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, Olympus. Having just purchased an Olympus E410. Various lenses are now on my shopping list. Tony Volante.