Asahi Photo Health Check Visit Asahi Photo Visit Asahi Photo

Cameras we don't have anymore

Posted 15/12/2014 - 23:30 Link
Sparked by a comment Gwyn made in the 'battery grips' thread, I thought about cameras I have parted with and regretted it.

For me it is a Pentax MX and a Mamiyaflex C330f both binned because they were worn out, a Pentax 645 traded in for a DSLR and a Kodak grey plastic 127 film camera that was a 14th birthday present, remembered because an old school friend recently resurrected some pictures taken with it which were from the first roll of film I developed and printed myself.

What are yours?
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -
Posted 15/12/2014 - 23:38 Link
My second hand Practica Nova with one 50m lens, because I couldn't afford a brand new Pentax Spotmatic, that my rich friend had, much as would have liked to have owned it.
Posted 15/12/2014 - 23:58 Link
My Kodak Instamatic 25. The camera that really started my interest in photography although it may have just come along at the right time for me.

Really simple to operate but I guess it allowed me to concentrate on what I was taking, had to as film was really expensive!
Posted 16/12/2014 - 00:02 Link
My first camera, a Zenith II. I read somewhere a Pro who had one as his first camera too. Said it was the worst camera ever but he would never part with it for sentimental reasons. Should never of sold mine. But in my defence i was only 14 and needed extra money for a Canon AE1.
Posted 16/12/2014 - 00:39 Link
So many cameras.....but probably the one I'd like to have kept is my Pentax MX.
Best regards, John
Posted 16/12/2014 - 01:34 Link
1957 Asahi

Since Ricoh and Pentax are the same name now... Could I also include one of my two Ricoh XR-S' ?
Posted 16/12/2014 - 06:55 Link
Oh dear, with the exception of a Zenith B, I've still got all of mine. What does that say about me?

(I don't miss the Zenith, by the way.)
Best wishes,


"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
My website:
Posted 16/12/2014 - 07:30 Link
I've had so many but there are 2 that really stand out for me, Pentax MX and later a Canon T90. Both superb cameras in so many different ways.
Strangely I've never had a digital camera that I could say that about hmmm.
Posted 16/12/2014 - 08:58 Link
I had a little camera as a child, it used some weird format that's no longer available but I can't remember which. It was rubbish and I've no idea what happened to it. I only really got into photography a handful of years ago so I haven't had the chance to sell any cameras that might be missed yet.

I've just ordered a K3 and my other half is pushing for my K200D to be sold off, which I'm sure I would regret as it has been my first and only DSLR and has produced many wonderful photos for me.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X and Panasonic L digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses
Posted 16/12/2014 - 11:01 Link
Yashica FR 1, my first love. Haven't taken a decent photograph since I sold her to fund newborns. Oh why did I let her go. Deep regret.
As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
Posted 16/12/2014 - 12:04 Link
I bought a Yashica FR -- predecessor of the FR1 -- for my then girlfriend, who was a photo-journalist, and she loved it. The build quality and performance were outstanding. Always regretted not hanging on to it and giving her a bouquet of flowers instead.
Posted 16/12/2014 - 17:23 Link
I did have a canon f1n which i had for a week i hated it thanks to oldman jessop true to his word he changed it for a camera that i got on with funny thing was it was a pentax lx wish i still had it

regards stu
Posted 16/12/2014 - 17:45 Link
I think my K200d bought from Neil Gtis and for landscapes it was just superb.
Mind you miss the K7 too....

"I'm here because the whiskey is free" - Tyla

PPG link
Flickr link
Posted 16/12/2014 - 18:11 Link
AndrewA wrote:
I think my K200d bought from Neil Gtis and for landscapes it was just superb.
Mind you miss the K7 too....

Hi andrew
Yes I miss that camera
I started with a zenith,then a pentax program A that broke so sold it as spares
Then I inherited my late dads pentax super A which I still have
cheers Neil
pentax k3
DA* 300 f4 DA* 50-135 f 2.8 smc DA* 16-50 f2.8 50mm f1.7 pentax1.4xhd converter

Panasonic Dmc Fz200
Posted 16/12/2014 - 19:46 Link
I should have kept my Diana-F outfit. Cost me under a quid at the time. They go (new) for about fifty, these days.

Some people call me 'strange'.
I prefer 'unconventional'.
But I'm willing to compromise and accept 'eccentric'.

Add Comment

To leave a comment - Log in to Pentax User or create a new account.