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    First real camera

    Looking on a film thread on the M system made me think back some. So just for fun what was your first REAL 35mm film camera. Now i will date myself here . Minolta SRT 101 back in 1973. I remember my older brother by 8 years had a Pentax but not sure what model.
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    Somewhere around 1984 I got my first real camera. A Pentor Super TL with M42 lensmount.

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    1972, a Pentax rangefinder of some sort, I remember it had a stick meter in the viewfinder. I have no clue what the model was.

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    It was around 1993 for me in high school I got a Canon EOS 10.

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    I bought a Canon FT in 1969.

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    Wow, Memory Lane! I remember the first camera I had was a Zeiss Ikon 120 rangefinder that my Dad gave me in about 1964. My first 35mm camera was an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic of some generation which I probably got in the late '60s.

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    i lusted after a kodak way back when, but the first dough I laid out was for an Olympus Pen-D, a half-frame, back in 1962, sort of a 35mm. it got 72 pics per roll, and you went blind looking at the contact proofs. next was a Yashica-Mat 124 with the enforced luxury of 12 shots per roll, my medium format entree.

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    First real camera, Pentax K1000 in probably 1995. First Leica, M6TTL 1999. A rapid progression certainly. I took to photography very quickly.

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    My first take pictures camera was either a polaroid or took 110 film; but my first real camera was the Canon Rebel G when I was in college. I got it 2 days before my first international trip.

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    Argus C3 in 1960.

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    Omega 45D 4x5 view camera, 1978

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    Re: First real camera

    My first 35mm was a Canon rangefinder (Canonet 28) which I purchased in 1977. A year later, I bought a new Pentax K1000, and kept it for the next 20 years.

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    Yashica 35mm, model long forgotten. Way back in the 60's.

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    'Nikomat' /1975 .........

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    My first one was a Canon T70 with 35-70 & 75-200 zooms. To tell the truth, I still miss this camera as I had sooooo much fun with it.

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    Weird I can remember using my mother's Pentax spotmatic and we also had a Rolliflex TLR but I can't remember what I first used that I could call my own.

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    Zeiss Ikon Contina I, 1959.
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    Argus C3 in 1957. Replaced it later with the C4, started down a slippery slope that continues til today. Wish I had as many great images as i have had cameras! LOL

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    A Graphic 35, probably in the mid-1960's: http://graflex.org/graphic-35/

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    Believe it or not it was an M4 in 1971 which I still use. I had a Bell and Howell AutoReflex T but that isn't a "real" camera.

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    It was an olympus om1 with a 50mmf1.8 lens,nice camera but looking back I think the viewfinder was a bit too big and bright.Must have been early eighties.

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    Honeywell Pentax H3 55mm f/1.8 lens
    manual shutter speed setting to 1/1000.
    "Auto" feature was that the lens stopped down automatically when you took the picture.
    Date, well maybe 1967 or thereabouts.
    Film reminder dial under the rewind crank where you set the asa (that was then ISO is now) on white numbers, or green numbers for color. This had no other function.
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    Re: First real camera

    Maybe most of you wouldn't count it as a "real" camera, but one of my best photos was taken with it, so I have to include it: a Kodak Instamatic (1970's point-and-click).

    If you won't count that one, then my first would be a Canon EOS SLR of some basic sort or other I bought around the late '80s, and that's all I used until I went digital (with Nikon).

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    Canonnet GIII QL-17. I've still got it.

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    Whose the real Maggie
    FOXY LADY, MADAME BIDET, THE CAT, OR DEVIL WOMAN,
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    All of the above, of course!

    Thanks, Helen!

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    Now that is a Avatar. Love it
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    My father gave me a Leica 111a with Elmar 5cm 1:3.5 when I went away to college in 1964. I still use it as a backup to my M8. I had it CLA'd twice over the years, the latest last year with Don Goldberg.

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    Kodak Six 20 folding camera. in 1954

    I remember I was 11 and my aunt worked in a photofinishing lab. She got a new camera (she didnt have kids then so had more discretionary dollars I guess) and gave me her pre=war (NOT the Great war!) camera. Taught me to use it, load that 620 roll. There should be a special award for patient aunts.

    I took it on a trip with family on the NEW NY State Thruway that summer. The service areas were still in temporsy building (a lot of 'temporary buildings, like those from the war in DC were like MASH barrachs.

    Went to a wedding at Syracuse U. where I raised ebrows (but no ire) from the 'pro' (who I think was a student!) and we went on to Niagra falls (NOT with the couple!).

    I remember my aunt taking me to the lab to see the prints made on those big hot metal drying drums, falling off the other side. I thought prints were SUPpOSED to be curled!

    But the next year I won a brownie movie camera in a school magazine sales contest, and the still camera got a lot less workout.

    I also remember making one of those 'solar' prints where you take a negative and put some chemical on a treated paper, then clamp between two glass plates with clothes pins (the sophisticated ones with the springs!)

    then you left in the sun - for about two years to get any image

    We've come a LONG way , baby!

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    Mid '70s 126 Instamatic.
    Pentax Program A, 28-80, in mid '80s
    Canon A1 + motordrive, FD 24, 35-70 2.8-3.5, 70-210, late '80s

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    I guess my first camera was a Kodak Instamatic around "74 or 75" My mom gave me for seventh grade photography class. I bought a Minolta X700 in "81" and I've wondered where all my money has gone ever since.
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    1978, Pentax ME Super with 50mm f/1.4

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    Re: First real camera

    Am I the only one here going to say Canon AE-1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post
    Am I the only one here going to say Canon AE-1?

    First "real" camera was also a Canon AE-1. I loved that camera until my ex-wife, well, that's a long story....

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    1975 (maybe early 1976) Pentax KX, purchased with three lenses, a Leica shoulder bag and a Haliburton case. I was fifteen years old, but had a job and always managed to spend all of my cash. My mom was a bit shocked when I schlepped this stuff home.

    Amazingly, the store manager gave me "90 days, same as cash" terms (not knowing me before I started hanging out there). About six months later I added the K2 DMD body. And in 1978 I went to work for that same camera shop and pro photo lab. I worked there for a couple of years.

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    Well, I am a little late to the party here, but I started after most of you, so I suppose it is fitting. My first real camera was a Canon T90, it was my father's. He gave it to me along with an F1N in 2002 after I got back from living in Vladivostok. I became interested in photography there, but all I had was 3mp Canon digital point and shoot. Learning with a manual focus SLR shooting slides in the day of digital really made a difference for me. He also gave me a National Geographic photography how-to book from the 80s, and the "Canon T90 Performance Book" which was basically a book put out by Canon detailing the functions of the T90. It is a superb camera -- really the precursor to all modern SLR's (the R9 is not modern!).

    The first camera I bought myself was a Leica MP...not long after it came out. They were 2200 dollars at the time! Expensive to be sure, but they are now 4000, so not bad...

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    I am afraid that I predate many of you. My first 35mm camera cost £10 towards the end of 1945. It was a pre-war Argus C2 (I think, could have been C4) and it had a Bakelite body, an f4.5 front cell focusing lens and a four speed shutter (1/25, 1/50, 1/100 and 1/200). The war had just ended and 35mm film was like gold dust. Only pan black and white but the next year colour film made an appearance.

    Three years later I got a Leica IIc.

    But I got a bigger thrill out of my first camera than even my beloved M8!

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    I learned to shoot on my father's Nikon F and later on his F3. Then, when I was 14 I got my own camera, a beat up Pentax K1000 with a 50mm f/2. When I asked for other lenses, he told me to master the 50 first. It is still my preferred FOV to date.

    I spent my first day with the camera at my school between classes taking pics of "stuff I'd seen in magazines." After school when I went to work (in the family photo lab of course) I developed the roll and printed it myself. The next day I passed the proofs around to classmates. They kept asking to buy prints, and I ended up selling 30 8x10s at $5 a piece from my very first roll. I was hooked. Of course, I had to print and color correct all the enlargements myself but I certainly learned a lot about shooting and printing.

    I saved up my slave wages from the lab (child labor laws don't apply to family business, apparently..) and my photo sales and about a year later bought a Nikon F4s. Still have the camera today. Sadly, I traded the K1000 for a set of Audioquest interconnect cables (which I still have in my audio system and do sound great).

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    mine was a nikon f4 (or maybe it was an f3) and i gave it away to a budding photographer back in 1980-something. i miss it, but i have no regrets giving it to him. funny thing is that he's no longer pursuing a career as a photographer. he's now a professor of astronomy and astrophysicist in colorado springs, colorado! but he still enjoys photography just for the fun of it. like me
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    1964 Black Paint Nikkormat and Nikkor 105/2.5. This was after I dropped Dads M2 and knocked the rangefinder out. Sold the Nikkormat it in 1969 took my first real job pay check to Altman s in Chicago bought a black paint M4 ...I had to borrow my lenses . still have it.

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    First one was an Adox Golf 1A some time during the late sixties. I dropped it into the sea during a scout camp. Next one was the OM-1 with 50mm f/1.8 in 1974. I still have it, but haven't used it much after I bought an OM-3 a few years ago.

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    What a thread....


    My first real camera was a Mamiya Sekor 500 DTL. I was traveling to
    South America as an exchange student and wanted to take some real pictures.
    I could not afford much so I bought a Watson bulk film loader cassettes and two reels of film....ektachrome and plus x.

    Great idea but not the best in actuality...I arrived in Rio and decided to load some film. I crawled into a wardrobe in my hotelroom at night in order to fill the Watson bulk loader. Started to put the film in when I heard the loudest crack possible as the bottom of the wardrobe seperated from the rest of the unit...so I was standing on the floor looking at all of the light. The bottom had seperated cleanly and was easily reinserted into the wardrobe.

    It took me almost two weeks to realize that I had put the film into the loader backwards. Spooling off film reverse side out.

    That was my last attempt at bulk film loading...

    Great camera to start with however and I did capture a number of good
    pictures...as I say the best way to a great picture is to be in a very picturesque place.

    Bob

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    I learned photography as a kid using my dad's Yashica. I mostly took pix of my bro playing little league. My first real camera was a Minolta Maxxum 7000i which I used for the 2 years I was in the Yearbook class in high school. I still have it

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    Hate to say me too, for the 500DTL Mamiya Sekor. It was all my folks could afford almost 40 yrs ago. Later in college, the camera I really wanted at the time, a few years before, a Nikkormat FTN. It was only about $30 more originally but it was great having it finally. Then began the march up the line, Photomic F2, F3, Leica M6, Hassy...etc... if my folks every new what they had started they would never have begun.....haha. HE breathes, a monster...MMMMWWWAAAHHHH....HAHAHA..

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