|Message from Keith Berry
Hello. I've been an enthusiastic film camera user since my schooldays and I have owned and borrowed a wide range of equipment over the years.
I held out against the digital camera for a few years before succumbing to a Ricoh RDC 2E. Four digital cameras later and I was using an Olympus Camedia C-750UZ and a Canon PowerShot A510, both of which produce excellent results and are enjoyable to use, as is another recently purchased Canon, an Ixus 70.
After my favourable experiences with the A510, I have also bought a Canon PowerShot S2 IS, but it is far from being my favourite camera and I have added an Olympus Camedia C-5050Z, which is much less irritating to use. I have been holding out against buying a full dSLR as I felt sure that I didn't need one, and I didn't really want to go back to the days of carrying an assortment of expensive lenses, flashgun bits and the like. For the price of one of these, and the lenses that you are going to be compelled to buy, you can own and run several of the more interesting "compacts" before they disappear, a recent one of mine being a Kodak Easy Share P850, the functions of which are similar to, but different enough from the Canon S2 to be a pleasure to carry and use, in fact, so much so that a brilliant Kodak Easy Share P880 has joined it and the S2 IS is now offered for sale - see my Canon S2 IS Gallery.
I have realised lately that some of the top, professional quality digital cameras that had cost a fortune a few years ago, are now being dumped by their owners for a new dSLR based system and are available at comparatively low prices. As I see it, a camera that was regarded as brilliant in 2000 is no less so today, you just have to put up with some minor inconvenience such as being stuck with using SmartMedia cards or fairly slow shutter responses and card writing. I have only looked into the Olympus range so far and have collected Camedia models C-2020Z, C-4040Z, C-40Z, C-8080WZ, E-10, E-20P, C-2100UZI and E-100RS, all of which are delightful in use, and each with its own particular strength(s) to ensure its place in the collection.
Every so often, I revise my view of the available dSLR camera outfits, their prices and whether anything new has happened to make me want to acquire one. I did become mildly interested in an Olympus E-1 body and an adapter to use my old OM System equipment with it but at the last minute decided that the money would be better spent on an Olympus C-8080WZ instead.
As an update to that, I have to confess to the recent purchase of a cheap used dSLR body - a "faulty" Olympus E-300, the Program mode of which was claimed not to work, a problem that should not affect my use of it as a digital utility for my analogue Olympus OM and Russian M42 legacy lenses which have seen no use for the past six years. It proved to be so successful that I have since added the two kit lenses, which are much better than I had been led to believe by comments in Olympus camera forums.
Some of my panorama (and "tiltorama" photos are at:http://tinyurl.com/nzfav and some of my other pictures are at http://tinyurl.com/faytz
The gallery of photos that I took spasmodically over many years around Birmingham, England, is on this Pbase site, as is a collection of slides of Birmingham by the late Phyllis Nicklin, of whom I had not known until recently, but she was clearly at least ten years ahead of me and had been intent on forming a collection. I am particularly pleased to host these slides because no-one else seems to have chosen to do so and because their original source has disappeared.