Since Ben got here on Thursday, we’ve been doing a lot of camera reviewing. We use the same cameras mostly … with a few exceptions. He has more of the upscale professional Olympus lenses, though we have the same cameras. He also has Pentax Q-7, which I gave him.

I swapped the Olympus PL-6 for an Olympus 14-45 mm telephoto. It needs an adapter for Micro 4/3. He bought my least-used (okay, never  used ) 06 longer telephoto lens for the Pentax Q system — and took the broken Panasonic FZ-200 which he hopes he can fix. I hope so too. That was a wonderful camera and although I’ve replaced it, I’ve never enjoyed a camera more.

I don’t merely use cameras. I love them. I love the way they feel. Holding it in my hands. I even enjoy adjusting settings. I know that’s twisted, but I cannot help myself. To hang out with another lover of cameras is the total talking of tech. I hardly ever get to do that anymore. I used to get that itch scratched at work where tech was the business, but Garry isn’t techie and isn’t interested in conversation beyond “Your pictures came out really well!”

So here’s to the makers of lenses and cameras and adapters. Who have taken us to new heights in graphic exploration. Who have made taking pictures free from sending out film to labs and eliminated all those toxic chemicals.

Here’s to digital software, electronic auto-focus cameras and everything that comes with them.

Cameras. They matter.


  1. loisajay August 27, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    Your pictures came out really well, Marilyn. 😀 That was for you, Garry!

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    • Marilyn Armstrong August 27, 2017 / 2:09 pm

      I was happy to be able to pass along some of the stuff I no longer (or never) used. I’m not a camera collector. I love to use them … or move them. I know people who love having them, even if they never use them. But I’ve got too much stuff already. Anything that can be re-homed is good.

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  2. angloswiss August 27, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Interesting. I have a Nikon D3300 and D7000. The 3300 is the smaller handy one that I take everywhere in my bag. The D7000 was my first camera and I used it again today as I have my 300 lens on it for distant pictures. I noticed how extraordinarily heavy it is. This was probably because I was now more used to its smaller brother. The quality of the photos is better, although I only noticed it now because I hadn’t used the camera so much since I bought the new one. I felt like a weight lifter when I took a couple of photos with it.


    • Marilyn Armstrong August 27, 2017 / 5:21 pm

      I don’t think I could USE the bigger one anymore. I can barely hall my little ones without a donkey and a loader. Those full size DSLRs are seriously weighty. Especially the Nikons and Canons. I’m not sure which is heavier, but both too much for little old me.

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  3. Fandango August 27, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    I used to have a bunch of cameras, including several high-end 35 mm SLRs. I also had a number of digital cameras, mostly point and shoot cameras. Now I just use my iPhone camera. It gets the job done…for me, anyway.


    • Marilyn Armstrong August 27, 2017 / 9:56 pm

      If all you’re doing is snapshots (or mostly), it’ll do. I’m trying to get back to only cameras I really use. I’m pretty close to it.

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  4. tnkerr August 27, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    I learned photography in the Navy when they taught me to take photos through a periscope. Once I was hooked; I settled on Pentax as my maker of choice with a fully manual Pentax KM, which had been recently introduced. I still have it somewhere but I don’t use it anymore. Did love that camera though! It’s a joy to see the more Pentax offerings on your blog.


    • Marilyn Armstrong August 27, 2017 / 11:28 pm

      Unfortunately, I think they gave up on the Pentax Q. It didn’t gain the kind of traction in the U.S. they were looking for. I love it and so do other people, but they don’t seem to be selling it … only the full-size models. Pity. It’s a very cool little camera.

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    • Marilyn Armstrong August 27, 2017 / 11:29 pm

      Photography has been my hobby since I was in my early 20s. It’s one of the few hobbies that never gets old, never gets boring 😀


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