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oliviertunis_8598 One of my hobbies is taking photos especially when traveling but also for taking pet photos or wildlife. My first camera was a Polaroid SX-70 given to me by my grandfather when I was a child. It was an instant slr so I could see the photo automatically printed right after taking it. It was fun. Later, I had Pentax and Minolta slr but it was when things became digital that I started to be really addicted to photography. Not only I like to take photos but I do like cameras as objects. Women wear necklaces, I wear cameras ;-)

In 2000 I got my first digital camera. It was a 1.3 Megapixel Olympus C-920 Zoom. It was so wonderful to be able to take photos and to do tests without paying for film rolls and developing. I have many cameras, the top one being a Nikon D700 and the top lens a Nikkor 200 f/2. I love Nikon slrs! I have the D70, D40, D200, D300 & D700. The D70 still works after 53000 photos. The shutter is slow but I am amazed it still works! I have Canon slr too, with the 350D attached to a 70-200f4 and the 30D attached to a 300f4IS. I am not attached to a brand: I go with the best available and currently Nikon leads for what I need (best autofocus).

Nikon D700 with the Nikkor 200f2. Top model posing is Henri.

Nikon D700 with the Nikkor 200f2. Top model posing is Henri.

When I review restaurants, I do not use a large camera as it just looks silly. I used mostly a tiny Sony T-30. It works fine but its range is not very useful, especially indoors, with a 38-114mm zoom. Also, it is a slow lens with only a f/3.5 maximum aperture. At least it is stabilised and it does take good photos. In May 2009 I got another a new compact: a Nikon Coolpix S620. Why? Because it has a 28-112mm lens that opens at f/2.7 (good in low light). I do not care much for the 112mm as telephoto but the 28mm at the wide end is nice.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30

My camera gear first part

My camera gear first part

My camera gear second part

My camera gear second part. See the tiny latest addition in the front :-)

The Nikon Coolpix S620

The Nikon Coolpix S620

The Coolpix S620 does it job well. It does not have the best image quality but, hey, it is just a compact camera. It fits easily in a shirt pocket and its startup is extremely fast. When looking at Shooting in Scene Modes I discovered a Food Mode! I certainly did not expect to see that option in a camera. It is not bad either since it enables macro which is expected but also the control of white balance in real time. What’s next? Recording smell? :-) Talking about recording, the S620 can record audio, useful when you need to remember what you ate.

Food Mode

Food Mode


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