Your Roots (First digital)

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Jim_Montana
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Your Roots (First digital)
Apr 30, 2012

I happened to be going through the cameras my wife has in her collection. Behold, my first digital was on display. Would be interesting to see what others started with.

1. Olympus D-600L
2. 4 MB SmartMedia Card
3. 12801 X 1024 1.4 MegaPixels (4 shot storage)
4. Standard RS-232 Interface
5. 1.8 in color LCD
6. F 2.8 36-110 mm Equiv. (3X)
7. 9 sec. cycle time @ max res.
8. Purchased Jan. 2003

All this for the low price of $1,299.00

Marty4650
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Fuji MX1200
In reply to Jim_Montana, Apr 30, 2012

http://marty4650.blogspot.com/2012/04/my-first-digital-camera-fujifilm-mx.html

It cost $200 at Walmart in 1999, and it got me addicted...

I went on to later buy a...

2002 - Olympus C4000
2004 - Olympus C7000
2004 - Panasonic FZ20
2005 - Panasonic FZ30
2006 - Panasonic FZ7
2007 - Olympus E-510
2007 - Panasonic LX2
2008 - Olympus E-30
2008 - Panasonic TZ5
2009 - Olympus E-P1
2010 - Sony A55

Counting lenses, I figure that MX1200 ended up costing me $10,000

So far....

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Re: Your Roots (First digital)
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Everything happens for a reason. #1 reason: poor planning
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Re: Your Roots (First digital)
In reply to pavi1, Apr 30, 2012

After abandoning my Pentax SLR gear around 2000 I went with a compact film Pentax and digital camcorder for a year or so. I finally came around with a closeout Kodak (DC260 - wow it had time lapse?!?) then up to their 4Mpxl LS443, an excellent though fully automatic camera that took some great images. I shifted to the LC40 from Panasonic for more control, then a Casio P505 (which my dad now uses). Now I'm back with the big stuff, just couldn't stay away

DC260

LS443

LC40

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Carsten Pauer 2
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Re: Your Roots (First digital)
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DancingPhotoPanda
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Re: Your Roots (First digital)
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1. Nikon Coolpix 775 (2002)
2. Sony F707 (2002-2003)
3. Sigma SD9 (2003-2007, on loan to a friend since 2008)
4. Pentax K10D (2007-2009, partially destroyed in car accident in 2009)
5. Pentax K7 (2009-now)
6. Getting a D800E when they become available without pre-order wait.

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Leon Wittwer
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hotdog321
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Canon 1D
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I shoot professionally. Bought my first Canon 1D about 12 years ago. Absolutely revolutionized my business!

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Mark Smith
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In reply to Jim_Montana, Apr 30, 2012

Not sure of the date, I think late 1980's
http://www.myphotoweb.com/Canon_camera/Canon_dig/pages/ion%20rc251.htm

Not sure if it counts as digital as it was a magnetic video camera, had a floppy disk.

I bought it as my vegan girlfriend at the time wanted a camera to take pictures, sans gelatin.

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Re: Minolta!
In reply to Mark Smith, Apr 30, 2012

My first digital camera was a Minolta D7Hi. (I sold my Mamiya M645 outfit to pay for it).

Next: sony DSC-R1. An awesome camera. I still use one of these for photos for ebay.

Current: Sonay A850. I love using legacy glass on it. I also picked up a Minolta A2 to keep in the car.
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Re: Your Roots (First digital)
In reply to Jim_Montana, Apr 30, 2012

1991 decided to stop doing photography for living and become photo enthusiast only. Went cold feet, no patches, nothing. Did not touch cameras for the next 5 years, not a single shot! Flipped the coin and changed life going far away from the past, erased past (but took negatives with me). De-dusted film gear left in the storage, used film. Somebody invented digital. Tried Agfa 1280 ('98) but kept using film. 1999 bought Fuji MX600, kept using film till mid 2000. Got first dye-sub printer (Phaser 450), saw the future in digital. Jan 2002 Fuji released S602, got it on the first order, film is history for me - I could do 9x11" in few minutes. The 512MB CF card went from $730 down to $450, grabbed the bargain. Things just got better - I am fond of memories how it all started for me, again. One thing here is the crucial one - dye-sub photo printer (later I got 13x19" Phaser 480x). It maintains that relationship between digital and classic photography. I love prints, photos and albums (screen is for browsing photos, they live framed). I might be a minority here and today, but printing own photos has always been the "proof of commitment". Amateurs, enthusiasts or professionals - all the same game. Yet, I am obsolete as my Phasers are too.....got out of hospital today - they reinforced my spine with few screws and some amazing technology, ready to carry the heaviest camera Nikon makes, without whinge; planned to rob the bank in the morning (actually, it will have to wait till I can move properly). Whatabummer......Tomorrow is a day I invent paragraphs, perhaps the capital letters too. And live. At the same time, somewhere in the world, some camera manufacturer will release the latest and greatest groundbreaking camera technology - how exciting, isn't it?

cheers, time for medication

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Kodak DC4800 in May/June 2001 /nt
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Re: Kodak DC4800 in May/June 2001 /nt
In reply to tex, Apr 30, 2012

Canon G1 in December 2000 for about $1200 USD. I recently traded it in via the Canon customer loyalty program and it saved me close to $300 on a refurbished Canon 7D. Not too bad for an 11 year old camera.

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In reply to Jim_Montana, May 1, 2012

Almost $500 at Costco back in October, 2003.

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Re: Your Roots (First digital)
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Sony MVC-FD95 ( http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MVC-FD95-Mavica-Digital-Optical/dp/B00004VUM1 ) purchased around Jan. 2001 for ~$850 IIRC.

How short sighted I was to buy a camera that wrote only to floppies (unless an expensive adapter was used that still only wrote as quickly as a floppy disk) at the time memory sticks were becoming more available. Still had a lot of fun with that camera which was pretty awesome spec-wise at the time.

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followed by an Agfa 1680
then graduated to a Fujifilm S1 Pro
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Re: Agfa 1280
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Artichoke wrote:

followed by an Agfa 1680
then graduated to a Fujifilm S1 Pro

That's funny because I owned a 1280 then an S1 Pro too...

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So it looks it was rather popular at time! 3 of us started with Agfa 1280! And then went the Fuji (OK, I went MX and then S602 but nevertheless - Fuji).

Mark Smith wrote:

Artichoke wrote:

followed by an Agfa 1680
then graduated to a Fujifilm S1 Pro

That's funny because I owned a 1280 then an S1 Pro too...

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Re: Your Roots (First digital)
In reply to DancingPhotoPanda, May 2, 2012

1. Olympus D600L
2. Nikon Coolpix 950
3. Nikon D1
4. Kodak 760 ( Nikon F5 with Kodak digital chip )
5. Nikon D200
6. Nikon D700
7. Not yet but probably Nikon D800E

And believe it or not, I used the first 2 professionally ( product and portrait photography ) and earned a decent living using them! They paid for themselves many, many times over!

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