I always knew that I was really into photography thingy ever since the first time I ever laid my hand on a camera back then when I was in elementary. I can still remember how excited I was when I finally allowed to take pictures using my dad’s old SLR. Hell, I didn’t even knew whether it was an SLR or some other type of cameras – all of them look pretty much the same back then! But I was allowed to use his analog camera, and when I finally took some picture of my family on it, I was overwhelmed by all the reaction I got after they saw the result. They all love it!
Yes, I know i didn’t know a single thing about aperture, ISO and all those photography geeky stuff. Yet, it wasn’t a merely point and shoot camera too. I still have to manually focus the image – simply by aligning image in the half circle focus inside the viewfinder, trying my best to make it properly aligned to achieve the correct image focus. Simple task – but was quite challenging for a kid who never even lay his hand on camera before.
Well anyway, I did excited with photography thingy, yet it was such an expensive hobby. I don’t have all the luxury to buy camera, or even just to develop any of the image that I took. It was an analog film, so it has to be developed before you can see the result – and doing so wasn’t cheap, as I recall.
So I skipped photography class during school and can only wishing and imagining thing. I envy them, I do. I hate the fact that I can’t joined them because I don’t have the proper equipment. And so, photography was soon left forgotten from my life.
Until college. When I met a friend of mine whom so fond of it and was so willing to spend all the money he had to buy a DSLR. You see, it was now a new era, a digital era. The emerging DSLR was replacing SLR cameras and everywhere those so called “photography experts”, carried one all the way. Oh my, I didn’t even managed to buy SLR cameras and now comes a new one – with extra price tag on it?
But soon, after I tasted some of its power, I realized that this DSLR is the one that I want. A more pro camera looks with almost all SLR capabilities, without having to spend extra just to see the image you took. You can now easily see all the image you took using the camera simply using your own PC. Cutting the cost of developing analog film, imagine that!
Yet still, a DSLR is something I can’t afford. I don’t want to beg and ask my parents to spend extra just for my luxurious hobby. Once again, I must wait. Years! Years of waiting just to get myself a proper camera.
It’s a luxury item that I don’t really need back then. I still got my money lined up to spend somewhere else.