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View Poll Results: Where'd you start - 35mm SLR or dSLR?
35mm SLR 16279.80%
APS-c dSLR 4019.70%
FF dSLR 10.49%
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08-16-2010, 10:50 AM   #76
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Zenit(h) of course with it's Helios 50mm. I had thought everyone started with one of those.... seems not though.
Then a Cosina screw mount followed by Canon A1 and after a 15yr gap I bought a cheap used Pentax ME super in 2000.

08-16-2010, 10:17 PM   #77
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I shot alot with compact film P&S cams but never thought about going SLR at that time. Digital really got me into shooting more since you can PP so much easier. I was always a Canon guy with the bridge S3IS superzoom being my last Canon but I wanted something that could handle High ISO better. I like using flash as lille as possible to keep things looking natural. I have been looking at a DSLR for some years now thinking Rebel and then K100 Super but did not pull the trigger until I saw the output of the K-X. I am hooked on this camera now.
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Started with a few film P&S's, then Sears KS Super. Of which I still have and still works as far as I know. Got the standard set up 28-50-135 and 80-200 with the 2X TC. The Sears was a Ricoh I think and Pentax mount . So after a few digital P&S's I got the ist DL then the K20D now the K-7.
08-17-2010, 01:27 PM   #79
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Pentax ME Super and Yashica T4.

08-17-2010, 01:58 PM   #80
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Got a hand-me-down ME super with a M 50 1.7 and a M 135 2.5 when I was in high school (mid-80's). Went digital with a P&S Canon, then an Olympus dSLR, and then a K-x last year to bring me back to Pentax. It's good to be back!
08-17-2010, 02:08 PM   #81
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I have have been a keen photographer for 32 years. I didn't have a choice !

Pentax MX + M 50mm 1.7 was how I started out. They both still work very well.
08-17-2010, 04:36 PM   #82
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Started with Pentax ME in 1980. Liked it a lot, learned a lot, and still have that camera - works great, too.
08-20-2010, 08:51 AM   #83
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Spotmatic II in 1972. Then an ME for my wife. My first digital was the Sony Mavica that wrote to 3.5 inch diskettes. Then the Optio, and finally the K10D with which I am very happy!

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None of the above.

35mm rangefinder (Rollei).
08-20-2010, 09:31 AM   #85
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my first SLR was a "modern" cheap Nikon F65.
Oh... I miss that big bright viewfinder
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My first purchase was a K1000 plus KA K50, in the mid90s. My first SLR though was a hand-me-down early-60s Contaflex. And my first pictures were taken on a late-70s P&S of uncertain provenance.

My first digital pictures were taken on a (borrowed) Optio. Then after an interval with a Canon PowerShot, my first DSLR was a *ist ds2 (another hand-me-down). And here I am.

Also note that in my time shooting, I never owned more than one lens for the (interchangeable-lens) camera I was using. But in my (shorter) time with DSLR, I have picked up four film-era MF primes (auto-aperture) and two film-era AF primes. Not to mention an auto-aperture body, which I never had in the film era. I really should shoot some film now. :-)

I will also point out that except for a few rolls of BW film, all of my shot film was in colour slide format. I wonder how common that is here . . .
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35mm Film. In the early 1970's Dad gave me a 1957 Asahi Pentax AP "Original." I'll never forget the reverence in his voice when he said "This is an ASAHI Pentax" even though by then he'd moved on to Nikon. I still shoot that camera.

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cant remember if it was 7th or 8th grade shop class, teacher let us kick around
ideals for class project. Ideal that came up was using liquid emultion that was
available to print a B/W images on items. Sounded really cool, everybody was
"hip to it". Started talking about what we would utilize as our "paper", one
individual said that he was going to bring the family's dinner plates in and print
kin's face on each setting. Teacher freaked on that one, moved us to another
project(real quick too)....still have the lamp we made as our project
08-20-2010, 12:37 PM   #89
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hmm... My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic that I got when I was around ten or eleven. (1970 or so) I used it to supplement the family album and pictures taken by dad and his Polaroid SX-70.

Later, when I wanted learn something about photography (& as an excuse to transfer out of choir) I took Mr. Runyon's Photography class in Jr. High. Here I used an Ansco Memar with a Bertram Chronostar hand held light meter. The Ansco wasn't even technically a rangefinder as you had to set focus by manually guesstimating with the front lens ring. For my sixteenth birthday dad bought me a Spotmitic-F (I still use one now)

Digital came in 2002 with a Nikon CoolPix 5700 which is now broken and I never really liked anyway. Serious digital came in 2007 when I bought a K10D.
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QuoteOriginally posted by BillM Quote
cant remember if it was 7th or 8th grade shop class, teacher let us kick around
ideals for class project. Ideal that came up was using liquid emultion that was
available to print a B/W images on items. Sounded really cool, everybody was
"hip to it". Started talking about what we would utilize as our "paper", one
individual said that he was going to bring the family's dinner plates in and print
kin's face on each setting. Teacher freaked on that one, moved us to another
project(real quick too)....still have the lamp we made as our project
Reminds me of about 3rd or 4th grade; the teacher gave us old 16mm movie film which we washed with bleach. We then used colored markers to draw on the resulting clear film. Spliced it all together and had a 70s psychedelic animated film.
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