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    1st - practika MTL-5 with CZ jena 50mm and 135mm lenses. I found it in the attic of my brothers then new house left there by the previous owners. The lenses were full of fungus but it sparked a flame. I then bought a canon eos 300, sold it, bought a Voigtlander bessa r2 35mm and 90mm lenses, sold it, bought a bronica sqb 80mm and 40mm lenses, sold it bought my current (and future camera) Rollei sl66 and 80mm lens - definitely will not sell it!

    I've wasted so much money to get where I am, hindsight is a terrible thing really!

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    My first real camera was a Christmas gift from my father in 1976, a Zorki 4K rangefinder. I still have it and still use it beside other cameras. All manual and no meter it taught me the basics.
    Nearly thirty years later I still hope to be as good with a manual camera as my father is with his little 35mm German 'Arette' bought in the 50s during his National Service in Germany.


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    1st - a brand spankin' new Kodak Instamatic 104 (don't ask the year, it was the mid-1960's).

    1st REAL camera - a used Practiflex that had been my fathers, sometime around 1970 or so.

    First NEW camera - a Kowa SET-R2, circa 1972ish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ian_greant
    John,

    You really had a Mickey Mouse camera? Now that's cool!

    sure did <G>
    and it was sold for 50¢ at a garage sale in the early 70s. ...

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    Brownie Hawkeye. I loved that camera and enjoyed using it while my father used his Rollieflex, and somewhat later, his Leica M3 which I inherited and were my first 'real' cameras.
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    My first camera was one of those Kodak box cameras where you looked from the top to compose. My first "serious" camera was a Kowaflex 35mm SLR with an 50mm lens. Purchased for $100 in 1967. I needed it for art school.

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    Kodak Disc camera, early 80's. It was total rubbish, but it fitted in your pocket. Probably the worst designed camera in history.

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    My first camera was a Boots 110 cassette camera. My first 'real' camera is the one I have now, an Olympus OM40 program (also known as an OM PC).
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    In the late 1980's, I bought a second-hand Minolta SRT 101 with a selection of very poor lenses. It taught me a lot about exposure control.

    But I consider my Tachihara 5x4 as my first camera - the Minolta and the Nikon that came before the LF were just toys by comparison. The Tachi taught me a lot about the art of photography.

    It still teaches me .....
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    My first camera, which I still have, was a brand new Pentax ME given to me for my 12th b-day. It had a SMC Pentax-A 50mm f1.4 lens on it (still does) and has served me very well in this hobby of mine.

    Another piece of nostalgia for me was when I bought my first Nikon - an F4e during my university years. I remember feeling 'professional' and proud when I got that piece of machinery. That first Nikon has traveled the world with me and it was twice dropped (once in a creek and another down an embankment in a quarry!) and it still works fine (thanks to the surgeons at Nikon's repair service shop!).

    A couple years ago, I bought my first Hassey. What can I say? It's a statement of elegance and engineering in one unit. Just like my other firsts, I'll keep this one for a very long time.

    Nice thread.

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