Your first camera

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Missouri
Back in high school I worked in the darkroom (early 1970's) for the school paper and year book. Was really into B&W photography. Saved up and got a Minolta SRT-101. It still took great photos up to 10 years ago - because that's when I lost it somewhere? To this day I can't figure (sadly) what the heck happened to it. Wished I still had it.
 
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Kyiv
My first camera was Kiev-19 with a stock Helios 50mm lens, got it from my parents at around 14-15, and it had been my main camera until I got EOS 350D a few years later.
A very basic camera if you compare it with the likes of Nikon (it's also F mount, btw), but did everything I needed at the time, and compared to the rest of the Soviet-era cameras it was actually among the very best overall - very durable too, I remember shooting when it was -20C outside.
Used to experiment a lot with the b&w photo and darkroom, since I had a friend at a uni photo lab and could use it on occasion, but many of the films I shot were long expired Svemas, so results were peculiar at best. The only other B&W film available at the time was Kodak (C41), which was expensive (for a kid) and you'd have to be lucky to get it.
 
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Sweden
My photo history: Voigtländer Bessamatic, Nikon F Photomic, Rollei 35 T or maybe it was S, Nikon F90X, then came digital and was I happy, no more film, no more developing, no more scanning, I have never looked back, better quality? nah! but so much more convenient...
 
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I bought this wonderful Mamiya before going to Cuba in 1980. It remained my favorite handling camera for a long time. I forget what happened to it, I either donated it to a street kid project in Vietnam or it's well hidden in my Dad's garage.


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Liverpool
A Zenit E. I still have it to this day and last year I picked up a mint unused Moscow Olympics version (only difference being it has the Olympic rings on it and it would probably fail a drugs test), leather case the lot for £5 in a local charity shop. Possibly worth.......£5.

Typical Russian build quality and could be used for hurling at armoured vehicles.
 
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Southern Ontario, Canada
As far as I can recall, my first camera was an American Kodak Brownie Hawkeye with an honking great flash attachment. This was followed by a Kodak Brownie 127. After this it was a a 35mm the make of which i can’t remember, for which I paid £5 in 1961. The camera I lusted after was a Minox.
 
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I bought a Zenith camera around late sixties and took great pics. However it broke down on a trip to Moscow. I bought another in a hard currency shop in Moscow, but the back did not stay closed for long ! Needless to say, resulting pics were not all perfect . I bought a Pentax when home and the quality was quite a contraet
 
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I bought a Zenith camera around late sixties and took great pics. However it broke down on a trip to Moscow. I bought another in a hard currency shop in Moscow, but the back did not stay closed for long ! Needless to say, resulting pics were not all perfect . I bought a Pentax when home and the quality was quite a contraet
May be the shock of returning home.

As cameras go I rather thought Zeniths were pretty good and the optics very reasonable. .
 
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