Your first camera

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Lance B

Link Posted 02/01/2010 - 13:21
Pentax ME Super with M50mm f1.7 in 1981.


Link Posted 02/01/2010 - 13:38
I started out with a hand-me-down from my Dad when he upgraded to an ME super. A Praktica PL Nova L with a Zeiss 50mm f2.8.

I then graduated to an ME Super myself followed by an SFXn. Not enamoured with the prospect of lugging the SFX around on a skiing holiday a few years later, and my ME super having got drowned during a rather wet Goodwood festival of speed, I picked up a second hand P50.

I then gathered another SFX, which I bought on ebay just for the attached SMC F-50mm f1.7. I bought an *IST for my wife who found the SFX a bit heavy to handle, and then an *ISTDL2 and, more recently, the K7.



Link Posted 02/01/2010 - 14:06
My first camera was a SMENA SL from Russia for Rapid films, which was terrible without optical focus and real apertur adjustment. My first real camera was a Pentax ME in 1979, which is still in use after renewing the gaskets a couple of years ago.


Link Posted 03/01/2010 - 01:17
MFC was a Ricoh KR-5 bought in Heilbronn 2nd hand in Germany on 1st Feb 1985.

About 3 years later I got a Pentax SF1 ( SFX)

Stopped photographing for some very stupid reason around 1991. Just got back into it last year 2009 and bought a K20D
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283


Link Posted 03/01/2010 - 09:31
Anvh wrote:
I'm the only one who started with a DSLR here, interesting.

Just shows you are a young lad!

Although I answered 35mm, my very first camera was an Agfa box camera using 120 film (6 x 9 cm). I even made my own contact copies from that one.

After that I got a Voigtlander 35mm camera with coupled light meter, then a Ricoh XR-2 SLR (still have them).

My digital SLR experience started with the Pentax K100D.
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K20D, Optio I10, DA 18-55 1:3.5-5.6 AL II, A 1:1.7/50, D FA 1:2.8/100 Macro, Sigma 70-300 1:4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Pentax AF 360FGZ


Link Posted 03/01/2010 - 11:13
Terry I'm not the only one any more

Many of my age have a simple point and shoot camera but I never found them interesting enough so saved all the money for the *ist D at that time but at the time I had enough money I could buy a K10D.
This is still my only camera and I'm glad I learned photography on it.

From what I've seen I don't think I could get all out of a Canon at the time but never found them interesting, Nikon is another story.
It really was between the Nikon D80 and the Pentax K10D at the time, I knew that the *ist D was an amazing camera and I knew Pentax had some very nice prime lenses which is of course why you want a interchangeable lens system for right so went for Pentax in the end.

K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55


Link Posted 03/01/2010 - 12:56
My first real camera, ok was a sony F717, and then i went to a sony p9, then a sony v1,then stepped down massivly to a fuji fll, then a pentak k110d, then a k10d, then the gx20
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Link Posted 03/01/2010 - 14:17
I didn't bother buying a digital camera (aside from the surprisingly handy camera attachment for my PSP) until I could afford a K-m last year.

Still use the PSP camera for video - considering it's only 1.3mp it's pretty good, and I have a suction cup mounting for it.

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.


Link Posted 03/01/2010 - 14:36
Mine was a 110 film plastic job from Boots. Probably the size of a pen case, with a hinged cover that folded off. Not much more than a disposable in terms of technology, but ideal for a six-year-old as I was then.


Link Posted 03/01/2010 - 15:20
My first, I think, was a 127 film job so have ticked the 'other compact'.
The first that really mattered was a Kodak 126. Used to develop the films at home and take them in to school to use the enlarger to print the results. Zenit E came for my 16th birthday.


Link Posted 05/01/2010 - 20:04
As far as i can remember my first camera was a Halina 35mm don't know which model.


Link Posted 05/01/2010 - 21:59
A Kodak Hawkeye 620 was the first camera I was given. This was a Box Camera. I later upgraded to a Brownie Cresta 2 120 which even had slide-in filters.
My next camera was a Practica LLC 35mm SLR.
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Link Posted 06/01/2010 - 08:51
I was promised a camera if I passed my 11+, and I well remember going with my dad to obtain my reward, at a chemist / photography shop in Hartlepool one day in 1971. It was a Kodak 'Instamatic', exactly like this one:

It used 126 cartridge film and disposable flash cubes. I think there were three focus settings. Still have some prints that I took with that camera somewhere. Wish I still had the camera. Actually I'm tempted to look for one on eBay.


Link Posted 06/01/2010 - 08:54
My first 'proper' camera was a Praktica SLR given to me by my dad at the age of 18 or so. Liked that camera a lot. The first camera I bought myself was a Pentax Program A, which I bought before going to the US for the first time in 1987, and which I still have.


Link Posted 06/01/2010 - 16:57
Ive put digital compact but I did have a Boots 35mm camera as a kid. At college I bought a cheap 640x480pixel little grey thing that produced rubbish pictures, which were all lost if the battery died/was disconnected! I soon moved on to a unknown branded 3.1mp camera which also spat out rubbish photos and the macro mode close focus was about 30cm!
My first REAL camera was my panasonic fz7 bridge camera, and I havent looked back since!
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