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Old 01-15-2012   #201
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My oldest users are a Moskva 4 and a FED 2, both from 1956.

Haven't had the opportunity to shoot the Moskva lately though.
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Old 01-15-2012   #202
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Mid 1940's Kodak Brownie TLR. Don't use it as much as I do my 1954 Leica iiif RD with 5 cm collapsible Summicron from the same year (shown in my avatar). I shoot dozens of rolls of Tri-X through the Leica each year.

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Old 01-15-2012   #203
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1960's Voigtlander Vitomatic IIa is the oldest I have. Heavy critter.

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Old 01-15-2012   #204
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The oldest one I have is a Meopta Flexaret II, which ought to have been made in the late '40s sometime. And yeah, I've at least run one roll through it, should make time to take more photos with it some day. It performs decently, I guess.

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Old 01-22-2012   #205
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IIIc, from 1947. Still functioning...

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Old 02-06-2012   #206
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It is also my first camera I got.

Ferrania ibis 6/6
A simple collapsible 6x6 P&S from around 1960.
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Old 02-06-2012   #207
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The oldest camera I own is a Leica M3 from about '56. I bought it to use it so yes, it gets used.
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Old 05-11-2012   #208
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Lyraflex TLR. It was my first TLR, shot a roll or two but that was a few years ago. Might start using it again!
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Old 05-11-2012   #209
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I recently acquired a Kodak Autographic Vest Pocket, Special camera with an early body. Manufactured in the UK and comes with a Taylor, Taylor and Hobson f/6.5 lens. My oldest camera (1915).

Bellows are shot, and a leaf spring is missing inside the film compartment, but nothing that can't be fixed.

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Old 05-12-2012   #210
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I have a really bloody old Voigtlander 6x9 folder from about 1923 I think. Also a Zeiss Ikon Nettar from around the early 1930s but I'll have to check and post some photos.

Have I used either of them for more than one roll of film? Nope.

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Old 06-05-2012   #211
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Nowadays my oldest camera is the early-number Leica II from 1932:

Click the picture to read all about it!
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Old 06-05-2012   #212
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I own the Thornton Pickard Hythe Mk III training gun/camera that takes 120 film, shaped like the Lewis gun, even with the drum magazine. It was used to train aerial gunners in WW1, so that would put it about 1917 or so.
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Old 06-05-2012   #213
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The Leica IIIa Jesse generously gifted me from 1939, works as good as any modern camera only the viewfinder is a tiny bit tricky to judge compositions with sometimes, am thinking of buying a seperate finder.

A bookshop near me has a Kodak Bull's Eye Brownie 1896 model camera for £25, I am tempted to buy it but will modern film fit in it? I dont want it just for decoration

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Old 06-05-2012   #214
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Yes, a circa 1937 Retina Type 141.
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Old 06-05-2012   #215
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a 1930 Leica.1 converted to 3 & a 1934 Leica.3, both used without hesitation and enjoyed. the rest of my *occasional regulars* are 50's Zorkis.
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Old 06-05-2012   #216
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My oldest used to be a Leica M2. It is definitely a user.

But now I have a Zenit-S, a Yashica 44 and a Yashica 44a that are all older. The 44 I have used once. Actually a pretty lovely little camera.
"The only substitute for Tri-X is more Tri-X"

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Old 06-05-2012   #217
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1898 Seneca City View 5x7 w/135mm Kodak Wide-field Ektar from the '30s. The combination takes beautiful photos!

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Old 06-05-2012   #218
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Oldest camera I have is a 1969 Rolleiflex f3.5 with Carl Zeiss 75mm Planar (type 4).

From the listing above I feel like a young man again.

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Old 06-13-2012   #219
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Nikon 2001
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Old 12-02-2014   #220
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I have a couple of Contessa-Nettel cameras (pre-1929) and two 9x12 press cameras. I sort of think there is something older, but I can't recall off-hand.

I have a lot of prewar cameras and a pre-1929 Box Tengor. I know that I have a Kodak 1A Autographic or something like that and a huge honking Kodak.
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Old 12-02-2014   #221
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I think this is my oldest: a prewar Kodak 35.
Unfortunately the lens is slightly hazy, so I have not shot it. Mechanically, it is sound. I should probably run a roll at some point.
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Old 12-02-2014   #222
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An Ikonta 520, 1937? No younger than 1938. Nothing wrong with its bellows or Tessar.

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Old 12-02-2014   #223
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I have an old Kodak Brownie somewhere - circa 1924 (?), otherwise a 1930 Leica 1 converted to II.

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Old 12-03-2014   #224
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My oldest camera is Brownie No. 2, model F, from 1929-31. I still use it. Currently I have some expired Fomapan 100 loaded in it.
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Old 12-03-2014   #225
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My oldest working (and still in use) camera is the Box Brownie Nr 2 Model D. Inherited from my wife's great grandmother. It is an early one (has model C clasps), so most likely from 1914. The viewfinder mirrors could do with resilvering, but I still manage to get shots like this from it:

Paper mill by Eirik0304, on Flickr

Bandstand by Eirik0304, on Flickr

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