DJ: My first digital camera was given to me by my father just before I came to Stony Brook. It was a Point and Shoot camera from Casio: Exilim Z4 (4MP with 3x zoom). Roughly 3 years later in 2010 I bought for myself another Casio P&S camera: Exilim Z2000 (14MP with 5x zoom).

When I went home in 2011 I gave the E-Z2K to my father and he still uses it, though not as smoothly as I'd like. So I returned to Stony Brook with no camera in hand and had to start (re)searching for a new camera. I decided to go with a 'new' camera system instead of well-known DSLRs and bought a Micro-Four-Thirds camera from Olympus: PEN E-PL1 (12.3MP) with the standard kit lens (14-42mm). After a while I added Panasonic's 45-200mm lens to my 'camera bag' too. This camera served me well for ~3 years and I have decided to stick with the MFT system in the foreseeable future.

In December 2013 I sold the E-PL1 along with its kit lens (still have the zoom lens) and bought (let's say in 2014) Panasonic's MFT camera: LUMIX DMC-GX7 (16MP) with the thinnest 'kit' lens then (14-42mm with letters 'PZ' thrown somewhere in there) till Olympus released a similar lens few months later.

So that is my photography gear for now and I hope you can instinctively relate the photos that appear on this blog to these as and when necessary. Just a reminder: My section won't see any updates anytime soon because I have promised my superpartner that I won't be spending any more on cameras and 'accessories' for the next 5 years. (Let's see how long I can keep up with that!)

SJ: You know when you like it. I liked the movies / TV shows where people clicked animal life, where people used binoculars to look at mountains or a temple at a distance. So I have liked photography since childhood and I thought it would be very interesting if I could click some nice ones myself. My father bought me a camera in the 3rd year at college because I convinced him that I want to capture moments of my final years. It was a P&S camera by Canon: PowerShot A550 (7.1MP with 4x zoom). I was among the first ones in my college wing (12 noble people staying together) to get a digital camera so it was used a lot by many of my batchmates during the final year.

When I started to work, I bought another one by Canon: PowerShot SX220 (12.1MP with 14x zoom) with decent configurations for that time. I did not use it for long because I was gifted a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS20 (14.1MP with 20x zoom) by my Superpartner. He says that after this one I can aim for buying a LUMIX LX100, which will almost be an upgrade from P&S to MFT.

I might not have grown from a novice to a beginner in terms of taking pictures. But I am definitely better than those people who look at the world from their cellphone camera's eyes and do not think enough (or at all!) before taking pictures. I can proudly say that a photograph is a story to me, a story without words, a story with or without faces, a story never verbally said or heard.

Gear Summary
Camera: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS20
Phone: Nokia LUMIA 950 XL