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My first German camera - Altix V

Royalrat 6 7 Israel
12 Sep 2011 7:54AM

Yitzhak Nitzan bought his first camera at a Tel-Aviv Camera shop in 1958 when he was 22 years old. He used much of the money he saved during his military service to buy it, and he had high hopes that it will serve him for a very long time. In those days, many Israelis preferred to ban German products, but at the same time acknowledged the fact that they were the finest in quality. Mr. Nitzan didn’t think twice and chose the best camera the clerk at the shop could offer him for his money – The German Altix V. During the next 30 years this camera served its purpose, until it was replaced by an automatic point and shoot. Now, at the age of 77, Mr. Nitzan has found it again, and offered me to take it for a ride. This camera is a strong one, so he didn’t fear I would ruin it. “What’s the different”, he said “Nobody in my family is interested in this camera anyway”. It is very exciting to use such an old camera, but soon enough I forgot that fact, and was running with it down to the beach and into the waves. Don’t worry, the Altix V survived the ordeal and came back from the dead of the closet to tell its story once again!



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Royalrat 6 7 Israel
12 Sep 2011 10:27AM
Sorry about the wrong link. Here is a good one:
Just Jas Plus
15 26.1k 1 England
17 Oct 2011 4:02PM
My first German camera was the Agfa 9 speed Silette. It was stolen from me within a few months of possessing it. I sadly missed it.

I recently bought the exact same model on ebay.

I held the camera in my hands and the years rolled back, over fifty of them, in fact.

I have used it extensively since. Somehow its simple arrangement of manual focusing, shutter speed and aperture rings, plus the use of a hand held selenium exposure meter, seemed to release me from the shackles of its more sophisticated SLR brothers.

I have got some very satisfying pictures with it.
User_Removed 7 4.6k 1 Scotland
18 Oct 2011 8:26PM
My first camera was made in Hong Kong or thereabouts - a Halina A1 TLR that took both 6x6 and 35mm (the latter with a telephoto effect from the 80mm lenses). I think it cost £9/19/6d in 1959.
pentaxpete 12 631 1 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2011 9:03PM
My first 'GERMAN' camera was a pre-war Zeiss Contax III with un-coated f1.5 Sonnar lens bought for £35 in Berlin in 1957 when I was there in the Army -- then I got a NEW Zeiss Ikoflex with 75mm f3.5 Zeiss Opton Tessar lens for £15 in Iserlohn when I was posted there.
AlexandraSD 6 706 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2011 1:32PM
My first German camera was my first camera, a Praktica MTL 50, solid, rugged, basic, noisy, ugly, reliable, heavy and cheap. Had one for years until i got a canon av-1 to replace it.
Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
19 Oct 2011 2:14PM
My first camera was an Agfa - and I used Agfa film in it. Smile
Royalrat 6 7 Israel
19 Oct 2011 2:31PM

Quote:My first camera was an Agfa - and I used Agfa film in it. Smile

What Agfa? Clack?
Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
19 Oct 2011 2:45PM

Quote:What Agfa?

This one.


Royalrat 6 7 Israel
19 Oct 2011 2:56PM
keithh Plus
13 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Oct 2011 3:14PM
You'd have had no choice but to use Agfa Film in that one.
Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
19 Oct 2011 4:50PM

Quote:You'd have had no choice but to use Agfa Film in that one.

As I was little more than a toddler at the time, I really wouldn't have known! Wink

But yes, it took 24x24mm frames on 35mm film, in special cassettes.... no longer available.
Just Jas Plus
15 26.1k 1 England
29 Oct 2011 6:58PM
Get yourself some Agfacolor CT21, CB. "Contrast and grain give an old fashioned rendering" (Calder & bgarrett)

Right up your street! WinkWinkWink
Just Jas Plus
15 26.1k 1 England
29 Oct 2011 7:07PM
The four speed version, still fully functional:


kodachrome 6 686
30 Oct 2011 8:48AM
My first camera was a Russian Zenit E, built like a T 34 with a Leica thread. It took very good pictures.


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