What is your experience using digital cameras? Did you ever use a 35 mm camera or other camera? Do you still?

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

16 thoughts on “Tools”

  1. I’ve had one 35mm camera. Other than that I used instamatic (Kodak) way back when. I love digital photography. I got my first digital back in the early 2000s. I’ve had several since then. I now have my Sony A7III and simply adore it.

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    1. Your photos are truly exquisite – mostly talent and eye and part camera, too. I had a Brownie camera when I was about 8 or 10. I inherited my dad’s 35 mm cameras, but gave them away to a photographer. My first and only digital camera was a Canon, which I still use, and many cell phones through the years. Vince and I just got the iPhone 12, and I am really pleased with the quality of the photos. My problem is laziness in carrying around my big Canon. (big compared to an iPhone.) Thanks for joining the conversation., Cee.


          1. I’m a klutz! I’ve been doing somewhat better since I’m more careful, but going up steps I don’t always lift my right foot high enough, and when I’m carrying something – thud!


  2. I have two Canon Rebel T5i and T3i bodies and three lenses . One 28-50 one 50-250 and one 250 -600 For that really long lens I use a monopod as it is very heavy. I use that one for horse shows as I am at a distance from the horses who are in the arena.

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        1. A flash would totally spook them, I’m sure. I’ve tried working with the ISO and come out with blue or blurry blue or brown pictures. To be fair, I’ve only had a few lessons with my camera and that’s been years ago.


  3. I got a digital camera for work 20 years ago and it got me hooked on taking tons of pics. As cell phone technology improved, I use my Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ for most shots, especially macros. I love my old Canon digital for hiking because its small, but I try to use my Lumix FZ 300 for most photography. Can’t successfully capture a full moon or a flying windsurfer with a phone…yet. Like you say, Marsha, the lens is in the eye of the beholder!

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    1. I had a small Canon digital before I got my larger one. I gave it to my brother when I got the Rebel. I had a small video camera for work. Your Lumix does a great job capturing windsurfers. I love that you can even get their expressions.

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  4. Carrying a phone with me is already “a lot.” Cell phones used to be smaller in the past. Now, we’re walking around with phones the seize of tablets… Because of that inconvenience, I never got to carry a real camera with me. Although, I always thought it would be cool. But, then I would have no excuse for not taking pictures and people would find out that I might not have “the eye” for photography, after all.

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    1. LOL, iPhones have gone small again. They fit easily in my pockets, so that makes it easier. But I hear you about carrying a cameral. When I look at real pros’ pictures I see the enormous difference in our photos, but out of 37,000 photos in the last 10 years or so, I probably have a handful that are pretty good. The point is that I get pleasure from taking them. 🙂

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  5. I had a Canon and a Nikon prior to going digital, which I resisted for way too long. Now, I shoot with a mirrorless Panasonic Lumix GX7 and a variety of lenses. I’m ready to step up, but not sure what I want next. I’d like to stay in the mirrorless category because of the weight. Any suggestions? I shoot mostly landscape photography, some ‘natural light’ portraits and a little macro from time to time.

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    1. You’ve had some amazing camera’s I love my Canon Digital Rebel XTi with a Tamaron 18-270mm lens but I don’t have top of the line equipment. A pro that I know uses a Nikon, I’m not sure which one and another uses the camera you have while another pro is in the process of buying the Lumix S5. I looked it up and it is mirrorless. Thanks for the comments, Suzanne. 🙂

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