iae aa eia

iae aa eia

Lives in Brazil Recife, PE, Brazil
Works as a EFL Teacher
Joined on Jan 13, 2011
About me:

The first camera I have ever shot with was my mother's Kodak Instamatic 177XF. It happened to me to work as a photographer in the 90's, but I always had problems working by myself (not having the skills to do that marketing thing; socializing and stuff; and thus, feeling discouraged) and I didn't care to find a partner. What I needed was someone to promote my work, or to have learned how to deal with people.

After a long period of time having different and unsuccessful jobs, I started teaching English. It happened by chance, but many opportunities were quickly showing up, and I decided to move on with it. It's not photography, but I can say I still do something I love. I have always liked English, so it never gets old. And most things I've learned through reading, including photography, were written in English.

The first contact I've ever had with photography literature was in the 80's. The husband of a distant relative of mine gave me a photography guide composed of two magazine-sized and four less-than-A4-sized books. Each one of the magazine-sized books was divided in many sections, like cameras, lenses, flashes, framing, darkroom, techniques, pro-photographers' galleries, etc; and the other four books focused on specific photo subjects. Only photos and commentaries on them. One was about people, another was about women, another one, about nature, and one more about architecture. I loved that kit. Later on, when I was able to understand some English, I could compare them with many other guides and I realized that they were quite complete and technically accurate. Really good stuff for Brazilian standards. It was probably the translation of an American guide.

Now, the first contact I've ever had with photography literature, in English, was in 1993. I lived in a city called Natal, RN. I was riding my bicycle when I decided to stop at a newsstand located at a supermarket for a quick look at the magazines as I used to do. I wasn't looking for anything in particular and didn't intend to buy anything, but while I was browsing, I saw that beautiful red glossy cover magazine with lots of SLRs on it, standing on the top shelf. It was the December's 1993 edition of Petersen's PHOTOgraphic magazine. I was in awe, thinking, "Wow, look at this!" I had never seen such an appealing cover (uncommon to Brazilian magazines at that time) and that rich content in terms of equipment. I decided to buy a compact Collins Gem Eng-Port Port-Eng dictionary and a calculator in the same week I bought that magazine, and spent the whole month trying to translate most of the magazine's content and converting feet to meters, inches to mm and cm, and pounds and ounces to kgs, and even dollars to royals (our currency, or 'real/reais' in Portuguese). I continued to buy issues of that magazine for the next 6 months. At first, equipment ads, camera and lens guides and articles, and shopping catalogs where the sections I read the most.

In 1996, I was living in Guarabira, PB, and the owners of a photo shop in Natal called me and invited me to move back there and work as a minilab operator. That was my first job. I got to know the folks there because they didn't have access that kind of magazines and I used to go there and take mine and talk about photography, and we enjoyed that a lot and we became friends. While I was working there, I had the chance to handle some very nice cameras like the Nikon F3, FM2, Minolta Maxxum 9xi, and some others from Pentax. Canon was rare.

iae aa eia's wish list

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Sony SLT-A65
Added Mar 23, 2014
In the $500-750 range, I would buy this one.
Added Mar 23, 2014
In the $1,000-1,250 range, I would buy this one.
Added Mar 5, 2014
In the $750-1,000 range, I would buy this one and have it accompanied by a Tamron 18-270mm.

iae aa eia's previous gear

Kodak EasyShare M853
Kodak EasyShare V570
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
The picture shown is not its actual looks. It looks better than that. Larger lens.
My fourth digital camera and the first love in the digital era. A friend and I packed some things and he put the camera in his backpack side pockets along with his perfume. When we got in the car, at night, he noticed the sound something falling between the car and the curb. The pefume fell on the edge of the sidewalk while the camera fell on the gutter. The nearest lamp post was burnt and since the car was very close to the sidewalk edge, he could barely see anything down the gutter, so he took the perfume and left the camera. We only realized it was missing when we decided to take pictures, 2 hours later. It's Brazil and it would be uncommonly good if it were still there. This friend prompted to pay for a new one, but there was none on sale anymore.
My fifth digital camera. Second love story. Bought a wideangle adapter lens for it. The camera died in salt water. It was quite frustrating because I was unusually careless this day. No one puts electronics on top of just-a-little above the water strip of sea rocks. It was at the other side where the water hits the reef, but a strong wave hit it and spilled on the camera.
Sony Alpha a3000
Qualitywise, the body and the lens are acceptable. The sensor is very good. The EVF is very bad (short relief, plastic eyecup, small opening, bad optics), almost unusable, but not because of its res per se. The LCD is not that bad, but I'd prefer a 3:2 screen because I don't like the 16:9 ratio for photos. For the price and for the sensor, it was a good buy.
Other gear:
  • Aiptek DV3100 My second digital camera. It already recorded video, but only at about 15 fps.
  • Aiptek DV3300 It was my third digital camera. It was multitask (photo, video, mass storage, MP3 and webcam), something appealing back then.
  • Aiptek Pocket DV My first digital camera ever. It already recorded video, but no audio and only 10 fps. An image of it is quite rare (http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/ai/aiptek-pocket-dv-camcorder.jpg).
  • Kodak S Series S100 EF My second film camera. It was in my early teenager years. http://www.flickr.com/photos/schweigart/6831998826/
  • Pentax MZ50 My sixth film camera. I was in love for the Canon Rebel when it was launched, but I had to wait all that long to finally own an autofocus.
  • Sonora Love My first film camera. It was sold with a 110-format 20-exp film strip already in place, and when you took the camera to develop at one of Sonora's labs, you received another one. Of course, it didn't take a couple of cameras until I decided to disassemble it. Quite a piece of crap, but for a kid and as the FIRST OWN... http://www.flickr.com/photos/rodrigov/5172794186/in/photostream/
  • Zenit 12XP My third and fourth film cameras, because I actually had two. As a too curious and somehow boiled son I was, I disassembled it and convinced mom to buy me another right after.
  • Zenit DF300 My fifth film camera. It is a copy of Minolta X-370. Its lens was a Zenit 50mm ƒ/1.8, also an imitation of a Minolta.