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Here are the cameras and equipment that helped take these photos.

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This is my  Minolta Dimage A1.  It is a 5.2 megapixel progressive SLR camera. It will allow me to take pictures that the Kodak camera just wouldnt let me to. It has a broad range of manual and auto settings. Just about every setting can be control manually. It has a nice 28mm-200mm zoom, Compact Flash memory...(which was a selling point to me, since I have lots of CF cards and My IPAQ 2215 PDA has a CF slot). This camera has way to many features to list on this page....(other websites list over 10+ pages of info about this camera)...so I will just add a link to a site that has all the info and some reviews on this camera.

MSRP $1,599

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Here is the A1 shown with the optional Battery Pack.

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For more views and pictures of my Minolta Dimage A1 click on the link Below.

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Canon EOS Elan 7E

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The Elan 7e is the third generation of the extremely popular Elan series of cameras. The compact body incorporates a durable metal top plate and more simplified control layout than the previous Elan and Elan II cameras. Key to the Elan 7e's use is its dazzling 7-point autofocus system, which is as fast and accurate as professional models from a generation ago. Film transport retains the famed Whisper Drive silence, and 13 custom functions allow the user to have total control. When combined with a Canon ring-USM lens such as the EF 24-85, 28-105 & 28-135 "IS" options, this camera is incredibly quiet.

Key Features

 - Smaller, more ergonomic design with simplified control layout
 - Built-in four frames per second motor drive
 

 

   Revolutionary eye-controlled focus
- allows the user to merely look at a focus point for the camera to select it
- the fastest response yet in an eye controlled focus model
- first eye controlled focus camera with built-in dioptric correction

Canon FTB-N

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This is my older Canon FTB-N 35mm film camera. Although none of the pictures on this site are from this camera YET.....I hope to get some good macro pictures from it and posting them on its own "35mm Film page". The FTB was originally made in 1971 with the FTB-N model hitting the streets in 1973. This camera was built like a tank! I just recently took it in for a "CLA" or a (clean, lube and adjustment). Other than the Aperture arm spring needing to be replaced, a battery needing replacement, and the mirror foam needing replacement ....It was in original condition! It is a full manual camera.
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Outline Specifications Catalog    
Type 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera
Picture Size 24x36 mm
Normal Lens Canon 55mm f/1.2 SSC, FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC
Lens Mount FD Mount
Shutter Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. X, B, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec. Built-in self-timer (self-timer lever also functions as a stop-down lever). Multiple exposures enabled.
Flash Sync FP- and X-sync automatic-switching sync contacts with German socket and hot shoe.
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism. 0.85x magnification and 94% coverage. Microprism rangefinder of fresnel matte screen. Metering indicator, exposure match needle, stopped-down metering needle, shutter speed display, and high- and low-light warning provided.
Exposure Control CdS cell for TTL full-aperture, match-needle partial metering at center or TTL stopped-down match needle partial metering at center (12% of center). Metering range at ISO 100 and f/1.4: EV 2.5 - 18. Film speed range from ISO 25 to 2000.
Power Source One 1.3 V HD mercury cell. Battery check provided.
Film Loading &
Advance
Auto loading after camera back is closed. Advances with camera-top lever's 174 stroke (partial strokes enabled). Ready position at 21. Film advance lever fitted with a plastic tip.
Frame Counter Counts up from 0 to 40. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-top crank
Dimensions &
Weight
144 x 93 x 43 mm, 750 g
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My Kodak DC240, is a 1.3 megapixel camera, with compact flash memory. It was my first digital camera.  I have captured around 3600 photos on it. And it still works great! I upgraded from the 8MB flash card to a 128MB flash card. It is a simple point and shoot camera with very limited manual controls.

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Camera Accesories

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Minolta's Program Flash 5600HS-D

The 5600HS(D) provides remarkable flash output with the maximum guide number of 184 feet at ISO100 in a compact body. Flash coverage is available from 24mm to 85mm focal lengths, and further extends to the 17mm focal length with a built-in wide-angle adapter. The 5600HS(D) assures highly reliable metering accuracy with the ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) flash metering in combination with Minolta's new lenses with distance encoder and the Maxxum7 or Maxxum5. It also supports versatile remote flash photography with Wireless/Remote High-speed Sync when the 5600HS(D) is used as an off-camera flash of the Maxxum7 or Maxxum5. The AF illuminator covers the Maxxum7's 9-point sensors in the wide focus area. Furthermore, the flash head tilts 10 downward for close-up photography.

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One main reason I picked the 3600HS is because of the wireless feature. My Dimage A1 can trip the flash feature and sync all the camera settings from over fourty feet away! With this and another Minolta flash I can pack a portable studio strobe/flash setup in my camera bag, now that's handy!
 
Minolta Program Flash 3600HS is a high-powered flash designed for Minolta's AF SLRs. This new model provides a remarkable flash output performance in a compact body, highly reliable exposure precision, and versatile remote flash photography. Flash coverage is available from 24mm to 85mm focal lengths, and further extends to the 17mm focal length with the included wide-angle adapter. The 3600HS assures highly reliable metering accuracy with the ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) flash metering in combination with Minolta's new lenses with distance encoder and the Dynax 7. This new flash is one of a few units in its class that provide high-speed sync.

The wireless/remote high-speed sync is also available when the 3600HS(D) is used as an off-camera flash of the Dynax 7. Additional attractive features include wireless/remote off-camera flash, AF illuminator which links to the Dynax 7's central three-point local focus areas, low-battery lamp, bounce flash with an indicator lamp, and custom functions. Minolta is confident that the Program Flash 3600HS will expand the horizon of flash photography.

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Velbon CX-690 Deluxe Heavy-Duty Photographic/Video Tripod. Heavy-duty 3-section 27-millimeter tubular aluminum legs

  • Large 3-way pan head with left-positioned sure-grip pan/tilt control handle allows easy access to camera controls
  • Right-tilting camera platform allows 35mm cameras vertical as well as horizontal composition with more secure seating for heavier cameras
  • Pan head incorporates a large bidirectional quick-release camera platform with retractable camcorder alignment pin
  • Leveling bubble is mounted on the tripod body for more precise tripod leveling
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    My tripod for field use....
    Velbon DF-Mini 
    •  Deluxe multi-functional min-tripod can be used with all 35mm and digital cameras, compact video cameras, spotting scopes and other optical equipment.    
    •     It's equipped with a 3-way head and quick-release camera mount for fast setup and full positioning control.
    •   The 3-section legs and lift-up center column allow the height to be adjusted from 12 in. to 22 in. Want to go even closer? Just release the leg braces and the legs will extend wide, bringing the minimum height down to a mere 8-1/2 in. 
    •  With a weight of 1.8 pounds, the DF-Mini is easy to carry but is plenty solid for all types of indoor and outdoor use.
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