
medium format camera. Because this camera did
not contain any equipment to measure the exposure value, a separate
exposure meter was needed. I choose for a Gossen Lunasix 3 at that time and used this
many years. I sold this camera in 1986 because I
rarely used it the last years. I also owned a Canon A1 and used this one much more than the Mamiya
The Canon was equipped with a very good measuring system so a
separate exposure meter was not longer needed and I stored it away. During
a holiday in Australia, my Canon A1 dropped in a
little creek (in a 4 year drought period!) and went completely under water. After picking it up
out of the creek it was
not functioning anymore. Coming home I have send it to a repair shop
but the A1 was beyond repair. I put it aside and went out to buy a new Canon EOS 5,
this camera I used for many years until the digital age.
I came in contact with photography on the age of about 10 when I was allowed to use my sisters camera to take pictures during a holiday. I shoot some rolls of film with this Kodak 6 x 9 box camera. some time later I was present in the darkroom of a photo hobby club and learned to make B&W prints and enlargements. I was thrilled and lost to photography. At the age of 12 I saved enough money to buy me a second hand Ilford Sportsman 135 camera which I used for many years. During my time in the air force, I bought a Zenith E SLR but the shutter of this camera refused any more service after a year or so. I dropped this camera in the dustbin and went out for a proper camera. I decided for an Canon FT QL with a 50 mm lens and I used this camera for many years (the daughter (22 of age) of my brother in law is still using it). The next camera was the Canon A1 with several lenses and motor drive and after the A1 came the Canon EOS 5. The digital age was coming and my first step was a Canon Powershot 600 digital camera. Not comparable to the EOS 5 in quality and soon I bought me a Olympus E10. Canon could not offer me a camera that would fit my needs within my budget so I left Canon. The biggest disadvantage of the E10 was the lack of interchangeable lenses. So after 4 years using the E10, I switched again and now I choose for Nikon. First the D70 (a disappointment) than the D200 and after that the D300. The remarkable thing is that I still use al 3 of my Nikons for different jobs. For instance, all picture of the equipment on this site where made with the D70.
During my years in the service, I was allowed to use the darkroom
that was located on the air force base. I used it for developing my
films and making prints of a number of festivities that were held at
the air force camp and with the money I earned, I was able to extend
my photo gear in this way.
In about 40 years I have seen many changes in photo equipment and workflows. One of the most advanced changes in analog photographic printing techniques was the use of computers in production like the Kodak 2610 computerized printer. Another milestone is off coarse the switch from analog to digital photography. I was very lucky to experience this all and also be at the beginning of the conversion from analog to digital wholesale photo lab. in 2010 I retired from a lifetime working in photography.
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