iae aa eia

iae aa eia

Lives in Brazil Paulista, 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, a Kodak Instamatic 177XF. In the 90's, it happened to me to work as a photographer, but I always had problems working by myself (lazy at doing marketing) and I didn't care to find a partner. What I needed was someone to deal with the marketing thing, promoting my work.

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

The first contact I had with photography literature was in '80s. The husband of a relative of my mother (I have no idea where this couple is nowadays) was gave a pack of photography guide composed of two books and other four smaller and thinner. The two books were divided in parts, like technique, equipment, lab, and others; and the other four focused on a specific subject, and there were only photos in it. One was on people, another on women, another one on nature, and one on architecture. I loved them. Later on, understanding English, I could compare them with others written in English and I can tell you they were really really good.

The first contact I had with photography literature in English was in 1993. I lived in Natal. I was riding my bicycle and, passing by a supermarket, I decided to stop at its newsstand for a quick look at the magazines. I wasn't looking for anything in particular and didn't intend to buy anything, but then I saw that beautiful red glossy cover with lots of SLRs on it. It was the December 1993 edition of Petersen's PHOTOgraphic magazine. I didn't say word, but I reacted inside as if saying, "Wow, what is this?!" I had never seen such an appealing cover (uncommon to Brazilian magazines at that time). Having bought one, I also bought a compact Collins Gem Eng-Port Port-Eng dictionary and a calculator, and spent the whole month trying to translate most of the magazine and converting feet to meters and inches to mm and cm. I continued to buy issues of that magazine for the next 6 months. At first, equipment ads, cameras and lenses guides and articles, and shopping catalogs where the sections I read the most.

In 1996, I was living in Guarabira (Paraíba's countryside), 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. They did that because they didn't have access to such awesome magazines and I used to go there and take mine and talk about photography and stuff, and they enjoyed that. While working there, I had the chance to handle some very nice cameras like the Nikon F3, FM3, Minolta Maxxum 9xi, and some others from Pentax. Canon was rare.

iae aa eia's current gear

Kodak EasyShare M853
Sony Alpha a3000
The image of it DPR shows here is not its actual looks.
It wasn't the G1 X Mk2, or the RX10, or the A65, hehe. Money was the factor. Bought it in 10 installments and the total equivalent to 33 % more than if I had bought it in the USA. Not that bad. Qualitywise and the lens are acceptable. The sensor very very good. The EVF 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 rather prefer a 3:2 screen because I don't like 16:9 ratio for photos. For the price and for the sensor: pleased.

iae aa eia's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

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 V570
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
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.
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.