I love digital anything, especially cameras. I mean, I am an electrical engineer! I like the sensors, the image processing, all the high tech stuff about them... but I also love old, solid, well built mechanical cameras that will last a lifetime (not to mention you can often get them for very affordable prices!).
My Dad got this for me at a thrift store. It is used more than any of my other film cameras. It doesn't have the sharpest optics of the bunch (although they are still pretty awesome), or the smoothest feel when winding, but it is such a joy to use! I am not sure exactly what it is, maybe the feel of the lens or the fact that it is all beat up? What ever IT is, I love this camera!
I am not an expert photographer, but I do like taking pictures. Lucky so does my wife! Sometimes we have been known to go to some random place with an old roll of B&W film and take some pictures with our kids. I develop the film in our bathroom and then digitize the images by taking a picture of the negatives with a digital camera. Using old, expired film is fun! Especially if it also gets messed up while developing. You end up with some interesting looking effects.
My digital SLR's are Canon, but if you want a serious piece of mechanical equipment, look to an old Nikon. I love my Spotmatic, it gets the most use, however this is because it has a high fun factor, low cost if lost factor and not because it is the best in every way. I have taken a lot of cameras apart (including digital) and have had the opportunity to look on the inside. All I can say is they just don't build them like an all mechanical Nikon.
Sample pictures taken with this camera
Many of my comments on this camera would apply to the FM as well as this FE. I like the analog gauge when looking through the viewfinder on this one better than the + and - in the FM2. I also like that the shutter spring is not quite as strong. Sure the max shutter speed is not as high as with the FM2, but it sounds less brutal on the inside mechanisms when you fire a shot. After trying both the FM2 and this FE, I think my favorite would be a Nikon FM (a good balance of both).
I got this camera at a thrift store for $2. It was in Bad shape and needed a lot of work. Nonetheless it was as solid as a tank! I ripped the whole thing apart and piece by piece cleaned, polished, fixed and adjusted it until I got the whole thing back together. The original outside was all rotted and trashed so I decided to re-leather it with some suede I got at a craft store.
Sample picture taken with this camera. If you read up on the Jubilee you will learn about how hard it is to get a steady hand-held image with this camera. The reason for this is an extra super strong spring on the shutter release.
I wanted a nice medium format camera my whole life (okay, only as long as I have known about them). That time came when I sold my Sony HVR-Z1U video camera. I used half the money to by a new, smaller, video camera and a Hasselblad. I couldn't afford one that was working perfectly so I put most of the money into the lens and then got a body that needed some work. Also the focusing screen was garbage so I dissembled it and ground the glass to my liking. The final result was much crisper and brighter images when looking through the viewfinder. I also added a prism from a Kiev off ebay. For cosmetics I oiled all the leather with mineral oil.
Sample pictures taken with this camera
I actually ended up selling this camera to help fund the development of my battery charger. Someday I hope to get one again.
I don't have a telescope but I have cameras, a computer, and a love for the stars. When you are an engineer you make things work. Like the shot of Andromeda, it was taken with a 50mm lens that had too wide a field of view. I had to take lots of images, rotating the camera at different angles and then use signal processing techniques to squeeze out resolution from all of the images that no single one had. Sometimes you find yourself in an ideal photo situation with less than ideal equipment in hand and you have to try and make it work.
This section will grow with time as I dig through all my old photos and find ones that I think are interesting or have a unique story. The one of the fly I took by using a PVC pipe coupler from the hardware store as an extension tube so that my lens could focus a lot closer than originally designed.
For a few years while I was in school I had a Videography business. It was a lot of fun/work. I really enjoy editing videos and cutting a shot just right. I got the love of photography from my mother and video from my father. He always liked knowing about the latest video camera and as a kid I remember many times making silly family videos (In-camera edit). I won an award for a short commercial I made and many of the skills I learned I have since used in other jobs. Even now I end up editing videos for my work on occasion, although they have become much more elaborate with 3D animations and higher quality footage.