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Equipment - Current: I purchased a Canon EOS20D back in October 2004, which has been a serious addition to my camera stable. I also purchased three lenses, a 90mm Tamron Macro, a Canon 100-300mm zoom & a Sigma 18-125mm. Also many years ago I purchased a second hand Concorde EyeQ 1Mp camera to use for those times when a bulky camera wasn't useful, but it's not a great camera but served it's purpose, so these days I tend to use one of the kid's cameras, either a Canon Powershot 400, or a Benq 3Mp cameras. the Powerhot being the most flexible. I have retired the older film cameras now as the move to digital with the Sony back in 2000 was pretty much what I expected. The Sony itself has now been retired (reluctantly) and no one seems to want it anymore, it's bulky but I still think took great photos and had a pretty good zoom lense on it. May still take it away as a spare I think for a while yet. I use the old Concord these days for the kids, as a digital replacement for a disposable type of camera, they can take it on camps and the like.
Pre October 2004: I use a small range of equipment. Not top of the line by any means, but functional and it does the job with a reasonable result. My most recent acquisition was a Sony Mavica CD1000 (Digital camera), which I love. It could be improved of course (more resolution, lighter, better grip and controls), but overall is an excellent addition. I also use, mainly for those occasions where lugging a bulky camera around is just not practicle, a Nikon EF300, which is a small compact 35mm camera. It's light, takes good shots and fits in a pocket. Finally my 35mm SLR, is an aging Pentax SF7, with the standard lens, additionally I use a 80-210mm zoom and a 300mm telephoto lens. Film wise I use mostly Kodak Gold 100 for standard shots, for something extra special I like the Kodak 64. I've tried other films such as some in the Fuji range and the odd roll of Ilford, but none seem to suit the Pentax as well as the Kodak.

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