What was your first Camera?

sward

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Ok Nostaligia time, I'd love to know what your first camera was. I don't mind if it was a cheeky Polaroid number, a hardcore chonky serious unit or a retro 90's disposable - let me know what it was, and bonus points if you can find a picture of it!
 
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An old Russian Zenit that weighed a ton :) Tried to upload a picture but I’m being told that ‘the uploaded file does not have an allowed extension’, even though it’s a jpeg!
 
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My first camera was a Kodak pocket instamatic using 110 film. My second camera was a Yashica rangefinder bought used at a yard sale but I don't remember the model number.
 
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My first camera was shared between my 2 brothers and 2 sisters and myself, but I don't ever remember them taking any photos with it. The camera was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye and I remember using it in the mid to late fifties.

That was a film camera (620). My first digital camera was an Olympus C-4000z in late 2002, which I used mostly to document my business projects (flooring) until 2005. The photo below was a "selfie" I shot in my bedroom mirror sometime in 2004 and reversed in post for proper perspective.

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My first camera was a Kodak pocket instamatic using 110 film. My second camera was a Yashica rangefinder bought used at a yard sale but I don't remember the model number.
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I'm pretty sure this was very literally the exact model of the first camera I had at home. I vividly remember the spinning flash attachment on the top for those super high quality 110 film images taken in low light.

The 80s were a wild time to be alive!


Addendum: In the 90s I worked at a film development center in a drug store and getting into the 110 film rolls by prying them open with a small screwdriver was always a dangerous proposition.
 
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Ok Nostaligia time, I'd love to know what your first camera was. I don't mind if it was a cheeky Polaroid number, a hardcore chonky serious unit or a retro 90's disposable - let me know what it was, and bonus points if you can find a picture of it!
Kodak Instamatic 100 - I got more prints back with stickers on than ones without! :0)
 

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My dad was a genuine film photographer. Even though I played with a Canon A-1 and a few Nikon F series cameras, my first true love for photography never materialized until 2008. That’s when I bought a Nikon D40 with a 35mm f/1.8G lens. This baby changed everything and my dedication to photography never faded ever since.
 

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Aside from a 110 Instamatic it would be my Dad's Ikoflex TLR. Still have it in my collection. From there...the Yashica GSN Electro 35...A Miranda DX3 (piece of sh...)...Yashica FR-1...Olympus OM1 and 2...And finally...my first Nikon...An F2 that still runs! First digi was the Fujifilm S2.
 
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Mine was a yellow and gray Vivitar camera in the late 90s that probably cost $50. My first REAL camera was a Canon Rebel T3 and I'm looking into getting a mirrorless at some point!
 
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My first camera was shared between my 2 brothers and 2 sisters and myself, but I don't ever remember them taking any photos with it. The camera was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye and I remember using it in the mid to late fifties.

That was a film camera (620). My first digital camera was an Olympus C-4000z in late 2002, which I used mostly to document my business projects (flooring) until 2005. The photo below was a "selfie" I shot in my bedroom mirror sometime in 2004 and reversed in post for proper perspective.
I still have a C-3000Z, inherited from my dad. He got it ~2000.
 
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My first that I owned and bought with my own money (cutting lawns and shoveling snow) was a Minolta SRT101! All manual and had a handheld Gossen light meter! Shot my first wedding with it in the 8th Grade!
 
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First camera was bought with birthday money on my 11th birthday 57 years ago. It was a plastic bodied 120 rollfilm "Diana" type, bought in a chemist's shop.
 
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My very first camera was a little plastic thing that cost 5 Bob!
First proper camera was ALL manual Zenit E. 58mm f/2.0 Helios lens. It was that manual you had to physically close down the aperture before pressing the shutter button.
The light meter was through a selenium cell situated above the lens mount. And folks keep telling others to use manual??? 😆😬😁
 

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