My Camera Collection

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a thing about camera’s. I’ve bought them, acquired them and collected them for years. One of my fave ones was actually a free one I got with a Happy Meal when I was a kid; it was pink, had tiger stripes on it, and it was small enough to fit in my pocket – I took many pictures with it and I’m sure, somewhere, I have the negatives saved. That’s right, kids, negatives; film. As much as I love digital photography there’s nothing quite like taking pictures and having no idea what they look like until you develop them.

My current kit isn’t too big, I’ve lost some cameras along the way to lending and breaking but here they are:

Lomo 4 shot camera:

Would you believe I got this Lomo in the 90’s? The brand who currently sell some bad ass instant cameras that are always on my wishlist were the camera of my dreams even back when I was a kid. I haven’t used this one in a while but the 4 burst exposure gives you a picture split into four segments and I seriously love it.

Pentax 35-80 mm lens:

This Pentax lens is basic but it never let me down back when I did photography in college. I actually have a super duper macro lens somewhere but… I can’t put my finger on it. OOps. 

Canon EOS 600D:

This is my pride and joy, for sure. I bought this year ago when I was filming a lot and taking pictures in my spare time [of which I seem to have none, anymore – sad]. I have never built this kit up so it’s just equipped with its standard lens but, one day, I might purchase a wide angle lens because dreams never die.

Canon EOS 300D:

I remember when I bought this; I was going travelling to America and I wanted to get a better camera. My dad went nuts when I realised I’d spend about £300 on it but, after spending time with it himself, he realised how great it was and fell in love with it, too. It’s 10 years old now but it’s still a great camera. Again, I never built the kit up and kept the original lens but simple is sometimes best.

Pentax MZ-50

This camera – it was a damn joy! My dad bought it for me [he’s where I get my love of photography from] and we both excitedly tried to figure out the settings before my photography course started. I never went to uni for photography but, at one point, it was a dream of mine to study and get a job for the National Geographic. Big dreams, eh? It’s manual and I used to shoot solely black and white. I learnt how to manually alter images with this thing, and how to develop my own film. Sadly the model has some issues and mine fell victim to the expected sticky shutter – it works occasionally but then when you press the shutter it stays open and won’t shut. Bummer. I bought a second hand replacement on ebay for about £20 but that also had issues so these cameras don’t work but I love them too much to get rid of them.

Pentax ME Super:

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I LOVE this manual camera; I only bought it last year and it’s fabulous. The Pentax K1000 is a dream camera to own but they are hard to get because the competition is high on Ebay! The ME Super is the next best thing [some say even better?] and so I bid on a load of them one day and happily won this beauty! I love it; the settings are easy to navigate and the lens it came with is basic but nice. I might try to build up on this one, to be fair. It would be nice to have a project camera. I haven’t yet developed my first film on it because I keep forgetting. I’m excited to see if my memory for settings remains or if I just wrecked a cartridge!

The reason I’m posting this now is because… I’m getting to the point, again, where I want a new camera. I have my selection of big cameras which take a lot of effort to take them out. I want an adventure camera to have with me at all times… One of my babies, which isn’t here, lives with my dad and he loves it so much and takes it on holiday with him every time he goes away so I don’t want to take it back so I’m thinking a new Canon Powershot [which is what it is…]… is that just greedy?

Sam

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8 thoughts on “My Camera Collection

  1. This is super interesting! Old cameras are cool, and it’s kind of sad that physical film is sort of dying off in a way. But I do still like the convenience of being able to see a picture right after I take it instead of having to wait for the film to be processed. I never had a nice film camera before my first digital one, only disposable ones, and it was always kind of a bummer to see things I thought would be beautiful and artistic come out badly, especially if I couldn’t go back and do it over.

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    1. I have definitely had a lot of those problems! Nothing worse than getting a bad picture or something totally out of focus. If you practice enough it happens less but I’m more than expecting a crap result from my latest film 😂

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  2. Wow! I had no idea you had such a collection, that’s really cool! I understand what you mean about wanting a smaller camera that you can easily bring with you everywhere. I got my Fuji x100s for that same reason, it’s easy to carry around + it still shoots raw & has manual mode.
    Out of curiosity, you wrote you used to film with your 600D – what kind of video projects did you do?

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    1. Oooh I’ll have to look into that camera then! Doing some comparisons so I can pick the best one 😊 as for filming – I used to film YouTube videos and travel videos but I don’t really have the free time anymore, which sucks!!

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      1. It’s a bit of a pricey camera, I was lucky to get it second hand so much cheaper! I’ve heard good things about the Olympus & Sony point-and-shoot cameras, there are a lot of options for sure. 🙂
        Oh that’s amazing – I love watching YouTube and specially travel vlogs, but it must be very time consuming to film and edit. I recently started a course to learn how to make small films to post on social media. I really like the idea of being able to do everything with just your phone. We’ll see how it goes!

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      2. I enrolled in May when registration opened, but I’m only doing it now. It’s one of those courses that is available 1 year for you to do it at your own pace. (It’s built to be done in 10 weeks though!) It’s by Xanthe Berkeley, maybe you’ve heard of her before?

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