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    My first ever camera was a little toy 35mm camera that looked and from what I remembered, functioned like a 35mm SLR. It had a chrome body and everything. I don't remember what happened to it, nor if I've got any photos I took with it. I still remember they day I bought it from the toy store though.

    From there, my first real camera was a 35mm Minolta zoom point and shoot when I was about 12. I saved up all the money I got from doing chores for about 2 years before buying it. I also have no idea what happened to it (though I think my brother took it when he moved to London). It served me well and I've still got some good shots from a trip I went to New York in 2000 taken on it.

    Then there were the dark digital years which I won't mention, because thankfully I only bought two of them.

    After I got sick of my snappy snappy ways of digital (after coming home from a trip to Europe with stacks of unimpressive shots), I decided I wanted to slow down and think more carefully. I jumped straight into my first 120 camera with a Yashica 635 TLR. Loved it and I took some great photos with it.


    Then I really jumped in deep with my first (and still only) LF camera. Went straight for a Shen Hao 4x5 with some money I received for my 21st birthday. Since buying it has spent extended time in it's bag, but I've started using it a lot more lately and loving it all over again.


    Have since bought another 35mm (EOS 30) and 120 (Mamiya 645 Pro). I haven't owned many cameras, and what I've got now covers almost everything I shoot so I've found a happy constant, for now.

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    First camera - 127: Brownie Starlite
    First used 35mm camera: Kodak 35
    First medium format camera (actually a "miniature" camera, in it's time): Kodak SIX-16 folder, circa 1934 (the camera, not me);
    First new 35mm camera: Retina S1
    First 35mm SLR: Olympus OM1
    First modern medium format (6x6) camera: Mamiya C330
    First medium format (6x4.5) SLR: Mamiya 645 Super
    First (reasonably) modern medium format (6x7) rangefinder: Koni-Omega M
    First digital!! (cel phones don't count): Kodak DC4800 (7 years old when purchased - but it does have a PC socket, manual aperture, and a whopping 3.1 megapixel sensor!)

    Matt
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    My first 110 camera was a Pentax Auto 110. My grandfather gave it to my mother, she never used it so I took it.
    My first 35mm was a Carena 35F that my mom bought me (my first camera ever.) I promptly dropped it down the stairs within an hour of getting it, but it still worked I still have it.
    My first 120 camera was an old Ricohflex TLR. It broke within an hour of buying it (shutter was gummed up.) I got a refund and bought a Primoflex instead.

    I haven't tried LF yet, but there's always a chance

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    First camera: Kodak Brownie World's Fair Flash Camera, a 127 shooter.
    First SLR: Minolta SRT 102.
    First MF: Rolleiflex 2.8C (Still have it.) Have added a Fuji 6x9 and a Hasselblad since.
    First LF: Calumet 4x5, the old cast-iron beast. Replaced 4 times, most recently with a Zone VI.
    First (and last, probably) 8x10: Late 1920s Korona.

    Peter Gomena

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    first cameras hmmm
    mickey mouse camera that took 126 cartridges 1970ish
    hawkeye flashfun (127 ) 1973ish
    pentax k1000 1981
    yashica 124mat g 1984 ( sold 1991 )
    speed graphic ( pacemaker ) 1988
    szabad 5x7 1995 ?
    pentax auto110 2000
    szabad 8x10 2004
    centuray 8a ( 11x14 ) 2007ish
    ask me how ..

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    First camera I took a photo: Minolta AF101
    First camera of my own: Digital "compact" brick
    First SLR I shot on: Nikon F401s
    First SLR of mine: Olympus OM-1
    First MF: Still not arrived here, I pretend it to be a rolleicord or low end 'flex.
    First LF: still far of here, but I have wishes of getting a 4x5 in one of the far next years
    First ULF: Still got no plans, I don't think I will arrive here, but who knows.

    What I did, and some plans:
    1997-8: Minolta Af101
    2003: The digi brick
    2007: upgraded to another compact (digi...)
    2008: Took the Nikon on a family celebration, loved the results, bought OM1
    2010/11: Plans for starting medium format
    2015: Large format
    2020: Might have a nice darkroom

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    In grade 9 I bought a Kodak X15.

    By grade 11 I had a Pentax Spotmatic F, then a Nikon FM, FE, F3,F4,F5,F90x, F100 (also some other Pentax models in the mix)... and I just bought a used Minolta to use my Sony Zeiss lenses with.

    Mamiya 645 was first 120 camera... then a Pentax 645, Rollei T, Rollei 6008, 4 blads, Rollei GT and now a Pentax 645AF. Holga is next... or maybe the Bessa III.

    Arca Swiss was first 4x5... then a Zone VI, then a Wisner, then Ebony... now I don't shoot 4x5.

    M6 was first rangefinder... had four of them but now I use the Zeiss Ikon's.

    Deardorff was first 8x10, then Wisner, now I shoot with an Ebony and will never sell it.

    PhaseOne was first real digital on the blad

    Nikon D1x was first 35mm style digi, then a Canon Mark II, now I use the Sony A900 full frame.

    I think I've switched too many times but always felt the need to up-date because of the hyper-competitive area of photography I was shooting in. In the future I plan to shoot film with the Zeiss rangefinders, portraits with the Pentax 645AF and still life and landscapes with the 8x10. I'll continue to up-grade the digi for the stuff that has to be done that way.

    Interestingly none of my personal work is ever digi.

    For what it's worth.

    -Rob
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    This my website for photo supplies...
    www.bigcameraworkshops.com
    This is my website for Rangfinder gear
    www.rangefinderstore.com

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    I've borrowed and used many cameras over the years, but in terms of cameras I actually own(ed), the list is as follows:

    First Camera: Olympus OM-1 (35mm, previously used by my father)
    First Medium Format Camera: Hasselblad 500C/M
    First Polaroid Camera: SX-70 Alpha 1 Model 2

    Looking at this list, I'd say I've made out pretty well. Maybe I'll start getting into LF soon...

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    My first camera of each type...(in order of appearance more or less)

    Toy Camera - My very first camera was something called a Universal 16. 16MM movie film, lever film advance wire view finder

    35MM fixed lens - Minolta A (Terrific little gem)

    Medium Format SLR - Reflex Korelle, 6X6 (the granddaddy of them all)

    Roll film rangefinder - Kodak Medalist II (the brick)

    35MM SLR - Practika FX

    Press Camera - 6X9 Speed Graphic

    View Camera - 8X10 Gundlack w/4X5 back

    Rangefinder (interchangable lenses) - Leica IIIc

    6X6 TLR - Minolta Autocord

    4X5 SLR - Graphlex Super D

    Camera System - Sinar Norma 4X5, 5X7, 8X10 (finest camera ever made)

    Polaroid - 110B

    Panoramic Camera - Widelux VII

    Underwater - Nikonos/Calypso

    Motion - Bolex H-16 REX

    Video - SONY Betamax portable (I did the first Ads)

    Digital (sort of) - Canon RC-250 Disc camera

    4X5/6X12 Point and Shoot - GranView

    Digital - Kodak PRO/14n



    All Time favorites - Hasselblad 1000f, Canon IVS2, Szabad 8X10, Kiev 88C/M , Leica M2 MOT, Leica M5, Leica SL2, Minolta XD-11, Minolta XK/M, Alpa 11, Horseman 450, Linhof Teknica V, Rollei SLX

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    First Camera - Kodak Hawkeye Flashfun II (127) - my grandmother got this for me by saving breakfast cereal box tops
    First 126 - Keystone Everflash
    First 35mm - used Olympus RC
    First 35mm SLR - new Vivitar 220SL screw mount
    First medium format - damaged Yashica 124 G from a garage sale, ample use of black tape required.
    First large format - Leonardo pinhole
    Turning negative into positive since 1975

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