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!)
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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
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.
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
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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
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.
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...
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
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