I am by no means a professional photographer. I do enjoy taking photographs as a way of documenting my travels and it does allow me to unwind as I see the whole differently through the lens.
I’ve started playing with photography since I was 12 years old, playing with an old SLR camera given by my uncle. That was a fully manual camera which didn’t always work as it should. Photography before digital Photography was a very costly hobby.
In 1998, I’ve got my first Digital Camera, an Epson PhotoPC 500, it is a 0.3 megapixels fixed focus camera and could store about 60 photos at 640×480 resolution. It certainly was a godsend but nothing compared to what it is now. I remember paying S$1000 for it.
Subsequently in 2000, I dumped the Epson digicam and got myself a Sony Mavica FD91 which is a 0.85megapixels camera with a huge 14x zoom. This was my first camera which supported a removable media, the 3.5″ floppy disk. I remember carrying some 100 pieces of floppy disk with me during my photo shoots and lots of spare batteries. I remember my friend having the same camera, brought a modified motorcycle battery to power his camera.
In 2002, I got my Olympus C2100UZ camera which I ordered off Amazon and had them shipped it to me. This was a 2.1megapixels camera with a 10x optical zoom. It uses the SmartMedia storage media which is a lot lighter than the floppy disks I was carrying. I like this camera as it comes with a lens adapter which I did experiment with an IR Filter.
In 2004, I got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10 a 4megapixels 14x optical zoom camera which uses the SD media. This lasted quite a long while and took great pictures.
In 2007, I got an Olympus SP550UZ a 7megapixels 18x optical zoom camera which I used up to end of 2011. The camera autofocus was starting to fail and as I cannot manually focus, it was a downer. Besides the XD media seems kind of old.
In 2010, I bought a Panasonic DMC-LZ10 10megapixels point and shoot camera with 5x optical zoom to carry with me wherever I go. It worked out great for those candid shots and when bringing an ultra zoom camera was just not appropriate.
My present camera is a Fujifilm Finepix S3300, a 14 megapixels with a 26x optical zoom. It is a cheap and neat camera. I love the 180 degrees panorama mode which I am still experimenting.
I could have hop onto a Digital SLR as the prices have gone down quite a bit but the thought of carrying interchangeable lenses did not sit well with me. I need the long zoom lenses because I enjoy taking nature shots and most of the time, I just cannot get close to my subject without them fly or run away.