Your first camera

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Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 12:08
My first was a 110 compact, then used my mum's Olympus film bridge camera (AZ300 or something?), then a Praktica MTL5, then a Chinon CE5, then my first DSLR; the *istD, now onto my K10D.

Very nearly bought an OM10 in a camera shop in Walthamstow when I was at college, before I got the MTL5, I wonder where I would have ended up camera-wise if I had...

K-3, a macro lens and a DA*300mm...


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 12:12
I also had a 126 fixed-focus instamatic. Can't remember the brand, but it wasn't good! Then after a few 110 cameras, a Zenit E showed me what cameras ought to be like.


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 12:52
Boots 126 instamatic

My photos have not improved since mind
Z-1p, K-1, P50
F50 1.7. FAs 24, 35, 50 1.4, 85, 135. DFA15-30, DFA24-70, D-FA*70-200. D-FA 100 (gone now!). The SMC-FA Limited Trinity.
Metz 45 CL-4, AF500FTZ. AF540FGZ.
Some Mamiya and some Nikon


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 12:53
Halina 126

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Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 13:49
I had a selection of horrific 35mm compacts, then an immaculate used K1000 in the mid 1990s. I've since discovered that my K1000 dates from the late 1970s, according to the serial number.

Still have one of the compacts - it was a freebie from Boots, bright yellow, no flash, no motor wind. Anyone know if they're worth something? It's still boxed as I used it once before buying the K1000!

Steve O

Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 14:01
Kodak Cresta. I think it used 120 film. My brother used to colour tint the photos with some sort of inks.
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Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 14:19
Zenith E IF I remember rightly, With a 58mm lens! Followed by Praktica BMS & Then the Pentax K1000 which was so much more refined than the previous cameras & always been one of my favourites!
Using now, The KM & KX which are K1000s with extras. Like the MLU on the KX especially.


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 14:58
Yashicamat twin-lens reflex, medium format.


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 15:18
Rollei 35B - a hand-me-down from my Dad. Many other cameras have come and gone since then but I still have the "baby" Rollei and ran film through it as recently as last year.
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Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 20:12
The first camera that I purchased was a Canon AE-1 SLR although I did use my parent's 110 compact on occasion before that.
Regards Huw



Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 21:10
My first camera was a Kodak Brownie Cresta which used 120 film, giving 12 x 2&1/4 inch square negatives which we took to the Chemist to get developed and printed. I think this was my 7th Birthday present circa 1954. Christmas or next birthday I had Johnsons developing tank with its' plastic spindle and spiral grooved ratchet wheels into which the film had to be loaded in complete darkness, tricky, in Mum's broom cupboard under the stairs. The developer had to be mixed and maintained at 78 degrees F whilst the spindle was twirled tens times every minute, then tipped away and the filmed washed in running water then fixed in fixer solution for 112 minutes followed by a 30 minute wash then hung up to dry over night. Dad and I then contact printed the prints from the negatives using a wooden contact printer box that Dad made in his shed. After exposing the light sensitive printing paper through the negative the paper was agitated in a tray loaded with developer then washed for one minute, fixed for 15 minutes then washed for 30 minutes. a long process mostly in the darkroom/broom cupboard. My best camera was and is the Exakta Verax 1000, unfortunately it is not digital!


Link Posted 01/01/2010 - 21:51
My 112 minutes should read 12 minutes.
All five minute jobs take a minimum of eight hours!


Link Posted 02/01/2010 - 01:07
On my 13th birthday in 1958 I got a Coronet Viscount which used 828 film.


Link Posted 02/01/2010 - 06:12
I answered 35mm compact, but it wasn't really. It was a Yashicamat that I bought used in 1958. I bought my first Pentax SLR used in 1960.
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K3, M 400/5.6, M 100/4 macro, DA 12-24, DA* 16-50, DA L 55-300
FA 24-90, 1.7X AFA, 1.4X-S
AF 540 FGZ flash


Link Posted 02/01/2010 - 08:37
my first camera was a 35mm compact I can even remember the name
It had a long zoom (4x ?) but was darker than night
Previously I used my father Praktica SLR and an Olympus very small (egg shaped)
K20D - DA 18-55 ALII - 50mm A 1.4
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