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    Your First Camera / Photography Experience

    My first serious camera was bought at age 15 in 1978 using my bar mitzvah money. Got a Pentax K1000 and a Pentax 50/1.8 lens plus a Vivitar 200mm lens. Almost went with a Fujica but could only afford one lens that route. Lusted over the Nikons but so far out of reach! Now I have two F2's, an F3HP and an FM2. Oh, and a Fujica ST801 that was given to me for free. Pentax K1000 is long gone...
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    "Well, my photos are actually much better than they look..."

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    In 7th grade I had a teacher who set up a darkroom and lent students who wanted it a camera. Showed us how to take photographs,develop and print the results. Then my uncle gave me a 35MM camera (which I still have) 'cause he heard I was interested. Now a own a few cameras,35MM,6X6 TLR and even a Polaroid SX-70 in stainless and leather. He was also into off-roading motorcycles and at 54 I still ride off road.

    Looked him up because of this thread and he died a couple years ago at 63. Too young.

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    My first camera was a Zeiss Contax 11 my dad brought back from WW11 he had no idea how to use it and gave me it in 1952 and I taught myself from library books, I had it fully serviced about 20 years ago, I still have it and use it regularly , I recently used it to shoot my dads great grandchildren and thought a great deal about him and how he would have loved to see them.
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    Ah the library. The only thing the government does right.

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    My first serious camera was Leica IIIF. I bought it for 400 dollars with uncoated Summitar. I bought it from a professor brang a coated Summitar also and a Leica R with Summicron. Than I bought another two III F s from him also. I preferred the uncoated one because thick glass was exciting as the crystal ball. I did not see a more mystic thing in my life. When buying or before buying , I did not ask anyone to buy it or not or which one. I was knowing what I was doing and sure about the picture quality.
    Than I sold the Leicas and bought two Magnum big prints from a Magnum Photographer Ara Guler. Auction house priced them after 20 years 12000 dollars. I made 400 dollars 12000 dollars and I was sure about what I was doing.

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    My first one as a kid was some little blue plastic 110 format thing with a simple focus dial, fixed aperture and a socket for a flash bulb. Still don't know what ever happened to that thing, or any of the photos I took with it. Years later I got my mother's AE-1 Program when I took a photo class in high school, still shoot with that workhorse today. It wasn't long after that I started adding MF TLR's to my collection, and a 4x5 Calumet view camera. In about two days when my Mamiya M645 comes in, I'll have my first MF SLR.

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    First camera I remember using was a red konica pop. Must have been during one of those family trip. I am actually trying to get one of those camera again nowadays.

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