My First Camera


During my first year at the High School of Art & Design, they made us sample a few months of each course of study offered at the school. Despite the fact I was accepted on the basis of my sculpture portfolio (an EJ Korvettes shopping bag  filled with clay heads), I had a go at technical illustration (nope), fine-art painting (nope), graphic design (nope), fashion design (double nope), and photography (Hmmmmmm...). Before long it was bye-bye clay heads, hello Tri-X.

The camera I used that year was an Agfa Isoflash-Rapid, a simple point-and-shoot camera that despite the  'Made in Germany' stamped along the bottom of the camera's f/8.2 Isinar Lens (Hoo-hah!), was as basic as plastic point-and-shoot cameras get. Introduced sometime around 1966, the Isoflash-Rapid made use of a proprietary, 35mm-based, dual-cartridge imaging system that captured 24x24 mm images while transporting the film from one canister to another. While somewhat goofy, the rational for the system was that if you accidentally opened the film door you'd only fog the exposed frame, since the previous and following frame were safely tucked away in one of the 2 canisters. Pretty slick, huh?

 The Isoflash Rapid had 2 shutter speeds - 'Sunny' (1/80-second) and 'Shady/Cloudy (1/40-second) and made use of flashbulbs (AG-1 Clear bulbs for Agfapan black & white film and AG-1 Blue for Agfacolor negative and Agfachrome slide film) when shooting indoors. The small curved chrome flash reflector that popped up from the camera's top-plate also prevented singed eyebrows. An update of the camera - the Agfa Isoflash Rapid 'C' - was introduced when flashcubes were introduced to the marketplace.

And with the exception of a small battery tucked behind the camera's baseplate that triggered the flashbulb, the camera was purely mechanical.

As a photo major at 'A&D' we were taught the basics of picture-taking using 4x5" Orbit monorail cameras along with a few classic Deardorfs. It would be a full year before we were allowed to shoot assignments with 35mm cameras, and when we did I purchased a Minolta SR3, which was the poor man's SRT-101, which my friend-to-this-day Sharon Newborn owned. I soon switched to a black enamal Pentax H3V, which was a poor man's Pentax Spotmatic, which despite it's name had an averaging meter, not a spot meter.

By the time I went pro, I shot on a succession of Nikon FMs, FM2s, and F3s, a tough-as-nails camera that was produced for 26 years. My last film assignment (August, 2001) was shot using a Nikon N90, which now sits on a shelf alongside my Agfa Isoflash Rapid. Since then I've used a number of digital cameras - mostly Nikons and Canons - but every now and then I dust off these relics of my past and marvel about how far we've come in such a short time.

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Well, returning to the past, I remember a Kodak 155S in my childhood and a Polaroid that the quality of pictures depended on the temperature of the day...dificult to take good pictures.

Unforgettable the Olympus Trip 35, like a truck, strong and taking standard pictures.

The last film camera was a Pentax "Point and Shoot" with an 3 parts zoom, excelent !

Modern times, the Mavica 90 with 1,6 megapixels was a revolution for me, carrying a bag full of diskettes - each one for 10 pics of 140kb.

Inovation with a Canon Powershot A610 with a waterprooof box that I still uses in beach and underwater.

Also a Coolpix 880 Nikon that I took 10.000 pics and my wife nowadays uses it.

The last is a D90 that is fantastic and reliable. Battery for 800 pics ! Great !

In the future, next 2 years a D300S or a D700...

My first camera was the Kodak Instamatic X-15. I wanted a "real" camera (they were using a Nikon FTN at the time, so that was my definition of real) my own, but my parents wanted to see if I would really use a camera before I was allowed to have something more substantial. After a year or so with the Instamatic (and a move to Japan), I got a fixed-lens Canon rangefinder, which was soon traded in for a Nikomat FTN and a couple of lenses. A Nikomat ELW joined it before I returned to the states. 34 years later, I'm still a Nikon shooter, but I'm using a D700 these days.

My father gave me my first camera - a Zeiss Ikon Contaflex SLR.  It did not have interchangeable lenses or a rapid return mirror but it took great pictures.  I now have about 100 film cameras, including my Dad's Leica M3, but I still use the Contaflex. 

Takes me back to Manhatten, 1965, Wall St. Camera, and an extra $125. in my pocket. Couldn't resist that snappy looking PetriFlex V, and the after-market 135mm throw-in. Don't know how many rolls it exposed over the years, but it was recently passed on to a to a young man wanting to start from scratch. I'm still shooting film with a few Rollei TLR's and Nikons (6006, 90s) and other assorted vintage SLR's. Film Rules!!

John H.

Kodak Instamatic camera.  Then I bought a used Pentax K-1000....I still have it twenty five years later and it is still a great camera!

Jim Moody brought back memories. Around 1957 I buoght  Petri don't  remember the model, but it was great. Still check out the pictures on occasion. Fell on hard times and we parted. I've had several since, Minolta  several Nikons, F2, 2008 And more.

Yashica Mat 2 1/4 by 2 1/4. Bought at the PX  in Ft. Eustis, VA 1961. Then came a Miranda Sensorex, followed by a used Nikon F1 that I carried for 25 years or so. Now I have a used Canon EOS 1Ds. Like those heavy cameras

I learned the inverse square laws with a Pentax Spotmatic  and it changed my life.

 My first camera was a Kodak Disc!.(cant remember the model number)..i thought it was the coolest thing ever! many ways it was, very compact not much bigger than digital point and shoot cams today...always wondered why it never took off?

The venerable Pentax K1000 given to me by my mother as a Christmas gift. All these years later and thousands of rolls of Tri-X through that little camera, I often wished I had hung on to it.

For my business now in the industry, my kit makes use of Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Nikon D700 and D3s and Leica MP and M9... 

I bought my first camera in 1969 in Toronto Canada. It was a brand new Kodak Instamatic Reflex with  50mm, 28mm and 85mm (from memory) lenses. The camera and lenses were made in W Germany with Schneider, not Kodak, being the lens manufacturer. A great camera but severely hampered by the small, square instamatic format and the lack of availability of diverse film stocks. I cant remember the price I paid but it was substantial even in 1969 dollars!!

I traded this package in a couple or three years later for a Nikkormat FTN with 50mm F2 lens and a 28mm F3.5. Over the next few years I accumulated a few more lenses and an FE body.

In 1976, to mark the arrival of my new daughter, I purchased a Nikon Super 8 movie camera (which was the last model produced by Nikon with all the bells and whistles) which I still own.

Film cameras have become a bit of an obsession and I now have a sizable collection of Nikon 35 mm bodies including most models in the F to F5 series (which I couldnt afford when they were first released).

I also own a small Pentax 67 outfit, a Bronica 645 outfit and a large Mamiya RZ67 outfit.

In or around 2002 I bought my first digital camera, a Canon G3, which cost around $1000 in Sydney Australia, where I now live.

In 2005 I got myself a Nikon D70 with the 18-70 kit lens ($2000)and, in 2007, purchased the Nikon D200 with the 18-200mm "swiss army knife" and the D600 flash. I am now plucking up the courage to buy a FX body such as a second-hand D3 or a new D700

Whilst I acknowledge that digital cameras offer immense benefits over any film format (and there is no point in regurgitating this well known material) I personally still feel that digital is a "point and shoot" format, irrespective of the price and sophistication of the camera being used.

I suspect (and am hoping dearly) that when I eventually buy an FX digital body I will feel that I have in fact come back to the equivalent of a quality 35mm outfit.

I would love to be able to buy a digital back for the RZ body to take advantage of the superb lenses that Mamiya produce however, the price of this equipment is well beyond my limited resources.

My first camera in the mid '50's was Etui plate camera. Soon followed by an Agfa Karat (12 exp) and subsequently a Contax I which I still have/use. Latest acquisitions bought new are a Leica M6 and Contax 645 outfits.

I did recently buy a "toy" Canon G10 but there is nothing like a 6x4.5 Velvia slide projected 5 feet wide!!!


 Way back in 1959 I received a Kodak Brownie for Christmas... I used it for many years, even into my high school years and always loved it... what's not to love.. point & shoot... Oh sure, my big brother taught me to develop the prints, and explained framing the shot before taking it, but it was just a point & shoot for me to enjoy.  I keep a small photo book of the "blackmail" shots I got of my family in the early 1960s... my mother just waking up with rollers & hairnet on, my dad with his few dearly beloved combover hairs stuck up in a jaunty curl above his head, and my brother asleep & about to wake up with a mighty hangover.  These were and are priceless recordings of my family life.  The quality is fuzzy and not a one looks sharp... with that lens no one could take a fine foto. But the memories are what count, and it's a perfect memory of the time. 

Later on my 21st birthday my folks gave me a Minolta Hi-matic 7 which was a bit of a disappointment, because I had been pining for an SLR, but it taught me the basics of photography and it came with me to Italy for a year, taking some really great shots, even though I was "stuck" with a 50mm lens.  That taught me to work within the limits of the camera, and was a valuable lesson in photography and in life. 

Eventually I bought myself a Pentax K1000 great little camera for someone who really never studied photography at all, and it was a workhorse taking me to Hong Kong, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and all over South America until someone lifted it from my house... being the first camera I had ever purchased for myself, I really loved it, this is what I really learned with, took classes with, and experimented with.  I've moved on, but still remember how this little camera became part of my body and brain... a way of expressing myself in film.  I still treasure several of the shots from way back when, and am surprised at how good the quality of the fotoz still look today.  

I learned to love all three of these cameras, and learned to make them an extension of my brain, eyes, and senses.  The important thing is to enjoy the process, and not feel limited by how simple the camera might be.  The most expensive camera is totally worthless if the person using it doesn't know how to frame a shot, or see the picture in the world in from of her/him.  And an artist can use the most simple box camera and come up with brilliant scenes.  

The magic is in the photographer, not in the camera.

First camera was a Kodak 127 bakelite - I was eight and had to bother our next door neighbor's kid to change the film each time I finished a roll. He finally succeeded in showing me the technique. First 35mm camera - the Argus C3 bought in Manhattan from one of those "going out of business" stores that never seemed to actually go out of business. The camera in the window was very cheap - only you couldn't buy the camera without also buying at least one accessory.

The brand of my first camera is not what I remember most, though I think it was an Argus, it is how I got the camera. The year was either late 1940's or early 1950's and I was fascinated with cameras and photography. Back then I had no chance of getting a camera from my parents, mostly because they could not afford it. So, I found an opportunity to sell punch cards. I went door-to-door selling items on the punch card. The buyer would get to punch the card with a little key on his/her selected spot. Inside that spot was a tightly fitted piece of paper that would emerge, whatever item was on that paper is what he/she would purchase. After I sold everything on the punch card I sent the money in and received the items to deliver to the buyers, my reward was the camera. I've been hooked on photography ever since.

It seems I am older than most of you. My first camera was given to by my uncle when I was 11. It was an ANSCO box (6X9). But I have nice pictures from thouse old days.

My first camera was some sort of Brownie.  I had the film developed, but not printed.  I had a printing device at home that used special paper.  I would put the negative on the paper and expose it to a light source in a box.  (My memory fades right around here, so I don't remember how I got the prints - as I don't remember using any chemicals.)  Anyway, I still have lots of booklets with these pictures in them.

My first 35mm camera was a Yashica Electro-35.  It had a great metering system (red/green light) and I got great photos.  (Some of my favorites were taken in Central Park,  Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico) 

My first SLR was a Pentax Spotmatic which was much lighter than my best friend's Nikon.  We would go on random shoots in NYC.  At the end of the day he was tired of carrying his Nikon and 50mm lens, which weighed more than my Pentax with a Vivitar Series I 70-210 macro lens. 

At some point I switched to Minolta.  My first digital camera was a Kodak DC290.  I got very frustrated with the shutter lag time so after doing a lot of research I bought a Nikon D70.  Had that camera for about three years and recently upgraded to a D90.

Unfortunately the D70, D90, three lenses, cell phone and some other electronics got wiped out when I was taken under by a lady who got swept into me by a rogue wave at Mavericks surf contest on Feb 13, 2010.   I lost about $2,500 worth of equipment.  Lucky for me I had All Loss coverage for my equipment so I got a nice check from the insurance company.  (Go to YouTube and search for "Mavericks rogue wave".  I'm the guy with the broken leg.)

I now have a Panasonic Lumix P&S (which I love for closeups), a D70, a D70s and a D300.   I plan to get a D90, for video, shortly.

The first camera I had was a Diana. I was about 5 years old. I actually took some good photos with it. After that I got a Kodak X-15. Then my grandparents gave me their Kodak Jiffy Vest Pocket. I used that one a lot. In high school I got an Olympus OM-2s. I bought an OM-4ti and  use that all the time. About five years ago I bought a Mamiya 7 and that is my main camera when traveling.

I have a few antique cameras I use regularly. I have a Kodak 3-A Special, a Kodak Six-16 special, a Tourist, and a #4 Cartridge Kodak. They all work and take very good photos.

first camera I used was a rolleicord twin lens reflex (Dad's)  loved those contact prints.  First camera I bought (it was at a poorly attended estate auction) was a graflex portrait camera and like Evelyne, I still have it.  shutter is powered by a mainspring like an old alarm clock,  the more you wind the faster the shutter speed...

My first camera was a Flexaret,  one a those twin lens, 6x6 film format. It belonged to dad, I still keep it as a 'treasure'! With some photos I took with this lovely camera, I own a photo contest, and the prize was a Olympus Trip-35, that was a great companion over years, till I bought my first SLR that was at it's time, in the 70's (in Brazil) a great camera with lots of 'electronics on board' and also some nice lenses and accessories, it also became a great companion; till I bought my second SLR, that was a Cannon E-1 Program. I can't tell exactly when, but I think it was by '90. I did sometimes have both on my camera case, along with lenses, motor-drives, filters, flashes, and of course lots of 35mm film, ranging from ISO 32 to the very expensive ISO 800. Then by 2006, I had delivered from B&H my first DSLR-like, the astonishing Olympus C-8080, a 'marvelous camera' (still missing 'her'); unfortunatly 'she' was stolen...

Then I had my first DSLR, also delivered from B&H, another Olympus, this time the E-520, that is also in my opinnion a great camera, that becomes a great partner werever I go.

I still keep those cameras, and it's accessories, with some more models I collected along the years, as a 'private museun' in my bedroon. But that C-8080...(sob)

In the mid 1960’s one of the most influential people in my life got me interested in photography. He was my 6-8 grade science teacher. Realizing my father couldn’t make a decent picture with the Argus C-3 he brought back from WWII, I took over family photography. By 1968 I bought my first camera, a Miranda Sensorex. It was followed with a Rolleiflex twin lens reflex for experiments in medium format. Soon I stepped up to the Nikon F and used a Gossen Luna Pro light meter. In the 1980’s I continued with Nikons: FM, FE, FM2n, and two F100’s. In the 2000’s I flirted with Canon digital, the 10D, and then 20D. Then went back to Nikons with D200’s (2 of them). In the past ten years I also have gone with Hasselblad (501CM), Leica (M6ttl) and a Zeiss Ikon (Leica lite). I still own all of these cameras except 5 (sold the Miranda to get the first Nikon, bailed on Canons, had 1 Nikon  stolen and sold 1 of the D200’s). Now there are about 20 lenses, 5 or 6 flashes, and tons of other accessories.
Recently I had over  1200 slides scanned. It has been a blast to see the history of my family for over 60 years come back to life!
Photography has been fun. The photos remind me of people and events throughout my life.
I hope to have another 30 years of active photography. I’ll shoot film as long as I can – it still makes wonderful, complimentary, forgiving, people photos. (It is forgiving to me, the shooter, and the subjects - people who aren’t models).
My suggestion for digital shooters, PRINT! And use a professional lab. They do a great job with color correction, exposure, and use the finest, best archival papers. (You too may one day want to see your 60 year old photos!).
And don’t be drawn into phone cameras or point and shoots... they simply can’t do what a DSLR can!
Learn how to make great photos, use great gear, shoot as much as you can, and enjoy for a lifetime. I have! And hopefully so will the generations that follow!

My first camera was a Canon AV-1. It was aperture-priority. My younger brother gave it to me back in 1980. it came with a standard 50 mm f 1.8 lens. I took great pictures with it. I started buying a few more lenses for it and other accessories. Currently, I work as a freelance wedding photographer shooting digitally, but I still have my AV-1.

I was nine years old when a family friend gave me a Brownie Target 620 box camera.  My savings plans were wrecked from  that day forward. 

I still have the camera.

I ran two different photo retail chains for over 17 years combined and nothing will replace the various cameras and film for learning photography. I started off with a B&H 35mm with Canon lens and special screw mount (non standard). Digital is wonderful since the image sensor is forgiving and anyone can be a photographer (by definition). I jumped to digital many years ago and employ all the essentials taken from the film era and get wonderful results but I also have millions of digital images and rarely print any photos. Since I no longer have prints and negatives I have to backup data constantly and have scheduled tasks but need to validate the data copies (check logs). I actually spend more time then the "Old Days" maintaining the digital forest and less time practicing being a skilled artist (photographer). Digital photography is progress but the jury is out when it comes to deciding if it is more beneficial then the old silver halide (learning process - developing,printing,exposure).

I was born and brought up in a small village in Wales. At the age of about 4 yrs., I used to watch a local keen amateur photographer (George Jones), take photographs around the village with his (probably) old box brownie on a tripod. I was immediately hooked, so when my older brother was at school, I used to sneak into his bedroom and 'borrow' his bakelite Kodak Brownie 127. No film, but as far as I was concerned, I was a photographer; then sneak it back into his bedroom before he came home. At about 17yrs. old, I bought my own Kodak Instamatic which used cartridge film and flash cubes. I got a lot of comparative success with that, using KodaChrome slide film. At the age of 21yrs., I got a Russian made Zenith E SLR for my birthday from my parents. That thing got a lot of use, and was built like a tank.

Fast forward to today, (with Olympus OM2n and all the matching gear, and, with Bronica medium format in between), I use a Canon 5D mk II with 'L series'lenses and a G11 for convenience. I'm lucky enough to run my own gallery and make a living from something which I got hooked on at the age of 4. I consider myself pretty lucky.

I took my earnings from my 1st job at the neighborhood corner store and purchased a Russian rangefinder, I believe it was a Zorki (spelling questionable) at the age of 13.  My 1st 35mm. format camera was a Nikkormat ... been a loyal Nikon user ever since.  And although I own and shoot digital (Nikon D200) I still love my film camera (Nikon 6006) ... 48Mp resolution provided by film is fantastic.

my first camera was Kodak Brownie Starmite ( thats showing my age ) when i was 8. took great pics of the grand canyon. after that it was nikon all the way

i was 16 when i got my canon rebel t1i

My first camera was a Brownie 620, which was old when it was given to me.  Kodak still sold 620 film at the time.

My first camera was a Minolta XG1 with a 5omm lens that was given to me as a gift. I had a great ime shooting with it. Of course I immediatly went out and bought a lens doubler, flash, tripod and a flash bracket for it, and a set of filters, green, red blue and anber.That camera went everywhere with me untill i dropped it over a cliff up in New Paltz NY. I still shoot film but have switched over to a Canon A2E and a 40D digital. But my fav camera is an old wood 4x5 field camera "made in China" by some guy who copied a Wista lol. No matter what they say, digital will never match the warmth and tonal quality of a well printed film shot. I guess i'm just a throwback lol. Peace All.

Regarding the Speed-Graphic I just wrote about, I still have that camera.

My first camera was a Speed-Graphic!  Got 'cha all beat.  My dad had a dark room in the basement, and I remember loading the sheet film in the carriers!

LONG time ago, LOL

When I was around 8, I got a Kodak Instamatic 44 from my parents.  The first pic I took was of the funky bright yellow box the set came in, which my mother still keeps in a family photo album.  They got me a Minolta Hi-Matic AF in high school (1982) and then a Canon A-1 in college, which I used until around 1999.  I still have all of them (in mint condition), but I now use a Nikon D90, which I'm in love with.  Recently, I've found myself scouring ebay for older film cameras (Kodak Retinas in particular), and am obsessed with the Bell & Howell/Canon Dial 35's of the mid-60's.  What a magnificent camera!

My first camera was a Voigtlander Bessamatic that I purchased as a teenager. I replaced it with a Minolta SRT 101 when I was returning from Vietnam. Both great cameras, but I am partial to the Bessamatic. I still have it after 47 years. I came across some slides that I took about 1965 and had 11"x14" prints made. They were fabulous. As information concerning previous posts about the B2 Bomber: The SR71 is the "Blackbird". The B2 Bomber is the "Spirit".

First camera was one my dad handed down to me in 1975 or so: the Argus C-3 - already an antique at the time, I still have it in a box somewhere.  Since it had no meter, I would rely on the info sheets which came inside the film boxes.  One day in rural IL my uncles and grandpa took me to a steamshow - antique steam tractor demonstrations.  I was out of film and since my dad always shot slides, I went to the small drugstore and bought the only roll of slide film they had - Ektrachrome 400!  And the only info inside the box was exposure suggestions for night and other specialized situations.  I just guessed, in the blazing sun (later someone taught me the f/16 rule) and most were overexposed.  When I got home, even though I was only 10 years old, I wrote a letter to Kodak asking to know why they didn't include a full info sheet with that film and requesting my money back.  I received a very nice reply which explained why they were doing away with the paper, and they included a softcover book with full info on every Kodak film made so this wouldn't bother me again, and a new roll of film!  Now *that* was customer service!  Great memories - both of the camera and film, and also how companies used to treat their customers!  Thanks for the thread...

My first camera was the Kodak instamatic around 1964. Then I got the Kodak 110. Around 1980 I purchased a Minolta SRT 201 (all manual) and I was hooked, Nerver left home without it. Purchased various lenses and filters, the purchased the Minolta XG-9, great cameras. Both cameras traveled to Hawaii with me in 1984 and got some real great shots. The SRT 201 still works, but the XG-9 doesn't.

Then I moved to the point and shoot 35mm with zoom capabilities. My first digital was a Cannon 4.0 mgpx. then a Kodak Easyshare. Last year I purchased a Nikon D5000 DSLR the day after a dinner cruise on the Hudson River. The Kodial Easyshare just didn't cut it for the great sights from the boat. I love the D5000 and take it most places I go. The only regret is that I did not take it into Times Square during Christmas time. Well there's always next Christmas. 

 First camera: A Brownie Bullet II. It took 127 film and we used to get free Orwo film from the Walgreens when I took the exposed film in for processing. I got that camera when I was 5 and in kindergarten. I quickly moved up to my dad's old Rolleiflex Automat that was hand-picked by Dave Eisendrath, a family friend who used to write for Modern Photography. 

RA Friedman, lead photographer, Tsirkus Fotografika

Started with a sturdy Kodak Hawkeye Brownie, then moved up to a rangefinder 35mm. I have not seen a reference here to the old Argus C3 which may have been the best selling rangefinder 35mm camera from WW2 to the mid-60s. Mine was handed down to me in 1963 and I learned simple exposure settings and film stocks. First SLR was a Minolta in 1970 with a new-fangled electronic flash. Great for high school newspaper and yearbook uses, and an early stab at model composite work. I followed with 8 and 16mm film, open-reel portable video, compact VHS, Nikon SLRs and DSLRs, enough to open a small museum. Currently using a couple of Fujix S2s, plus a couple of small Canon wide angle pocket cams.

First cameras were various Brownies (or similar to them).  First "real" camera was an Exakta VXIIa when I was a high school photographer.  I loaded with bulk film and could get ~40 shots on a roll.  Used it for sports a lot, the film wound into an empty cassette and a film knife cut it when all the shots were used.  Then you could reload with another two cassettes and away you went.  Great camera.  It needed some work and I left it with a shop which promptly went out of business and never did get the camera back.

Speaking of lost photos when I was a photographer in Vietnam I had several rolls of film from the trip over (went over on a troop ship) in a coffee can in a footlocker waiting to get processed.  While I was out in the boonies with the infantry someone stole the whole footlocker.  I have always wondered where the photos wound up. 

Now days I use a Canon 30D, but still have a couple of Nikon Fs and an old Leica IIIf.  But more an more I use an Olympus 6000 because its easy to carry.

My first camerawas a Miranda Sensorex. I was 12 and had the bug. I saved m\y paper route money and plunked down an outrageous $179.00 for this beauty. I used it for a couple of years  and then moved up to a Nikormat Ftn. That beauty lasted me 10+ years ans then bought a Canon F-1 and was hooked on Canon forever.

Pop gave me the first "real" camera -- his Kodak Retina IIIc -- when I started to get serious about shooting 35mm.  Talk about sturdy!  Bumped, dropped, misted, and twisted,  it still works just fine.

My first camera, Kodak Starmite.  Little plastic camera that used 127 film, and had a built in flash for AG-1 bulbs.  It actually took some nice photos.  Next, a neighbor loaned me his Ricohflex twin lens, which took great photos, and had an interesting focusing feature, you used your thumbs on levers each side of the camera, and I found this a lot better than yashicas and rollies that I used later on.  Still have it (the neighbor ended up giving it to me a few years later, he wasn't using it anymore).

First SLR, Miranda G, the shutter jammed on several occasions.  Then a Nikon F2, meter problems were common.  But, the camera I used most back then was the Nikkormat EL, auto exposure, and much lighter than the F2, I used it for years, and it's a bit beat up but still works. 

I now use a Nikon coolpix for a small point and shoot, and a Sony a100 for a  DSLR, which takes all my old minolta lenses.  I also shoot wet plate using an old Ansco 8x10 field view camera, and still use my own darkroom for black and white, shooting anything from minox 9.5 mm up to 4x5 Graflex Speeds and a series B SLR (a very heavy and bulky single lens reflex that takes a 4x5 negative).

What? No pictures of yours to show us from this little gem?

 My first 35mm was a Canon Canonet G-III QL 19.  Fine little camera.  Wish I still had it.  Of course as a teenager wanting "better" gear, I traded it for an SLR.  

My first camera was a 35mm Voightlander my dad gave me for my 12th birthday (1963). I loved it and learned a lot since I had to use my brain to figure out the exposure settings myself. Nothing was automatic those days. I then went to the School of Visual Arts and studied photography. I bought myself a Minolta...heavy thing...and when I moved to Florida bought the Olympus OM1 and eventually the 2. Great cameras and lotsa good photos came out of them. Now I'm all digital however, I do miss the smell and feel of the chemicals in the darkroom.

My first camera was a Polaroid Swinger were you had to coat the picture with a sponge wand after it came out of the camera

My first camera was a hot pink Kodak 110 that my parents bought me when I was about 8 years old. They gave it me for my trip to Florida where I was expected to take photographs of my grandparents and the beach, but instead I came home with pictures of my stuffed animals taken in the back seat of a car.

I believe I was given my first camera when I was 9 years old. It was a skinny 110  - I loved those little cartridges and how easily you could change the film. My mother's 35mm scared me for just that reason - the film seemed like it was so hard to change, at least for a 9 year old. Lining up the squares in the film with the notches on the reel was too imtimidating for me. With the 110 I used to photograph everything and everyone I could get to stand still. I would line my family up against blank walls and make them pose for me - which I'm sure they loved - but they tolerated it and encouraged me. Somewhere, in a dark basement, in a decrepit box, I have horrible head shots of my entire family from about 2 feet away. I never threw anything away - so the evidence still lives - bad eighties hair and all.

I went to A&D .. and I fell in love with photography there .. I have been sitting here trying to remember the teacher's name, I think it was Santos, or something like Santos.. anyway a whole new world opened to me and I stopped trying to draw/paint exactly what I saw - mainly because I was never that good .. but I am now .. my photos are awesome, modesty aside, and my new D90 (bought at B&H) helps...

My first camera was my dad's Rolieflex (possibly misspelled) and my first photos were of the recently dug hole that became the Cross Bronx Expressway ...

The first camera I remember was my family's Kodak box camera. They were good for cutting off heads...  :)   My personal camera, which came much later, was one of the ones that you had to set the "f" stop and distance manualy. I don't remembver the name.

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