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    My first camera

    My first camera was given to me by my father. It was a Zeiss Ikonette, which he had bought quite a few years previously - it took tiny photos, these first prints are approx. 6 x 4cm.



    Wentworth Falls, March 1954


    R.A.S. Easter Show, Sydney April 1954



    Botanical Gardens Sydney, August 1954

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    Hey, Toni. This sounds like the start of a good thread. I don't know if it's been done b4 on AP, but you've piqued my interest. I'm going to dig out my 1st cam and post a pique of it here too. Hang on... Am.
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    OK, I did a search and could not find any thread except this one with "first camera" in it.

    This is my VERY First Camera - an Agfa Synchro Box. I got it when I was 12 yo. Am.

    Specifications...
    Release Date- Approx. 1950
    Lens- Fixed focus 90mm meniscus, single element in one group
    Image size- 6cm x 9cm (120 film)
    Apertures- fixed, f/13 and f/22
    Shutter- single leaf
    Shutter speeds- Bulb and 1/50 sec, approx.
    Focusing range- hyperfocal, approx 10 feet to Infinity at f/22, 20 feet to Infinity at f/13
    In-built filter- Yellow
    Cable Shutter Release screw-in socket
    Frame Advance- Manual with rear window readout.

    Compared to- incomparable in present state
    Samples- non extant
    Conclusion- an exciting first piece of kit for a pubescent stripling at the time.

    PS. Light box for product shot: 4 sheets of white A4 paper.
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    What, no photos Am? I have some a bit older - school girl photos - I'm not putting them here

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    Hey, Toni. This sounds like the start of a good thread. I don't know if it's been done b4 on AP, but you've piqued my interest. I'm going to dig out my 1st cam and post a pique of it here too. Hang on... Am.
    Couldn't agree more with the thread comments, there must be literally hundreds of "first cameras" belonging to members, must try to dig out my old Kodak
    Richard
    I've been wrong before!! Happy to have constructive criticism though.Gear used Canon 50D, 7D & 5DMkII plus expensive things hanging off their fronts and of course a "nifty fifty".

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    Quote Originally Posted by rafikicat View Post
    What, no photos Am? I have some a bit older - school girl photos - I'm not putting them here
    I could probably dig out 1 or some, but they are in the country - somewhere. It'll take some weeks but I'll c what I can do. Am.

    PS via Edit: I found a user manual, and quite a few other references to my camera via Google.

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    I checked on Google too - the Ikonette was produced between 1929 and 1931. I hope people put their first cameras and some photos here. It would be good to see.

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