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Welcome Peter.  Whereabouts in Bestwood were you born?

 

(We don't mess about here.. the interrogation starts immediately.... :)  )

 

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I've  just read through this thread right from the begining. A most interesting topic. Don't suppose many of the original posters still write in. I'll  add a bit too. My first camera was an Agfa rapide instant in 1965. Shan't  bother with my history but bought a second hand Zenith E in 1979. My first new one, of which I  still use occasionally is a Ricoh KR10 with 50mm and 135mm lenses. Had this one about 40 years. Bought it from a camera shop on Trinity walk I  think. Nowadays I  tend to use Canon SX170is and Pentax K1000dslr. Would the camera shop be called Trinity cameras? Probably got that wrong. Trouble is, I'm  a bit of a gadget fan, just had a count up of video cameras and got to five ! I love making  my own movies and incorporate stills among them, providing slide shows with soundtrack. That's  me bored everybody. " Say Cheese"!

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On 10/2/2019 at 6:49 PM, Beekay said:

Shan't  bother with my history but bought a second hand Zenith E in 1979.

I had a Zenith E in the mid seventies too. I had it when we came to OZ, the built in light meter went to places it had never seen in the UK.

If I remember correctly it had Pentax screw mounts on the lenses. I also had a 1000mm folded light telephoto lens with a pistol grip mount. They were built like brick sh*t houses and the mirror operated with a satisfying clunk. I used it to take surfing shots with 1000ASA film which I developed and printed myself.

I had over 4000 Kodak Ektachrome slides which I developed myself too and recently I went through and culled them, scanned the rest and threw out all the old camera bodies, lenses and developing equipment. So much easier in a digital world.

 

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I remember Zenits, they had a mirror that went up and down like a pavement slab.

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My first SLR was a Zenit E I bought new in Wollongong around 1980, great camera to learn photography, at the time. All manual, heavy but a highly dependable camera. Still have it somewhere, I have about four different lenses I bought over the years for it. Yep was a screw lens, not sure if it was Pentax screw though.

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The first camera I ever used to any extent - and learned quite a bit from - was a Practika in the 1970s.

 

It belonged to the firm where I worked at the time but I often "borrowed" it for long periods, and no-one ever seemed to notice its absence.

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Just been and wiped the dust off my other Russian  camera, (still as good as new). It's  a Lubitel 166 and uses 120 film.

I've  still got some rolls of film including 35mm for my Ricoh KR10, which I  keep in the freezer. When I'm going to use one I take it out and let it acclimatise like you would frozen food. Zenit E was a screw thread. I used to have a set of extention rings which you put in front of the lens, for macro photography. Still got a large set of Cokin filters, of which I  still use with dslr.

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2 hours ago, Brew said:

I remember Zenits, they had a mirror that went up and down like a pavement slab.

Because of that mirror, it was very difficult to take close ups of animals etc without alerting them, then they'd  be off like a rocket. I did a few weddings and you couldn't  be discreet. 

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Perhaps I was lucky, but the first proper camera I used was one of my dad’s Leica M3s - but only under his supervision! Being a rangefinder camera with a cloth shutter, all you could hear when the shutter fired was a quiet click.

 

First camera I bought was a cheap Chinon SLR, from Dixons. Passed that on to my niece when I upgraded to a Pentax SLR. (She went on to become a senior lecturer in photography at various universities).

 

Now use a Nikon DSLR. So much easier not to have to worry how many frames left on a film.

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5 hours ago, Ayupmeducks said:

great camera to learn photography, at the time. All manual, heavy but a highly dependable camera.

 

5 hours ago, Beekay said:

I used to have a set of extention rings which you put in front of the lens, for macro photography.

I agree Ayup' being all manual has stood me in good stead even in the digital age.

BK I had extension rings for macro photography and also 2x and 3x conversion rings that doubled or tripled the focal length of the lens.

All in all a great beginners camera, rugged, reliable camera with excellent optics that took good photos at a reasonable price.

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Some interesting pictures Jill. Makes you wonder how the old boy would have done if he had today's  digital facilities.

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The old school " Togs" had to be chemists too, they prepared their plates fresh daily, had everything loaded on a horse or horse drawn wagon, ventured out, took their photos, developed and processed them in primitive conditions and still produced good photos. Look at some taken in the mid 1800's in the US.

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With the greatest respect to all photographers, it is very difficult to take a bad picture, ( and I  don't  include camera shake etc.) Even the most simple of digital camera will take a halfway decent shot. They are virtually idiot proof providing one uses a little common sense. The more sophisticated cameras obviously give better results and allow more versatility. 

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