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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%
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Old 04-25-2011   #81
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A used Olympus OM-1 which cost me 95 in 1979 (I also got a new Zuiko 50mm/1.8 and the whole package came to 120). This represented about 20 weeks worth of working as a cashier for two nights a week after school - I was 15 at the time - plus various babysitting gigs. I still have the camera and lens and both are in perfect working order, although the camera is a bit of a mongrel, having had various parts changed in the course of repairs etc.
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Old 04-25-2011   #82
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All mine bought with my own money: Canon T-70 with some crappy Kalimar zoom lens in 1986 or so. Taught me many things: first, to hate zoom lenses, and second, to dislike program auto-exposure. I sold it after getting an F-1, which I also eventually sold. I did all my undergrad photo classes (except for the large format class) with that camera and some Canon prime lenses, starting with a 50/1.8, that I picked up after I realized how much the zoom sucked.
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Old 04-25-2011   #83
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A Satellite 127 box camera, a 9th-birthday present (1959). So cool to see the film exposure numbers coming up in the little round red window in the back!

Took hundreds of pics with it including the 1964-65 World's Fair in NYC.
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i bought my first camera when my grandfather died (1986), he left me some money and i wanted to buy something 'worthy', didn't need a long time to decide what it would be: a leica camera - from my other grandfather i already inherited an old rolleiflex (first batch), modified by himself for 'modern' rollfilm (he was a swiss instrument builder), so a leica would also be a worthy companion for the rolleiflex - i bought an big R3 and was almost immediately disappointed, i tried to get used to it for several months, but it didn't have the right feeling - so after a few months i sold it and bought an M4 - from this time on the M became my addiction - when my father died in 2007, i bought an M8 - my camera's are connected to the death of my beloved - a bit weird you could say, but i try to see it differently, they are instruments to capture what will be lost, to find what cannot be seen (anymore) with the naked eye, a reality that lives in our imagination...

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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!
I think you are. My first serious camera that I bought for myself was a Yashica TL Super. When I bought my Contax 139Q and two 50mm f/1.4 T* lenses at bargain at a PX, I also bought a Yashica FX3 at bargain for a backup. The Contax died, the Yashica still seems to be working when I check the battery/meter. The meter agrees with my other cameras. I don't think I have put 2 rolls of film in it in some 25 years. It stays in the bag with my Contax 167mt as its backup.
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Old 04-25-2011   #86
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My very first own camera was a Petri V6 SLR. And, No I don't have it anymore, sold it a few years later to get a Canon EF, that was replaced by a A-1, etc.
But I bought them all again since they were virtually thrown away on eBay a couple of years ago. They're all in my Flickr below...
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Old 04-25-2011   #87
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I was about 11 when I got my own Kodak 110 Instamatic. Then when I started high school I threw out all my childhood stuff like the three Mike Schmidt rookie cards. The stupidity!
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Pentax Spotmatic 1964. Camera gave up the ghost a couple of years ago but I still have the lens (50mm f1.4 Super Takumar).

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Old 04-25-2011   #89
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Minolta SRT-101, early type (milled shutter speed dial); Summer 1969 with money from a Summer job + babysitting. Sold it to my Sister to finance Nikkormat FTn. Five years ago her house was burgled before she could give it back. I now have several SRT's from the Bay. Amazing Rokkor glass from the Sixties, especially the 55/f1.7. Chase-needle meter is same as Leicaflex SL. Vastyl underappreciated "junior" member of the Big Four from the Sixties.
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Old 04-25-2011   #90
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I always thought myself weird because I still have my first real camera...Thanks to you guys I see that I'm somewhat more normal than I previous thought...
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Old 04-25-2011   #91
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A K1000 was my first "real" camera; still have it.

My first camera as a kid was a Kodak Instamatic X15.
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Old 04-25-2011   #92
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the first camera that i bought from my own pocket money is the Nikon D70, but i sadly sold it away a few months back..
but the first camera that i used was my dad's L35AD2 and Canon T50 with 50mm f/1.8 and 35-70mm..
my first RF was Yashica MG-1, but now the only camera that i have is my little XA.. One more camera is on its way, that is the QL17 GIII..
I need to let some GAS out..
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I was given an MTL3 (Praktica) with 50mm lens for my birthday in the 70's. After I moved over to OM1's and Zuiko's I gave it to a friend for his kids to learn a manual camera (bad move).
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Old 04-25-2011   #94
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The first camera I bought was Canon A530. I really liked it except for one thing - really low res screen, that often fooled me. However, it's long gone now.
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My first camera was a Zenit EM back in 1980, when I was a 13 year old lad. I learned a great deal about photography using that camera, with its uncoupled selenium exposure meter.

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Old 04-26-2011   #96
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Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash. I shoot with it every now and again. My grandfather gave it to me when I was seven. The first camera I bought was a Polaroid SX-70 Model 2. I still shoot with that as well- only much more often.

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Old 04-26-2011   #97
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Cosmic 35 in 1970. Cost 5.50 new.
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Old 04-26-2011   #98
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I was 15, my Dad and I went to Miami to a large camera shop and after looking at many used cameras, I got a Voigtlander Prominent W/ a 50m f/1.5 Nokton for $50.00. That was in 1969.

EDIT: 12-11-2012
Apparently, the version of Model 1 I had was a later version with a built in shoe on the left side of the top deck.
I am going to buy one, and use it. The prices have gone down a little. with the Nokton.
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Ooops, seem to have hit the Nikon button in the survey.

My first camera was a Kodak DX6340 little compact digital camera. Travelled around Europe with it, and it was the camera that convinced me to treat myself to a nicer, more 'serious' camera, when I got back.
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Old 04-26-2011   #100
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Ricoh 126C - it looked like Dad's 35mm and had a cool wind-up motordrive.

Later, I graduated to his Konica C35.

The first camera I bought for myself was a Minolta XD11, which I still have. At the time, we all desperately needed shutter-priority mode and the XD11 had both auto modes. (I don't believe that I've ever used shutter auto.) But, I liked its simple operation and smallish size.

It's probably more delicate than contemporary Nikons, but I did drag it all over the globe without any trouble. It's 32 years old and I replaced the seals last year (very easily accomplished).
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Old 04-27-2011   #101
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I forget the exact model, but it was one of the compact rangefinders Olympus came out with during the 70s.

This was in the early 80s and my Dad let me have it because (a) he had recently bought a new Minolta X-700, and (b) the metering circuitry had died on the Olympus, making it effectively an unmetered camera.

I shot several rolls of print film (both B/W and color) on it, and as I remember did just fine by following the exposure guides that were then printed on each box of film. Then I carelessly tossed my winter coat into the laundry without bothering to check the pockets, and guess what was in one of the front pockets? Maybe if it was a big SLR instead of a nice compact RF it would have been bulky enough to notice it....

And so began a series of camera misadventures that convinced me that I just had bad luck with cameras. It wasn't until my late thirties that I decided to give photography a try again.

That was when I bought a Minolta SLR, because I was about to embark on a month-long train trip and wanted to have pictures to remember it by. I sold within a year because I didn't like how Minolta had recently changed their lens mount, thus making it difficult or impossible to use inexpensive, used, manual-focus-era lenses. I bought a Pentax ZX-M (don't like autofocus, so why should I pay for it), started accumulating used Pentax glass, then got a sturdier mechanical MX as my main body, keeping the ZX-M as a second body. I still am pleased with my decision to build a Pentax SLR outfit.

Tried a DSLR, didn't like it (found both the camera and modern lenses made for it too big and bulky, hated how the need to support autofocus made it harder to manually focus, ran into strange firmware glitches nobody knew how to fix, etc.), sold it. Bought an Olympus XA, liked the compact size, found the rangefinder patch hard to see. Looked through the rangefinder window of a Barnack Leica in a camera store and instantly understood why people would pay so much money for a 50+-year-old camera with no meter and a somewhat fiddly film loading procedure.

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Old 04-27-2011   #102
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A Prinzmatic 126, and it was very bad indeed.
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Old 04-27-2011   #103
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Minolta XG-9 with Rokkor 50 mm f1.7, 200mm f4 and Mitakon MC Zoom 35-135mm f/3.9-5.3. I still have it, but the shutter is broken.
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Old 04-27-2011   #104
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My first camera was purchased Aug.1962 at the PX in Ft. Knox,KY. It is a Kodak Starflex Outfit(127 film) which I still have. Guys would go buy a roll of film and we'd load it up so they could take pix to send home or just keep. Kind of a shared camera.Processing and prints from the PX. Regards,Bill
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Old 04-27-2011   #105
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Canon film P&S with 35 f4.5 lens.
Love the photos it makes and still use it regularly.
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Old 04-27-2011   #106
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Beirette SL100 (successor of the Pouva Start) when I was 10. Lost with 14.

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Old 04-27-2011   #107
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Canon AE1 Program, then Canon T90 a couple of months later, still have both but don't use them.
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Old 04-27-2011   #108
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Got my first couple of cameras via family members in the early 1970's-an Imperial Satellite, followed a year or so later by my Dad's Argus C3.


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Old 04-27-2011   #109
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Nikon EM with 50mm 1.8 series e.

still have it but it's retired.
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Old 04-27-2011   #110
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My first very own camera was a Nikon FM3a with a Nikkor 45mm f/2.8, back in 2002.

Before that, I used many kinds of cameras but they never were my own property.
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Old 04-27-2011   #111
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Olympus OM1n 1978 still working.
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Old 04-27-2011   #112
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Olympus 35RC, I bought it when I was 11.
Cost 6050 Bfr (€150) at the time (1978), all my savings went into it. I still have it, but the rangefinder patch went fuzzy some time ago.
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Old 04-27-2011   #113
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A Kalimar 35 followed by a Retina Reflex III.

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Old 04-27-2011   #114
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Yashica Electro 35 GSN. Black.
Sold it. All way back in the seventies. Bought it new after a lot of saving. Then I wanted interchangeable lenses and moved to Nikon after Mamiya and Pentax. All 135-film cameras. Oh well.
Today I know better and will buy me one again. Almost forty years later.
This time a GX because of its smaller size but I do have learned a hard earned lesson about GAS. Or more specific; about myself...
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Old 04-27-2011   #115
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Canon AV-1 with 50mm f/1.8. Still have it, and still works great, except that it's weird for an AV only camera to not have DoF preview :-)
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Old 04-27-2011   #116
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first camera i bought was a Minolta Sr-T 100x with pancake 45mm F2, i bought it for $50 in 2001 i think? before that i had a plastic Ricoh point and shoot 35mm AF that I had gotten for Christmas back when I was about 9 or 10, i still have quiet a few very terrible photos from it too

still have the Minolta, well I gave it to my wife so technically she still has it the Ricoh P&S was smashed by my dog (ha) a few years before I bought the Minolta Sr-T.
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Halina 35. I never got a good picture from it,but it started me processing my own films. So something good came from it.
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Old 04-27-2011   #118
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The first camera I ever bought was a Minolta XD-7 and I still have it. Had the 50/1.4 and the fisheye and still have them all. Take it out every now and again and it always startles me how bright the finder is.
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Old 04-27-2011   #119
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I came to photography late, so my first camera wasn't bought until 1974, when I picked up a used Ricoh 35mm rangefinder - no meter - so it was great for learning exposures! I'd use the info inside the film box for sunny, cloudy, overcast, all those choices. I still have that camera and use it on occasion. Best 20 bucks I ever spent!
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I've been doing photography since high school but I always just borrow my dad's cameras. Later, before coming to the U.S.A to pursue a graduate program, one of my aunts gave me her old Minolta Highmatic 7s as a farewell present. After graduation I got a commission to paint a small mural in somebody's home. With the earnings I bought my first SLR, an Olympus OM2n with a couple of lenses. Unfortunately somebody stole it from my car when I accidentally lock myself out a couple of years later.
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