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My love of photography began in 1950 at age 4, when my photographer father started me shooting and developing photos before I could read or write. In retirement, having tired of cities and the rat race, I enjoy most of all photographing the beauty and tranquility of nature, although I'll photograph anything that catches my eye.
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Primary DSLR - 18MP Canon EOS 60D
Secondary DSLR - 15MP Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D)
Convenience camera - 12MP Panasonic Lumix FZ200 Superzoom
Secondary convenience camera - 16MP Fujifilm FinePix S1 Superzoom
Pocket camera - 12MP Canon PowerShot S100
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (resides more or less permanently on the T1i (500D))
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens (resides more or less permanently on the 60D)
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens
Tamron-F AF Tele-converter 1.4X C-AF1 MC4 (used with the T1i/100-400mm camera/lens combo)
Canon 250-D 58mm dual-element close-up lens (used on the FZ200 for macro)
Canon 500-D 58mm dual-element close-up lens (used on the FZ200 for macro)
Canon 500-D 72mm dual-element close-up lens (used on the 100-400mm lens for macro)
The FZ200 is now my everyday and most used camera
The S1 is mainly for birds and other wildlife
Assorted Thoughts - I shoot only RAW format. I will never buy another camera that doesnít shoot RAW. My experience with JPEGs is they are far too limited for my processing practices.
Since Iíve gotten to dislike carrying around bulky, heavy, or limited camera gear, in the last couple of years Iíve started to shoot with the superzooms (by my definition, 600mm or longer), which have become quite good and for most uses eliminate the necessity of carrying around DSLRs and their lenses.
There are times though when shooting with a DSLR is best, but since I dislike swapping lenses because it causes missed shots and allows dust to get on DSLR sensors, I rarely swap lenses, especially in uncontrolled environments, preferring instead to carry both DSLR/lens combos on those occasions when I want the best image quality and feel I might need both lenses.
I never leave home without a camera, especially since getting a smartphone. For those times when I go out not expecting to shoot photographs, I take the S100 because you just never now when a photo op will present itself and a less than optimum photo of that situation is better than no photo.
I have no brand loyalty and buy what I feel at the time of purchase is the best gear for the money to meet my requirements and budget.
There are definitely better (and worse) DSLR lenses than the ones I use, but the three listed above serve my purpose, which is a compromise between convenience, expense, flexibility, and performance.
I have always found tripods cumbersome to use and a nuisance to carry any distance, so thanks to all my gear being image stabilized and the higher ISO capabilities being usable in modern cameras, I now rarely need to shoot from a tripod except for night photography. The tripod is kept in the car, which is always nearby, but the tripod only gets used when long exposures absolutely require it.
Since I dislike the harsh unnatural light produced by flash units, it is very rare for me to use flash to illuminate a shot. The only exception would be for fill light, but even then I prefer a reflector of some kind or fill in shadows during post processing. To me, thereís no quicker way to turn what could have been a photograph into a snapshot than to use flash. I have seen photos illuminated with flash that I liked, but they involved multiple flash units spaced around the scene and that requires far more bother and expense than I care to put into photography and are unnecessary for the kind of photography I now shoot in retirement. To each their own.