First system change from Kodak Retina III to Canon AE1 program

The good old Kodal Retina III was built from 1961 to 1964. So it was already from the year under my own "Baujahr". I had gotten it from my father. This used to have a lot of slides and later also paper pictures. The Good Old Retina III was for that time when she came out quite a high quality camera, but she had and has a not insignificant shortcoming. This weakness was her oiled lamellar shutter. Because the oil, even if it is very fine oil, becomes resinous over time. As a result, the shutter speeds are no longer correct. Before my dad gave me the camera, he let her wait for the lamellar shutter. That was around 1978. At that time, hardly anyone has found that could or wanted to repair something. For inquiries in photo shops always came the answer buy a new camera.

After a lot of inquiries somebody found the waiting of the camera. Then I got it. I also had that until I started my training. I saved my money and then bought a Canon AE1 program. This one 80-200 from Solingor and another 35-70 the manufacturer I do not remember today.

With the Canon, I was so much of the handling, etc., but not satisfied by the pictures. Somehow, my pictures I always had a slight yellow cast. In the warranty, I gave the camera to review allegedly everything was propper, but the yellow cast remained.



Second Sysremwechsel from Canon to Nikon

Somehow it happened that I participated in a competition with a local photo shop and Fortuna hit. I had just won the newly released Nikon F801s with 50mm 1.8 Autofocus lens. After negotiations in the photo shop then the 50mm remained in the shop and I exchange my Canon equipment incl. Matching Porstblitz against two other AF lenses for the Nikon. That was a Nikor AF 35-70 1: 3.3 - 4.5 and a Sigma UC Zoom 70-210mm 1: 4-5.6. The latter was clearly inferior to the original 35-70 from Nikon. It made and still makes hellish noises when the Aufofocus drives. It was and is a rattle part, but it makes quite good pictures is short easy and can take macro shots. At that time I did not have that much money during the training period, after all I needed a suitable flash. The SB-24 (Nikonblitz) was not cheap at that time for a flash. So I made the telephoto zoom cuts and could still buy the flash.

So I had my first Nikon basic kit together.

Since I had a penchant for Teleopjektive then I bought myself later a Sigma 400mm 1: 5.6. That was a bargain compared to the Nikoren with long fixed focal lengths. The lens was then around the 1000 DM.

At some point later I bought a used Nikon F-70. A colleague was prof. in the photo area on the way and got me for little money. Approximately 2003 Then came the Nikon F100.


The Nikon F100 is a semi-professional analog SLR camera. After the Nikon F5, it was the second largest analogue 35mm camera still in high demand even today. The technical data of the Nikon F100 is available on the net.

Here is an interesting overview of the Nikon SLR's, which I once found on the net.



This ends my analogous time of photography.

After initially a number of smaller digital Cams I then returned to SLR.

The first digital DSLR was a Nikon D70s. It was followed by a D300 and a D300s.

Now comes more and more full format in the DSLR's in fashion. This means that all my DX lenses work but do a vignetting.

I am the conversion (still?) Too expensive although I would like the now announced D850. But as a kit are about 4500 euros not exactly a snapper. I'm just Hobbyfotograf and me the D300 and the D300s completely enough, these are two absolute top digital DSLR's. The 12.3 million pixels are enough.

For a long time I have been flirting with the D850 but decided to choose a Nikon D500 as a new camera. Recently, the mirrorless Z series has been released. I would like a Nikon Z7...


Here is an interesting overview of digital Nikon SLRs that I found on the net.

 nikon dslr timeline

A few more words why Nikon

In my opinion, when I pick something up, I find the Nikon cameras more valuable. Also, I have more in hand with a Nikon. The housings are bigger. A larger case is somehow also negative because eingach bigger but if I for Example a heavy 70-200 or 80-400 forward I'm glad if I have something more in the hand to keep it firm and quiet. I've often shot with a very good friend who works with Canon and had two Canons including a Mark xyz and a cheaper DSLR camera. With both I had the feeling the case is Minnig. She has mounted a grip under both for the reason. And the feeling of having toys in my hand I have never seen at any Nikon. Technically, I hardly believe that there are worlds between the brands. At Canon, there are the good L lenses Nikon also has adequate lenses, which are often a bit more expensive. There are also 3 lines Consumer, Semi Professional and Professional in both companies.