I have several hobbies. The one hobby that I have probably invested the most time and money in is photography. My interest started about 25 years ago or so. I was probably in junior high or early high school. My first camera was some sort of Kodak Instamatic that took 110 size film that was in a cartridge. I do not remember the model number. I did use that camera for a number of years. Although I mainly shot negative film on that camera, Kodak did make transparency film in the 110 format that I shot a few rolls of. It wasn't until I was out of college that I received my first 35mm camera as a Christmas gift. That was around 1988 and the camera was the Canon EOS 850. The Canon EOS system was pretty new at the time. My lens was the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II. I actually just sold that lens recently on Ebay, about 20 years after first acquiring it. I enjoyed the 35mm format immensely, but I quickly started noticing some of the limitations of the EOS 850. I don't believe that it had a Bulb setting and 30 seconds was probably the longest exposure that you could take. After making these observations, I decided to upgrade to a more capable 35mm camera. I also decided that if I was going to upgrade, I didn't want to upgrade several times to get to the best camera when I wanted the most capable anyway. I chose what I thought was the best 35mm camera at the time, the Canon EOS-1. I used that camera extensively for the next ten years or so. Then I upgraded to the Canon EOS-1V in approximately 2000.

I started taking notice of digital photography in about 1999. I was thinking about acquiring a digital camera, but Canon did not appear to have a SLR-type digital camera at that time. In March of 2000, I decided to purchase the Olympus C-2500L, a 2.5 megapixel camera that resembled a SLR but did not have an interchangeable lens. I still had the Canon EOS-1V, but I already noticed I was using it less. Around this period of time, I purchased a Minolta 35mm film scanner. That scanner had a SCSI interface which I used with a laptop computer. That particular computer tended to lock up quite a bit of the time and I did not do much scanning with that film scanner. About six years ago, I upgraded my film scanner to the Nikon Super Coolscan 5000ED. This scanner uses the USB interface and performs quite well. Although I used the Olympus digital camera a lot, I still wanted to buy a Canon EOS D-SLR that would accept the several Canon autofocus lens that I already had. In about 2004, I purchased the Canon EOS-10D, a 6.3 megapixel, 1.6x crop factor camera. I also sold the Olympus camera around this time. Up until a couple of years ago I had taken quite a few pictures with the 10D, but I wanted a Canon EOS digital camera without the crop factor. In other words, I wanted a full frame sensor, so that my wide angle lenses had that wide-angle field of view again. In January of 2008, I purchased the Canon EOS 5D and was very pleased with it. Shortly after buying it however, I decided to also upgrade most if not all of my lenses. Most of my lenses were nearly 20 years old. Now I am acquiring brand-new high-quality glass, mostly in Canon's L-series. I've had three Canon point-and-shoot digital cameras, the PowerShot SX10 IS, and before that the PowerShot A650 IS, and prior to that I had the PowerShot A710 IS. Most recently, in late 2009, I purchased the 21 megapixel full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mark II. What a great camera.

My current cameras:

My current lenses for the SLR:

My current lighting/strobes/lighting accessories:

My current tripods/supports:

My current web galleries:

Photography clubs in Central Ohio (I don't belong to any yet):

Some of my favorite photography-related websites:

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