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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.
    “We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.
    We are monkeys with money and guns.”

    ― Tom Waits

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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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    RIP Kodachrome

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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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    K1000

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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.
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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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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