People have asked, What was your first camera?

Discussion in 'Medium and Large Format Cameras' started by kennethcooke, Jul 2, 2017.

  1. kennethcooke

    kennethcooke FF Veteran

    May 30, 2017
    Leeds, WestRiding, UK
    And my very first camera as a young lad was a camera acquired by collecting cigarette coupons. My Mother used to own a shop and as a general store they also sold cigarettes and tobacco.

    It came into her possession before I was born but when I came on the scene in 1947, I became, like most babies, well documented on film. I guess in the late 50's the camera was given to me and so started a lifetime interest in all things photographic. carreras-fortune-telling-leaflet-large.
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  2. JoeLopez

    JoeLopez FF Regular

    Jul 3, 2017
    I noticed this is in the 'medium & large format' sub forum, but I still have my first camera

    GAF 126 Instamatic type :)

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  3. kennethcooke

    kennethcooke FF Veteran

    May 30, 2017
    Leeds, WestRiding, UK
    Nice one Joe, never thought others would add to it? But the more the merrier.
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  4. johnson4096

    johnson4096 FF Rookie

    Aug 24, 2017
    My first was a Kodak Brownie that I received as a Christmas gift when I was about 11 years old. Several years later I purchased a Yashica 126. My first 35 was a Yashica Electro 35.
    8c82a115d6452f25685e1fd05e613d0c--vintage-cameras-camera-photography. 190033.
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  5. Cerita

    Cerita FF Regular

    Jul 24, 2017
    Toronto, Canada
    I never had a first camera as a child, my dad had a Kodak Instamatic X15 which he got as a gift and it became the family camera. A few months ago I did some research on it and I realised why it was such an awful camera!! It was made from cheap plastic, and must have had a plastic lens too LOL! It took 126 film I think and used magic cube flashes. We lived in India at the time, so we had film and magic cubes shipped from Canada and the US to us at great cost I imagine as shipping wasn't cheap in the 70's.
    When I got married, I used my husband's Nikon EM, which took very good pictures in the right hands but it bit the dust after I dropped it on the beach one day, not one image I took with that camera was nice as I had no idea about the ever important exposure triangle, so my attempts were hugely under/over exposed images and I obviously couldn't use the MF very well LOL! Pics below for nostalgia (not mine).


    nikon_em. Dubbed as a "woman's camera"

    Earlier this year when I took up photography properly, I started with digital and learnt a great many things before making the switch over to film, so my first film camera I guess would be the mint Minolta 404 AF I got off Ebay, and now 12 cameras later.... Well!
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  6. MoonMind

    MoonMind FF Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 24, 2015
    My first own camera was a Kodak Ektra 150; found an image on Flickr here. However, it actually got stolen in Paris - my mother's handbag and my jacket pocket where picket when I was 15 or something.

    My father gave me a little money to replace the camera, and I added a bit of my own to buy something the felt much more like a "real" camera: the Minolta Hi-Matic GF; I bought one of these for nostalgia's sake:
    minoltahimaticgf - Edited.

    Admittedly, it wasn't a lot more sophisticated than the Kodak (if at all), but I shot my first really satisfying images with it. It marked my personal entry into "serious" photography. Unfortunately, the camera I acquired recently doesn't give me images that are as satisfying as those from the original one - duh ...

    However, I literally cut my teeth on my father's camera, a Contaflex Prima from the early 1960s; that very camera is in my collection today - it's still a fine shooter, one of most compact leaf shutter SLRs I know of:
    contaflexprima - Edited.
    (Some more funky WB - no reliable way of normalising it in Polarr ... yet; thankfully, the hues suit the respective cameras.)

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  7. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy FF Regular

    Feb 4, 2017
    Martin Connolly
    I only have distant recollections of my first camera. I'm pretty sure it was a Halina, but it looked quite similar to the Yashica picture from @johnson4096@johnson4096 above inasmuch as the light meter was around the lens, but it did not have the rounded edges on the body like the Yashica. I can't find anything similar on so I am probably mistaken! I don't believe it had any means of adjusting the exposure, and had zone focus. I know I took loads of photos with it in my early teenage years. I may even still have some of them in boxes in the attic!
  8. tonyturley

    tonyturley FF Veteran

    Mar 24, 2015
    My first camera was a Praktica STL-3, given to me by my parents for Christmas when I was 18. It was my only camera for over 20 years, and I took many photos with it and the Jenna 50mm f/2.8 lens that came with it. Funny, but GAS and its close cousin, lens lust, never reared their ugly heads during all that time - not until I discovered digital. The Praktica sits on a shelf near my computer desk, and I ran some film through it last year. Still operates perfectly, except for the dead meter. It requires a mercury cell battery of an odd size, so I just used Sunny 16, which worked fine.
  9. MoonMind

    MoonMind FF Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 24, 2015
    Wish I could say the same, but honestly, I can't: I collected quite a lot of gear even then. The only good thing I can say about this is that I kept most of it, so it's still of value for me today.

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  10. Twilli53

    Twilli53 FF Regular

    Aug 17, 2017
    Central Florida
    Timothy A Williams
    My first camera was a Brownie. The first camera I bought for myself that I actually sat down and learned to use was a Nikon FE.
  11. phigmov

    phigmov FF Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 23, 2015
    I started to use my dads old Pen EES in the early 80's. First camera I bought was a Polaroid OneStep in the early 90's followed by an Oly Superzoom compact soon afterwards. Didn't really get properly into photography as a hobby until 2010 when I picked up an Oly E-P1 as a nostalgic throwback to the EES.
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  12. From memory , the first camera I bought with money from my paper run ( 1970 I think )was the usual suspect Kodak Instamatic. I remember buying the cubed flash bulbs for it .
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