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Re: Show us your first cameras

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My first was the extraordinary Zeiss Werra 1. My father was a keen photographer from pre-war years and always extolled the virtues of the Zeiss Tessar lens. At the time, this camera was cheaper than a Tessar lens alone!


Yes, we also had a Werra in the house as well: I don’t know what happened to that for sure, but I have a vague recollection something broke and it was chucked. Might well have been the shutter or the film wind (which you did by twisting the base of the lens, if I remember correctly?).
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Re: Show us your first cameras

The first camera that I ever owned was a Kodak 127 "Brownie" (Second model) which was given to me by my grandmother on my 6th birthday. The first photo that I took was of my little sister riding her tricycle out in front of our house.

Sadly, that camera went missing during the course of my moves from South Africa to New Zealand and then on to Australia about 25 years ago. Then, about a month ago, I noticed that somebody in Brisbane was selling an identical camera to my old one for AUD 55.00 here in Brisbane. I just HAD to buy it to add to my "Old Camera Museum".



My first digital camera, which is sitting somewhere in my garage:



I am now also looking for a 1903 model Kodak Box Brownie, similar to that which my maternal grandmother brought with her when she moved from Melbourne, VIC, Australia to Johannesburg in South Africa in 1911. That also went missing during the course of my moves.

My next camera was a Kodak Instamatic 33 like that which OMUser has posted, followed by:
  • Olympus OM2N
  • Olympus XA
  • Olympus mju Zoom
  • Nikon F50D (the"D" was for "DataBack")
  • Olympus mju 500 (first digital camera)
  • Olympus E-300 (first DSLR)
  • Olympus mju 810
  • Olympus E-3
  • Canon PowerShot S100 ("borrowed" by some very "helpful" people who were hanging around the Avis counter at Johannesburg's OR Tambo Airport while I was handing back my rental car. They also helped themselves to my GPS.)
  • Olympus XZ-2 (bought to replace the Canon PowerShot S100)
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 (first mirrorless camera)
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II
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Re: Show us your first cameras

First Kodak is not longer around..But here are some that I have before moving to digital...
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Re: Show us your first cameras

First Camera was a Kodak 110 Brownie - a Christmas present from my parents. Very basic...
Kodak Brownie 110 by bigalid, on Flickr

Then on to an Olympus OM-10 c/w 50mm lens - bought, secondhand in Taunton for £89. Had a couple of bodies since...
Olympus OM10 by Chris Goodacre, on Flickr


Ricoh FF-7 (FF-9) bought in the US in the late 80's - this was a great camera - nailed exposure pretty much every time
Ricoh FF-9 (01) by Hans Kerensky, on Flickr

Entered the digital world with a Nikon E4600 - nice macro capability
My Nikon Coolpix E4600 by E Magnuson, on Flickr

Then back to Olympus with the E-510, then to E5, EM1 & EM1.2
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Re: Show us your first cameras

Whilst I lusted after an OM1 when I was a teenager but couldn't afford one, I did pick this little beauty up a year or so ago for enxt to nothing:


Olympus OM-1 by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

I've also got a couple of other film cameras that arrived in my possession when my wife's father died a few years back. One is a Rollei B35 and the other is a Zeiss Icon of some sort. I'll dg them out and post a few pics.
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I've also got a couple of other film cameras that arrived in my possession when my wife's father died a few years back. One is a Rollei B35 and the other is a Zeiss Icon of some sort. I'll dg them out and post a few pics.
Hopefully posting the results from using them, and not just cam-porn.

I forgot to mention earlier that I also have a Rollei, the 35LED. In fact it has a roll of HP5+ at EI1600 waiting patiently. It's not alone; I have three cameras loaded with film, biding their time.
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Re: Show us your first cameras

My first proper camera was the Zenith ET

Got it for Christmas, after I had finished the roll of film (all our xmas pictures) could not rewind film as is was very stiff, so my dad managed to do it but when we open the back, a load of confetti fell out!! learned to read the manuals after that (there is a button on bottom to press when rewinding file) :-)
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Re: Show us your first cameras

My first camera was a Kodak Brownie Starmite. Don't have a photo of it, but you can see an image and some info about the camera here:-http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Kodak_Br...tarmitehttp://

Subsequently I got, and still have, a Voigtlander Vitessa 500s 35mm camera which provided sterling service for many years - including an overland trip by van to Isfahan in Iran.



In the mid-70s, after I'd been working for about 3 years I splashed out on an OM-2n and my fondness for the Olympus brand was cemented. I used the OM-2 for many years, acquired a variety of lenses (from 28mm to 300mm) and bought my wife an OM-10 (handy as a backup!).

Some time in the '90s I bought an Olympus IS-100. I'm still not really sure why I bought this, because it seemed a big step backwards and my photographic output tailed off.



In 2004 we went on a rail holiday in the Canadian Rockies and I decided the time had come to try digital photography. I bought a Konica Minolta A1 (5Mp with a 28-200mm zoom). The A1 incorporated in-body IS - which came in very handy for taking pictures from a moving train. The claimed ISO range was 100-800; in practice ISO800 was unusably noisy and ISO400 was only good for emergencies!

After squatting on this forum in 2007 for about 6 months I took the plunge and bought an E-3 just after they were launched. A wonderful camera though I considered it large and heavy. So the E-M5 followed - but this was too small for comfort and I changed to an E-M1 as soon as possible.
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Re: Show us your first cameras

Perhaps we should have a sister thread to this, 'Show us your last camera'.
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Perhaps we should have a sister thread to this, 'Show us your last camera'.

are you expecting an imminent catastrophe that will wipe us all out?
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are you expecting an imminent catastrophe that will wipe us all out?
Haha, no, I was thinking that most of us would come to realise that we already have the camera we need.
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Haha, no, I was thinking that most of us would come to realise that we already have the camera we need.
Yes, another factor making life harder for camera manufacturers. Along with phones killing the lower end market, digital has reached a good enough stage where the imperative to upgrade is largely GAS rather than need.
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Yes, another factor making life harder for camera manufacturers. Along with phones killing the lower end market, digital has reached a good enough stage where the imperative to upgrade is largely GAS rather than need.
Indeed so. The digital camera is such a mature product now that manufacturers are finding it increasingly difficult to sell more of the same, with minor tweaks. I said this once before, I'd suggest the manufacturers somehow encourage users to upgrade the camera operating system, to ultimately slow the camera down to become virtually unusable. Apple do it. Maybe cameras need to team up with Adobe and all the other proceeding teams to make old cameras incompatible.
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Haha, no, I was thinking that most of us would come to realise that we already have the camera we need.

That's a relief


I feel that my current E-M1 Mk ii meets my needs extremely well and I do make use of most of its special features.

The automatic stacking is great for macro photography, while the CAF performance is a huge advance on the Mk.i - better than I expected. I use mine, mainly, for various types of natural history photography from long-lens stuff to macro and really appreciate the portability of the kit (especially when compared with my previous Nikon system).

I think those of us who started way back in film days, when HS Ektachrome at 160ASA (now ISO) was a super-fast colour film (of mediocre image quality) appreciate how capable MFT cameras really are
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Re: Show us your first cameras

I donít have a picture of my first camera, a Kodak 620 roll film folding bellows type, but here are some of my first 35mm ones, the first of which was the 35RD

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