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Before traveling to Tibet in 2006, I was still shooting film. I’d only owned two cameras up to this point: the Minolta X-370, my first camera, and the Sigma SA7, my first automatic camera. However, I was concerned about the effect of X-rays on film and the potential difficulty of finding film once in China, so I decided it was time to go digital. I wasn’t completing ready for a DSLR, so I went with the Fujifilm FinePix S9000, which was marketed as a “prosumer” camera designed to bridge the gap between fixed lens compacts and interchangeable lens DSLRs. It was smaller and lighter than a DSLR and had a lens that was equivalent to a 28-300mm. I consider this my first travel camera and it was my companion for over five years, around my neck as I visited nearly thirty countries and when I met my wife.