Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by Jeffrey L.T. von Glück, Feb 10, 2021.

  1. How many of you remember what was your first camera that you actually owned and with which you took your first pictures? And do any of you still have that camera and/or the pictures you took? A favourite uncle of mine gave me a Kodak Brownie Starmeter camera when I was 7 or 8 years old back in the mid-1960s. That started me off as a camera bug which has continued my whole life. I still have the camera itself but since it takes 127-size roll film, it's not possible to use it any longer. Here's a page from a Feb. 1962 Kodak dealer catalog showing the Brownie Starmeter.
    Kodak Dealer Cat Feb 1962 page.jpg
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  2. The first camera that I owned was an Agfa Isomat Rapid. I still have some of the negatives produced with the camera, but no longer have the camera itself. The first camera I used was a Kodak Duaflex, which belonged to my mother.
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  3. The first camera i used was a Kodak Baby Brownie Special. The first i owned (a gift) was a Kodak Instamatic 25. The first i bought was a Hasselblad 500 C/M.
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  4. First one used was an Agfa Isolette, first one owned, a Nikon FM; no longer own either of them.
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  5. The first camera I used was a friends Brownie. First I owned was a Zenith 12xp which I still have. May put a film through it soon for the first time in 30+ years.
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  6. My first camera was a Windsor 120 plastic creation that I believe was essentially the same camera as the Diana. Single speed shutter with a single element meniscus lens. I sent off for it for 65 cents and three Popsicle coupons. Still have a few pictures that I might scan later. My first 35mm camera was a Konica Auto S2 that I bought from the family camera shop in 1974.
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  7. I was given use of the family bakelite Brownie that was mainly otherwise unused for 350 days of the year. Then I saved my pocket-money for a nice-looking Ferrania 120 camera of my own, that turned out to have a junk lens worse than the Brownie's. I learned to reject styling over function with that lesson!

    My first decent camera was a used Werra 1 in green with a fixed Tessar lens, and quickly followed and accompanied by a brand new Praktica VF. It's rubbishy 'kit' Meritar was replaced by a used Steinheil f/1.9 Quinon. Hooked!
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  8. My first camera was this Ricoh 500G. I got around 1977, got hooked and used it heavily for a number of years. I still have it and it still works.

  9. An anonymous plastic 35mm 'focus free' thing, long since gone, though I used it for many years as a child.

    First camera I bought myself was a Zenit B.
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  10. I took my first photo, aged eight, with a secondhand Brownie, a birthday gift. Wonder how many photographers were started off with a Brownie? Two years later my father gave me his Ilford Sportsman which I thought was as special as a Rolleiflex.
  11. Some long forgotten box camera. My first serious camera was a Yashica J7 that I bought in the Fall of 1967.
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  12. My first camera was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye "Flash" model that my parents gave me when I was about 12 years old in 1968. In 1972 I bought a used Canon QL 19 rangefinder for $50. In 1981 I bought a new Canon AE-1.


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  14. My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic. Was for my birthday around 1960/1961. Shot a lot of film with it and still have some of the pictures. I don't have it any more and can not remember what happened to it.
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  15. Dustin McAmera

    Dustin McAmera Yorkshire, mostly on film.

    The family had a Six-20 Brownie, and I remember being shown how to hold it and look through the little brilliant finders, aged about six or eight. I was probably allowed to take a picture or two, but I don't remember that. My mother had an Instamatic that I remember using a few times; the prints were pretty bad.
    At seventeen years old, I lusted after an SLR, and my parents treated me to a Canon AE-1, which I still have. I have some of the films that I took in the first couple of years, and there are some that I still think are quite good (but were conscious copies of photographers whose pictures I'd seen and liked).
  16. My first camera was a 126 instamatic that accepts magic cubes for flash. I joined our high school photography club and We were required to have a camera. We were poor and My mother can only afford to buy me an instamatic. My Aunt who was a sewer made me a leather camera case that has a bulge in front. It looks like an SLR because of that bulge.

    The first camera I bought was a Canon T70. I wanted a Canon A1 or an Nikon FA but my salary was enough only to afford me to buy a T70. :)
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  17. An Ensign Ful-Vue, and I still have a copy. Not a great picture-taker, but one of the best viewfinders, ever.

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    First camera, Kodak Instamatic which took 126 cartridges. First serious camera I ever owned. 1938 Baby Rolleiflex with Zeiss Jena Tessar. Paid $3 at the Oak Ridge, TN Art Center Flea Market. Worked for 2 rolls of film, then I misloaded it and the advance crank gear jammed. Next camera, Canon Snappy S, Mom gave me that for christmas, also for Christmas, bought me a used Yashica-Mat which I wish I still owned. First 35 mm SLR, a friend gave me a Canon FTb and a FD 50 1.8.
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  19. First camera was a Kodak Instamatic X-15. First one I had to pay attention while loading was a Minolta HiMatic 5.

    Rick H.
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  20. My first camera was a Canon FT I "borrowed" from my father to use in a high school photography class. He bought it in 1970 but didn't use it much, and not at all after I started using it. I still have it but haven't used it in a long time since I "graduated" to an F-1n and then a New F-1.

    The first camera I bought with my own hard earned cash was a Canon EF. I still have that as well...
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