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Initial post: 25 May 2013 16:51:47 BDT
Zelazowa says:

Just a bit of fun...

Please list your 5 favourite SLRs you have owned starting with your first ever acquired! Keep it simple... just 5 or less!

Here's mine:

1973... Zenit E plus 58mm Helios
1977... Nikon FM plus 50mm AI
1983... Praktica MTL5 plus 50mm Pentacon
1987... Nikon F-301 plus 50mm AIS
2010... Nikon D40 plus 18-55mm

I have a few others, as we all do probably, but these have meant that little bit more...

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 23:40:25 BDT
1971 - Exacta Varex 1000with f2 Pancolor
1985 - Olympus OM20 with f1,8 Zuiko
1988 - Olympus OM1n with f1.8 Zuiko
2010 _ Sony A700 with f2.8 17-50mm Tamron
2012 - Bronica ETRS with F2.8 Zenzanon E11
I've only missed 1 - the Sony A200.
I never saw much point in "upgrading" the OM1 because I loved it so much. But now I have found medium format and that is my current film medium.

Posted on 26 May 2013 10:52:48 BDT
ChrisJ says:
1974: Olympus OM-1. Still in the house... Still in use.
2008: Olympus E-520. Still in use, everyday.

Waiting for a similar suitable upgrade...

Posted on 1 Jun 2013 21:17:07 BDT
A. P. Hussey says:
1968 Zenith B
1980 Nikon FM and a (small) hatful of lenses
2007 Nikon D40
2011 Bronica ETRS
2013 Nikon D7000

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2013 21:33:30 BDT
Hi AP,
Nice to see another Bronica man.

Posted on 2 Jun 2013 02:04:23 BDT
Zelazowa says:
Yes and another Nikon FM and Nikon D40 man!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2013 02:26:14 BDT
I forgot to add my Zenith E - but it was a recent £6 purchase and I haven't put film through it yet.

Posted on 2 Jun 2013 13:26:43 BDT
Zelazowa says:
Did it come with a Helios 58mm lens Dr G?

Posted on 2 Jun 2013 15:09:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Aug 2013 08:30:02 BDT
T.J.Byford says:

An interesting discussion.

1966 Reflexa, a re-badged Mamiya, with Exakta mount Canon f1.9/50 (p/xd later for a Russian Kiev 4)
1978 Nikon F Photomic Ftn, f1.4/50 Nikkor. (Sold to partially fund R3 + lenses)
c. 1983 Leicaflex 1, f2/50 Summicron. (Still have it.)
c.1987 Leica R3, f2/50 Summicron. (Sold to help fund M6.)
2011 Leica R7, body only.

These were users, as opposed to those acquired for my small collection over time so, like Z, there were some more and which I still have: Leicaflex SL2, Praktica VLC2, Exakta Varex IIb, Exakta RTL 1000, Exa IIb and Exa 1a. Oh, I forgot my Minolta XD7, Fujica ST605N, Fujica AX-3, and Praktica BX200.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2013 20:01:55 BDT
Hi Z,
Yes the Zenith has the Helios.

I didn't realise you were an Ihagee fan. I had a VX1000 but Isold it to get my Olympus when the writing was on the wall regarding the Exacta mount and third party lenses became unavailable. No internet then so getting stuff in the early 80s meant finding specialist dealers. There was an Exacta man in London and he took my gear for a fair price.
My only current Ihagee is the Auto Ultrix with Radionar lens which I need to service when I can get round to it. I believe it to be the lightest 6x9 folding camera.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2013 21:20:56 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Dr. A,

I wouldn't say that I'm a fan of Ihagee, just because I have four of them. it is more of an accident. I deliberately set out to get the Varex (around 1978) as it was unique, and somehow looked "the biz". The RTL, with metering head, followed not long after these were being remaindered at a low price. The Exa IIb and 1a had been in a box for many many years where I was employed and were heading for the skip as the photographic department had long converted to Nikon. They were rescued when the Photographic Department manager heard I had a small camera collection. Such was their value then that these were just going to be dumped as being old and antiquated!

Posted on 3 Jun 2013 23:49:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jun 2013 00:52:37 BDT
Simon C says:
1977 Contax RTS the first Contax model sold to get a Contax 167.I gave that to a student studying photography, with a Carl Zeiss 135 f2.8 and a Sigma zoom 28-70 Contax/Yashika fit.
1955 Kodak Brownie 120 to charity shop 1970
1960 Minolta rangefinder returner to father who gave it away.
1966 Periflex 50mm f 2.8 stolen when at University.
1967 Yashica TL Electro X my sister still has it. (28, 50 & 135 lenses)
1975 Minolta 110 zoom gave it away to a new photographer .
1977 The Contax RTS above
1981 Contax 167
1984 Lieca CL 40 f2 & 90 f4 sold a Leica enthusiast.
1987 Minolta S1 Vectis 25-150 APS . still have it.
1990 Contax RX still have it
1999 Contax AX still have it
Contax flashgun coupled
Carl Zeiss lenses - 50- 1.4. 85- 1.4, and a 180-2.8 and a CZ zoom 28-70 -3.5-.5f
Yashica 400 -f4
Nothing else will fit in my bag Bellingham so that is all I can get?
Also have a Contax T2 and a Yashica T4
Also a jammed CZ 28 f2.8 with a jammed focus collar. Needs to get repaired. Any suggestions where ?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2013 00:24:00 BDT
Zelazowa says:
Hi Simon...

Could you please edit in the years, thanks


In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2013 00:42:17 BDT
Simon C says:
Years for what?
1st Contax in 1977

Posted on 4 Jun 2013 01:21:40 BDT
Zelazowa says:
Hi Simon...

Check the first post and later posts with the year of camera acquisition plus notes if you like. So for example:

1936 Ihagee Kine Exacta... sadly lost in Berlin
1949 Contax S... bought in Dresden [still have this one]
1960 Nikon F... still fully functional
1972 Olympus OM1... every SLR should have a viewfinder like this. Still have and fully functional.
2004 Nikon F6... I'm a rich amateur photographer and insist on owning the best... this is it, no question.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2013 01:31:14 BDT
Hi Z,
I'd rather have that Nikon F thanks.

Posted on 4 Jun 2013 13:30:29 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
F6 with the ability to write EXIF data to a memory card, and in a 35mm slr? WOW! WOW! WOW!. Do you get the impression I am impressed?

Posted on 4 Jun 2013 15:14:45 BDT
Zelazowa says:
Hi Dr G...
The Nikon F6 note was a reference to the well known Len Wellrock...
Me too... the Nikon F all the way!

Yes! What opportunities were missed in the crazy rush to digital.

Posted on 5 Jun 2013 00:59:18 BDT
Simon C says:
My uncle a resident in Kenya from 1930's to 1990's had a very early Asahi Pentax. He ran a photo Safari business after he finished the (shooting) safari business. He finished up with Nikons. He supplied material to National Geographic for some years.

Posted on 18 Jul 2013 16:15:36 BDT
Zelazowa says:
There are some eminent regular posters absent from this little forum... it would be nice to know your SLR timeline...

Posted on 12 Aug 2013 00:39:10 BDT
My Grandfather "Pixel Pete" [Pierre] enjoys reading through these forums, especially those relating to film. He was keen to post his own SLR timeline which as he is not too well I have posted for him. He still has all the cameras listed and I believe all, with the possible exception of the Praktiflex, are fully functional. He enjoys using my D40 but his real love is for the film cameras and film.

1939 Praktiflex
1949 Contax S
1966 Nikon F
1982 Nikon FM2
2010 Nikon D40 [Grandson's...]


Posted on 14 Aug 2013 21:10:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Aug 2013 21:14:34 BDT
hi just got back in range of wifi nearly missed this one
FUJICA ST605n f2
CANON A1 f1.8
CANON 50D present
I moved to canon after all my gear was stolen in 1985 in a burglary . I am thinking of moving to a Bronica for landscape & portraiture in the future there are some excellent examples ebay any suggestions on lenses please use JFND thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2013 22:37:56 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Hello, Hans.

I still have my ST605N, although it has long since been retired. It has a lovely 35mm lens attached and which I found surprisingly good. Unusual in its era to have a top speed of 1/1500 sec.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2013 08:07:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Aug 2013 08:23:18 BDT
Morning T J The fuji was the first slr I bought brand new I couldn't wait to get it home & try it ,a lovely piece of kit a shame it's gone

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2013 11:13:27 BDT
Hello Hans
I have a couple of Bronica ETRS. My favourite lens is the 40mm PE f4. Next comes the 75mm EII. I also like the 50mm but since getting the 40mm I use it a lot less. I don't get a lot of use out of the 150mm but there again it was only £45 from Ffordes.
I bought a very good 75mm EII for £7.50 - the aperture ring was a touch stiff but you could still feel the detents OK.
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