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03-24-2006, 02:26 PM
Thought it was about time to throw off the covers and make my presence known - enough lurking already :shy:
Some of you will know a little about me from the 'other place' others won't know me from Adam so here goes:

I'm Welsh - just like Big Ga but better looking :up: I make ends meet (just about) by working as an IT consultant for a software house - a double edged sword as although it pays for my cameras it leaves me little time to use them :(

I got interested in photography at quite a young age- 12 - my first camera was an Exacta RTL1000 - http://www.pbase.com/eyespy/image/57684895.jpg - a complicated beast - it had an interchangeable pentaprism like the Nikon F which was around at the time - never could quite work out the metering - it seemed to have a mind of it's own!

A few years later and a birthday brought me a Minolta SRT101 - great camera, built like a brick and nice Rokkor glass http://www.photoethnography.com/ClassicCameras/index-frameset.html?MinoltaSRT101.html~mainFrame - I ended up giving it to a girl friend and it was still going strong until a couple of years ago when she dropped it over a balcony - silly moo :cursing:

My first Olympus was the OM1 - wow, what a camera - like a fine swiss watch. A couple of Zuiko lenses were added and later I traded in the OM1 for an OM2.

During a spell between college and jobs I managed to earn a bit of money as the unofficial photographer for the welsh schoolboy boxing squad - I used to take the pics (b&w), develop, print and sell them to the families and friends of the boxers - the kids got them free - I had a couple published by the local rag, probably my only claim to photographic fame! Anyway the OM2 was the only camera I have owned (so far) that actually paid for itself :yahoo:

Then came a mistake - seduced by glossy advertising I was duped into thinking that I couldn't do without autofocus so my Oly kit was traded in for Canon - an EOS 1000 to start but quickly replaced by an EOS 10. I never got on with the 35mm EOS's - too big and plasticy - unlike the OMs they didn't feel like precision instruments - in an effort to reduce bulk and get back to some feeling of quality I traded in the EOS 10 for an EOS IX a small metal APS camera that took all the EOS lenses - http://emedia.leeward.hawaii.edu/Frary/canon_eos_ix.htm - I liked the IX but being at the mercy of developing labs was never happy with the quality of the results.

I lost interest in photography and sold the IX. A couple of years later along came digital - wow! - to be able to take a pic then have a print on the wall a few minutes later rekindled my interest if not my talent:0 A few point and shoots later and I advanced to prosumer - Fuji 4900z - Fuji602z both great cams but hated EVFs so last year I jumped on the DSLR wagon.

My first was an E-300 which was quickly joined by an E-1. The E-300 took a backseat in favor of the E-1 so I sold it. There is nothing wrong with the E-300 it's just that, for me, the E-1 brings back the feeling I used to have with the OMs - that of using a precision instrument.
So - there you have it - my photographic equipment history - hope to God I haven't bored you all to death :whistle:

Big Ga :nyahh: If you read this tonight (Friday) please resend the map to my home email - I left it on my computer in work and the VPN is down.

Bill Gordon
03-24-2006, 02:32 PM
Welcome eyspy!!

What do you mean sunny south Wales.....I spent a week there and it rained, rained till the last day....then I left back to London. I was in Swansea. Now up north in Hollyhead...that was a different matter...lots of sun up there!!
Welcome home!!:hysterical:

03-24-2006, 02:40 PM
Welcome, eyespy.http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_1_202.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxmk136DFUS)


03-24-2006, 02:43 PM
Howdy. The folks here are mostly interested in how to get the most out of their equipment so you'll fit in just fine. Looking forward to seeing your posts and images.

03-24-2006, 02:46 PM
Ah! - "Sunny Swansea" - I may have been refering to the atmosphere rather than the weather ;)

03-24-2006, 02:50 PM
HI EB - thanks for the welcome. Can you point me in the direction of your flash setups I think I may be needing them next weekend.

03-24-2006, 03:36 PM
I am seeing more and more familiar logon names here - wow, dejavu. Anyway, a big welcome, and yes we need some competition for the likes of Big Ga and Louis Dobson - both of which are awesome folks in their own rite. But with all of these egos now on this site, how will we ever manage to keep it all contained. :p

03-24-2006, 03:58 PM
Yep, sure can. They've been expanded so may be a little different from when you might have last seen them:


03-24-2006, 04:04 PM
Great stuff EB - Thanks :)