What was your first camera ever that sparked your interest in photography?

Started Oct 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ray Ritchie Veteran Member • Posts: 4,117
An Olympus PEN half-frame

I think I had owned a couple of cheap cameras prior to my little Olympus, but I came across this little gem in my uncle's drugstore around 1964 or 1965, and I had to have it. It was the first 35mm camera I owned, as well as the first which allowed me control over aperture and shutter speed. I was on the high school track team at the time, and enjoyed using it to shoot meets. I can still clearly remember a couple of shots of team mates: one was leaping over a high hurdle, and you could clearly see the spikes of his shoes (remarkable resolution to me at that time). The other showed a good friend going over the bar in pole vaulting. I don't know that I could find prints of either shot today, but they're engraved in my memory forever.

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