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    Greetings from a mid-life noephyte in the middle lands of england..

    Hello.

    I'm Martin. I live and work in Birmingham, UK, and have done pretty much all my life. Picked up a nikon d40 some 5 years ago, for a song on amazon, and maybe 18 months ago started shooting film, at first with a Braun Paxina 29.

    I've stopped buying cameras now, after a Rollei 35 and a Brownie 6-20 and a Nikon F3P and a Pentax ME and a Zenit 12XP and a yashica MAT.

    Nowadays, although I've no intention of getting into debates about digital/analogue and one being better in some way than the other, I find myself wanting to shoot film, and print in the dark.

    Currently I'm developing film with R09, and paper with a caffenol recipe. My hit rate is pretty low, but every now and again fortune coincides with intent and something comes out that pleases me.

    I've hesitated for a good while about calling myself a photographer, but recently a close friend and then a total stranger have placed arguments in front of me that helped hugely. I'm a father, and I have the right to call myself that, even though I may not be the best father, and I don't do it professionally. And thus with photographer.

    I've lurked around here a long while, and it's been well useful. Thanks guys. (I'm using 'guys' gender neutrally here )

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    Hello Martin, and a warm welcome to APUG.

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    Welcome to APUG, Martin.
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    Welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by mawhin View Post
    I've stopped buying cameras now, after a Rollei 35 and a Brownie 6-20 and a Nikon F3P and a Pentax ME and a Zenit 12XP and a yashica MAT.
    Sounds like you have only just started!


    Steve.
    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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    Welcome from just down the road

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    You're not a photographer... unless you are. I've been a photographer for 38 years even though I've taken no "real" photos in 28 years. Once a photographer... always a photographer. You are who you are and want to be... nothing more and nothing less. Who are you and who do you want to be? Know thyself.

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    Martin - hello and welcome to APUG from western New England!
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    Hello Martin and welcome to APUG.
    Items for sale or trade at www.Camera35.com

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    Wow, where did find the old Braun Paxina 29? - That was my first ever camera bought second hand in Taunton in 1960 when I was even younger than I am now

    I suggest you now get rid of any cameras you don't use at least once a month - I am trying to do that now, except for the Rollies for my next trip to UK

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    It came up on the auction site. And I try to use them all. It's only the brownie that doesn't get out really - I can't be arsed to deal with 620. And that's staying, because it's pretty.

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