« on: January 29, 2013, 04:29:30 AM »
Having moved to a 35mm Minolta viewfinder camera while I was in the US Air Force in 1970, by 1976, I desparately needed to stop taking pictures with the lens cap on! So, I went to the local camera store in Milwaukee that I had moved to 1 year earlier and asked what to do. He showed me a just on the market Canon AE-1, with a 50mm flat-fiield macro lens on it. He didn't have to 'sell' me much at all. It was mine a few minutes later!
I went out and ran 2-3 rolls of slides through it, and when I got them back, randomly, some frames were not exposed! And I did all my shooting in about 2 hrs and never put the lens cap on during that period! So, he sent the camera to Canon and they fixed it. Off to my favorite rail yard to take more pictures...same results! Back to the store again! He offered me a full-value store credit on a then 'older model' Canon EF, which I instantly bought. It was the predecessor of the AE-1 and had much the same electronics in a metal body with metal shutter, rather than cloth like the AE-1. The pictures came out great! Within a year, I got 'bit good' by the photography bug and ended up with a 2nd EF and 4-5 more lenses. I think I ran at least 1000 rolls of film through each of those cameras. Then I got married, and that was the end of my photography in 1988.
12 years and an ex-wife later, I wanted to sell some stuff on ebay, so I bought a Canon (what else?) point and shoot G-3. In addition to ebay stuff, I started taking pictures at church as well, and moved up to a G-5 a couple years later. When I wore that one out (oddball exposures, etc), I figured it was time to move to the SLR mode again...so I bought a used 30D and a couple of kit lenses, Canon 18-135 and 55-250. 6 months later, I wanted sharper pictures and the ability to do more no-flash indoor work. So it was time for a 60D and some L glass. This past Thanksgiving, the 60D was replaced with a 5D3 for the drop dead focusing and incredible ISO capabilities. My no flash work is a breeze with an 80-90% keeper rate these days!
Needless to say, I'm very brand-loyal when I find good products. I know I'll be a Canon shooter 'til I die. Ditto for Chrysler products...I've bought nothing but Chrysler products since 1972. Goodyear tires, the same.