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    Does a 70's Kodak Instamatic count? I remembering saving money for film, flash cubes and print processing. It was the "Gateway" camera to photography. Been addicted to photography ever since.
    "Photography, like surfing, is an infinite process, a constantly evolving exploration of life."
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    The first camera I started to use seriously was a Nikon F.
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    "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."— Dorothea Lange
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    My first was the Pentax K1000. I puchased it new around 1980 from Ritz Camera in Tyrone Square Mall, St. Petersburg, Florida. I still own and use it, and it is in great condition...great camera.

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    It was a folding Ansco/Afga 12 exposure 120 film camera w/o a range finder; of course it used flash bulbs. I was 13 at the time and I learned to estimate distances and use guide numbers for flash exposures. Anybody else remember using Guide Numbers?

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    The Mighty Spotmatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    Bob, have your memory checked. The FE came to market in 1978. In the early '70s, Nikon's SLRs were F- series (F and F2 overlapped for a couple of years) and Nikkormats FT- and EL).

    I started in 1970 with a Nikkormat FTN.

    Right you are.. on all counts it was later than I recalled.
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    Nikon FM2 that I bought new in 1985.

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    First real camera that allowed you to take pictures with control

    My first "real" camera, was a Yashica TL Electro X. 50mm 1.4 Yashinon, and a Yashica 70-200mm zoom. Purchased it from the Base Exchange in Nha Trang Vietnam in 1969.

    Still have some of pictures I took with it. Upgraded to a Canon A-1 in 1981, and sold the Yashica in 1983. Still have that one.

    Just picked up another Electro X in a lot of old cameras that I purchased. It's almost like the old days.

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    My dad's old Argoflex when I was about 11. Didn't get to use anything with a meter until I was 15. Until then it was walking around with the little paper insert. Made things a bit tricky with the Argoflex, which had a different f/stop progression (4.5, 6.3, 9, 12.7, 18) and shutter speed choices (10, 25, 50, 100, 200), than the Kodacolor or Verichrome Pan inserts. Did ok, though.

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