I love taking pictures! Even during the film camera era, I’d always hope that someday I would seriously dwell into this great hobby.
I dabbled with photography during the early 90’s when I had a Minolta SLR but I stopped due to lack of funds. Fast forward to the future… and thanks to the digital camera revolution now, I am able to realize my dream of owning cameras and taking my photography hobby to the next level! It’s also a great advantage that my younger brother is now an online digital camera reseller (http://www.lelong.com.my/merchant/asiagadget.htm). That way, I get to know whenever there is a great deal on a recent camera! 🙂
Here are the lists of digital cameras I’ve owned in the past years, right up to recent ones. Some of the pics here are taken from the web as I do not have my old cameras anymore (sold them when I upgraded the cameras). If any of these pics belongs to you, please let me know if you want it removed.
Kodak Easyshare DX7630 (2005 – 2006)- Yes folks, this was my first digital camera. It’s a small point & shoot with a 2.2 inch Lcd display and a tiny viewfinder. At that time, it has one of the highest resolution (6 megapixel) sensor in a compact camera and it cost me a whopping RM1200!
Fuji FinePix F40fd (2006 – 2007) – Next, I decided to try out this 8.3 megapixel Fuji. It’s claim to fame at that time was the ability to take slightly better pics at higher ISO with their Super CCD sensor. For me, it’s only ok up to ISO 400. Didn’t really like the output which looked bland, over exposed and often chosed a much higher ISO which looked really grainy.
Nikon D80 (2007 – 2008) – My first foray into DSLR photography was with the beloved D80. I’ve been waiting patiently for the digital camera technology to mature and become more affordable, and this is the camera that finally made me decide to go seriously into picture taking with a DSLR. This 10 megapixel D80 produces good pic quality especially with the Nikon 18-70mm kit, 50mm f1.8 and Tamron 90mm macro lens.
Nikon D40 (2007) – I also briefly owned the D40 as a backup camera. Although this 6 mp produces good picture quality, I didn’t really enjoy using it mainly because of the sluggish auto focus ( only 3 area auto focus) and has no internal focus drive motor (can’t auto focus with my Tamron 90mm and Nikon 50 f1.8 AFD.
Nikon D200 (2008 – 2011) – I was itching for a better built DSLR and was glad I got a great deal for the D200 body. This was the closest I’ve been to using a pro grade DSLR. I really enjoyed the ergonomics, great button & dials layout and weather sealing. Pictures are good with ISO up to 800; but no worries for me as I shoot mainly with flash or on a tripod (macro) with this set up. With my D200, I had also owned some nice lenses like the Nikon 50mm f1.8 AFD, Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX AFS, Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6, Tamron 17-50 f2.8, Tamron 90mm macro (my favourite!), Sigma 50-150 f2.8 and Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR. I eventually had to sell my D200 along with my collection of lenses due to some money crisis I was having at that time. 😦 Besides, I was also getting tired of lugging around the D200 with the lenses on my backpack…it felt like I was carrying a bag of bricks after a few hours! Lol! Overall a wonderful camera which I really enjoyed using. Perhaps I may go back to lugging huge cameras someday, but I guess it has to be full frame (Nikon FX or Canon EF) and I probably have to start earning some real money from photography due to the high cost of acquiring the full frame lenses!
Canon Powershot S90 (2010 – 2012) This 10 megapixel S90 was a high spec compact camera at that time. I used this as a backup or on days I don’t want to lug my DSLR around. Besides having PASM modes like a DSLR, I also like the nice control ring at the lens to adjust exposure. Picture quality is great for a compact with a small sensor and jpeg colours are punchy. This is one of the best point and shoot cameras I’ve used.
Sony NEX C3 (2012) – After selling off my Nikon D200 and lenses, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras caught my attention. I decided to check out what Sony has to offer and got this NEX C3. Its 16 megapixel APS-C sensor size is the same or similiar to the ones that Nikon D7000 has. I really like the jpeg output from this one. Great colours and sharpness, good dynamic range and ISO noise is kept well up to 1600. The obvious drawback is the bulky 18-55mm kit lens and tiny camera body that makes it hard to hold it properly. It also has a simple tabbed menu interface similiar to using a compact camera. Overall, I like the jpeg output of this camera but not the ergonomics and menu interface. The NEX C3 is the camera that made me seriously consider going towards a mirrorless system or compact system cameras; but was let down by some minor drawbacks and the lack of lenses selection available at that time.
Olympus Pen E-PL3 (2013) – Next on my quest for a mirrorless camera is the Olympus E-PL3. I got a good deal for this one and decided to try it out. The 12 megapixel E-PL3 includes built-in image stabilization on the sensor. In 2008, Olympus alongside with Panasonic created the Micro Four Third system (MFT or m4/3). As early adopters of the mirrorless system, they now have a large selection of m4/3 lenses as well. Picture quality is quite good (jpegs are vibrant with accurate white balance) and auto focus was quite fast. The cons includes the 16:9 ratio screen, no finger grip and shadow noise is visible at ISO 1600 ((similiar to my Nikon D200). I really like this one but had to sell it to finance my next camera, the Nikon D5100.
Nikon D5100 (2013 – 2014) – I was itching for a DSLR again and saw another good deal at my brother’s page. This D5100 has the same 16 megapixel sensor as the D7000. Ergonomics was quite good for a small sized DSLR and I also like the flip out articulated screen. From my previous posts, you will notice that I like this camera very much and spend a lot of time taking this camera out. Jpegs were great with the kit lens although you will need good prime or pro zoom lenses to get the most out of this camera. I wanted to keep this one; but the thought of starting all over again to buy Nikon APS-C lenses is pretty daunting and could cause a huge dent in my finances. So when a good friend wanted to buy over my D5100 with my SB600 flash, I decided to let it go….
Sony NEX F3 (2014) – Huh?….Why another Sony mirrorless? Well actually, I got a good deal for this one too and thought to myself why not try this one out? It has the same sensor as the NEX-6 which I really like. But alas, after using it for about 8 months or so, I decided to let this one go as well. I realized that I actually wanted a higher spec mirrorless camera with a built-in EVF (electronic viewfinder) and the lens selection of Sony’s APS-C / NEX is still small. With the introduction of full frame mirrorless cameras from Sony, they would also have to concentrate on producing full frame lenses as well, which means less emphasis on cropped sensor lenses.
Well, that’s all for now on my list of cameras I have owned and tried so far. Do come by my page to check out my ongoing updates. 🙂