Antique? Camera Gear

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Kodak Hawkeye Instamatic Camera

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.

Canon AE-1
Canon AE-1

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.
Canon AT-1 with 28mm Quantaray lens.
Canon AT-1 with 28mm Quantaray lens.
Canon AE-1 with Vivitar flash and 70-210mm Vivitar Zoom lens.
Canon AE-1 with Vivitar flash and 70-210mm Vivitar Zoom lens.

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.

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