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I suppose my first involvement with a camera was at the Hove Grammar School summer camp at Corfe Castle in about 1958. I can't remember what the camera was (definitely rollfilm), but I know the pictures were rubbish. I eventually saved up enough pocket money for a Russian Zenith 35mm SLR while still at school. The results were much better, but I couldn't afford any extra lenses for it. It did, however, serve as a learning platform for the basics; I processed my own B&W film and enlargements, and did quite a bit of colour slide work.

Fast forward to about 1980 when I bought my first decent camera, an Olympus OM2. I used this over the next fifteen years or so, gradually adding lenses, until I traded it in for a Minolta Dynax SLR with a Sigma 28-200mm zoom lens. I probably took more pictures with this camera than with any other, until I went digital in 2000. I still have the Minolta, but haven't used it for about 13 years. I bet there are thousands of photographers with film cameras consigned to the back of the cupboard. There's certainly no market for them (unless they happen to be prestige makes, such as Leica).

Where's my Dinner? Where's my Dinner?

Life moves on and I made the inevitable switch to digital in 2000, with a Kodak DC290 (all of 2 megapixels!). This gave way to a Minolta DiMage 7 in 2001 (5 megapixels) and in 2004 I bought a Canon EOS 300D (6 megaixels) with Sigma 18-125 zoom (28-200 equivalent focal length in 35mm speak). I kept the lens but upgraded the body in 2008 to a Canon EOS 450D (12 megapixels), and I've just taken delivery of a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8 Optically Stabilised Macro Zoom lens.

Fast foward again to 2014 and things have moved on a bit. I sold all my Canon DSLR gear to a friend and replaced it with a new full-frame DSLR, the Canon EOS 6D. This is equipped with the 24-105mm IS L series zoom, a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens, a 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens and a 70-300mm f/3.5 telephoto zoom I've found with digital photography that there's little point in chasing camera upgrades - about 3 years or so see a useful increase in standard and capability and the new full-fframe jobbie does a superb job. It's mainly the advances in sensors and processors that does it.

I've also recently bought a mirrorless Compact System Camera, a Fuji X-E2 with a 18-135mm f/3.5 IS lens and it is superb. I wanted something a bit lighter and more compact than the Canon DSLR for when we are away on holidays and the 18-135 lens is a superb "walkabout" tool. I also have a smaller compact camera, a Fuji X-30, which is very useful when out walking with a rucksack.

Update - July 2015

I took a radical decision and sold all my Canon SLR gear in March 2015 - I traded it in with Wex Photographic, and their service was excellent. I also bought a Fuji X-T1 to supplement the X-E2. I now use the X-E2 with a 10-24mm lens and the the X-E1 with the 18-135mm lens and I'm really pleased with the move.