What was your very first Camera ? Please post Pictures. This shall be interesting.

DPT_StudioDPT_Studio IllinoisPosts: 17Registered Users Big grins
edited November 19, 2017 in Cameras

What Was your First Camera ?
Do You Still Own it ?
Is it Working ?

For Me it was Minolta AUTOCORD 6x6 cm Used AGFA Film Professional and Yes I still have it and it’s working.

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  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaPosts: 14,315Super Moderators moderator
    edited November 19, 2017

    Kodak Retinette 1A, first acquired about 1958 or so -- a totally manual controlled non-interchangeable lens camera that offered a fair lens and a fair shutter with manual guesstimate focusing. Great for learning how to set exposure and focus years ago. I shot a lot (100s of feet) of Tri-X with that camera, I wonder where it is now.

    Many pictures of a Retinette 1A
    https://www.google.com/search?q=kodak+retinette+1a+photos&sa=X&biw=1476&bih=1173&tbm=isch&source=iu&pf=m&ictx=1&fir=JdtYDJhmWii-mM%3A%2CD5Dvpa2J0i2ekM%2C_&usg=__xINZTy5HlS6CKUwjHLFF-L45Hw4=&ved=0ahUKEwjU9Jf_n8vXAhXF4CYKHV5fAF4Q9QEIPzAI#imgrc=DqiVeQJY6f1xdM:

    A Review of a Retinette 1A
    https://www.35mmc.com/28/05/2017/retinette-1a-review/

    My first SLR was a Mamiya-Sekor 500 DTL - not what I wanted but what I could afford as a very poor college student. I was thrilled to have it. I even got a second lens a year or two later. Wow!

    https://www.google.com/search?q=mamiya+sekor+500+dtl+photos&tbm=isch&source=iu&pf=m&ictx=1&fir=eHEizDBlcrIZaM%3A%2CzHTJ8P__vlVFLM%2C_&usg=__B4YqT3YPWEK_v7faDGpVxzcnZ7U=&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjyhtLJpcvXAhVI4SYKHWtdBiMQ9QEIQTAJ&biw=1476&bih=1173#imgrc=eHEizDBlcrIZaM:

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  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaPosts: 14,315Super Moderators moderator
    edited November 19, 2017

    Along the line of this thread - I have a couple images of the cameras used by Vivian Meier from an early exhibit after she was discovered posthumously - they may not have been her very first cameras but they were interesting just the same

    A Rollei

    An Exacta

    And a pre-war Leica

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  • bfluegiebfluegie Big grins IndianaPosts: 305Registered Users Major grins

    I started off with an old Kodak 126 instamatic--fixed focus, fixed everything. But, I did try to work on composition which was probably the only thing the photographer could change with one of those cameras other than adding an almost useless flashcube. I kept asking my father questions about his camera so he encouraged me to get an SLR when I was in college, the Konica TC. I thought that was a sweet camera. It was a step up from my father's match needle meter as it had shutter priority auto exposure. That was pretty much it as far as features go. The 50mm f/1.7 Hexanon lens was pretty good, though. I kept that camera for years, even after getting newer film cameras. I had actually decided to start using it again to try to get back in touch with some of the fundamentals when it was stolen. I bought a replacement on eBay, but that was right around the time that the digital sensors really started making it apparent that digital was the way to go. So I went that route instead. I still have the replacement TC, though and I can still get the meter to work using hearing aid batteries since you can't get the original mercury batteries anymore. Well, it's been a few years since I actually tried...

    @pathfinder, I have several of my father's older cameras including his first SLR which was a Mamia Sekor 1000 DTL. He loved that camera and used it for years. He finally decided to get an auto exposure Olympus OM1 or OM2 (I can't remember which) but he never seemed as fond of the Olympus as he was of the Mamiya.

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  • ziggy53ziggy53 Still learnin'still lovin Posts: 19,962Super Moderators moderator
    edited November 22, 2017

    My first camera was a Kodak Bakelite Baby Brownie. I shot that thing until the shutter no longer worked. Later, I dissected the body and converted the shutter to open and shut with the shutter button; down button opened the shutter and up button closed the shutter. Fine for time exposures and some special effects. (After my father passed away, I acquired all of his cameras, including a working copy of a Kodak Bakelite Baby Brownie.)

    My second camera was a Kodak Hawkeye Instamatic, which I also shot until it broke. I wound up throwing that one away.

    After that I used my father's Kodak Signet (I think the model 35). I was allowed to use that only under his supervision, except for one school field trip. (Got a sucessful 6-second exposure on that trip to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.)

    For graduating the 8th grade, I got a Honeywell Pentax H1a, 135 format SLR, with a 50mm, f1.8 lens. I still have the body but the lens went on another body I gave to a friend for his daughter's first camera.

    After that I bought a Hasselblad 500C, 6x6 medium format camera, plus a Hasselblad S-Planar C 120mm F 5.6 lens to start. Also got a Rollei E36RE flash, at the time the most powerful handle-bracket flash in the world.

    Then a Mamiya C330 twin-lens medium format body and 80mm, f2.8 lens. No where near a sharp as the Hasselblad lenses, but a lot more affordable and good enough for weddings and events.

    ziggy53
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  • Awais YaqubAwais Yaqub One Inspired soul Posts: 10,543Registered Users Major grins

    2004 Sony CyberShot W1, it is still working. I don't use it anymore

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  • LPCLPC Major Grins Posts: 477Registered Users Major grins

    Hanimex 110 TF. I wish I still had it.

  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,612Registered Users Major grins

    Wasn't mine specifically - just something that arrived into the house when I was just into double figures ... some sort of 'brownie box' job.
    First cam that I bought - to take with me when working overseas (Africa) in the early 70's Olympus 35 ECR.
    First SLR ... Minolta SRT 101.
    No survivors ...

    pp

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 1,892Registered Users Major grins

    Mine is a Minolta XG7, circa 1981 (I, of course, was a toddler at the time :wink: ). I still have it. It works, but I don't use it anymore - it just sits lonely in the closet with its zoon lens, macro lenses and a roll of film still in the box.

  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,005Registered Users Major grins

    Interesting thread... I can tell that several of us are in the same age group. Like others, my first camera was a Kodak Instamatic 126, which got lost somewhere in Disneyland while on a college choir tour in the early 70's. Not too long thereafter I was able to get a Mamiya Sekor 500DTL which I used into the early 80's, at which point I acquired my beloved Pentax ME Super with the 50mm 1.7 lens. I had to have it repaired once or twice, but I used it until 2006 when I got my first digital camera. Last year I donated all of that gear to the props department of our theater.

  • Brett1000Brett1000 Major grins https://www.flickr.com/photos/photoscw/Posts: 810Registered Users Major grins

    @sarasphotos said:
    Interesting thread... I can tell that several of us are in the same age group. Like others, my first camera was a Kodak Instamatic 126, which got lost somewhere in Disneyland while on a college choir tour in the early 70's. Not too long thereafter I was able to get a Mamiya Sekor 500DTL which I used into the early 80's, at which point I acquired my beloved Pentax ME Super with the 50mm 1.7 lens. I had to have it repaired once or twice, but I used it until 2006 when I got my first digital camera. Last year I donated all of that gear to the props department of our theater.

    yes, the older generation's first camera was probably film ..... the younger set - digital phone or tablet

  • compasiune11compasiune11 Beginner grinner romaniaPosts: 26Registered Users Big grins

    Pfff. experienced photographeres here. My first was a Canon 6D :)

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  • GSPePGSPeP Major grins Steendorp, BelgiumPosts: 2,684Registered Users Major grins

    First camera: Kodak Instamatic
    First Analog DSLR: Canon AE-1 Program
    First Digital: Sony Mavica FD97
    First Digital DSLR: Canon 300D (Digital Rebel)

  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 12,036Administrators moderator
    edited February 16, 2018

    Canon AT-1 in 1976 or 77. Looks nearly identical to the much more famous Canon AE-1, except it was full manual. Learned a lot with that one, especially guessing exposures because I had to figure it all out in my head first with what I wanted to prioritise. College photography class required a manual, in those days. Even if I hadn't taken the classes offered to me, I would have bought the AT-1 over the AE.

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  • StueveShotsStueveShots Major grins PNW MountiansPosts: 520Registered Users Major grins

    It was a Canon AE-1 and, yep, I still own it....now where did I put it?

  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 11,962Super Moderators moderator

    Olympus OM-1, long time ago (sometime in the 70s I think).

  • cmasoncmason Old dog, new tricks Raleigh, NCPosts: 2,506Registered Users Major grins

    Olympus OM-1n. 1980. Shot high school yearbook photos and built a darkroom at school to develop them. Best photography learning experience ever. Shoot manual and often.

  • AnnieBowwAnnieBoww USAPosts: 1New member Beginner grinner
    wow, you guys have such old school cameras, I think it's very cool but hard to take pictures, in all their manual settings. My first camera was Nikon d3100 and I really love it, it is the simplest of its lineup very convenient for a beginner, then I changed the lens, but the body left the same.
  • Geordie BoyGeordie Boy Beginner grinner Posts: 2Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited April 12, 2018
    Hi, My first real camera was a Miranda FM with a 50mm f1.8 lens, about 1966. Trashed it photographing trains - the lens dropped off, eventually! Progressed to Pentax 6X7s in time, then a range of Nikon Digital
    cameras ... Coolpix 500, D70, D300s, D800 and now D500. Mostly use my Coolpix P7800 and i-Phone SE now - my basic tenet being the image not the camera - all cameras take pictures!
  • JBAdamsJBAdams Upper East CoastPosts: 2Registered Users Beginner grinner
    A Wirgin Edixa bought for a few dollars at a garage sale. My first SLR was a Fujica ST605 received for Christmas 1977. Two years later I bought my first Nikon F2. I still shoot film regularly.
  • JusticeiroJusticeiro E clunibus tractum Posts: 1,167Registered Users Major grins

    The first camera that I bought myself was the Praktica L, as pictured above, but with a Lydith 30mm. I no longer have it, as my house got robbed back when I lived in Jersey, and they walked off with probably about $30 worth of eastern European cameras (A Zenit, a Flexaret, etc.)

    I replaced it with a Praktica LTL, which I still use for 35mm film on occasion. I like to shoot film every 6 months or so on these old Eastern Beasts because they make good quality pictures, but they force you to pay attention to the basics (no autofocus, manual only exposure, all prime lenses) and I feel that keeps me from getting lazy. I also roll with a new flexaret, and sometimes a Pentacon 6. But mostly I just mount the lenses on my Canon with an adapter. (The Zeiss Jena glass is really, really good. )

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