Well, I've already posted a couple of times and decided I liked the forum enough I ought to sign the registry, so to speak. I'm Jeff and I hail from the state of Wyoming in the US. My first camera ever was an old Kodak instamatic that my Mom had quit using. I assumed ownership of it when she upgraded to a Polaroid. Dad said I could use it all i wanted but the flash cubes, film and developing costs were all mine. I still remember sparingly using the rotating flash cube in order to save my allowance for the 126 cartriges. From the very first of my phtography endeavors I operated under the theory that a bad picture is better than no picture.
Next I had an Ansco disc camera and later a Kodak disc. After high school I quit taking pictures for quite a few years. Eventually, I was drawn back into photography with an Olympus p&s with a small zoom range. My friend had a Minolta Maxxum 300si and so I began to learn through image comparison the advantages to the slr over the p&s. After 4 or 5 years I upgraded to a Minolta Maxxum 400si, then the Sony a100 and finally the Sony a580. Recently I've dabbled in reverse lens macro and I'm just wating for spring to get some insect and flower shots.
About my user name. I used to play a car racing video game with my daughter, brother, and his kids. My name was jefe. If you now Spanish you understand the pronunciation to be "hefay" not "jeef" which is how my nephew pronounced it when I drove past him. "Who's Jeef?!" That's when I changed it to hefay, and it just kind of stuck.
Anyways, enough of this typing and back to the camera.