Hi, my name is Dimitar. Photography is an important part of my life and it was always around for me since early age. I would see a nice sunset or an interesting character on the street and would think to my self – I want to capture this very moment, freeze it and keep it fresh in my memory. Photography was my way to archive stuff, document moments, things or events that happened. I enjoy photographing landscapes, food, street scenes and events.
I think I started with photography when I was around 5. Started is is a bit exaggerated here, but nevertheless I was holding the camera and pretending I was taking pictures with it. I think I destroyed it shortly after. It was Beirette rangefinder – East Germany made, and as far as the exact model was concerned, it might have been Beier Beirette SL100.
The first camera that I actually took photos with was a USSR made Smena 8M using BW film (color ones were expensive and hard to find). I remember it was very easy to do a mistake with it and do double exposure, if you forget to wind on the film.
Fast forward to my teenage years, the 90s. The Berlin Wall was already down and color film was cheap (Konica Centuria 100/200) and available everywhere. I needed an upgrade and was longing for a SLR, but did not had the money. There was a street book seller in my hometown selling old books. I managed to smuggle part of my parent’s book collection and sell it to this guy. Something which I am not particularly proud of. I bought another Soviet made rangefinder – FED 5. Solid build camera, with beautiful brown leather case and sharp, warm lens. It even had a light meter.
I finally fulfilled my dream for SLR camera when I was a student in the university. I sold the FED and bought a second hand, another USSR made, Zenit 12 XP. Gorgeous, sturdy, black camera with electronic light meter.
At some point I sold it to buy Zenit 122 – Modern, plastic SLR, but sold it shortly after.
For some years I was roaming without a camera, until I decided I want to step into the digital photography world. I had no opinion about the Japanese camera manufactures, but figured out that I had to make a choice between Canon and Nikon.
I made purely subjective decision to go with Nikon. My first DSLR was Nikon D50.
I had a great time with Nikon D80 – I took it for a spin in places like The Netherlands, Israel and Morocco.
I then I jumped on the FX wagon and bought Nikon D700. Similar to the Zenit 12Xp – Gorgeous, sturdy, feel good, black camera. But it was heavy as a tank and killing my neck.
I replaced it for the newer, lighter 24MPx Nikon D600, only to discover that the feel good factor was gone. I happened to own a Nikon D600 which was affected by famous oil spots on the sensor issue. After a few times trying to fix it, eventually Nikon Germany gave up and gave me a free replacement – Nikon D610 – my current camera.
I also use Sony a6000 for a second camera. So far I am impressed with the quality and unimpressed with the speed of the EVF.
Having used so many cameras, I find it necessary to repeat what others have already said. Just go out and shoot, camera doesn’t matter.