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Old 7th March 2008
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I bought it second hand from the City Camera Exchange at Canon Street Station in London, it would have been the late 70's.

Small world - I bought a Konica Autoreflex from there and a Weston V
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Asahi Pentax Spotmatic in 1967 for the equivalent of £200 in old money. Bought in Singapore so not subjected to UK Purchase Tax as it was then.

Still have it as it has little residual value. Still, it served me well mainly with colour slides.

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Re: What was your first SLR

First one I used was my dad's Zenit 3m in the early '60s.

First one I owned was the Practica L in 1970, plus a hand held light meter.

Best (film) SLR I owned was the Nikon FE2. A minor classic....

Aaaah :-)

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Zenit EM in 1980 - I still have it and still use the lens.
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Zenit E back in 1980!
Are you sure about the year? I don't know for how long they made that camera, I also started with the Zenit E but was in 1970.
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Are you sure about the year? I don't know for how long they made that camera, I also started with the Zenit E but was in 1970
they were still around in 1980. the first two numbers of the serial no. are the year it was made.
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Are you sure about the year? I don't know for how long they made that camera, I also started with the Zenit E but was in 1970.
Yep...It was a few years old and a bit unreliable when I aquired it.
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Re: What was your first SLR

OM10 when it first came out. It has travelled the world with me and taken many thousands of pictures. Gave it to a friend a few weeks ago when his OM2SP failed. Still have another Mint OM10 for nostalgic reasons (I think they are Brilliant)

I still shoot slides with my OM system and in some ways prefer it
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Minolta 7000 was my first...
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Re: What was your first SLR

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Zenit E back in 1980! This was a steel brick of a camera that taught me loads about metering, aperture values etc. If I recall correctly, it had a 50mm lens and I later purchased a used 135mm lens. The camera finally jammed up whilst I was on holiday in 1982, so I decided something more 'modern' was in order.

I had settled on a Pentax MX SLR, but after looking at one I did not like it. It was then that I saw the OM1n and new this was the camera for me. I am still using it today, although I must admit I only put around one or two rolls of film through it a year. It still produces great slides and looks a real classic!
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I was much more advanced .. I had the EM in about 1980 and used the 50 and then 135 lenses - I had aperture step down -- mucho advanced !

http://www.rolandandcaroline.co.uk/zenitem/zenitem.html

I once saw someone drop one off Malham Cove in Yorkshire 260 foot onto solid limestone - it did not survive but it did break a boulder in 1/2!

I then went to the XP 12 which had (wait for it ... Exposure meter: Built-in CdS cell with L.E.D. indicators in the viewfinder.)

Then into Pentax and a number of P30's (all killed in caves) and then my MZ-5 which was a DARN fine camera and I've still got it with an MZ10 as as backup camera.

Sigh ...

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Re: What was your first SLR

Mine was the first model Zenit that came into the country in the middle 60s - before they put the 3M on it. It had a non-instant return mirror - you had to re-cock the shutter to get the mirror down. The lens was a preset 58mm f2.0 which was a copy of the pre-war Zeiss Biotar. I believe the was made on the Zeiss machinery that the Russians captured. It was solid, reliable and took wonderfully sharp pictures. I subsequently bought a 37mm Mir, 135 Jupiter and 500mm MTO mirror lens for it.

These early Zenits, before the 'E' and 'B', had a legendary reputation for ruggedness and reliablity.

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Mine was the first model Zenit that came into the country in the middle 60s - before they put the 3M on it. It had a non-instant return mirror - you had to re-cock the shutter to get the mirror down. The lens was a preset 58mm f2.0 which was a copy of the pre-war Zeiss Biotar. I believe the was made on the Zeiss machinery that the Russians captured. It was solid, reliable and took wonderfully sharp pictures. I subsequently bought a 37mm Mir, 135 Jupiter and 500mm MTO mirror lens for it.

These early Zenits, before the 'E' and 'B', had a legendary reputation for ruggedness and reliablity.

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Re: What was your first SLR

Like many others mine was a Zenit B, I never did save up enough to get the Zenit E.

Then I contracted a disease that to this day has no known cure it seems. Olympus camera syndrome is still with me but if I had never bought that OM-1 my life could be very different now!

Cheers

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Re: What was your first SLR

Like most of the people on here I started with a Zenith EM.

My next camera was a bit of a jump an Olympus OM4 + 35mm F2 lens. Still got and still use it.
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I to had a Praktica the MTL-3 & moved up to the BC -1 the first Praktica with bayonet fit lenses,(I think ).
Ho and I still have them.
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