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Re: Show us your first cameras

Wow Graham - seriously impressed at your dedication to Olympus. You ought to get new cameras free for life with a commitment like that
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Fun idea Paul. My Dad and Gramp were keen photographers (Gramp built his own lovely darkroom), so I started young with one of these.



Then moved onto an Instamatic with flash cube.

Kodak Instamatic 104 by HaarFager (Pro), on Flickr

Then a Canon Sureshot, which I still have, great quality in comparison!

Canon Sure Shot 35mm Film Camera by Chi Bellami, on Flickr

Then Dad enjoyed the excuse the blast us up to Newcastle from the south coast in his Beemer for this classic with the f1.4 lens.



Then Dad and I had quite a bit of X-700 kit, fabulous body that I still use occasionally

Minolta X-700 by Miguel Ledezma, on Flickr

a recent shot with lovely f2.8 28mm MD.

Isis Lock, Oxford Canal by Bruce Clarke, on Flickr

My entry into digital was via work, where I got the Sony F505V, lovely Zeiss lens in all its 2.5MP glory. Then the Sony F828, a versatile twisty beast, again with a great Zeiss lens. Then my first personal digital, Oly E-500, and many of their bodies since!
I started off in the early 80ís with the Zenith E. I still have a Minolta SRT101 and the X-700. Both delightful, thank you for reminding me about them. Itís fun to hear you still use yours.
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a recent shot with lovely f2.8 28mm MD.

Isis Lock, Oxford Canal by Bruce Clarke, on Flickr

I just browsed through your Flickr photostream Bruce and I must say that there are some fantastic images there. I really enjoyed looking at the Minolta X700 shots - esp this one:


SaÔd Business School by Bruce Clarke, on Flickr


I'm very impressed with the technical quality as well as the composition. Did you have the film processed and scanned professionally?
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I started off in the early 80ís with the Zenith E. I still have a Minolta SRT101 and the X-700. Both delightful, thank you for reminding me about them. Itís fun to hear you still use yours.
I gave my SRT101 to a friend when I got the X-700, but he had it nicked as he tends to do! My Dad and I had the X-700 and a fairly extensive system (well he did), and both had the MD 17mm f4, a fairly rare lens. I sold his, but still have mine. I mainly used a pair of Tokina zooms, but having acquired his system, will mainly use primes now. I swapped my MD 50mm f1.7 for a 1.4 a few years ago. Lovely lens that's great for macro on the OM-Ds with the MD rings. Must shoot more film.
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I just browsed through your Flickr photostream Bruce and I must say that there are some fantastic images there. I really enjoyed looking at the Minolta X700 shots - esp this one:


SaÔd Business School by Bruce Clarke, on Flickr


I'm very impressed with the technical quality as well as the composition. Did you have the film processed and scanned professionally?
That's very kind thanks Paul, and thanks for all the faves on Flickr! Will have a proper look at yours soon. That building shot was with the lovely MD 17mm f4. I used to be a graphic designer, so composition tends to be through a design eye. Processed and scanned 1 hour at Oxford Snappy Snaps! I was a bit disappointed when I first saw the scans, as the grain was super sharp and a bit crunchy-looking, but great for LR fiddling apart from weird grid patterns in some blown out highlights. I'd love a scanner of my own, but would have to do a lot more to justify it. Our newish Jessops has an Epson V850, so must try them sometime, but they send away for processing.
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Re: Show us your first cameras

My earliest photographic memories are of my father's Voigtlšnder Brilliant 127, which is probably what sparked my own fasciation with photography, and medium format in particular.



Unfortunately it broke and was replaced by a much less inspiring 35 mm compact of some description. I didn't get my hands on a 'proper' camera until one of my uncles died, when my aunt asked if I would like his photographic equipment.

I addition to a changing bag, Patterson processing tank and other bits and pieces there was a Practica SLR with a couple of lenses and a Kodak Retina 1a. There was also an old Weston Master exposure meter, which I still have and use occasionally along with the Kodak camera.

Better still, the Kodak camera came with a set of coloured filters for use with B&W film which added to my fascination.



I was delighted with this small collection but I quickly realised what the changing bag was for! The Practica had an unfortunate habit of jamming solid midway through a roll of film, and the only remedy was to take the film out and start again. I did take it to our local camera shop, Reid's of Guildford, to enquire about repairs but the Manager kind of held it at arms length and looking down his nose said 'there really wasn't anything that they would do with it' and asked if I would 'like them to dispose of it'!

(I think they were Nikon specialists but I wasn't aware of camera snobbery on those days.)

Almost everything was M42 screw mount in those days so I bought a second-hand Yaschica 35 mm which did well for a while but I traded it in for a silver ME Super about a year later. I then bought a second black ME Super so that I could do colour and B&W without changing films. I gave them both to our son who used them quite a lot for a while but I think we will probably rehome them at some point soon as they are not used at all now.
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Nigel, I have the exact same model of Weston meter, which has great sentimental value - it was my Dad's. Isn't it fun working in Weston film speeds?
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Yes it is. That meter taught me a lot about exposure.

I checked it against the 'Weston recommended standard' of a clear, blue sky one day last summer and it was still spot on! The readings also compare well with current meters, and no batteries are required.

My uncle had made a lather case for it. I will have to take a proper photo and upload it here.
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Yes it is. That meter taught me a lot about exposure.

I checked it against the 'Weston recommended standard' of a clear, blue sky one day last summer and it was still spot on! The readings also compare well with current meters, and no batteries are required.

My uncle had made a lather case for it. I will have to take a proper photo and upload it here.
My Dad's meter also has a leather case. I've always assumed it was supplied by Weston, but it isn't branded so maybe not. The meter has a broken catch on the flap that hinges downwards to allow more light onto the selenium cell in dim conditions and I must admit to mainly using a slightly newer Weston Master II, which I found in perfect condition on ebay for less than £20.00. As with yours, it's surprisingly accurate after all those years!

Incidentally, the serial number of my original Master is NDE5650.
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