I have been taking photographs seriously since 1978 when I purchased my first Minolta SLR. That camera traveled everywhere with me. It got slightly damaged near Great Slave lake, repair with duct-tape and continued for many years after.
It was finally retired in the digital age.
Canon is my weapon of choice now. The freedom of digital has only fanned the creative flames of photography.
I still think back fondly of all those “Northern Photos” that I took years ago…