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22 Nov 2007 - 5:14 PM

I'm interested what your favourite SLR is that you have ever owned.
It may be a camera that exceeded all your expectations, it may be your very first one or an old model you picked up at a car boot which is worth a fortune.

Mine was an old Fujica ST 801. It was my very first film SLR and I had been after an SLR for years, but had to use the colleges K1000s. I loved that camera and was gutted when someone at college stoled it.Sad

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JJGEE  96353 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2007 - 5:23 PM

Olympus OM4 Ti

22 Nov 2007 - 5:27 PM

Nikon FM2 - taught me all the basics - in fact I has two - a cool black one (with a motor drive) and a silver one.

22 Nov 2007 - 5:27 PM

Olympus 2N

ckristoff  10942 forum posts Wales
22 Nov 2007 - 5:39 PM

Canon EOS 3.


justin c
justin c  104537 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2007 - 5:40 PM

Canon 5D is my favourite although I keep meaning to dust off the old Canon FTB and go and shoot some Velvia.


Rob_Taylor  10659 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2007 - 5:54 PM

My first SLR was a Fujica too .....ST601 I think, loved that camera, it was all manual and the exposure meter had a needle! Later I had an Olympus OM10, loved that even more ....still have it in fact but haven't used it in years


franken e2 Member 123182 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2007 - 6:20 PM

Pentax ME super.


IanA  113048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2007 - 6:24 PM

2nd for the Pentax ME super! Wink

22 Nov 2007 - 6:25 PM

Pentax LX... Wonderful piece of machinery. Swiftly followed by the OM 4.

alfpics  12357 forum posts England
22 Nov 2007 - 6:30 PM

My first was a Fujica ... ST701 (does that make a set with the others aboveSmile) Served me well for years. Would have to say, though the Pentax K10D is a real joy to use as is/was the Z1-P

cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2007 - 6:30 PM

Mamiya DSX 1000, has fond memories, For being the first brand new SLR that I bought ( Err very early 70's ) Anyhow carved from a sold lump of alloy, Fab standard Mamy lens.. Was stolen from me sometime in the mid 80's...Boo-Hoo-sniffle.


Graywolf  7964 forum posts United Kingdom
22 Nov 2007 - 6:34 PM

Olympus OM 3

I love that camera.

It sits on my music drawers as I speak.
But my new 40D is awesome and I wouldn't really want to go back to film now I have moved to digital.

22 Nov 2007 - 6:41 PM

the best was the contax 139 it handled lovely

Just Jas
Just Jas  1225752 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2007 - 6:46 PM

My first real SLR was the Praktina IIA (made by the Pentacon factory). This had a rotating ring bayonet mount. I added a Zenith EM to take advantage of screw thread lenses.

I part exchanged the Zenith for the Fujica ST605, then added the Fujica AZ1 with short range zoom lens, 43 to 75mm.

The Praktina IIA I part exchanged for the Yashicaflex TLR.

When Fujica abandoned the screw thread for the x-mount with a range of plasticy cameras I changed the Fuji's for Yashica FR and FR1 cameras, with the Yashica/Contax bayonet mount.

All of this 30 years ago!

Previous to buying the Praktina I used a Corfield Periflex Gold Star - a sort of SLR - it had a periscope instead of a hinged mirror.

Before that - various rangefinder cameras too numerous to name or remember!

My overall favourites are the Contax 139Q which I still own and use.

Last Modified By Just Jas at 22 Nov 2007 - 6:53 PM

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