Show your compact cameras

ajramirez

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Jul 9, 2010
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Caguas, Puerto Rico
Antonio
We all love the gear, and at the rate some forum members buy new cameras (you know who you are...) I am sure some of you have serious collections. Here´s my collection of compacts consisting mostly of riff-raff, in approximate chronological order. I am defining "compact" as anything smaller than a Leica M, which means I have not included my SLRs nor my larger rangefinders.

1940s Kodak Brownie Reflex - Inherited from my grandfather. Not working now, but used it for a while when I was 11 years old and starting to get into photography.

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1940s Argus A2f - Inherited from my grandfather. Camera works, but I have never taken any pictures with it. I have old photographs taken by my grandfather with it in the 1940s.

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1950s Kodak Signet 35 - Inherited from my grandfather. Camera no longer works, but I also used it as a child.

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1966 Minolta Autopak 700 - Ebay purchase, but identical to my grandfather´s last camera, which he also frequently let me use as a child. Uses 126 cartridge film, which is no longer available.

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1966 Minolta 24 Rapid - Ebay purchase. Beautifully made camera. Uses the Rapid cartridge system, which means it can still be used if you reload old Rapid cartridges with 35mm film. I have not shot any pictures with it.

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1970s Minolta Hi-Matic F - Ebay purchase. Not as well made as the Autopak 700, 24 Rapid, or the Minolta Hi-Matics of the 1960s. Very small, though.

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1970s GAF 100XF - Ebay purchase. Identical to the first camera I owned as a child, bought for me by my grandfather at age 11.

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1970s GAF 200XF - Ebay purchase. Same as the 100XF, except that it has a crude metering system that warns you when you should use flash.

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1990s Rollei Nano 80 - Ebay purchase. APS compact. Bought solely for its looks.

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2000 Olympus Stylus Epic - Bought new. Excellent 35mm 2.8 lens in a very compact body. If Oly could manage to produce something like this in digital form, it would be a hit.

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2004 Kodak CX7310 - Bought as a present for my then 5 year old son. He has since upgraded to a water and shock resistant Olympus Stylus 850SW. About the same picture quality as your typical cell phone camera.

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2008 Canon Powershot SD850IS - Decent picture quality. Lack of RAW capability means it sees very little use.

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2009 Olympus E-P1 - My first compact camera that allowed me to leave my DSLR at home and not miss it.

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2010 Panasonic Lumix G2 - This one I have owned for a week. Rapidly becoming my workhorse.

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Cheers,

Antonio
 

BBW

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Jul 7, 2010
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betwixt and between
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Thanks for these, Antonio - that's quite a collection and very nicely photographed, too. I hear you about the little Olympus Stylus.
 

Penny

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Aug 26, 2010
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Outside Liverpool Uk
Wow its like memory lane for me; some I've owned many years ago some I longed for at the time, will do my best to upload mine later. Thanks to all.
cheers Penny
 
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Mal

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Sep 23, 2010
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Liverpool / UK
Love these photos.... many of the cameras I recognise from my own early years.... Some of the cameras I'm showing have long gone from my collection... however, I do still have many... too precious (not in money terms) to part with...

Starting off with....


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Still have this one.... the Olympus XA.... a classic.... (bought my wife the XA2)


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This still video camera (Canon Ion) went west into the sunset some 20+ years ago, but it was a nice experiment away from film....


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The original Leica Dlux (no number given to this model) another beauty.... sadly no longer part of my collection, but wish it was.... sorry I parted with it now....:cool:


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This little Digilux zoom was quite nice (but not as special as other models), but it too went west.....


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Cant part with my Minilux Zoom.... dont know if I'll ever put another film in it though... :confused:


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My Digilux 4.3 was cutting edge when I bought it.... and is still in use today... along with its attachments... The digicopy for slides, and the digimacro for close ups


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This little Minox, has never been used and still sits in its wooden presentation box (I get it down every now and then for a closer look).... :p


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Of course there is my D-lux 3.... a little 'workhorse'


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And now my LX5......

Mal.
 

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