What was your first 35mm camera? Cosmorex SE (a rebadged Zenit)
What was the reason for your choice? I guess I was 13 or 14, and I really wanted an SLR. My mom had given me her Spartus 127 folding camera and later a Kodak Instamatic. But I wanted a "real" camera. I saved all of my Christmas tips from my paper route and bought it in early January.
What year did you get it? 1973 or 1974
Do you still have it? No. I shot many, many photos with it. After I went into the service, a buddy of mine was into the smaller SLRs. He had an Olympus OM-1. I ended buying a Pentax MX. I was curious about the inner workings of the Cosmorex, so I took it apart. I wasn't able to get it back together, so I ended up tossing it into the trash.
Does it still work? No. I bought another a few years ago and had forgotten how basic this camera was.
My first real camera was 35mm ANSCO ( Agfa) Memar given to me by my father about 1977 good lens, terrible no lines viewfinder. Then up[graded to a used Olympus Trip 35 these were used for college year book at a very small school that had no cameras. When I got a little money for a SLR I bought a Minolta SRT SCII (KMart branded SRT 200) that was on clearance due to a problem with the switch. When I started making slides for Multimedia shows in 1983 I bought a used but excellent condition Topcon RE Super because with the meter in the bottom, waist level finder and prism, changeable screens and all it was a great one camera for all kinds of work especially copy work: better than the Nikon F I though and what I had wanted from the first time I had seen one. while I traded my 2nd RE super off I still have the one that did the most work and with only 2 routine CLAs one when I bought in 1983 and a recentl check up it still works like new. lately I have went to simple RF cameras with the Retina IIIS being my current favorite. Now to use the 200mm on the IIIS ! anyone have a full view, shoe mount viewer for 200mm ? maybe a turret type ? I do hate the tiny 135mm frame lines can't imagine what 200mm would be like !
Casey, I expect you have looked at the manual on Butkus.org and that doesn't show what you need. It, Kalimar c-64, is not really a a camera I know: presumably it didn't sell in Britain under that name.
Post by Mark Vaughan on Apr 9, 2012 11:43:52 GMT -5
* First 35mm: Nikon L35AF - this was Nikon's first-ever point/shoot. * Received: 1984 - Christmas Present * Still have "one" - but not "it" - a childhood friend, who envied mine bought one, then gave it to me 25 years later for my collection. Mine was traded for an N2000 a year later. * Working fine - had my 8 year old shoot a role of Kodak 400 print through it last week.