Here's my next list. These are the cameras I've owned. I'm sure I've forgotten some of the more forgettable. I've tired to put them in the order I acquired them.
1. Kodak Instamatic 100. Very first camera that was all mine. It was used, but when I was 10 years old, I thought it was great. Status - still have it.
2. Kodak Instamatic 500. This was a neat, high quality camera that used Kodak's Instamatic cartridges (which was about 35mm film size). It had a good Schneider lens and manual exposure control. Status - don't know.
3. Canon A1, my first 35mm film camera and my first brand new camera. Used it for 21 years and then sold it on eBay. I gave up on Canon because they stopped making FD lenses. That's too bad because some of those FDs were superb.
4. Nikon F3hp with motor drive, this is a solid metal professional camera. The one I bought was probably over 20 years old and I've never had it serviced, but it still works like it should. I switched over to Nikon when I sold off my Canon gear. Status - I still use it; it was the only camera I took to the British Virgin Islands last year. This is a great camera from the infancy of automatic exposure control.
5. Nikon F3 (stripped down model), I bought this as a beater to have a spare camera body. Status - still have it but I haven't used it, the battery compartment cover is missing and I haven't looked for a replacement.
6. Holga, this bizarre camera is made entirely of plastic (including the lens). There is no quality control in the factory and you usually have to tape it closed after loading the film to keep light from leaking in. Speaking of film, it uses medium format film and has no exposure control, you change film speeds to change the exposure. I left it out on the back porch once and the dog carried it off. Later, I found it in the yard and washed it off. Then I loaded some film, taped it up and took some pictures. Those were probably the crappiest photos I've ever seen. Still, it's only about $20 and is an interesting camera to experiment with...as long as you have some black electrical tape with you.
7. Stereo Realist. This strange camera took pictures that gave a primitive illusion of 3D by using two lenses that would take two pictures of the same subject from a slightly different angle. The Realist used 35mm film and you would have to have it processed in a special lab that would mount the two images side by side in a single slide frame. Then you would have to load the slides in a special projector and the family would sit around wearing goofy-looking 3D glasses and be amazed at the photographer's ability to take "real" 3D images. What a gimmick! A long dead relation left a Stereo Realist camera, projector, and several boxes of his amateur photography in the attic and I ended up with it. He must have been a cheapskate because it wasn't even the good Stereo Realist camera, it was the stripped down Realist 45. I sold it off on eBay as fast as I could. I have always wondered why this deceased relation purchased a crappy camera like this instead of something collectible like a Nikon S3.
8. Kodak Folding Pocket Number 1. Interesting antique that you can't get film for anymore. It sat on my entertainment center for awhile because it looked cool but now it resides in the basement.
9. Mamiya 645 medium format, manual exposure control, takes some really good photos, but I always had a hard time figuring out how to hold it. Status - still have it but it doesn't get much use, my scanner doesn't like the medium format film.
10. Nikon F5, what an awesome camera. This was Nikon's last professional class film camera. It's truly rugged, mine took a dive across a parking lot one afternoon and didn't sustain a single scratch...although I did have to buy a new lens hood. This is a great camera to use with studio lights because of it's advanced exposure control. This one will give you a workout when you carry it, it weighs something like 50 ounces (1.5 kg) without a lens...put on a 80-200mm lens and that will add another 2 lbs (1 kg). Status - still have it.
11. Generic Nikon Coolpix L-something. My first experience with digital. This one spent a year and a half with me in Iraq but finally quit after I got back. Didn't really take very good photos.
12. Nikon D3, my second digital camera. Uses the same lenses as my Nikon film cameras. This one is solid metal, sophisticated, fast, full frame sensor...and damned heavy! This has been my everyday camera since 2008. Status - still have it.
13. Zone VI 4x5 large format. This is one of those walnut cameras with the leather bellows and black cloth that you put over your head. I always felt kind of self-conscious using it. Besides, I've never had to time to really figure out how it works.
14. Nikon D40. Enjoyable camera to shoot and has some neat features, like 1/500 sec flash synch. It is plastic and feels that way when shooting it...especially noticeable after shooting pro gear.
15. Argus 35mm SLR film camera from the early 1950's. This was my dad's camera and I used to experiment with it when I was a young boy. I remember being fascinated with the way the aperture iris would close down when you twisted the lens. It doesn't work now but I'd like to get it fixed some day and try it out.
16. Leica M3 35mm rangefinder camera. This mechanical camera is completely manual, no batteries needed. Mine was made in 1957 and is a good as new. No one makes cameras like this anymore. I've started to use film again for all my serious photography. Digits just isn't doing it for me anymore. I want to get back in touch with the art in photography and, for me, that means film (slide film and b&w). Besides, its several pounds lighter than my D3 and you don't look as dorky as when you carry a "big camera" around.
I think that's about it. I may have forgotten some unimportant, "forgettable" cameras but these are the ones that had some influence on my memory. Maybe my next list will be my favorite lenses or maybe the guns I used to own but lost in a divorce.
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