This page will give an insite to the equipment I have used since I started photography. I will update and expand on the details as I get the time. Initially an outline of the equipment is shown below.

35mm Film.

My first camera was a Minolta X 300 with a standard 50 mm lenses. Soon after a 70 -200 mm zoom was added.

This lasted for a year or so when it was upgraded to the Minolta X 700. This had more manual control than the X 300. Soon after a Minolta XD7 was added along with the Tokina
70-210mm and 28-70 mm lenses. The XD 7 was a metal body camera with a vertical run focal plane shutter. This allowed flash sync at all speeds. It also had the ability to work without batteries, albeit only on 1 shutter speed (1/100 sec).

Minolta X-700


The XD7 was a lovely camera but I found working with 2 different cameras confusing, especially when trying to work quickly, so it was changed for another X 700.


Minolta XD-7


The pair of X 700s worked faultlessly for about 10 years. During which time I has acquired Tokina 17mm, 28-70mm, 70-210 mm, Sigma 400mm a 500mm Mirror lens, and numerous accessories

It was about this time I decided it was time to go to auto focus. So the whole lot was stuffed into a camera bag, and off to the dealers.

A Canon EOS 5 and a 35-105 mm lens was bought with the Part Ex. A 100-300 mm and a 20-35mm followed, all Canon lens.
This is still my main 35 mm outfit.


Canon EOS 5

Medium Format Film.

Midway through the X700 period I bought a Mamiya TLR Medium Format camera with 55mm 80mm and 180mm lenses.
This uses 120 film with gives a 2 1/4" square negative (or slide). 12 exposures to a film.

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The digital equipment has not kept pace with the film cameras.

Olympus Camida 2020.

This is a small compact style camera but has full manual, shutter priority and aperture priority.
A very nice camera, though very dated today. Uses smart media card. Also uses standard AA Batteries.


Olympus Camedia 2020

Canon Digital Lxus

This was bought as I wanted a small quality compact digital that could drop into a pocket. Takes excellent photos as long as you accept it won't enlarge greater than 8 X 10. Uses compact flash cards. Takes expensive Canon litium batteries.

Both Digital are only 2.1 M Pixels.

Canon Digital Lxus V


Sony Cybershot W170

After about 8 years of good service the old Digital Lxus started giving problems (well actually the battery packs did) all 3 packs stopped holding charge for more than about 6 shots. The cost of a new battery was prohibitive considering its only a 2.1 mega pixel camera, and the CF cards it uses are limited to 128 Meg.

So, a visit to Tom Dennis, my local independant camera shop. I wanted a small pocket sized replacement but with a higher resolution.

I settled for the Sony Cybershot range of which there are several variations. Went for the W170. This gives 10.1 Megapixel and has a 28mm wide angle lens. Unit has a 5x optical zoom. This gives in terms of a 35mm camera a zoom range of 28mm - 140mm.

The camera is still only 24mm thick when closed up, so drops nicely in the pocket, even when in the case (Sony dont supply either a case or memory as standard). The camera does have a small amount of built in memory, only enough for 3 photos at 10.1 Megapixel though.


Sony Cybershot W170


Last Updated Sunday 11-Jan-2009