I Love Old Cameras

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    I Don't Need No Stinkin Battery

    well ok a battery is nice for the light meter but that is all the battery controls on my old minolta, takes a licking and keeps on clicking with todays cameras you look at them wrong and they crack.  I just haven't got on board with todays disposable mentality, wait for...
    jami01 jami01
    1 Response Nov 21, 2009


    I learned photography on an old Mamiya-Sekor 35mm that I bought at a pawn shop when I was in high school. It was a beautiful machine. Came complete with three prime lenses, a 35mm, 50mm, and a 135mm f/2.8. I'm ashamed to admit I don't remember the f/stop of the 35 and 50mm...
    ToPhoto ToPhoto
    36-40, M
    Apr 12, 2013

    My 16 Years Old Camera

    Last month I decided to take pictures with an old camera I found in my house. My dad bought it in 1997, it has almost my age! I love it, because digital cameras now do all the work for us and it's not as interesting as doing it yourself, with old cameras you need to control the...
    Floor95 Floor95
    22-25, F
    Apr 4, 2013

    Folding cameras are super cool!

    This is a Beier Precisa from the 1940s.Wish I owned one.
    AfterFall AfterFall
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 4, 2014

    I Love Film...

    I really love having different model of old cameras because for me this is the real photography, every piece of photo that took using film slr or old cameras(film) is really fascinated.I am really a fan of real pictures,a photo without a touch of an editing application(ooppss...
    tummytum tummytum
    26-30, F
    May 18, 2013

    Minolta Xg-M

    trying the fix one now. cap need replacing, ill get them later. right now i got one more comming to me. this one has a problem in A mode, does not work right. it was, then it was not. dunno why. will replace caps later and hope for the best. working on my DIY film processing...
    nemoskull nemoskull
    31-35, M
    Oct 1, 2013

    I Fixed A Camera! (Then Broke It Again)

    today i recieved a DOA camera. i bought it as a DOA for a cheap price. i poped open the bottom, saw it was wired wrong, soldered it right, then soldered on a new capacitor, and SNAP, the shutter slapped! yay! then i ripped off the solder pad (DOH!) so now i have to replace the...
    nemoskull nemoskull
    31-35, M
    1 Response Oct 5, 2013

    I Miss Film Cameras

    I worry my digital will get stolen so i buy fling cameras from wal mart etc when i go to clubs. Film is the closest to real life i think, more challenging to work with but worth it. my digital is too perfect, although i love it too...
    palepinkchick palepinkchick
    31-35, F
    1 Response Apr 24, 2011

    J'Adore Vintage Cams

    If there is one thing I find even more aesthetically appealing than a book, as far as home design and decoration goes, it's a camera. I think old cameras make awesome bookends. I love going to the 26th Street Flea Market to look at polaroids (which take my fave pics), super 8s...
    mmmcookies mmmcookies
    2 Responses Sep 11, 2008
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    1 Response Feb 19, 2016

    And Yet Now I Don't Own Any

    I have had some old cameras in my 70 years. The first I remember was a fixed-focus, fixed-exposure "**** Tracy" camera I had while I was in grade school. I remember one picture I took of myself Ala the camera phone pictures with the arm extending out of the picture to the camera...
    MPsslavetommy MPsslavetommy
    70+, M
    3 Responses Jul 17, 2010

    Just Found The Most Beautiful Camera!

    I just happen to walk into my local antique store the other day. Digging around in the basement I found an old, beat up case. Someone probably wouldn't look twice at it giving it's condition. I popped the latch, and immediately know what it was. Three slides appeared, and a...
    DakotaHyde DakotaHyde
    22-25, M
    May 13, 2013


    The higher technology isn't hard to understand, but it doesn't take as good pictures, in my opinion. Maybe I just like the thought of how things were when I was younger. I don't exactly collect them, but.. If I see one that I can afford, I do buy it. I use all of them, though...
    StrippedxPride487 StrippedxPride487
    18-21, M
    4 Responses Jul 17, 2011

    Familiar With Old Box Cameras?

    Im a photographer. I love everything about it. Recently ive decided to collect old cameras. This weekend I ran across a Kodak Bullet 4 wooden box camera. It was 1894 or 1897. I talked them down and got what i think is a pretty good price for it but i would like to know how to...
    Muse0001 Muse0001
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Apr 26, 2010

    A few days ago, I got the Nikkormat Ft2 camera

    for $20. It came with a carrying case, a neck strap, and some filters. I love this camera!!
    Mjj101 Mjj101
    18-21, M
    Jan 20, 2014

    It's In My Blood...

    being the great granddaughter of two incredible people who owned an antique shop in portsmouth, ohio, i just did get into collecting old cameras about five years ago... my great grandfather had this Polaroid that we'd only get out on Christmas eve when he'd make his famous...
    tiffthomp45694 tiffthomp45694
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 5, 2008

    Old Cameras Rock

    i am a total sucker for classic cameras, and i'm so excited to see there are a few other people out there who feel the same way! it's true, they don't make them like they used to. i have a friend who studies photography and has an impressive collection of vintage cameras. i can...
    runnagirrl runnagirrl
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Oct 5, 2008
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