What camera model of each manufacturer would you consider to be their first modern camera and why is it modern to you? Consider any type, SLR, P&S, Rangefinder, MF. Did the manufacturer ever make a non-modern camera after that first modern model? This would certainly be easier to answer by those who have owned different models of the same manufacturer through the years. My first camera was a Canon AE-1, it has a conventional SLR look for the time period but I would say it has modern electronic exposure control. I don't know if I would classify it as modern or something else. Although the Canon EF had similar operation, I wouldn't label it as modern because the exposure control is primative compared to the electronic exposure control of the AE-1. Both are FD cameras and they have their own forum, I only bring these up because I had Canon FD from my start in photography. What say ye?