I know it's been a long time since I've posted any photos of any quality. The reason is that my decent camera broke a couple of years ago. I bought a less than stellar replacement, but the quality of shots I could get with that was so poor, it wasn't worth carrying it around anymore. I think I might have given it away, or maybe it broke too. I really can't remember.
I started out in photography back in high school. I used to use my parents point and shoot Kodak Instamatic. I also used the better quality Argus Seventy-Five, a pseudo TLR camera that took 6x6cm on 620 film. Since I used to develop and print my own B&W photos, I liked the large 6x6cm size of the film because I could get really good quality enlargements from it compared to say, the 110 Kodak format.
My first real camera was a Yashika 35mm SLR. Sadly it was stolen from my dorm room. But, I got to replace it with the best camera I've ever had the pleasure to use (and one of the best cameras ever), and Olympus OM1, 35mm SLR. This was my camera for years until I stopped using it when film and film developing became too expensive. I've been pining for a a 35mm DLSR since then and now I am finally getting one!
We have bought a lot of things from a rent 2 own place up the street from us for the last few years. It is the only way we've been able to make big ticket purchases. Bedroom sets, a laptop, a desktop computer, clothes dryer, dining room set, and a couple of iPads have been bought this way. Today I went in to pay off my stepson's bed. Whenever you pay something off you can do a 30 day free trial of something else. Sure, it's a way to keep you paying, but so far it's been worth it. Some things we've tried we have returned after the 30 days. A few we have kept. So when he asked me if there was anything I'd like to try, I asked him if he still had DLSR I'd seen there before. He said that he didn't have one, but could check with other stores in the area. When he told me one of the stores had a Cannon Rebel, I immediately said, "I want it!". Even better, the payments on that pretty much equal the payments I was making on the bed so it won't cost me any more that we've been paying.
So on Monday, I'll be picking it up. I'm so excited! I can finally start justifying taking the time to take pictures again since they won't all be coming out like crap. Expect to see new photos in my gallery soon!