Today, I am digitalized with Nikon, but, of course, for over thirty years I ran with 35mm SLRs. In 1969, a Navy buddy of mine handed me a well worn Miranda SLR (anyone out there old enough to remember Miranda SLRs?). It was a strong and simple camera and it started me on my serious photography journey. After that came Yashica, Honeywell Pentax, Minolta, Ashai Pentax, and borrowed Nikon F's. Without doubt, the Nikon F was a world class standard. One of these Nikons I used had been dented, scratched, dropped, and had paint worn off on the edges, yet it produced beautiful work. In the 1980's, however, one of my cameras fell off a rock, four feet down onto more rock in the Big Bend National Park, and I still use it today for my film work...my Canon AE-1, a photographic workhorse. For years I ran color in my A-1, and black & white in the AE-1. Thousands of frames later, they still produce. I join others here to support the Canon AE-1 to be honored in the halls of the Top 20.
Posted: January 2, 2010 - 9:55am