Today I happened to stumble across our departmental photographer, who was happily flashing and shooting pics of .... erm.... nothing ..... in his little room. Curious about the excitement, I asked what was going on.
He was happy as a kid, playing around with his (well, the department's) newest toy. He claims it's the best camera in the world (it's a Canon DSLR the body of which cost 2600 pounds, he mentioned, so maybe that helps you identify what camera he was holding in his hand?), and at the mere suggestion that me, an undergraduate, might like to have a look at it (i.e. possibly approach or even touch it) he told me in very straight words "in my dreams only".... He said no one else (no professor, no PhD student, not even his wife) would ever be allowed to use it... For some reason he did not even want me to know where it is stored at night and where the keys to its location are kept
So, apart from having shared a room with a DSLR camera (the highlight of my day if it weren't for the eventual success in accessing
the germanwings web page later today), I was wondering, how much do you guys (i.e. relatively serious aviation photographers) love your cameras?
I mean, I like my camera (my parents gave it to me when they bought a new one), but I can't claim to be the most careful or loving owners it could have. And I don't spend too much time with it, either
Besides, at the first whiff of wealth I would probably go out and buy a completely new (D)SLR camera with new lenses, as mine are getting a bit old...
Oh yes. And what was the worst abuse you ever subjected your cameras to? (In my case, that would be trying to zoom by turning the focus while the camera was in autofocus mode, which resulted in a loud scratching noise and a broken manual focus (so I can only autofocus now) as well as a necessary repair to lens and camera - hey, that was before I owned it, when I was only 15 or 16!)