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My main camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

ony  Cyber-shot DSC-H50
I am shooting exclusively digital since about 2009. I prefer not to use
equipment that is to big and bulky at concerts. I am there mainly to enjoy the show,
and I don't want my camera to get in the way of others who are also trying to enjoy the show.


the cameras I am currently using - click on the cameras to see more pictures & specs.
Pentax 160mm IQ Zoom
Pentax 160mm IQ Zoom
This was my main camera from 1998 until 2004. With a 160mm zoom I was able to get closer to the artists than ever before.
Nikon Coolpix 4800
Nikon Coolpix 4800
In 2004 this Nikon was my first
foray into the digital camera world.
I managed to get some nice low
resolution shots with this camera.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Sony  Cyber-shot DSC-H50
In 2008 I took a giant leap
forward into digital photography.
At the time I bought this camera
it was the closest thing to Digital SLR that I could get.

the evolution of my cameras.....

Kodak Instamatic
Kodak Instamatic

Ever since my father took me to my first concert, the original Kiss, in 1979 I have been bringing a camera with me. I had to document the experience somehow, so I borrowed my mothers' Kodak Instamatic camera. Unfortunately we had the worst seats in the house. If we wanted to be any further away from the band we would have had to be outside the venue. As a result the pictures I took were pretty horrible.

Kodak Slimline
Kodak Slimline

I didn't go to my next concert until 1984, it was Aerosmith on their reunion tour. I once again borrowed my mothers' camera. By this time she had upgraded to a 110 Kodak Slimline camera. I used that camera at various concerts that I went to over the next three or so years. The picture quality with the 110 camera was extremely sub-par because of the size of the negative. Although, I did manage to take a few acceptable shots with the 110 camera. Here are a few examples The Moody Blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Bon Jovi . Because of its narrow size the Kodak Slimline camera was easy to get into concerts undetected. At that time most concert venues did not allow photography at rock concerts.

Pentax 70mm IQ Zoom
Pentax 70mm IQ Zoom

Sometime during the summer of 1988 I finally got my first 35mm camera; it was a Pentax 70mm IQ Zoom. This is when it all changed for me. I started getting much better shots. I was able to get much closer than ever before to the artists. I abused that camera for six years. It still took great shots even after being dropped several times.

Pentax 90mm IQ Zoom
Pentax 90mm IQ Zoom

In 1994 I upgraded my camera to a Pentax 90mm IQ Zoom. I took some of my best shots with this camera. I used it until 1998 when I upgraded again to the Pentax 160mm IQ Zoom. The camera that I have preferred for the past twenty years is a Pentax. I usually have with me one camera and two rolls of film. Although since 2005 when I got my first digital camera I have been bringing two cameras with me to shows. I usually have two rolls of film, and my digital camera which I can take about 1000 shots with. I go to concerts to hear live music; taking photographs is secondary for me. Carrying lots of big cumbersome equipment with me is not something that I like to do, so I would rather use a small compact camera.

Pentax K1000
Pentax K1000

I also own a Pentax K1000 a completely manual camera. There is nothing automatic about it. I have experimented with it on occasion.

I use both color and black and white film. I currently prefer Kodak Plus-X 125 speed black and white film, but I have used Kodak Tri-X 400 speed film. For color film I use Kodak 400 speed film.

 
 

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