It would be interesting to see what was your first camera. Mine was a Kodak Brownie that was handed down from my mother when I was about 9 yrs old . From that point on I was hooked. BTW my first SLR was a Yashica, I forget which model.
Add me to the Polaroid Swinger Crowd. Wow, Scott small world-- The kids on my block thought I was THE MAN when I showed them how I could set up their GI Joe's in real dirt ditches and make combat photos on the spot. We all also loved to sniff the spread on fixer that came in each film pack. A dozen years later I ended up in the Marine Corps, working as a combat correspondent. Go figure. First SLR BTW-- Nikkormat FTn. ---Tom
"Shoot everything f/16 at a 100 and let the lab boys worry about it."
"Shoot everything f/16 at a 100 and let the lab boys worry about it."
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My first camera was a Konica C-35. My Dad gave me the camera when I was 5 or 6 years old. I loved that camera. Dump trucks and horses on Kodak slide film. He would buy my a roll every couple of weeks and pay for processing. I used to run to the mailbox everyday awaiting the arrival of my slides. My first SLR was a Minolta SRT-101. My first Nikon was F801s.
My first camera was a 35mm rangefinder made by Sears, which was then replaced by the Sears version of the Pentax K1000, made by Pentax for Sears. Then, after a point-and-shoot faze during which time my interest in more serious photography came back, a Nikon N80, which is my current camera.
First camera was an Ansco Cadet 127 rollfilm in 1960. First SLR a Nikon FE in 1982. The FE is still going strong, carried around in my daughter's boyfriend's Lowepro Nova 3 bag. My eyesight got bad and I need autofocus so I currently use an F80. Ray
My first was a Kodak 110 format camera too. forgot which model, one of the more basic ones that took those flashcubes. Was a handdown from my mother when she upgraded to a 35mm P&S (she never got past that, I did ). After that (and about 5 years) a Minolta X300 for my 12th birthday. Then a Minolta Dynax 500Si (which was stolen). Now an F80 (and I still use the X300 as well).
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My first was a kodax 110 - I had forgotten that until I saw it listed as your first. I had a Konica but "lost" in Mexico. I had a canon sure shot but missed having an SLR so got a pentax MZ7 which I still have but film processing unless you're doing it yourself is too expensive. Went digital with a Panasonic Lumix DCM T25 which I still have but gave myself a nikon D7000 for Christmas just past.
I had used my girlfriend's Kodak Instamatic a bit, but the first camera of my own was a Rolleiflex SL35. Solid little all-manual camera, much like the Pentax Spotmatic. With a wonderful Carl Zeiss Planar 1.4/50 lens.
I sold it a few years ago when I discovered Nikon, but often wish I had kept it as a second system.
First Nikon was an F60, since replaced with the F80, FG and FM2n.
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A pinhole in an oatmeal box, of course! Then that god-awful Kodak "Handle". It worked like a Polaroid, except that you cranked the picture out. Then I think there was a Vivitar 110. But then, nirvana: 8th grade graduation brought a Nikon EM with 50mm lens. I loved that camera. It's directly responsible for my complete inability to set a shutter speed properly. It died two weeks ago, half way through a roll of film. I guess 22+ years is a lot to ask out of an entry level camera (even if it has been well tended) that's been around the world twice. My N80 is enroute.
On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur, c'est invisible pour les yeux. -- Exupery
An Argus A followed by a Grafex Century followed by an Exakta VX1000 (1st SLR) agumented with an Exakta VXIIa and my best ever lens (a Spiratone 105mm f2.8 preset). For some long-forgotton reason I sold the Exakta outfit (had a number of lenses, WL and prism finders, etc.) and purchased some kind of auto-exposure Miranda SLR, but was never satisfied. A Calumat 4x5 view camera entered the inventory at this time, but I never took to it. The Miranda was stolen from my car, and with the insurance proceeds purchased my first Nikon, an EM with a 35mm and 75-150mm zoom (outstanding zoom). I upgraded the body for an FG-20 and the 35mm Nikon for a 28mm Nikor. Traded the whole mess in for a N80 this spring. 40 years of camears. Wow!
First camera: Kodak vigilant six twenty with 4.5 lens.A folding camera.still have it and it still works. After that,a German made Kodak Retina 2a.Still have it and it still looks great and works perfectly.Next was a generic Japanese rangefinder with a fixed 1.9 lens.Yes,I still have it.First SLR,Minolta srt 101.Still have that one too.After discovering Nikon,over time, I acquired seven Nikon bodies and all are used and loved.I want more! Regards
My first was also a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye which my mother gave me. I still have it along with it's Kodalite Flasholder and 2-way Flash Guard. Several camera's later I purchased my first SLR system - a Canon A-1. Twenty-three years later I sold the system which financed my F80, flash and a couple lenses.
I guess I have spanned the cheap camera spectrum. I started with my mom's kodak 110 with the little foursided flash bulbs that turned when you wound the film. The first camera that was all mine was a Polaroid Pronto (or something like that) and I still have a lot of those snapshots in a shoebox with very little fade after 20 years. My first 35mm was a pair of Argus rangefinders made in USA with beautifully made stainless steel 35, 50 and 100mm lenses made in W. Germany. It had a little meter that sat in the hotshoe. I still have them and one of them still works fine.
As a child, I had a Kodak camera that I could flip open into an L-shape. Can't remember what it was called or anything, but it was fun. Then my dad gave me an old 1960s Yashica rangefinder that triggered my interest in photography. I was interested in how the focusing screen worked - focusing was quite an intricate business and required the careful alignment of "double images" within a little yellow triangle in the viewfinder.
I got my first SLR when I was 13 - a Pentax ME-F. It was the first camera to have AF, if I recall correctly, but it only worked with certain lenses, and did not have an AF motor - instead, in the viewfinder, you had little arrow keys that told you to turn the ring left/right until you achieved focus! How technology has advanced since those days...
I stopped taking photographs seriously after the ME-F conked out on me, until I bought my Nikon in 2000!
My first was a Zeiss-Ikon Voightlander rangefinder. I believe that was in 1968. I went through a period in my youth where I was buying and selling cameras like crazy, but the Voightlander stayed with me for a long time. My first SLR was a Pentax ME Super. I've still got it.
The First I could say completely mine was an all manual Yashika FX-3 with a 50mm f/2 Yashika lens.....15 yrs ago...WOW....That was a dream come true!!! It stood some initial battering and abuse, even about 8 months ago gave some very sharp pictures although light had to pass through some thick thick fungi. And then he died ...... but an used camera dealer agreed to purchase it from me for an amount which was just enough to buy a decent camera bag and a lens cleaning kit for My F80
Mine was a cheapie Kodak 110 that my sister gave me for my birthday when I was 10ish. I followed up with my Nikon pocket P&S that I purchased in my early 20s that gave me 10+ years of service. It finally died out on a family vacation to DisneyWorld. Lost half a dozen rolls of film because the camera wouldn't advance the film after the first or second pic. Luckily we had some box camera along, so we got pics of the kids having fun.
After my Nikon P&S died, I was going to buy another P&S....until I saw that Nikon had come out with this new camera - the N80. Good price, well built and it was a NIKON!!! Well, I am glad I bit the bullet and spent the bit extra for the N80. I wouldn't trade it for the world!
I'm part of the crowd that started with a Brownie when I was about 7. Graduated to a 110 when I was about 10. Finally bought myself my first real camera, Nikon FG, with summer job money in high school. I was so proud to final own a Nikon!
The first camera in my hands (in the old 60's) were my dad's TOPCON Wink-S-Mirror. After that ('83), his Nikon FM + Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8 (that I own now). After that ('85), my girlfriend's (now my wife) Canon AF35M 38mm f/2.8 (P&S)... some persons never learn... After that ('94), a Nikon TW Zoom 85 (ZoomTouch 600 in USA) with 32-85mm f/4.5-11 zoom lens, with Macro and Panorama. A beautiful P&S built like a tank. After that ('00), "my" first SLR: Nikon F60 (sold to a good friend). After that ('01), my first "quasi pro" SLR: Nikon F80 + MB-16 After that... only Nikon knows...
My first camera, an Argus back in high school in the 60's first slr was a Minolta SRT 101 back in the army which I got in Germany. First Nikon my N80, first digital, Sony FD95, now a Nikon Coolpix 995, and saving for a D100.
My first love was an Agfa 35mm with zone focusing with pictures for portrait, scenery or a flower for close ups. It had a genuine leather case. Lost it in the park. Then a YashicaMat 124g twin lens. Sold that for a Yashica SLR. then the Nikkormat FT2. wish I kept that one in spite of the hard film loading! The pictures suddenly became truly beautiful! How can you look for any other brand??
Nikon N2000 with a soligar 28-80 mf lens..... i knew from the beginning i had to go with nikon....found the camera + lens + bag + flash + 52mm filter for 150.... dont know if it was worth it, but i was hooked....
i cant remember my first SLR that i actually used, as that was over 10 years ago.... but the n2000 was _my_ first camera...
My first job, at a McDonalds, brought me to my first real "adult" decision. I wanted to show that I worked hard for something. So for one whole fall and winter, working hard making 1 million (or so it seemed) of those 11 billion served, I had my mom take me to LaBelle's. Where I looked at the cameras and then I saw it. The Minolta X-370, with a 50mm lens. I have taken some very nice pictures with that camera, and I have not one bad word to speak about it, and never will. I remember on the weekends I would beg my mom to take me to the airport so I could take pictures of DC-10's, 727's, 747's and everything else that would fly into MSP. I would spend hours at the airport taking pictures. This one time I got there at 0900 and hadn't called by 7pm, and my mom had the Airport Police looking for me. That was 18 years ago, and not a year goes by that I don't go to the airport and try and recapture a little of my youth. My X-370 does stand by work for me now, mainly as my B&W,and I do look at it fondly somedays and remember simpler times, when everything seemed to make sense. And our world wasn't turning in on itself. Peace to all. Matt.
I was just rumaging around here and couldn't help laughing out loud at Matt's post. The contrast just struck me.... I got my brand new Kodak 126 w/ the 7/8's inch square selenium cell in the top LH corner.
I'd also get to the airport as frequently as possible; taking pics of DC-3's....
In the Hills by the Finger Lakes...:)
" A velvet hand, a hawk's eye - these we should all have." - Henri Cartier-Bresson
My first camera was made by Agfa and I got it somewhere in the 80's. It used some kind of casette type films and had flash shoe which took disposal flash unit that had about 10 flashes. Camera had also aperture setting, sunny or cloudy and Pictures were square instead of rectangular. I have forgotten the model number though.
"Sunset is always an experience - but check the ISO speed!"
Hehe,... Ok, I don't know if this counts, but my first camera was a box with a cutout,... and then a some sort of film thing in front with a pinhole. I made it at one of those science workshop things that they offer for elementary school kids,... but at like USC.
Somewhere, I still have those pictures that I took with that box too.
But if that doesn't count, my first "real" camera was a Nikon FM2N (back in the 80's). I love that camera.
Hmmm, well it depends on the first I learned on or used. In highschool in my intro photo class I built a 3 and 1/2 x 5 pinhole and then I learned on the school's Pentax K1000's with a 50mm f/2. My junior year right before the HS's advanced photo class began (X-mas '99) my parents got for me a Nikon FM-10 with the 35-70 lens it comes with. In the summer of 2001, I traded this lens in and got a 50mm AIS 1.8 lens and then in October 2001 I purchased my beloved N80 in the kit with the 28-80 and a Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 D 1:2 "macro." My father died in February 2002 and I inherited his Nikon N70 along with a Sigma 28-70 f/2.8-4, a Sigma 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 and a Nikon 80-200 f/4.5-5.6. Last June I bought the 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens (probably my favorite bc of its quality) and less than two weeks ago I traded in the 50mm 1.8 AIS lens for the AF-D version.
Bob Smith-Petersen UMF, Stone Hall Farmington, Maine 04938 email@example.com "The camera is simply the tool for photography my son. YOU take the picture!" ~David Smith-Petersen
Kodak instamatic thingy Dad gave me, I think I was about 6 it took 126 film and needed flash bulbs (whatever happened to flashbulbs!!!) Once I destroyed that I got fed a diet of point and shoots until I was about 14 and then I got my first SLR, Dads old F2, he had just got the F3 so I have been with Nikons ever since. Paul
"waiting to be recognised...quiet applause will do, they shower you with flowers when they bury you.."
Well my first was my Dad's old 1973ish Canon EF body ( a step down from the F1). A couple of years ago I aquired a Canon AE-1 that had only ever had 6 rolls of film through it! My aunt used it on one trip then it sat for 20yrs untill I got my hands on it.
Just over two years ago I picked up a F80 w/ 28-105mm. Its been a pretty good camera but sometimes the autofocus can drive me up the wall. I wish the 28-105 had a better focus ring so I could focus it manually. There is such a short throw on it that it can be a real pain to focus.
First camera was a Minolta X-700 and I had a lot of great memories w/ it. Wouldn't mind gettin another....loved its simplicity. Wasn't the prettiest camera in the world...but it was mine and it my first!
The very first camera was either my father's Reflex Corelle (SLR medium format) or an uncle's Kodak Retina folding rangefinder camera. But the first I called my own was a Brownie Holiday. Great memories.
well, it's a crappy made non-brand fix focal length p/s shoot, it's not even an auto focus. have a very small aperture so you can shoot from 5 feet to inf, I wasted a lot of rolls in it, was fun though.
My first camera was a quite old and very abused Russian make (35mm) that I had found in the bottom of a never-opened, dusty cupboard. I don't know which brand it was (could not read Cyrillic), but it was not a Zenit for sure. It had a very rugged, light brown leather case and it probably weighed more than a kilo. I remember taking pictures of a train station (including the trains, train lights) under evening sun with it...and even the lightmeter was not working! Looking back upon, they were not very bad shots. Say, they had the 'soul'.
My first camera was a matchbox size ( big matchbox like in the old movies ) Minolta followed quickly by the spycamera Minox. I've long since lost both cameras, but I think I still have the accessories of the Minox somewhere around the house in storage. My first SLR is the F80D Nikon.
The first camera I used which was eventually handed down to me was a Minolta XG-M which I used (along with an XD-11) until last January when I traded it in for an F80. Could drive nails with those cameras!!!
I remember that one well. A birthday present in the 3rd grade, a Kodak 44 Instamatic. I still have it.
In high school and college I would borrow my Aunt's Minolta SRT-101 or XD-5.
I liked the XD-5 well enough to try to buy it from her when I graduated College. Lucky for me, she wouldn't sell it, and I set off looking for a good SLR. A little research led me to the Nikon FA, which I also still have, and the rest is history.
edited to say how happy I am to see misspelled words corrected in the post prior to mine
I finally recalled my first camera or almost my first one. But I'm not sure it counts. I was in one of the lower grades in elementary school and had just completed a magazine sale or some such thing in which we won prizes if we sold. I got to pick a prize out of a man's trunk and I picked a plastic camera.
Either that or he had one and I wanted it but didn't have enough points. Either way, that's when I first wanted a camera...or got one. I'm sure I never had film.
Since then there's been a long line of instamatics and polaroids. I am happy that I have my grandmother's Brownie Target SIX-20 box camera.
"If you ever drop your camera into a river of molten lava, let it go, because, man, it's gone."
"If you ever drop your camera into a river of molten lava, let it go because, man, it's gone."
My first was a Ricoh TLR camera, which I still have. It is, sadly, non-operational at this time. My next camera was a Kodak 110 Tele-Ektra which I also still have. Then came the wonderful world of Nikon, when I bought an N65, and soon after that an N90s.
My first camera was a Kodak 110 thing that used flashcubes...garage sale goodness. I 'upgraded' to a mail order 35mm POS with a captive lens and awful light leaks. It was the replacable film version of today's disposables. I used my dad's Olympus XA until I got a used FE/50mm series E. I haven't looked back.
I was given a Canon AE-1 when I was 12, my mother stepped up to a Nikon. That lasted till I was 17 and it took a hard blow from a heavy bag in the overhead on a flight. I bought my First Nikon then, the F-601m.
John R Nikonian to the West Coast of Canada Taking life 2-gigs at a time
This poor photo(spouses older digital) are of my first cameras. From left to right. Brownie six-20 Tower with(wow?)Crystal lens(cannot remember the film format) Tower 35mm with Mamiya 1.7 lens Brownie Flash 20
What a fascinating thread. Brings back old memories.
Well, my first was an Ansco around 1960 that used 127 film. It had flash attachment that used the little flash bulbs!
Then, I used my mom's CiroFlex twin-lens reflex. That's when I learned to use a light meter.
Then the family had a Polaroid Swinger we all used.
In high school I got my first 35mm - a Minolta SRT-101. I loved that camera. Lost it in a trailer fire in '77. Replaced it with a Yashica 35mm. (Don't remember the model - I was not impressed) because of the Yashica, I sort of lost interest.
Last year I picked up my first Nikon - a D3100. I haven't been able to put it down! I'M BACK! Thank you, Nikon!
I picked up an N8008s in preparation for classes in community college. I'm really not planning to get back into film - I got rid of all my darkroom stuff 10+years ago - but, I find myself excited about using this camera. I'd like to see a digital back for the 35mm's released to give new life to some of the older cameras / lenses.
I'm really, enjoying the Nikonian community. My best to all...
My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic, I think Model 15. It was a 126 camera, a rectangle about 4" x 6" and 1.5" thick, with a smaller square centered on the front, with the lens in the center of the square. No adjustments of any kind, IIRC. It used flash cubes and 126 film cartridges of either 12 or 20 exposures, and I remember having to whine to my parents (age 9-10) to get color print film instead of black and white (early 70's).
After learning to use an SLR at 13, and the basics of B&W processing, I used my Dad's cameras for a while when I could, and then my parents gave me a used Minolta SRT-101 with 50/2 lens. I remember I bought a red & gold embroidered guitar strap for it (replacing the standard 3/8" black nylon strap with the small rubber pad it came with), and thought I was soooo cool (actual guitar strap, made for real guitars, from a music store, long before camera stores sold them) and soooo current! So did some other kids in the 8th grade (thought I was cool that is, at least momentarily).
I also remember, at my house after school one time, that my friend Robbie picked up the collapsible rubber lens hood, while it was detached from the camera, and asked me: "what chick left her diaphragm HERE?", somewhat in awe. I demurred. True story. I think I was cool for a few minutes then, too.
An Ilford Sprite 126 when I was twelve. First SLR was an Olympus OM1n then in January 1980 my love relationship with Nikon began with a brand new, black bodied F2AS and a Nikkor 105 f/2.5 AI lens. A superb camera with a viewfinder that puts modern DSLR's to shame.
I was 14 or ?. Walking very late at night in the old Montréal, and I found a Kodak Instamatic camera. There was a film in side so I took it to a lab and, two days later I was told that the film was unexposed! I said I found the camera and was hoping to see clues as to whom it belonged!
The man told me: "The film tells no story, and I see nothing on the camera! You know what? Keep it!" He did not charge me for the 24 frames film de- velopement and gave me a 12 frame-film that he showed me to load.
Three years later, I bought myself a new Minolta, I think SRT 101 but not sure!
The first was a Yashica Electro 35 Rangefinder. I still have it sitting on a shelf right next to my father's Yashica Electro 35. From there it was a Vivitar SLR with screw mount lenses. I made a big leap from there to the F2 Photomic. I made a big mistake letting it go, but it's been Nikon ever since. My brother even gave me his Canon 40D with a bunch of lenses. I tried it a few times and gave it back. Can't be without my Nikons, all eight of 'em. I'm sure Nikon would be thrilled to here that.
Mine was an ancient box Brownie which I took to Switzerland and Italy on a school trip; I graduated to a Kodak Stupidmatic (sorry, Instamatic) which went all over Kiev, Moscow and Leningrad with me in 1972. My next camera was a Kodak 110, but I didn't have that too long before I got my first SLR: a Russian Zenit - no frills, and definitely no bells and whistles - no TTL metering even - but it taught me a lot about photography. That lasted 10 years before it gave up the ghost (through no fault of its own - use and abuse were the culprits). I couldn't afford another SLR at the time so made do with a Halina compact for a couple of years until I managed to get a Praktica SLR - again no frills but it did have TTL metering (whoo-hoo!) and did me well for a few years. Then I moved on to an Olympus OM-2 with spot-metering, and finally (the last pre-digital) a Nikon F60 - still pretty basic but better than anything that came before - and it did have autofocus and shot (I think) 3 fps (or it might have been 2 - can't remember). That got me hooked on Nikon. Then in 2005 I invested in a D70 - and the rest, as they say, is history...
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It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that just ain't so.
Why is this thus? What is the reason of this thusness?
My first "real" camera (one that you actually had to load 35mm film into rather than snap a plastic 110 cartridge into it ... although some can argue that those are just as real a camera ... so, I'll say, my first "metal" camera for safety sake) was a little Konica C35 Rangefinder. My dad gave it to me on my fifteen birthday and I'm sure they are selling for more now then they were then - which wasn't much. What a great little camera! It had a wonderful 35mm f2.8 lens on it and I took that thing everywhere with me - I shot only B&W film because my dad also taught me how to develop my own film on the Base (the Base had a Hobby Center and it was all free - so the price was right!). I shot only B&W Film on that little camera, ever - it did have a couple of rolls of color run thought it when I loaned it to a friend of mine for a trip he took - but for me, it has only been used with B&W to this day. I used that camera up until I was about 22 or so when I got an Olympus OM-1n camera (that ended up getting stolen after only about two years of use). I still have that little C35! I need to replace the light seals on the back door (which I was able to find a guy in Texas through ebay that sells them very reasonably!!!) and then I'll run somemore film through it (yes, B&W... or the current B&W that can be run through the standard C-41 process, anyway). It might even compete with my F100 which I occasionally break out and shoot a couple of rolls of film through... I'm sure if nothing else, it will bring back some of those "glory days" memories of being 15 again, similar to writing this little blip. Thanks.
Tue 03-Sep-13 04:54 PM | edited Tue 03-Sep-13 04:56 PM by Bill Kennedy
In 1963 I was a junior in HS and my uncle gave me a Zeiss Ikon Contessa. He was into photography and within a year I was hooked. By my sophomore year in college had a Nikon F which I paid for myself. Worked at a camera shop part time in college and had a ton of Nikon stuff by the time I graduated. Was lucky to work with some people in college who were really good and learned a lot from them, but after college marriage, kids, bills, etc slowed me down. Now semi-retired I have jumped back in with both feet and can never thank my uncle enough for getting me first interested.
The first may have been a Kodak Brownie Holiday followed by an unknown brand 120 gray plastic camera that was shaped like TLR. The top section was empty, I think. In any case, its shape led me, at age nien or ten, to pick up my father's Rollieflex 3.5f TLR with the match-needle meter. A wonderful way to learn photography! Six years later the Rollie was replaced by my first Nikon F Photomic. And that was the beginning of the end…
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My first camera was a Rollieflex (do not know what model) very long time ago. Fortunately for me, my father did not realize how to operate it. Therefore I learned with at the local photo shop what was aperture, speed and ASA. Still I have photos of that time. The camera is still in Cuba, because communists do not allow you to get your valuable things out of the country.
This thread was started a month before I bought my first interchangeable lens dSLR, a Fuji S2pro. I sold my Minolta Dimage 7 and my Olympus OM4Ti to finance it!
My first film camera was a Kodak Brownie, then an Ilford Sporti. A break for 10 years when I discovered the pleasures of youth in other ways and then bought an Olympus OM10 in 1982. Moved on to an OM2-SP, then the OM4Ti.
My favourite film camera was the OM2-SP which I bought for £250 in 1986. I have recently rediscovered film and over the last month have bought a mint OM10 (£25) a mint OM2-SP (£69) and a camera kit I only dreamed of 30 years ago, a Bronica ETRSi plus two lenses, prism, grip and two 120 backs for £390.
The bottom line of this story is that I now use both the digital and wet darkroom. Use cutting edge dSLR's with the D800, D7100 and V1. To add to this my mint Nikon f80 bought on e-bay for £28 I now belong to a dedicated film monochrome and slide group with over 40 members. There's even a few folks under 70! I am extremely lucky to experienced both types of photography in my life time.
Films not dead and I now enjoy using analogue technology and digital technology on an equal footing. Something I couldn't enjoy 40 years ago
Oh, must go, there's a mint OM4ti up for sale, that will complete my analogue collection!
My hazy memory recalls...Kodak 126 instamatic, then a Pentax k1000 thru high school. The Pentax is what got me into photography during the mid 70's. Brings back memories of paging thru Popular Photographgy and Modern Photographg magazines dreaming about nicer cameras and gear.
I also have a very hazy memory of being 9 years old and taking apart my dad's German rangefinder camera....
My first camera was my grandfather's 'peniflex' (?) made I the 1920 or 30s. A very strange and primitive rangefinder with a 'gravity shutter' --- it ran on early 110 roll film which I had to cut from 120 rolls and you 'select' the 3 shutter speeds by taking pictures horizontally, flip the camera to the left and right.
And then several russian M42 Zenit SLRs in the 80s
And my first AF SLR was Nikon F501 with a tamron tele zoom (rubbish) and a very light weight nikkor 35-70 3.3-4.5 which I still use to this day.
The first time I remember taking pictures was when hurricane hugo hit, I would have been almost 5. My parents let me shoot a disposable camera while we drove around the destruction. When I was in middle school my aunt let me borrow an olympus OM-1 with a 28, 50, 100, 200, and extension tubes, I recently bought this kit from her, still love shooting it. I consider this my first real camera.