Go Back   Rangefinderforum.com > Cameras / Gear / Photography > Rangefinder Forum > RFF Polls

View Poll Results: Which was you own first camera and do you still have it?
Leica 24 2.17%
Kodak 221 20.00%
Canon 151 13.67%
Nikon 130 11.76%
Agfa 24 2.17%
Pentax 95 8.60%
Olympus 66 5.97%
Contax 8 0.72%
Another - too many to list all so please tell us 386 34.93%
Voters: 1105. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes

Old 04-24-2011   #41
filmtwit
Desperate but not serious
 
filmtwit's Avatar
 
filmtwit is offline
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: West Coast
Posts: 2,566
Minolta XGA w/50mm f1.8 lens in 1985 if I remember right. Sold it about 2002 since I was shooting Canon EOS at that point.
__________________
Instgram
https://www.instagram.com/filmtwit/

The Flickr Stream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/filmtwit/


The Blog (Boring Sidney, Boring)
http://jeffthomasallen.blogspot.com/
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-24-2011   #42
Armoured
Registered User
 
Armoured is offline
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 248
Ricoh 500RF. I still have it - in pieces when I decided to take it apart when I was quite young. Fortunately I have another in better shape now.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-24-2011   #43
SciAggie
Registered User
 
SciAggie's Avatar
 
SciAggie is offline
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Texas
Age: 55
Posts: 545
The first camera I had that was my own was a Pentax MX, and I still have it.
__________________
Gary
Amateur Image Architect

http://strickspics.zenfolio.com
RFF Gallery
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-24-2011   #44
JuJu
Registered User
 
JuJu's Avatar
 
JuJu is offline
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: NYC
Age: 42
Posts: 264
I got a beat-up Pentax Spotmatics F with SMC takumar 50 f1.4 from my brother cuz he bought himself a brand new Nikon F3, it was in the 80's. Yep, I am still using it :-)
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-24-2011   #45
LKeithR
Improving daily--I think.
 
LKeithR's Avatar
 
LKeithR is offline
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Langley, B.C.
Posts: 341
My Dad was a fairly avid photographer so I played with some of his cameras--Kodak folders, a 4 x 5 and an 8 x10--before getting my first camera in 1960. It was a Brownie Holiday that I bought before I went on a 4-H exchange trip. I still have it, along with a few rolls of unused film. When my Dad passed away a couple years ago I found some of my old slides while going through some of his stuff. Nothing spectacular but they scan and clean up pretty nicely and boy, do they ever bring back some memories--IQ doesn't really matter in those situations, does it? This is one of me as the Great White Hunter in the fall of '64 when I worked on a ranch east of Williams Lake, B.C.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Img213.PPAC.web.jpg (55.5 KB, 46 views)
__________________
Keith
http://lkeithr.zenfolio.com
.................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ........................................
"Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed." - Mark Twain

  Reply With Quote

Old 04-24-2011   #46
Ezzie
E. D. Russell Roberts
 
Ezzie's Avatar
 
Ezzie is offline
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Norway
Posts: 2,719
My dad gave me a Smena Symbol when I was 7 or 8, or maybe 9. I moved so many times since then its gone AWOL unfortunately. In was chuffed as punch.
__________________
Eirik

RF: Leica M4-2 | Royal 35-M | Polaroid 110A/600SE hybrid
VF: DIY 4x5 | DIY 6x17 | Voigtländer Vito CL | Foth Derby | Welta Weltix | Smena Symbol | Lomo'Instax
SLR: Canon EF | Pentacon SIX | Pentax SP1000 | Pentax SV
TLR: Rolleiflex 2.8E3 | DUO TLR
CSC: Fuji X-E1
Pinhole: 6x17 Vermeer | ONDU 6x6 | DIY 4x5 | DIY 6x24

My Flickr
Silver Halides - Pictures in B&W
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-24-2011   #47
gshybrid
Registered User
 
gshybrid's Avatar
 
gshybrid is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 597
A Brownie Starflash in the 60's. We were just talking about our old photos during easter dinner. Evidently my father has them in storage somewhere so I'm going to take a look through them some time later this month... should be interesting.
__________________
website

flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-24-2011   #48
tbeaman
Registered User
 
tbeaman is offline
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 9
Mine was a Canon AT-1 I basically usurped from my mom. That camera was a manual hold-out from the beginning of the automatic era and it taught me a lot (slowly and painfully). It was also my only camera until a weak battery caused the shutter to jam in 2008. It's now a proud shelf queen.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-24-2011   #49
ronnies
Registered User
 
ronnies is offline
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Posts: 602
A Kodak Instamatic 33. Sadly I don't still have it and I've no idea where it went or where my Dad's Ilford Sportsman went either.

Ronnie
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #50
Doug
Moderator
 
Doug's Avatar
 
Doug is offline
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Pacific NW, USA
Posts: 12,110
Lots of Kodaks to start with, I see, and a surprising lucky bunch that began with really nice gear!

In 1963 I was heading off for a tour of duty with USAF in Turkey, and my mother told me to take a camera and send back pics. So I got a Kodak Brownie Super 27 and sent back pics. I found that it had two waterhouse stops, maybe f/8 marked "cloudy-bright" and f/16 for "sunny", and if I opened the flash door I got a slower shutter speed. And so it began...
I don't recall what happened to that camera.
__________________
Doug’s Gallery
RFF on Facebook
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #51
Richard G
Registered User
 
Richard G's Avatar
 
Richard G is online now
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: 37,47 S
Posts: 4,376
My Dad gave me an M2 with 50 Summilux when I was 16. M2 still in daily use 35 years later.
__________________
Richard
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #52
Range Loser
Registered User
 
Range Loser's Avatar
 
Range Loser is offline
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 129
My first was a Yashica FX3, am I the first Yashica post on here? Sold it to get a Pentax MX though as the Yashica plastic creaked!
__________________
D700 and D800 + Nikkors for everyday.
Fuji TX1 and a few old Zorki's/Fed's for special occasions.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #53
Film dino
David Chong
 
Film dino's Avatar
 
Film dino is offline
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Posts: 616
A Canon QL19.. wish I still had it
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #54
E.M
Registered User
 
E.M is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 161
My parents bought me a Nikon F2 in the seventies when I was studying photography , and I still have it .

http://www.etiennemichiels.com
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #55
kansas_parker
Registered User
 
kansas_parker is offline
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Warner Robins, GA
Age: 37
Posts: 52
My first camera was a little plastic box with a shutter and pop up viewfinder that would clip onto a 110 film cartridge. I think it came out of a Burger King kids meal back in the mid-80s. My first "real" camera was once again a 110, I don't remember the brand but I've still got some prints (and distant memories) from it somewhere.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #56
SayCheese
Registered User
 
SayCheese's Avatar
 
SayCheese is offline
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Kiel, Germany
Posts: 125
I had my own light meter before i even had my own camera. Used it with my dad's Agfa Super Silette. After that i used a Contax RTS, borrowed from my dad as well. My first own camera was a Canon Digital Ixus 40 in 2006.
SayCheese
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #57
Mesti3K
Registered User
 
Mesti3K's Avatar
 
Mesti3K is offline
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 46
I loved my little Oly..It could have even been an Om but I was too young to know the difference and it was too long ago.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #58
Grubriella
Registered User
 
Grubriella is offline
Join Date: Jan 2007
Age: 34
Posts: 22
My first camera was some Olympus point and shoot that mum got me.
I still have it.

The first camera I bought with my own money was one of those lomo 4 shot camera.
I still have this as well
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #59
ray*j*gun
Registered User
 
ray*j*gun's Avatar
 
ray*j*gun is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Philadelphia area
Posts: 2,319
A Miranda 35mm SLR.......don't remember the model but it was the one with an external light meter built into the pentaprism. I wish I still had it ..........I don't recall what happened to it.
__________________
Raymond
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #60
illuminati_02
Registered User
 
illuminati_02's Avatar
 
illuminati_02 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 105
Olympus Infinity Jr. P&S
It is what I wanted for Christmas when I was 8. I still have the picture of me opening it that my dad took with his ME Super, one of the cameras I own today.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #61
mangie
Olympus User
 
mangie's Avatar
 
mangie is offline
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Hertfordshire, England
Age: 71
Posts: 64
A Brownie 127 and still have photos taken by it!
And I do still have the camera and its brown canvas case.

mangie

Last edited by mangie : 04-25-2011 at 04:47. Reason: Left something out!
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #62
RanceEric
The name is Rance
 
RanceEric's Avatar
 
RanceEric is offline
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: New York, NY
Age: 27
Posts: 688
My first camera was a Nikon F3.. which, sadly, was stolen from me when I was mugged about 2 years ago in Wilmington, DE. Recently was given another. I had missed that camera
__________________
Nikon SP, S3
W-Nikkor.C 3.5cm f/1.8, Nikkor-S 5cm f/1.4, Nikkor P.C 8.5cm f/2, Nikkor P.C 10.5cm f/2.5
VC Skopar 35mm f/2.5, VC Nokton 50mm f/1.5
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #63
DanOnRoute66
I now live in Des Moines
 
DanOnRoute66's Avatar
 
DanOnRoute66 is offline
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 298
Pentax SP 500, which basically was Pentax's stripped-down entry-level SLR of the time. I had the 50mm f2 and the 135mm f3.5 lenses. I sold them to get into Olympus OMs. Well-made, durable camera but I don't miss the dim viewfinder.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #64
Timmyjoe
Registered User
 
Timmyjoe's Avatar
 
Timmyjoe is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,900
My first real camera (not plastic) was a Canon TX that I bought on April 1st, 1976 (not that I remember or anything). You bet I still have it. Don't use it much anymore, but would never part with it.

Best,
-Tim
__________________
http://www.timcarrollphotography.com

New Photo Books
Sturgis Stories & Scenes From Sturgis
now available
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #65
sykotec
Registered User
 
sykotec is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 226
worked at several from high school onwards for awhile - i still remember sitting in a store meeting where a very high-ranking CVS person told us that no, they weren't going to change the People's store names to CVS after they bought them. uh, yeah, even then i knew how that works....

i've still got one or two of the old blue vests and red ties - the blue CVS polo shirts are now garage-wear. and many packages of negatives/prints/slides with the logo of course. even my last remaining flash bulbs!


Quote:
Originally Posted by Luddite Frank View Post
I remember People's Drug Stores !

Dad worked in D.C. from about 1960 till he retired about 15 years ago...

Most of his photos & slides from the 1960's and '70's are still in boxes, in their People's Drug processing envelopes.... shot with a Nikon S & 50mm Nikkor 1.4.

  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #66
sol33
Registered User
 
sol33 is offline
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Barcelona
Posts: 87
A Certo SL110, when I was six years old. I still have it.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #67
PatrickCheung
Registered User
 
PatrickCheung's Avatar
 
PatrickCheung is offline
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 381
The very first camera my parents ever bought for me was the nikon D60, that was two or three years ago.

HOWEVER, the very first camera that i bought myself is my Canon 7. Got it a month or two ago. I dont know how long I'll keep it for, but I hope I never get rid of it. Maybe pass it on to my future son/daughter or something :]

I'm 18 now, by the way.
__________________
Flickr

Hundred Strangers Project
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #68
Stuart John
Registered User
 
Stuart John's Avatar
 
Stuart John is offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Finland
Posts: 571
Praktica BC1 electronic with 50mm f1.8.
Camera is long gone but the memories as still with me....
__________________
http://www.flickr.com/photos/photogsjm/
http://www.sjmphotography.co.nr/

Canonet QL17, Canonet 28, Zorki C
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #69
HoodedOne
Registered User
 
HoodedOne's Avatar
 
HoodedOne is offline
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 246
The first camera I could call my own, was a Kodak Tele-Ektralite 20. I used a for some time, but after a while I got bored with it. And the quality wasn't that good.
Much later, the first camera I bought with my own money was a Canon Eos 300
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #70
Red Robin
It Is What It Is
 
Red Robin is offline
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Wrinkle City, Fla.
Age: 67
Posts: 727
Minolta XGM and yes I syill have it.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #71
TaoPhoto
Documentary Photographer
 
TaoPhoto's Avatar
 
TaoPhoto is offline
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Falls Church, VA
Posts: 104
For me it was a Kodak Instamatic 100, using the 126 cartridge film. I was about six. I carried that camera all over my neighborhood, on trips, and shot roll after roll of film that my parents patiently had developed for me. I still have a bunch of those pictures, but the camera is long gone. Ah, the simplicity!
__________________
- Norm

Main shooters: Leica M8, D-Lux 4, OM-1n, Zorki 4K
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #72
pixelatedscraps
Registered User
 
pixelatedscraps's Avatar
 
pixelatedscraps is offline
Join Date: Mar 2010
Age: 37
Posts: 339
The first camera I'd saved up to buy all by myself was a Nikon F2A. I ended up selling it once I'd decided on focusing on using OM cameras as my 35mm film SLR
__________________
WORK
Nikon D750 | D800E | Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 | 60mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor | 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro-Nikkor | Nikon 70-200mm f/4 VRII

Canon 5D MKIII | 17-40mm f/4 L | 24-70mm f/2.8 L I | 100mm f/2.8 L Macro | 70-200m f/4 IS

PLAY
Leica M4 | 35mm f2.8 Summaron
Plaubel Makina W67
Kodak Retina IIc | 50mm f2 Xenon
Olympus XA4
Yashica T4 Super

PORTFOLIO
http://www.jrmaloney.com
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #73
thawkins
thawkins
 
thawkins's Avatar
 
thawkins is offline
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Texas
Age: 67
Posts: 349
I purchased my first real camera in l967 as a college freshman, a Kodak Retina 1a. I still have it and it continues to work well. The next real camera was Miranda SLR that was unreliable. It was traded for an SRT101 which I still have and use.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #74
chrismoret
RF-addict
 
chrismoret's Avatar
 
chrismoret is offline
Join Date: May 2010
Location: approx. 7ft under sea level
Age: 52
Posts: 288
A Halina Roy. Got it as a present from my dad when I was 7 or 8 years. It used 127 film...
__________________
Chris.
web
flickr
tumblr

  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #75
barnwulf
Registered User
 
barnwulf's Avatar
 
barnwulf is offline
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ankeny, Iowa
Age: 78
Posts: 1,382
My parents bought a 35mm Zeiss Contina IIa for me when I was in my early college years around 1958. It was a rangefinder type camera with a light meter but no rangefinder. It was about $85 and I really liked that camera. In the mid 60s I bought a Pentax Spotmatic. Jim

EDIT: I just bought one of these cameras again after all these years. It's looks to have had very little use and everything works perfectly.
__________________
"Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working."
- Alberto Giacometti (sculptor)

Last edited by barnwulf : 04-26-2011 at 12:37.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #76
philipb
Registered User
 
philipb is offline
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bere Regis
Posts: 90
The first one I bought with my own money: Zenit EM. What a lump of metal. Bought in 1980 when I was 15. Carried everywhere on cycling trips. Got me in trouble with USAF police in England and USA more than once (it was a Russian camera after all). Brassed, dented, bits missing, it's not too good these days. It probably hasn't been used for 15 years but I wouldn't part with it; we've been places.
__________________
--
Philip
the longman experiment
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #77
Charlie
Registered User
 
Charlie's Avatar
 
Charlie is offline
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Age: 62
Posts: 134
Polaroid Swinger that I bought for $20 in the mid 1960s at the age of 10. Still have it and the box.
__________________
<a href='http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=1363'>My Gallery</a>
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #78
njos
Registered User
 
njos is offline
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Fresno, CA
Posts: 22
Canon AE-1, my father gave me
the camera still good, the electronic and metering are accurate..
i had the silver body..
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #79
silverbullet
Registered User
 
silverbullet's Avatar
 
silverbullet is offline
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 249
AGFA Isola I a viewfinder 6x6 cam with retractable lens tubus. It was around 1960. Three years ago, ebay had one (for me)......
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Agfa_Isola1.jpg (25.7 KB, 7 views)
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-25-2011   #80
Nate Butler
Registered User
 
Nate Butler is offline
Join Date: Dec 2006
Age: 45
Posts: 117
My very first camera was a Lomo LCA, a Christmas present from my wife in 2005. It was a great way to take up photography and simply have fun without worrying about exposure. It died unexpectedly a couple of years ago, and I eBayed it. By the time it conked out, I'd moved on to rangefinders.
__________________
www.natebutler.net
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:00.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.