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05-15-2013, 04:10 AM   #1
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What lenses/gear do you still have from when you started?

I thought it might be interesting to see what any of you still have from when you started into SLR photography. This thought came into my mind a few months ago when I realized that most of the stuff I started with has been effectively traded for other things. It's sort of like a family tree when you track which lens was bought and what it "turned into" when it was sold.

I started with a K200D and an FA 50/1.4. I still have the K200D, but I sold the FA 50/1.4 and replaced with the M 50/1.7 and a white K-x. The M 50/1.7 eventually got upgraded to the A version. I also had an FA 35/2 that I bought a year after I got into SLR photography. I downgraded to the DA 35/2.4 and used the extra money to acquire an M 85/2. The DA 35/2.4 was sold to become part of the K-30 that I have now. The K-30 purchase involved a bit of deficit spending, as the as-yet-unsold white K-x up in the marketplace is going to help pay for the K-30 as well.

Oh yes, the Metz 48 that I started with. I sold that to fund the purchase of off-camera lighting stuff: 2 Yongnuo YN 560s, wireless triggers, light stands, umbrella holders, and umbrellas.

My current signature should reflect my current gear set. For the foreseeable future, the K-30 and the M 85/2 should be staying put for a long while; the K-30 because it's brand new and the M 85/2 because it's such a great lens and hard to find.

05-15-2013, 04:18 AM   #2
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I bought a Spotmatic back in the early eighties which I used for aerial photography. With it I had a 135mm 3.5 takumar, a 35mm 3.5 takumar, and an 85mm 1.9 takumar. In '89, I switched over to Canon and gave my Pentax stuff to a friend on her birthday. Flash forward many years to my current K5. My friend now shoots with a digital point & shoot, so she gifted me back the Pentax stuff. I bought an adapter for the lenses, and it's just like old times.
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I was not a Pentax shooter back when I did SLRs, so I have no lenses from that period. I started with the 2 Lens Kit (18-55 & 55-300) that came with the K-x. What a great little camera, I hope its making someone very happy. I still have the 55-300 and enjoy using it. I think the 55-300 is a very under appreciated lens simply because it came in a kit.
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Absolutely nothing.
I still do not know what became of my Ricoh KR-10 (an awesome camera). I sold the last of my old manual primes (Sigma 24/2.8, Kiron 28/2.0) last year, and threw the zooms in the bin.

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I started out in "real" SLR photography. AF was pure science fiction and digital photography wasn't even dreamed about. My first SLR was a used Topcon wink-mirror (branded as Porst) from the late sixties. That doesn't exist anymore, but here's what I got next:

  • Pentax K1000
  • smc Pentax-M 1:2.0 50mm
  • Tamron SP 350mm f/5.6 + Tamron SP 01F 2 Teleconverter
  • Cosina MC Cosinon-W 35mm f/2.8
  • Vivitar Series-1 24-48mm f/3.8
All from the years 1982-1984. All still in my possession (you don't sell old, close relatives, do you?!?). All still in excellent working condition. All still in (some) use today.
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When I was in the Navy back in 70-73, we were down in the Canal Zone and I picked up an Asahi Spotmatic IIa with a Tak 55/1.8 lens. I still have it....

I don't know what happened to the 1lb Yuban coffee can camera I made in print shop while in the 8th grade. It used something like 1" by 2" sheet film.

05-15-2013, 04:47 AM   #7
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A Chinon 50 f/1.9 has survived all changes and is the only one that has done. I bought it originally for my late younger brother in 92 when he was studying photography. Found out that it fitted and worked on my K20D in 09 and set me off on my own journey through primes.

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Absolutely everything.

I still have my old A-1, and OM-2s, because I am a hoarder. The OM-2s light seals are still good. I know I could use the lenses on an NEX but I don't have a large enough collection of lenses in a single mount to warrant the cost of an adapter, and I don't want to buy two adapters. Especially when I can just reach into my pile o' Pentax gear.

The old cameras are good to pick up once in a while and fondle.
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> kit lens (18-55mm)
> FA 50/1.4
Not the same copies, though.
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K20D and Sigma 17-70. All the rest came and went, but my current lineup is pretty much final.
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i still have my olympus om1 and i have 2 lens but don't recall what they are...for the most part i tend to keep everything
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I still have my first SLR, the Vivitar V335 and the 35-70 kit lens, all still in working order.
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My dad still has his Canon F-1 that I learned on. I bought him a roll of film and a mint 35mm lens for his 60th birthday. He still has a 100mm and a 200mm.
I sold my DAL18-55, a M28/2.8 and a manual Tamron 400/6.3 (looks like a Spiratone). All the rest are keepers. So far.

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In the 60s when I was still in shorts my first real camera was a 2 1/4 twin reflex. Might as well get serious while you are young. It sits on a mantle piece along with my sptmatic F. I still have all my pentax gear from the 70's which includes a spotmatic F and the ES - what a fabulous camera. I still use my 100mm macro bellows and the right angle view finder. Work purchased for me the ultimate set of Olympus gear for the late 80s and 90s. I then purchased a new pentax film camera and went digital the week the K10 became available. I am not one for selling things off.
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I have my grandmother's folding Brownie from the '20s, which was one of my first cameras. My first SLR was a screw mount Vivitar, and it, and its lenses got full of mold in my mom's basement and gone. I do still have my first K-mount lens, an M 50/1.4 from the '70s.

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