My main camera:
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.
160mm IQ Zoom
was my main camera from 1998 until 2004. With a 160mm
zoom I was able to get closer to the artists than ever
2004 this Nikon was my first
foray into the digital camera world.
I managed to get some nice low
resolution shots with this camera.
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.
of my cameras.....
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.
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
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
Pentax 90mm IQ Zoom
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.
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.