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frenchie44 Avatar
frenchie44 17 342 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 11:52AM
on the 14th of March 1959 I went to Woolworths and spent all my 15th birthday money on a Bencine camera, it looked complicated and was made metal, I was now a photographer ! I had a lot of rubbish shots and it took a month at least to get photos I was pleased with, I had expected the camera to produce good shots all the time, it never entered my mind that I had to do more than press the shutter. 56 years later I am just as keen , but able to take decent photos now. on my 71st I have just ordered a Canon 5DS R(50mp) its been my hobby for a long time, I still love to go out into the country for photography, I have had lots of SLRs but the best one was the Yashica/ Contax139, beautiful design by Porche and handled brilliantly, Zeiss lenses.
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pwarner500 11 33 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 12:32PM
superb, dedication for you. i`m loosing my mojo if i`m honest but would love to hear about the 5DS when you get it
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keithh 20 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
18 Mar 2015 12:33PM
My first camera of very own (prior to this I always nicked my dads) was a Zenit E bought in 1973. However, in 1974 a local camera shop in Doncaster had a Canon EF with a 28mm lens that he just couldn't sell and that became the first camera paid for with my own money.

What I really wanted was an Olympus OM-1 but the price was way out of my league. Even the Canon took some doing at 13 years old.
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ikett 13 545 England
18 Mar 2015 2:36PM
My first camera was a Praktica Super TL, a present for my 14th birthday, the first camera I bought myself was a Canon F1, not much of a difference.
The start of a slippery slope.
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steve486 13 150 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 3:12PM
zenit e , always wanted the photosniper kit, couldent use that now.
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keithh 20 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
18 Mar 2015 3:50PM
It was the thing that swayed my original choice. Took a lot of green shield stamps to get it.
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Niknut Plus
13 3.7k 82 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 4:17PM
A Ross-Ensign Ranger, 2.1/4 x 3.1/4, f4.5/105mm lens 1957 !!!

I can remember it as though it were yesterday !!.Grin

Been one or two others since then !!.....Whince !!!!!!!!!!!!.WinkGrinGrin
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pentaxpete 18 748 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 4:18PM

I started in 1951 with a 'Kodak Brownie Box' camera similar to this one -- My Mum had saved up 'Black cat' Cigarette coupons for it -- as she didn't smoke it took a LONG TIME !!
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altitude50 19 24.1k United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 4:25PM
I started by using my parent's Kodak Cresta, 12 exposures on 120 film. It had a slide in front of the lens with a close-up lens on one end and a yellow filter to 'bring out the clouds' on the other. Then I bought a Zeiss Ikonta 16 exposure on 127 folding camera. Followed by a Voigtlander Vito B, my first 35mm camera. I still have the same Zeiss Ikophot exposure meter from those days and it still works.
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mikesavage 21 299 2 England
18 Mar 2015 5:12PM
A Zenit B with 58mm Helios lens. Shutter ground to a crunching halt last year. Sad
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Ross_D 9 843 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 6:24PM
A Kodak Instamatic (c 1968). However, it was the professional model Wink (with symbols for direct sun, shade and cloud). It also took flash cubes.
Next was a Halina rangefinder.
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kaz1 13 383 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 7:40PM
My first camera was a Halina 126. I loved that camera and still have it Smile My next was an Olympus P&S which was a good little camera. I didn't venture into digital until 2010 when I received a Fuji bridge for a special birthday. That revived my love of photography and I resolved to take better photos....I'm still trying GrinGrin

I now have a Canon 600D with various lenses and due to upper back problems have gone for the lighter option with a mirrorless...Fuji X-T1.
KevinEllison Avatar
18 Mar 2015 8:08PM
Brownie 127... Won me a guinea for an "unusual view" of the Eiffel Tower, in the "Boys Own Paper"..stood under one of the legs and pointed it straight up..

Also dabbled with contact prints (black and white of course..) and was fascinated...the rest is..fairly expensive...history..!
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jeanie Plus
19 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2015 10:13PM
My own first was a Halina 110.............could not afford an SLR for years... till ex hubby bought me my first film EOS 300 - which, funny enough, I found at the weekend while packing to move, along with several boxes of out of date film! Smile
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MalcolmS Plus
18 1.2k 13 England
19 Mar 2015 8:21AM
Kodak Brownie 127. Took 8 shots on 127 film. It had heck of a lens on it, around 28mm I would guess.


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