Byron Cook was a 23-year-old college student living in California.
He’d recently finished his degree and was thinking about starting a business.
But he also knew that he had to get an expensive camera.
Cook bought a Nikon D4S, but found it difficult to find the right lens.
“I really wanted to buy a Canon EOS 70D because I wanted a DSLR for video, but there weren’t that many cameras that were like that,” Cook said.
He bought a Canon 70D instead, but the lens he was after didn’t fit his needs.
“It was a really small camera, and it was $200,” Cook explained.
“And I thought, ‘I can’t afford this.
I need something that is much bigger.’
And I started looking around.
I found a $10,000 lens for $200.
And then I found another $10 lens for about $200.”
“The camera was going to be a great lens,” he said.
But after that purchase, Cook realized that the lenses he was looking for weren’t readily available.
“So I decided to get it from the manufacturer.
I thought it was a good lens,” Cook recalled. “
They had a new model called the D70, which was a DSLr.
I thought it was a good lens,” Cook recalled.
“But it wasn’t.
And so I ended up buying another $100 lens, but this one was better.”
That lens helped Cook capture a beautiful image of a man in a field.
It’s one of the images that inspired him to get into photography, Cook said, and led to the idea of a “brass grill.”
Cook bought two of the cameras, one for his family and one for himself.
“One day I was sitting there and I just said, ‘Well, this is a great camera.
I just need to find a better one,’ and I picked up the second one, and I was like, ‘This is better than my Nikon D3s,'” Cook recalled, adding that he didn’t need any extra money for the second camera.
“That’s when I started using it almost daily,” Cook added.
“The second camera, I really wanted it for video.
But it’s a little bit big, and there aren’t a lot of cameras that are like that.”
Cook started by taking a few photos of people around him.
Then, when he needed something more intimate, he would go to a nearby park and take a picture of his wife or a friend.
“When you have a camera like that, you can take a really good picture of your family and your friends, and you can get that intimate, the moment,” Cook told FourFourSecond.
“You can get the moment in a really beautiful way.”
Cook said he also uses the camera for sports and other activities.
“There’s a lot to do in the park,” he added.
For now, the camera is still his primary camera, but it’s the way he uses it that’s changing.
“We’re getting really into the technology,” Cook continued.
“Just a few weeks ago, I bought the second D70 and it has the most amazing video capability.
And we’re going to use it every day.”