Your first camera

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Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 22:25
My first camera was a box brownie.( No, I wasn't the original owner!) It was great. Dead easy to use but a bit bulky. Then I graduated to a Zenith E, then , eventually an MEsuper.


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 22:37
First one was a Prinz 110 film compact, followed by a Zenit 11, Zenit 12e and on to the digitals after a break to raise kids!

First proper camera I used was a Spotmatic that belonged to my art teacher at school. As a class we got to use it for a project. The feel and ability to see what would be on the film accurately was missed until my father gave me his old Zeni 11.

I now have a cupboard full of Pentax bodies, all second hand and working, listed here. Most have been used by myself and those that haven't will be over the next year or so.

Current favourite.....MX
Cheers, HG

K110+DA40, K200+DA35, K3 and a bag of lenses, bodies and other bits.

Mustn't forget the Zenits, or folders, or...

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Last Edited by Hardgravity on 31/12/2009 - 22:39


Link Posted 31/12/2009 - 23:45
The first camera I used was my father's roll film folding Kodak but the first camera I owned was a Werra made by Carl Zeiss of Jena in the late 1950s. It was a 35 mm of rather unusual design and took very good pictures. My first SLR was a Practika Super TL.


Mike Pearson

Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 00:26
Although I used my parents camera, a Voigtlaner folding job, the first camera I actually bought was also a Carl Zeiss Werra with a Tessar f2.8 lens.



Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 00:35
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.

Bit odd - but that was my first camera. It was my grandfathers, given to my mum and then she gave it to me in 1981 and I took some photos of the garden on my 11th birthday (thus pinning my age).
I still have it, but unfortunately the 127 film available today has very thin backing paper and the red exposure number viewports fog it badly.



Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 02:18
My first camera was my Grandmother's Kodak Brownie Junior 620 box camera. I still have it.

That makes me sound much older than I am!
Best regards, John


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 02:21
I started with a Pentax K1000. I still use the 50mm f/1.7 that came with it on my K10D, as it's a lovely piece of glass


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 05:52
And where does the Rolliecord fit in? Bought mine in 1951 in England.
John from OZ........


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 09:22
Well, I checked "Other Film Compact" as the nearest category.
The first one I bought, and used seriously, was a Dacora Royal 6x6 folder.
Lever-wind and shutter set, but non-coupled rangefinder. Had an f3.5/75mm Ennagon as I recall. Used to use Agfa Rapid 1600 ASA monochrome film. Accepted the grain (not so bad on 6x6) for the ability to use available light a lot of the time.
I bought this, used, in Nienburg, Lower Saxony, in 1961. Wish I still had it.
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Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 09:49
A Fujica ST701 given to me x years ago for my 21st birthday! Had a great 55mm f1.8 lens on it. Followed by the Chinon Cp-7m (as per Vic earlier in the thread) before going Pentax!


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 10:35
My first camera was a Pentax K1000, been with Pentax ever since.


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 10:52
Polaroid, still have some prints but no clue where the camera went.



Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 11:19
I think this survey needs to include folding cameras as a category. My first experience of trying to take photos was with SOHO folding camera, 120 roll film taking 16 frames. The camera used to belong to my Mother. My other first camera experience was with a No 1A Pocket Kodak taking a 116 roll film (I still have both cameras). At the moment I am re creating this 1950s childhood experience with a H.B.M 'Synchro' folder with 120 APX 100 film. This camera was given to me from an 'Age Concern' Charity shop - enough said! Happy New Year.


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 11:31
Certo KN 35. I am sure nobody knows what it was. It was an East-German 35mm compact camera. The company Certo later was acquired by Pentacon. My second camera was a Kiev-4, which was the Russian reincarnation of Zeissís Contax III. In its era it was an excellent machine.


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 11:41
On second thoughts, I think my first might have been a 126 rather than 110 film camera. A cheap plastic compact anyway.

Then I had a second-hand Kodak Retinette - for which I HAD to learn the essentials of photography as it was a completely manual camera with shutter speed and aperture controls.
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