I guess it was 1982 when I started with photography, with the Praktica-camera that I got from my dad. And it was 1997 when I started using a Nikon FM2 with a 35mm/f2 lens. This is an incredibly solid camera. In the seventies it was also a popular camera for photographers who travelled through the jungle, or to the North Pole. Because you don’t need batteries with this camera.

In 2007 I bought an Voigtlander Bessa R2a rangefinder-camera with also a 35mm/f2: It has an advanced light-measuring readout. With both cameras I have to do everythinig myself (*); Light-metering; focussing; and to transport the film. In this way I am much slower than with an autofocus-camera. But I like that: Because I am much more as one with the scene in front of me. BTW: I always put the camera on a table tripod. In this way 1/4 sec is easy to do. And it’s ideal for making a good composition!

(*) Although the Voigtlander Bessa R2a also has a half-automatic mode, I never use it, because I prefer the manual mode. 😉