Which Camera Was Your First Camera For Photography?
The funny thing about it is that the camera still works, even after all these years.
I purchased my Canon T50 from the Fingerhut catalog back in 1984 as I had saved up all the money I could. Fingerhut allowed you to receive products on credit or sorts, and so I had monthly payments. So to my mother’s chagrin I ordered my first photography kit.
It was so cool (remember I was all of 14 years old) because it came with a bag, 50mm and 80-200mm lenses, even a lens cleaning kit, and some UV filters.
Needless to say I was off and running. It carried me through my Freshman, Sophomore and Junior years of high school; and most importantly, it got girls talking to me. *end snark* It wasn’t too long after that that I got my first gigs professionally which allowed me to upgrade to my Canon AE-1‘s with motor drives and power winders. I ended up with four of these cameras that were loaded with different film.
Usually I would shoot my fashion stuff on Kodachrome 64, then Fuji came out with their ASA/ISO 50.
One of the things I love about the new full frame sensor cameras that they go down to ISO 50 which gives such rich color and clean images. But as you know, requires a lot more light.
The other cameras usually had ASA100 ASA400 and of course ASA 1000 or higher. Grainy images were all the rage back in the late 80’s for fashion shoots.
In 1990/91 I ended up getting a sponsorship of sorts with Nikon and I was handed two Nikon F4s camera bodies and a few lenses.
The F4s was a great camera for shooting fashion and glamour as it had a great motor drive, and was fully self contained as well as it introduced a vertical shutter release button on the grip. YAY for me.
I had put down the cameras professionally for a while to focus on my other career at the time but picked a camera back up in 1996 when I was first introduced to the internet.
I started a pay website back then and let me tell you what an annoyance film and scanning was for that. So once that started generating money I knew I had to change what I was doing.
I ended up purchasing my very first digital camera which was a Sony Mavica FD70 and then a month later I upgraded to the FD80 because it also shot video onto a 3.5 floppy disk, and I haven’t looked back at film since.
From there I upgraded to my Olympus E-10 which was the first digital camera that I had which allowed me to use strobes and shoot full manual.In 2002 I figured that it was time to step up back into the 35mm SLR body world so that I could have interchangeable lenses to accomplish different looks when I shot, and so I went back home to Canon when I got my the EOS D60. That was a great camera and a total workhorse.
I put my Canon D60 through hell and am surprised it still looks and works as good as it does. For a while there I was doing up to five shoots per day.So much so that I had moved to Las Vegas and that summer I was out on location in 115 degree weather seven days a week for hours and performance wasn’t hindered at all. In fact I put nearly 360,000 shots on it before I had to take it in to have the shutter curtain repaired.
In 2004 I even grabbed hold of a Hasselblad H3D as well when those first came out and it was a great studio camera that I really loved. When you needed to shoot a billboard that was the one to do it with.
I now have my 6D and I absolutely love it, and of course the ability to shoot video with it which I haven’t actually done yet to any major degree so talk about getting a two for one.I got to use the Canon 5Dr back in April and now I am preparing to upgrade to the that system. At 50 mega-pixels I’d be a fool not to. Especially since I’m doing almost all my shooting for print!
Digging through those boxes and the trip down memory lane got me wondering; what were the first cameras of other photographers. Please feel free to comment below what your first camera was.
I actually shot a lot with this little guy. I was shooting any and everything that I could possibly shoot. So much that my mother told me that I had to get myself a job to pay for my habit, and I did. Working for a cable television station.