Author name: Chris McPhee

Originally from Manchester in the north of England, I now live just outside Toronto in Canada. My first SLR was a Petri, bought from the Dixons electronics chain many years ago, before I really knew anything about cameras. I only taking photography seriously when the Nikon D70 came out around 2004 and have had several Nikon DSLRs since then. A couple of years ago I restarted shooting film, and since then I've shot 35mm, 120, and recently, the much-derided - but fun - APS. Although an amateur I do shoot assignments at the Toronto Wolfpack rugby league matches on behalf of Touchline Pics in the UK and have been lucky enough to see my pictures on the front page of the League newspaper as well as in local papers - but that's all digital!

Nikon F80

5 Frames with a Nikon F80 – by Chris McPhee

This was a camera that I owned only for a little while. I’ll explain why. When my daughter was born back in the 90’s, I bought my first Nikon. It was the F60 from Dixons. I wasn’t that interested in photography at the time, but it allowed me to take some nice shots. In 2004 the F60 went into the basement when I bought my first DSLR, the D70 and it stayed there for many years.

5 Frames with the Minolta Maxxum 7000 – By Chris McPhee

I was recently looking for another 35mm camera and, browsing the web one lunchtime, I came across some reviews of the Minolta Maxxum 7000. A while later I found one at a local camera fair with the classic 50mm f1.7 lens. The vendor assured me that it was in working condition and although I had no batteries to test it with, I bought it. Once I’d cleaned out the battery compartment it seemed to work fine so last week I took it out with a roll of Ilford XP2 in it.

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