My earlier days with dSLR

I bought SLR because my Sony Cybershot was not able to give me good picture of my arowana. My first SLR was Canon 300D. Bought it from Syahrin Aziz. The body alone cost me RM2K plus. Can’t remember the exact amount. Apart from shooting arowana, the next ‘genre’ that I felt in love was macro.

I started with reversed 50mm. There was no Raynox at that time.It was very very hard to shoot with reversed lens. It was very very dark & I had to focus manually. Having said that one of the daisy taken with such technique accepted for the publication in Digital Camera Magazine.

I also used 4+ macro filter even earlier than that i.e. the time I had Canon 300D & 50mm lens. But I sold everything to a young college student & jumped to Nikon at the time when Nikon D70s appeared in the market. My macro stopped at using reversed lens only.

Then I moved to shoot using telezoom. I loved to go to the zoo to shoot animals.

I bought 55-200 lens than later a 70-210 f4 lens but I was never satisfied until I got myself 105mm f2.8 & 80-200mm f2.8 somewhere in 2006. I still remember, I bought them together when I went to UPM for a tennis tournament.

I also love doing CLS (Nikon’s term for wireless creative lighting system). In fact it was one of the reason I bought D70s back in 2004-2005. I wanna shoot my arowana dancing in her tank with the lighting coming from above.

Quite recently I began shooting landscape & had been to many places just to shoot beautiful scenery. Shooting animals in the zoo or waterfall in famous tourist areas become less interesting. I prefer the real nature. And the place with few people.

I have been to volcanoes in Indonesia, fierce rapids in a very remote area of Ulu Tembeling and a jungle in Raub. And you guys can see them all in my flickr or gallery.


  1. Azri January 4, 2009 at 4:40 am #

    I’m still using the ‘cikai’ canon 350d.hehe..

  2. Jamal Rahman January 4, 2009 at 6:51 am #

    Cikai? :D Nolah….. Infact its the photographer that matters. Kalau tak caya tanya dR Ali! ;D

  3. hisyamrahman January 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    that is the beauty if knowledge is in our hand. i’m still new in this field (dslr environment). still have a lots of things to be learned and hoping all the otai can help me…. :(…. hehehe

  4. shahreen January 6, 2009 at 11:17 pm #

    Dr, I was inspired by your ‘nukilan’ is true that the photographer himself can create something ‘luarbiasa’..anyway, we which are still newbies need guidance from otai2…hehehe

  5. Jamal Rahman January 7, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    Yes…..its the photographer that matters the most. Tool is always a tool. Good photographer will make do with anything that they have even a P&S. But I do agree good tool is also important but not the most important.

    p/s I am not an otai…… :D

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