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2007-12-26

Gadget report 3

It's time to write chapter 3 of "den makalösa manicken", which would translate approximately to "the fantastic gadget". In two previous chapters in swedish I have told "the world" what I use to produce my pics. Maybe it's time to do it in a more common language this time ?
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I started off with an Olympus C-1, followed by an Olympus C-2100UZ ( a truly great camera, even today I still love it).
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Somewhere after that, for a short while, I had a Fuji FinePix S3000 - we never came on speaking terms though. The follower was a Minolta Z5.
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I finally decided to step into the SLR-world. My choice was determined by my wallet, so I ended up with a Minolta Dynax (or Maxxum) 5D. I struggled from day one with it. It never produced what I expected of it. Maybe I was too naive. I settled for the standard lenses that came in the package. Later on I've learned (the hard way) that you get what you pay for. In my case too little....
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I endured almost a year. Constantly unsatisfied. Whenever I thought I had got it right, it turned out to be wrong anyway. I honestly can't say that I'm satisfied with one single shot. Agreed - many of them are pretty good, but in my eyes they lack that final sharpness I would have liked to have. Meanwhile I also used a Olympus Stylus 720SW, a drenchable (to 3m) pocketcamera - a nice one, durable too. Is said to withstand a drop from 1,5m. I never tested :-)
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Came the day when I finally saw the truth. Either give up completely or invest in something that actually was a little too steep for my wallet. I took a deep breath and decided that I wasn't prepared quite yet to let go, so I went for the second choice. I spent a lot of time choosing between the Nikon D80 and Canon 350D. The outcome ??? A Canon EOS 30D.


A last minute change. Why?
I suddenly realized that a collegue of mine made much better pics than I did. He used a 30D. I also remembered that on my last trip to the Maldives, I met up with a guy who had photography as a sidejob, and he had a Canon EOS 20D, so it could not be too bad.
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So I stepped into the store and with a gulp ordered a 30D and a 24-105/4L IS USM lens plus a 430EX flash. I saw the bills from my wallet fly away in an endless stream, thinking to myself "Am I insane or what....". Paying that amount for a camera....?
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Once home I tried the new equipment. The first 5 pics were better than any of the about 8000 pics I took with the Minolta(sorry about that Minolta, or Sony as it is now). I was immediately satisfied, and with a big grin on my face, told myself that I had made the right decision. This was in april 2007. Now it's late december, and 11500 exposures later I still compliment myself on making that decision to change gear one more time.
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So what's next ? Another shift into the 40D ? I don't think so. Not at the moment. I'm still satisfied with what I've got. I just need a few more lenses. My thoughts were that a 100-400 zoom would be next. But at 15000 SEK it's still a bit out of the question. I want it, but right now I think a decent Macro is more wanted. I'm very fond of getting close to the small animals. Butterflies, beetles and such. Much to the disgust of my fellow peers. Some of them are not really into those kind of pictures. Their loss :-)

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