Lives in Germany Germany
Works as a Chemical Engineer
Joined on Nov 14, 2005
About me:

Aussie in exile. Since the 'sixties I have used almost all formats from Rolleiflex 6 x 6 cm to Minox 8 x 11 mm. I Love taking photos and playing with cameras but hate carrying camera bags.

I first went digital in 2002 with the Canon Powershot S45 and planned to give up SLRs and heavy, conspicuous camera bags permanently. Following that there were an S80, a G7, G9 and an S95 that I use today. I have no problems making prints of 12 x 16 inches(30 x 40 cm) for my local club exhibitions from the files of any of these compacts.

2009 I was bitten by the DSLR bug again and had first a Canon 450D and then a 60D. I liked the gain in IQ and bought some nice large and heavy lenses. When my bag once more topped 4 kg I remembered my original dislike of lugging heavy and conspicuous equipment and sold the whole lot.

My search for comparable IQ with less weight and bulk has now (December 2012) taken me to the remarkable Sony NEX-6. Everything I need for now. Running mate is still my trusty Canon S95.

Ralph46's current gear

Canon PowerShot S95
Sony Alpha a6000
Sony Alpha NEX-6
Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS
Other gear:
  • Canon FD 100 mm macro
  • Canon FD 28mm
  • Canon FD 50 mm

Ralph46's previous gear

Canon PowerShot S45
Canon PowerShot S80
Canon PowerShot G7
Canon PowerShot G9
Canon EOS 450D (EOS Rebel XSi / EOS Kiss X2)
Canon EOS 60D
Other gear:
  • Canon A1 SLR, came out in the 80's and had shutter, aperture and programme automatic. Was therefore seen as the death of creative photography.
  • Canon EF SLR, camera of the 70's, heavier and harder than a brick. First to have shutter priority auto and was thus seen as the death of creative photography.
  • Canon EOS 100 Early ninetees SLR. All those programmes and autofocus, which was seen for many years as the death of creative photography.
  • many compact film cameras Needed for business trips, e.g. Olympus Pen S, Olympus XA, Rollei 35S, Minox 35, Konica Big Mini Zoom, Pentax Espio 928, Fujifilm DL Super Mini Zoom
  • Miranda Sensorex Late sixties SLR release. Had a built in exposure meter and was thus seen as dangerous for creative photography.
  • Rolleiflex and Yashica TLRs They even had monitors but no batteries! Still nice to play with.