Your first camera

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Link Posted 07/01/2010 - 22:30
My first camera was a Topcon RM300, a rather plasticy affair, which used to shed parts of itself periodically. Still, it did feature a K mount, although I could afford any lenses for it.


Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 12:34
My first Camera was a Voightlander Bessa Folding Camera with Shutter Speeds of 1 sec - 1/500th, Delay Action, B and T settings and a flip out sports finder. Great Camera!

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Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 12:58
lonegroover wrote:
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.

Holy moses!

I remembered hankering after one of those when I was was the only thing I wanted....
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 08/01/2010 - 14:15
I've put 35mm compact but actually my first camera used 126 film.

It certainly was compact, so much so in fact that the film stuck out the side and formed part of the grip!
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Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 14:51
My first camera came as part of my "Secret Sam" spy kit. You can see it in the bottom left corner of the briefcase (not actually my one).

It was a working camera and the coolest part was you could close the case and take a secret picture, as the lens had a cut out for it and the shutter release poked out of the case !

Don't remember much about the image quality though.


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Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 15:18
I started with a DSLR as well


Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 15:26
Hi all,

been laid up with the lurgy so just reviewing what I`ve missed - I too cannot tick any of the boxes as my first camera was either a Kodak Box Brownie or an Ilford - I still have some of the "amazing" shots from the 50`s - I lost interest then until after marriage and the sprog arrived - then it was Instamatics until her 18th when I bought the ES and got hooked myself.I`ve still got my father`s Ilford Sportsman RF with instructions,built in flash and ERC.Happy days ..................
K20D,*istD ( now a dedicated M42 digital ),K100D,MZ5N,P50,ME Super,Spotmatic 1000,Spotmatic,ESII,ES,H2.18-55 II,18-55,75-300 FAJ,35-80 FA,80-200 F,28-105 FA,Sigma 24-70 AF Aspherical,Sigma 28-300 Hyperzoom , Praotor II 500 M42,Centon 500mm mirror,and a few Pentax M42 Taks,super-Taks,smc Taks,A and M lenses.Benbo trekker,7dayshop monopod and a Lowepro rucksack.

I am now on Flickr which is nice !


Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 17:30
Hallo all!!
My very first camera was a Halina 126 cartridge instamatic that used flash cubes. I think all the over 40's will now what I am talking about. I was about 12 years old.
My first SLR was a Minolta XGM that tought me photography. Since becoming a pro photographer in 1992 I had a Canon F1n and two Nikon FM2's which I used until as recently as two years ago when I bought my PENTAX K10's. I am still a Nikon and Canon fan because they helped me to become a photographer but I will use Pentax for the rest of my life!!


Link Posted 10/01/2010 - 10:34
My very first camera was a plastic toy one which came with an "adventurer" kit I was given for Christmas in about 1971. I ran a roll of BW film through it on a school trip to Syon Park but the camera leaked light like mad and the photos were terrible. I must have used various ?126 and 110 cameras borrowed from my Mum until I bought my first ME Super with a 50mmm f/2 in 1982. In fact, my tuba teacher bought it for me in Dallas as they were cheaper in the US (some things don't change!). Over the next few years I added a 50mm f/1.7, a 28mm f/2.8 and a 135mm (it was a Pentax but I don't remember exactly which one). By 1993 I had worn the ME Super out and bought a second-hand MX which I loved. Sadly the MX and my three lenses were stolen on the Paris underground in about 1998. I then bought another ME Super at some point shortly after, followed by two more ME Supers, a tatty Program A an MX for my archaeological project in Romania in 2005 along with an LX for myself.

My first digital camera was a Canon Powershot G2 in 2003 (I think) which I loved and a Canon Powershot Pro 1 in 2005 (which I hated). My first dSLR was a K10D in 2007.

I got into LF photography with the Horseman last year.

Best, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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Link Posted 10/01/2010 - 15:57
Gracious - I've just discovered a camera - possibly belonging to my husband upstairs in a drawer with lots of old bits and bobs yet another Kodak Instamatic , this being a 33 .

There are a few other bits of PENTAX stuff which I'll put as freebies in the Advert section .
let the education continue

proud owner of a couple of cameras and a few bits and bobs


Link Posted 10/01/2010 - 15:59
RichardDay wrote:
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!

I also started with one of these. At the time I thought it was a great camera.


K10D & Super A user.


Link Posted 10/01/2010 - 17:16
When people talk about their Kodak Brownies I realise that I am still very young even though I am in my forties. That was before my time!!
2x K10D bodies, 2x FA 28-200 3.8-5.6, DA 18-55, A 50 F2, 50mm Macro, 360 FGZ. Still saving for the 60-250 DA* Also have a Z10 35mm and a K1000 just for fun. IF PENTAX IS THE ANSWER, WHO CARES WHAT THE QUESTION IS...!


Link Posted 10/01/2010 - 17:26
How do you think I feel ?

My Baby Brownie was my Mother's before they were married and they married in 1939 !!

[ Wish I knew where that was now }
let the education continue

proud owner of a couple of cameras and a few bits and bobs


Link Posted 10/01/2010 - 21:36
My first camera was a 35mm compact, can't even remember the make My first digital was a Canon A75 wich had the most manual overide settings in the compact digitals at the time. 15sec F8 and 2000's F2.8
K20D,24-90 3.5-5.6,50-135 2.8 + GRIP. SAVING FOR 60-250 F4


Link Posted 11/01/2010 - 16:41
It's things like this that start the nostalgia going - big time!

I started with a 6X6 folder, can't remember the make but probably a Kodak or Agfa. My mum bought it for me when I went on my first school trip abroad (to Innsbruck & Venice) in 1961. I still have some of the Agfa transparencies from that trip. I progressed to a Praktica SLR - I still have a couple of the M42 lenses. Then lost my way with various Olympus models and a battery gobbling Nikon compact digital until a couple of years ago when I saw the light and became a born again Pentax owner, why didn't I get one before?

One valuable aspect of those basic cameras was the way they helped me learn photographic skills. Once learnt never forgotten.

K20D, Pentax 18-55AL II, Pentax-A 28mm f2.8, Pentax-M 50mm f1.7 (fabulous lens!), Pentax-m 100mm f4, Domiplan 50mm 2.8 M42, Lydith 30mm 3.5 M42 (10 blade iris!).
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