Pro photographers and "prime vs zoom" issue

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David Wyman
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Galen Rowell and Instamatics
In reply to Dandrewk, 4 months ago

Dandrewk wrote:

I remember some very early Galen Rowell images that were shot using an instamatic. It was one of the reasons I became immersed in landscape photography.

Thank God I didn't pixel peep those images, otherwise... what would I do with all my spare time and extra money?

Memory plays funny tricks on us. I would doubt there are any photos in books or online that Rowell made with an Instamatic.

Rowell photos began appearing in publications somewhere around 1968, in small magazines about climbing and skiing. He did not use an Instamatic for those photos.

This is not to say Rowell didn't use an Instamatic. He close friend, fellow photograph and climber Gordon Wiltsie, in a remembrance after Rowell's untimely death, wrote: "I heard that Galen shot his first pictures with a Kodak Instamatic." But not Rowell's professional images.

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