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Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 17:23
As there's very little photography news to argue about () over the New Year I thought I'd start one of these. One thing which is unusual about photography forums is the range of age groups represented, so I was wondering how people got started. Basically, what was the first camera that you owned (rather than being allowed to press the magic button on a parent's camera)? I hope I've got most of the possible categories but I'm not terribly familiar with the pre-35mm film formats so I've probably missed something!


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 17:31
Where does the Kodak 'Brownie' fit? That was my first camera.

It used 127 film, was certainly not compact, and did not have interchangeable lenses.

OK, I guess it was compact in its day.
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Last Edited by Mannesty on 31/12/2009 - 17:33

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Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 17:34
1st. one I owned I inherited. Ilford Advocat.35mm.
1st. one I bought. Chinon CP7 35mm SLR. because it used PK lenses.
Born again biker with lots of Pentax bits. Every day I wake up is a good day. I'm so old I don't even buy green bananas.


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 18:02
First camera. Kodak Instamatic 155X. (126 cartridge film).

First 'proper' camera. Praktica MTL3. (still have it!).


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 18:27
A secondhand Corfield Periflex which I still have.
Too Old To Die Young


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 18:29
Mannesty wrote:
Where does the Kodak 'Brownie' fit? That was my first camera.

It used 127 film, was certainly not compact, and did not have interchangeable lenses.

OK, I guess it was compact in its day.

Mine too! In 1950 I think!


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 19:04
oooooooh mine was older than that

it was square / cubed shaped and had a wee lever at the bottom of the front IIRC that was moved slightly to one side to trigger the shutter

it was originally my Mother's and I used it in 1958

Here you are link
let the education continue

proud owner of a couple of cameras and a few bits and bobs
Last Edited by techno-terminator on 31/12/2009 - 19:07


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 19:08
Knew there was something relatively popular I'd missed out


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 20:08
cardiff_gareth wrote:
My first camera was an Olympus OM10 with manual adaptor

Me too - I still have mine although I guess it would need a service by now.

Samsung GX1S, Nikon D300, Zenith 12XP, Olympus OM10, Holga 120N


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 20:52
Where does the two eyed Rolleiflex fit in?

15mm - 450mm equivalent, and still can't reach...


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 21:05
Fisrt camera was a box Brownie which IIRC used 620 film given to me in the late sixties. First 35mm was my OM1 which I got in the mid eighties and then the K20 which I got last year.


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 21:08
I think my first camera was a 110 compact. That was a very common format for a while, wasn't it?


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 21:39
I'm the only one who started with a DSLR here, interesting.

Father Ted

Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 22:01
I answered 35mm compact, but that was wrong

I think it was actually a 127 compact which cost the grand total of 50p ( one week's pocket money at the time ), but took some good pics. I was 9 when I bought that. (197


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 22:10
My first camera was a Agfa compact which used 126 film cartridges.
After that I got a Fuji 35mm compact. Which was replaced by a SLR a few years later.
Last Edited by golfdiesel on 31/12/2009 - 22:12

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