Show your compact cameras

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by ajramirez, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Real Name:
    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
     
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  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

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

    deirdre SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 26, 2010
    Lovely collection!

    I have two, both modern digital:

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  4. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
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    Bill
  5. Penny

    Penny SC Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2010
    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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  6. Mal

    Mal SC Veteran

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    Sep 23, 2010
    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).... :tongue:


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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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