To the right, you can see my original Hawkeye Instamatic from Kodak. The Instamatic film was easy to load. It was a plastic cartridge that set the film plane and didn’t require rolling the film back into the film canister. This camera had a single aperture and two shutter speeds.
I may have had other cameras, but the first camera, I really remember was a Mamiya/Sekor. Check out this web page to see about this camera. This page describes his journey with the camera and how he is refurbishing it. It took some nice pictures and I remember that it was very big and heavy.
After a Couple years, I upgraded to a Canon AE-1. It was a great camera for me, as I began to expand my skill set.
I can’t remember what order, I added these lenses and other photography tools.
- Vivitar 70-210 zoom
- Canon AT-1
- Quantaray 28mm wide angle
- Sigma 15mm diagonal fisheye.
Adding the second body (AT-1) was great because I didn’t have to change lenses all the time. When I was shooting basketball games, I could switch to a 50mm or even the 28mm when they were on my end of the court. The Telephoto was needed for the other end of the court.