Upgrade Time!

After nearly 11 years of lust, I have finally upgraded.

I was forced to use THIS* piece of crap all those years:


When what I wanted was this:


Well, thanks to many years of depreciation and a little friend I like to call Ebay, I was finally able to afford the Nikon F5 of my dreams. For the price of a single NEW lens from Nikon, I was able to purchase the Nikon F5 body, 50mm 1.8, 28-200mm 3.5G ED-IF, and Speedlight SB-16b. New in 1996, this package would have cost just under $5,000.00. I got it for $380.00.

And here’s the kicker… the lenses and flash are in MINT condition (don’t appear to have ever been used), and the body is in 9+ condition… just a few minor scuffs on the bottom of it. I had my buddy at the camera shop put it on the scope, and it functioned perfectly. Not bad for a camera manufactured 11 years ago. It’s supposed to have a shutter life that’s longer than the average human life, and it’s also self-diagnosing… so if the shutter gets wacked, it refuses to let you take pictures.

I plan to keep the Minolta as my backup until I can afford a second F5 body. I learned a long time ago that to do “professional” photography without a backup camera is like driving around late at night without a spare tire. There’s nothing more life-threatening than having your camera break while you’re taking pictures of a bride. Brides are MEAN.

The first thing I noticed about the F5 was the weight and feel. It feels like it was made for the long haul, like you could beat someone to death with it and still be able to use it to take crime scene photos.

The second thing, the thing I think ALL F5 owners notice right away, is the speed of the autofocus and motor drive. This baby will focus and shoot 8 frames per second, even if the subject is moving at high speed. Try that with your disposable (Canon) camera!

Digital has its place, but there’s nothing on Earth that rivals film, in my humble opinion. The kind of skills needed to use a professional film camera seem to be quickly disappearing, and it’s really sad.

Anybody need portraits done?


*Not “actual” piece of crap camera – Minolta afficianados will know that this photo has been slightly faked.

  2 comments for “Upgrade Time!

  1. June 14, 2007 at 6:22 am

    Which is why my “good” Camera is my 25 yr old Minolta X570….I can take no bad pictures with that beast. I just love it!

    Nice work on the Ebay!

  2. June 14, 2007 at 10:34 am

    I have tried many times to not suck at taking pictures, but I manage with film cameras AND digital cameras. Heads cut off. Whacked facial expressions. Blurry. I think I take better digital pictures, mainly because I’ll try more since I’m not wasting film and development costs. I love “real” photos, and I admire anyone with the actual camera skill to take them. I just don’t have the money to get myself from “utter suck-did your five year old take this shit?” to “well, I can tell who that is in the picture.”

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