I soon realised that the small negatives from a Kodak 120 and 110 films were not going to produce the image quality that I desired but with only pocket money this had to suffice in the early days.
The sad death of my Uncle gave me the option of lending his Practica 35mm camera from my farther. The quality of the slides was there to be seen even from my young untrained eye. Once I started work I purchased my first camera from a work colleague a 35mm Fujica but the shiny Canon A1 that I passed each day in the camera shop was my real goal.
This Camera served me well and was rigid enough to deal with being dropped a few times! However as my interest in photography grew the passion for a Medium format camera became my new goal and in 1992 I purchased a Bronica a slightly unthought of buy as it was limited to a 500sec,and as it was going to be used almost exclusively for railway photography it had its obvious flaws.
This was soon traded in for a Mamiya 645 1000s the quality of the slides obtained using Fuji Provia fine100Asa film was better than I had ever envisaged. However these cameras were starting to become unreliable so a spare was purchased along with a newer Mamiya 645E. ‘I’ll never turn digital’ Well I had to eat my words in 2008 with the Mamiyas becoming less reliable and finding it more difficult to find a company that provided E6 processing, my introduction into digital photography via the Canon D450 which was obtaining high quality images mainly on holidays but increasingly being used on the railway seen was superseded with the Canon 5D Mk 2 I was converted and the days of film relegated into the memory bank.
I presently use the following Lenses a 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8, 24-70mm F2.8 & 70-200 F1.4 the latter lens being my favourite.
I rarely venture out with out a tripod and armed with a selection of Ordnance Survey Maps for the area I am visiting.
If only I could pack the sun as well this hobby would be so much more rewarding!