A few years with various digital cameras

A few years with various digital cameras

Postby tommc on Wed 15 Nov 2017, 6:40 pm

Well, as I'm now into my 20th year shooting digital pictures, thought I'd take a look back on how things have progressed.

In 1998 I started with the Olympus Camedia 800. I have an engineering background and realised then that there was no future in film/slide. Digital was the future. 810,000 pixel resolution sensor, and with only a built in memory (no expandable RAM cards), you still had to be careful with photo choice.
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Slovakian MiG-29 at Mildenhall Show in 1998

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Turkish Phantom at Waddington Show in 1999


In 2000 I upgraded to the Casio QV-3000EX. An amazing 3 Megapixels, plus the ability to take a 340MB IBM Microdrive, carefree shooting was available.
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Saudi Hawk at Farnborough Show in 2000

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15 Sqn Tornado landing at Lossiemouth in 2001

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Italian G.222 mishap at Fairford Show in 2002


By late 2002 I upgraded again, to a Nikon Coolpix 5700. This was a great little camera for the time, 8x optical zoom, pretty fast, great handling.
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RAF Tornado departing from Marham in 2003 for the Second Gulf War

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USMC AV-8B visiting Williams, AZ in 2004


By the end of 2004 I had taken the DSLR plunge. Canon EOS20D and ubiquitous L-series 100-400 IS lens. Very bulky and heavy gear to lug around, especially when you needed to take an additional body with wide angle lens on your travels too.
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Mildenhall NAF UC-12 landing at it's home base in 2004

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54 Sqn Jaguar touches down at Coltishall in 2005

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43 Sqn Tornado F3 over the North Sea in 2006

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FAA Merlin arriving at Yeovilton in 2007

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Sentinel circuit bashing at Waddington in 2008

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Beech 200 circuit bashing at Waddington in 2009

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Edwards AFB Test F-16 in 2010

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Tornado F2 landing at Boscombe Down in 2011

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AAC Apache overshooting Marham in 2012

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FN Rafale departing Leuchars in 2013

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Pave Hawk returning to Lakenheath in 2014

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Saudi Typhoon overshooting at Warton in 2015

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B-1 turning in at Nellis in 2016

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HL F-16 returning to Albacete during a TLP in 2017


This equipment lasted me a few years but I was becoming increasing disillusioned with my ageing DSLR kit. So, in late 2017 I traded it all in for the magnificent Sony DX10M3, with a phenomenal 24-600mm lens. My backbreaking RIATs and overseas packing woes are now a thing of the past.
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F-22 landing back at Lakenheath in 2017

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King Air ready to depart Cranwell in 2017

Hope that lot stirs some memories of places and types lost, and shows a bit of insight into developments over the past few years. What will the future hold?
Regards
TomMc
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Re: A few years with various digital cameras

Postby Airwolfhound on Thu 16 Nov 2017, 12:46 pm

A very interesting post with some good comparisons, I had the 20d, a lovely piece of kit. Upgraded to a 50d, then subsequently a 7d then a 7d2. Indeed, who knows what the future holds, but start saving now :lol:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24874528@N04/

Agile, mobile and hostile ;-)
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Re: A few years with various digital cameras

Postby austinp on Thu 16 Nov 2017, 2:39 pm

Coolio, nice history (and pics) there :-)

I started with the Nikon 5700. Great camera, cost a lot back then - £1000!!

Then I moved to a trio (yes) of Canon 400D's (one as a backup to be fair), before moving onto a pair of Canon 7D's. I added a Canon SX-610 the other year, difficult to take a DSLR into a concert venue - its a small camera with a decent zoom, hence is great for overseas holidays with cabin baggage.
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