A POTTED HISTORY
Name: Anthony (Tony) Volante
Location: Newton Abbot, South Devon, ENGLAND.
On Joining the RAF at 17½ years old I bought a Kodak Box Brownie 620 box camera and used black & white film in it.
Posted to Cyprus I swopped the Brownie for a Franka Solida 6x6 folding bellows job. We started a photographic club and I learned how to develop and print my own films. Still using B&W.
On leaving the RAF I worked for a fashion agency just off Regent Street in London, working in their darkroom. I bought myself a Yashica 44 TLR, using 127 film in 4x4 format. Still mostly B&W.
Since then I have never been without a camera of some sort, ranging from a 16mm Minolta sub-miniature camera to a 6x9 plate camera. There were many types of 35mm camera ranging from a Zenith-E up to (my last 35mm) an Olympus OM2n with which I specialised in natural history photography and was awarded an LRPS by the Royal Photographic Society. I only used Kodachrome 64 colour slide film in those days.
I built myself a darkroom at home, but only for B&W. I also enjoyed landscape photography and for this I used a Mamiya C330 6x6 TLR and a Zenith 80 6x6 SLR. Both using 120 colour roll film.
I then moved on to Digital cameras, starting with a Ricoh RDC-300Z, one of the first digital cameras. Since then I have had several DSLRs and now have just gone back to my favourites maker, Nikon as well as having gone back to 35mm film photography with a Nikon F55 camera.
Current equipment: Nikon D80 DSLR + 28-80mm and 70-300mm Nikkor lenses. Nikon F55 35mm SLR camera (compatible with above lenses). JVC GR-DV700EK Mini DV Tape video Camera. LTL Acorn Digital Trail Camera.