Throughout my childhood I had a couple of cameras. My first was a Polaroid. My second was a red 110 camera. When I was 13 years old my dad gave me my third camera, a Pentax MX SLR with a 52mm prime and a 55-230mm zoom. I loved that manual camera! I used it throughout high school shooting sporting events and assignments for the school newspaper. I continued to shoot with it throughout college until the film-wind mechanism broke. The cost to repair it would have been more than to go out and buy a new camera.
Due to my aviation career, I needed a new camera with the capabilities of a DSLR, but without the footprint of a DSLR. It truly didn't exist until Sony introduced its first lineup of mirrorless APS-C cameras, and my talented brother, Max Leabman pointed me in that direction. I first owned a NEX-7, then upgraded (or downgraded, depending on who’s asking) to the A6000. I absolutely loved that camera and the beautiful images I was getting were very exciting, until three cowards in Rome jumped me, choked me out, and stole everything on me. I went down swinging, but they still prevailed. I was left with a bruised ego, bruised larynx, some scrapes, and a nice insurance payout that let me buy the Sony A6500!
With this incredible camera I have capture some of the best images of my career, shot weddings, filmed independent movie trailers and fundraising pitches, short films, proof-of-concept commercials, and a 16 episode web series.
To see my filmmaking projects, aviation background, and other work, please visit my personal website RobinLeabman.com.
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