A passion that has stayed with me since I was a teenager is photography. It began with a Kodak Instamatic that I bought from a secondhand shop with my pocket money for next to nothing, one of those cameras that used a flash cube. I progressed to borrowing my father's Leica M3 Rangefinder camera with it's 50mm f1.5 lens and Elmar 90mm f4 lens, and later when I started my first job I bought a Nikon FE aperture priority camera with a 50mm f1.4 lens. I then bought a second Nikon FE and several lenses such as a Tamron 500mm mirror lens, a Sigma 80 - 200 zoom lens and a Nikkor 28mm wide angle lens.
More recently I have been using a Canon 5D Mk II and a Canon 7D. The 5D is a full frame camera and fully utilizes Canon's series of white lenses. With them I use a Canon 24-105mm f4 lens, Canon 17 - 40mm f4 lens, Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens, Canon 70 - 200mm f4 lens and a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens. These are not the best lenses available by far, but they are affordable and prove adequate for my photographic needs.
In addition I use a Lee Filter system with both Neutral Density Graduated and coloured filters. Other filters that I commonly use are the ND8 and ND400 filters. The last one I often use is a circular polarizing filter.
To compliment my camera gear I also have a Manfrotto carbonfibre tripod and two Manfrotto carbonfibre monopods (one with extending feet). My other equipment includes a Canon wireless remote control, two Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash units with flash filters, a Canon Battery Grip for each of my cameras, several SanDisk Extreme Pro memory cards, several spare batteries and a Canon battery charger. I also have a remote trigger system and a tether cable and a full set of lens hoods for all my lenses except the 50mm f1.4. And I also have a Hoodman HoodLoupe Optical Viewfinder.
The last piece of equipment I have is a large electronic automatic digital control humidity dry box to store all my cameras and lenses.
Although I am not a great photographer, I do thoroughly enjoy taking photographs. In the coming weeks I hope to be able to discuss with other members in this Forum about photography, techniques, experiences and perhaps give some guidelines on how to take great photos and do basic photo editing and I would love to learn from others with more experience than myself.