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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%
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What was your very own first camera?
Old 04-24-2011   #1
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What was your very own first camera?

What was your own very first camera? I don't mean first you used but the first one that was all yours and do you still have it?

Mine was a Kodak Brownie Fiesta. It may be in the loft somewhere but I haven't seen it for a long time.

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Old 04-24-2011   #2
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Kodak Dualflex III TLR ( 620 ). An aunt gave it to me when I was about six. ( circa 1973 )
I don't ever remember taking sharp picture with it...

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I think I had the brownie when I was about six. My next camera was Canon Demi, a 135 half frame camera my father found at the top of the Eifel tower. That was a damn good camera. Got used a lot back then. That was followed by a Canon Dial and then I went Minolta.
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Old 04-24-2011   #4
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Old 04-24-2011   #5
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Old 04-24-2011   #6
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Old 04-24-2011   #7
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A Lubitel -because as a 10 year old I could afford to buy and use it. The guy who sold it to me operated an all-in-one hair salon/optometrist/film lab business. A few years later, a 35mm Fujifilm camera which I lost after it fell into the Strait of Malacca -and that's a long story.
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Old 04-24-2011   #8
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Old 04-24-2011   #9
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Yahica Mat LTM. Unfortunately, it died in a fall. I've preserved its memory with a Rolleiflex 3.5F.
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Old 04-24-2011   #10
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Own camera or family camera?

My family never really bought cameras, till we got our first one which was some digital Nikon Coolpix, with 3.2 megapixels.

My first camera that I personally bought for myself, was a Holga.
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Old 04-24-2011   #11
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My mother gave me her Spartus 127 folder. First camera that I bought was a Cosmorex SE -- a rebadged Zenit, which was replaced by a Konica C35 Auomatic, which was replaced by a Pentax MX, which was replaced by a Rollei 35 T, which was joined by a Nikon FE, which was joined later by a Nikon F2A.

Then later, I added a Rollei 35 S and a Rolleiflex Automat (Xenar). Then just those cameras until 2000, when I picked up a Cosina Voigtlander Bessa-R.

Then I added a Voigtlander Vito B, a Kodak Retina IIIc (small c) and an Agfa Isolette III with an Apotar.

The first expensive classic camera that I bought was a Zeiss Ikon Contax IIa with a very heavy coated Carl Zeiss Jena f/1.5 5cm Sonnar.
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Old 04-24-2011   #12
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I was a proud Pentax owner. (ME Super purchased in 80)

Great to see Pentax is among the early leaders in this poll.
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Old 04-24-2011   #13
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One Christmas perhaps 1957 I received a Brownie Hawkeye. The complete kit, big yellow box, flash, flash bulbs, and some Verichrome film.
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Old 04-24-2011   #14
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Mine was a Kodak Instamatic 110 that I was given as an X-mas present while in the 6th grade. It was just like this one, complete with the personalized stickers.

I think I threw it out some time in the mid 1980's after upgrading to a used Brownie Holiday Flash 620 film camera.
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Old 04-24-2011   #15
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My parents bought me my very first camera it was a Vivitar 400 SL and I still have it with everything that came with it (except the case).
The first camera I bought was a Pentax MX (black body) I ended up buying two and I still have them...
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Old 04-24-2011   #17
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It was a Keystone 35mm P&S. My mom bought it for me at the old now gone People's Drugstore here in DC when I was about 12 yrs old. A few years later my sister bought me a Pentax P3n with a 50mm f2 lens. I still have and value that P3n all these years later.
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Old 04-24-2011   #18
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Old 04-24-2011   #19
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I don't recall which of my father's cameras I first used, but I think it was his 9x12. I used it for museum shots and shots of friends. I also began using his Welta Welti, but I am pretty sure the 9x12 was first. The first camera I bought myself was a Minolta 16. I still have it somewhere.
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Old 04-24-2011   #20
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The first camera I owned was a Nikon F4s, and it will remain on the shelf as a testament to the last great camera Nikon made with dials and aperture rings. I learned photography with a Nikon FM and a Mamiya 645 on a long term loan from my father.
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Old 04-24-2011   #21
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My first camera was a Kodak model 124 Instamatic 126 film camera (10th birthday gift; 1968; still have it). The first 35mm camera I bought was a used Exakta VX 500 with a 50mm 2.8 Domiplan ($40 from a co-worker in 1982)
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Old 04-24-2011   #22
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My very first camera that I owned was a Polaroid Square Shooter. Then I bought a Sears TLS(Ricoh Singlex) and three lenses. Both cameras are long gone. Gave the Polaroid to one of my sisters, and traded the TLS in on a Nikkormat FTn.

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Old 04-24-2011   #23
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Christmas 1965 I was 9 years old and received an Ansco Cadet 2 camera (127 film). Used it until I bought my first SLR, an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic with a 50mm f1.4 lens in 1970.
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Old 04-24-2011   #24
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Kodak Instamatic X-15 I believe--don't have it anymore though.
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Old 04-24-2011   #25
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It was around 2000 or 2001. I was 9 or 10. My parents gave me a little webcam/snapshot camera for Christmas. It could shoot video if you plugged it into a computer. It had no screen. I'm first generation digital but I don't mess with that stuff anymore...
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Old 04-24-2011   #27
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Old 04-24-2011   #28
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Well, I started in photography when I was six, so my first camera was a real DIANA that took 4.5x4.5 cm negatives on 120 film. I still have it, and it works as bad as new.
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It was a Keystone 35mm P&S. My mom bought it for me at the old now gone People's Drugstore here in DC when I was about 12 yrs old. A few years later my sister bought me a Pentax P3n with a 50mm f2 lens. I still have and value that P3n all these years later.
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.

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My very first camera was an Olympus Trip Junior, which my mom gave me when I was little. My first 'serious' camera was a Canon Rebel 2000 with a 50mm f/1.8 (lens was new, camera was used), which I bought in early 2008 I think. I still have the lens, and I gave the body to my best friend. She bought a 50mm f/1.8 to use with it. She shoots mostly b&w, but also some color now and then.
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Kodak Instamatic (124?) around 1967 or 68. Boy, did I think that was cool.
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My(first) cameras

My first camera, a gift, was a Kodak Brownie-style. I still have it. (I'm presently away from home so I can't ID it positively)
My next one was a Kodak Model 124 Instamatic. I still have it. It's sitting next to the Brownie.
My first "real" camera that I bought with my own earned money, 1976, is a Canon FTb-n, chrome, with f1.8 55mm lens and a f5.6 100-200mm zoom. I still have this outfit and use it on the mean streets of Y'town.
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Not sure of the exact model. It was a Kodak and similar to the Brownie Flash.
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I no longer have my first Instamatic, BUT I do have my mom's Baby Brownie.
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Old 04-24-2011   #36
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My First was a Fujica STX-1, got it in the 8th grade. My dad made me read the instruction manual twice before I could use it. Came with a 55mm f2.2 lens. I used this camera halfway through college as a photo major before I moved on. Still have the camera, will never leave me.

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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.

Here's another one who remembers Peoples Drug Stores! I used to shop there all the time and that's probably where I went to get my film developed back in the 1950's and 60's.

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First was a Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 with the flash attachment. It was a gift from my family. Next was a Kodak Tourist II with 800 shutter. I saved up for most of it plus some help from my aunt. Then came a Baby Rollei 4X4, Nikkormat FTN, and Canon F-1 followed by everything from a Minolta subminiature to Graphic 4X5's. I still have the Brownie and Tourist.
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My very first camera was a Brownie Holiday in 1956 or 1957. I still have some of the pictures that I took with it, too. Don't have the camera, though.

The first serious camera I bought with my own money was a Mamiya Sekor 1000 DTL which was purchased at the PX at Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C.
I'm guessing I also looked at a Nikon F since this was in 1972, but I probably couldn't afford it so bought the Mamiya Sekor instead. Don't have the Mamiya anymore and and honestly wish I'd purchased the Nikon F

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