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c_evans99 14 7.0k 1 Wales
25 Jul 2006 9:11PM
What camera / kit did you yearn to own when you first started thinking of photography as a serious hobby (Bit of a show your age thread here), and did you ever get that first dream kit?

When I first started looking for an SLR (I was about 17) I knew it had to be a Pentax, and picking up 'knowledge' from magazines I knew it had tpo be the MX. Lens kit then was a 50mm standard, a 28mm f2.8 wideangle and 80-200mm zoom - I accepted that Pentax glass was out of my league so I'd have settled for Tamron lenses like my brother had for his OM10.

I ended up with a Pentax MG (the only model I could afford), complete with 50mm f2 - within a year or so I picked up a Takumar 135mm f2.5 lens and a second hand Pentax 35mm f3.5. Although I have a couple of MX's now, and the even better Pentax 28mm f3.5 I still don't have the 80-200mm lens (well I have something close, but no mount yet... though the Pentax M 80-200 sells for only 25 or so on eBay so who knows!

Ceri Smile

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fauxtography 13 6.6k 36
25 Jul 2006 9:15PM
I yearned for any of the olympus OM range, but then the eos range emerged and I was torn, part of me loved the mechanical nature of the Olympus, yet part was drawn to the NEW...
Just Jas Plus
16 26.2k 1 England
25 Jul 2006 9:25PM
Yearning:A Rollei T

Got 1: Coronet 120 'TLR' box camera - first camera of my very own.

Got 2: Minolta Autocord, when a bit older!

Was quite pleased with both though.

The lads (and lassies!) at the camera club were quite understanding and helpful when I turned up at young age with the Coronet. Showed me how to develop my first film too!

keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
25 Jul 2006 9:33PM
Both my father and grandfather were jobbing photographers, Dad was press, Grandad was high Street and they had Blads...but I wanted what my Dad's best friend and chief Tog had - an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic. I was 16 before I could finally afford to buy a new fangled MX.

Which reminds me. I recall, I'm sure, lusting after a white telephoto lens in the mid 80's and I'm pretty sure it was a ....Pentax.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
25 Jul 2006 9:37PM

Quote:What camera / kit did you yearn to own.................... and did you ever get that first dream kit?

Hasselblad and not....................

.......yet! Grin
scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
25 Jul 2006 9:39PM
I started with a Praktica MTL3, migrated to a Chinon CE-5 then a Nikon F-301. I yearned for a Nikon F3 with MD-12 motordrive and eventually had 2 of these (took me a few years though !).

Those F3's I yearned for lasted 3 months. Both, and all my lenses, were stolen from the car after I left my bag on the bag seat for 10 minutes. A mistake that cost me thousands...

I'd love a Nikon F6 right now. I know a lifelong Nikon user who says it's the best camera they've ever made - but I'm not yearning - yet...
c_evans99 14 7.0k 1 Wales
25 Jul 2006 9:41PM
Funnily enough I've been thinking of getting a Spotmatic and you can pick up the later models now for about 25 or less...
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
25 Jul 2006 9:45PM
I did finally get a full LX kit last year....LOL

Guy had it in the local paper for 50...every last item, all boxed and the best part is that THE best in-camera light meter ever made still works.
fauxtography 13 6.6k 36
25 Jul 2006 9:49PM
50? damn!

must admit what appealed to me about the olympus was the shutter speed set on the lens mount area. I have yet to own any olympus kit, i had to settle for my praktica. I have an EOS now though...
Freefall 14 675 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 9:56PM
Seriously? A Minolta Dimage A1. Then I "regressed" to a Praktica MTL3 with 28mm, 50mm, 70-200, 135mm, and 300mm. Finally migrated to DSLR and haven't looked back....
trahern 14 863 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 10:06PM
The first camra I ever wanted was an Olympus OM1 but I couldn't afford that as a student so I bought the OM10 instead. The next camera I bought was a Canon AE1 and I have been a Canon man ever since. However the OM10 was a cracking camera at the time.

Muy ultimate buy has always been a 'blad and now it would be a digital 'blad. Dream on.
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 10:06PM
I remember wanting an OM1, and my first camera was an Agfa I won in a raffle as a child. My first real camera, a Minolta SRT100
NevP 12 853 13 Canada
25 Jul 2006 10:30PM
Practica L2 - not even a meter! Great.
nikon Plus
14 146 1 England
25 Jul 2006 11:04PM
Started with a folding a 9 X 7 folding Zeis Ikon with 75 mm tessar lens, quickly followed by a 6x6 Rollie TLR. Joined the 35mm fraternity with zorki 4. Progressed to X700 Minolta's followed by two Nikormat's and a selection of lenses.Moved to cannon 600 and then got the bug for medium format and obtained a 6x6 Bronica, and a 6x4.5. Joined in the digital frenzy with a E10 Olympus, followed that with a cannon 10D to match the canon lenses I already had. Picked up a few nick nats along the may, 35mm Minox G.T., Canon ixus compact,a pentax digital compact, and an Olympus digital compact, and a Nikon 5700.
Its not until you start to list them that you realise just how much has been spent over a few years. Believe it or not I still have them all bar the Nikon 5700 which was stolen in Bangkok.
steveb 13 343 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2006 5:46AM
The first 'proper' camera I used was an Ensign Selfix 12-20, later yearned for a Pentax SLR so I could use interchangeable lenses. Cost was prohibitive, so I ended up with a Praktika Super TL2, with 35mm, 50mm and 135mm lenses. I later added an MTL3 body.

I soon outgrew the Praktica's, yearned for the OM1, bought it, then another, then an OM2. Allways prefered the OM1's. At first used with 2 lenses, a Vivitar S1 35-85mm varifocal and S1 70-210mm zoom, but later changed to all Zuiko primes. Yearned for a MF or LF kit, but had no space for a 5x4 enlarger, the spare cash I had got spent on other things, so ended up with a new Yashicamat 124G. Only 2 years ago did I finally start to build the LF kit I wanted many years ago, a Toyo field camera with 65mm, 90mm, 135mm, 150mm, 210mm and 360mm lenses, thanks to eBay and falling prices.


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