How long have you been into photography?

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My very first camera (actually two cameras) was a Relleiflex T 3.5 which I inherited from my dad. He died when I was 2 1/2 but I didn't get given the cameras until I was six, so that was 1960. Mum sold them after I joined the Army in 1971 by which time I was using a Kodak 35mm camera because it was small and easy to use. I bought my first SLR - a Yashica FX3 with a 50mm f/1.9 lens - in 1982 and still have it. My first DSLR - NIkon D40 with 18-55mm kit lens - came along in 2008 and I've owned a number of Nikon bodies and lenses since then.
 
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Hi! Guess I'm a beginner, too, and I do photography as a hobby, but I've been into that for 3 or 4 years already
 
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Took and developed my first film aged 10. now 86.
A photographic student in the late 1950's
Professional photographer and involved with graphic art and printing till 2000
now once again an amateur.

Once a photographer always a photographer
Me as a student 1956 and a fellow student
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44 years with very few breaks.
And I'm still rubbish.:snaphappy:
 
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Mid 80s my dad introduced me to cameras and film via nikon. Never got hang of it (due to the time delay between attempting shots and developing film/sending away and waiting for results).
Jump forward and point n shoots were out, digital. Upgraded, got robbed, bought bridge camera (fuji I think it was) then minolta (end of line discount) upped that to nikon - stuck with it for 12 years upped(?) to leica m240 then a year later upped to current m10... probably 30 years ish
 
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Took and developed my first film aged 10. now 86.
A photographic student in the late 1950's
Professional photographer and involved with graphic art and printing till 2000
now once again an amateur.

Once a photographer always a photographer
Me as a student 1956 and a fellow student
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Did you wear a duffel coat and listen to jazz? :)
 
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I was given my first camera fir my 10th birthday so that was 1963 and I have been hooked ever since.

I bought my first SLR (Zenit E) in 1972 when I started work - it cost three weeks take-home pay. I started developing and printing my films in 1973.

My first digital camera was a birthday present from Bestbeloved in 2003. I mainly use digital but I generally have at least one film camera with film in it - currently my Bronica ETRs.
 
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Reading about the sheer amount of experience on this forum is humbling. I have been into photography for 2… months!

I have been talking to my wife about how few photos we have of our family and also noted how I really dislike the phone camera. I did a few months worth of researching and studying photography before buying my first camera and now I have been sucked in watching and reading tutorials and going out to practice.

It is a hobby as opposed to a profession for me but the enjoyment I’m deriving from it is unbelievable.
 
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Hi, my first real camera was the PORST CX6 (Practica) SLR in 1973 ... ---
 
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Did you wear a duffel coat and listen to jazz? :)
True. And I had a Lambretta scooter.
One of our instructors had a house off Baker Street. And would put on jazz parties, at one the temperance 7 were on the first floor and Ken Colyer on the ground floor. People in the big houses around regents park complained about the noise. They stayed with us for over half an hour listening before asking us to try to keep it down. I left about 5 in the morning, jazz was still being played quietly by individual musicians to mostly sleeping couples. On another occasions he got us tickets to see Lewis Armstrong playing at Wembley stadium. They had been sold out for weeks. I never knew how he did it.
 
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They look like a couple of still shots from an episode of Quatermass Terry.

Lovely pictures though :D
Thanks. The Late fifties had a style that was easy to be part of. It became the way you saw things.
 
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True. And I had a Lambretta scooter.
One of our instructors had a house off Baker Street. And would put on jazz parties, at one the temperance 7 were on the first floor and Ken Colyer on the ground floor. People in the big houses around regents park complained about the noise. They stayed with us for over half an hour listening before asking us to try to keep it down. I left about 5 in the morning, jazz was still being played quietly by individual musicians to mostly sleeping couples. On another occasions he got us tickets to see Lewis Armstrong playing at Wembley stadium. They had been sold out for weeks. I never knew how he did it.
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1970 I got my first instamatic for my birthday then a 110 pocket camera in 1972. SLR's started with the Zenith e and EM and a few Canon Cameras once I started my working life. Had a camera pretty much ever since to this day.:snaphappy:
 
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When I was about 9 or 10, my dad introduced me to his SLR. A Contaflex IV which was old enough that the DIN/ASA didn't match "modern" film and there was a lookup table... He was big pals with an army photographer who used to pass on process-paid slide film (Kodachrome & Ektachrome) by the bag full as it was getting near the process-by date... So I had plenty to learn with essentially for free - I think I had to supply a stamp...

Soon after I saved up & bought a Canon AE-1... Then an A-1... Then a T90.... Then just before I left school, an EOS RT with the pellicle mirror (still use the 50mm f/1.8 from that)... EOS 50E... EOS 5 (still have that)... Then went digital (EOS 10D, 60D, 6DiI)
 
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20 years with my own (bought & paid for by me) camera - firstly a Fuji bridge (602?), quickly upgraded to a Nikon D100, although I did have to borrow some of Dad's lenses initially.

Using Dad's camera - off and on from the age of 8 or 10 I guess. Hated the waiting for prints to come back, I never thought I was that impatient but I guess I am!
 
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in about 1966 I got a Kodak Instamatic 126 and started taking snaps - living in Hong Kong at the time. Then in about 1969 I got a Exa 1a fitted with a 200mm lens, to shoot aircraft at the local airport as that was my thing. The Exa taught me a lot about exposure, as it was fully manual (obviously Dasd actually taught me but I learned more by trial and error). Then in about 1971 Dad gave me my first Pentax, an SV I think, with a separate meter on top linked to the speed dial. That, with a small but growing set of lenses, became the basis for my obsession with Pentaxes and culminated in a large collection, enhanced when I inherited all my dad's cameras. I didn't venture into medium format until after he died in 1988, when I learnt to use his Bronco SQ-A and then I later acquired a Bronica ETRS. I used film cameras exclusively, mostly the Pentaxes but also a nice Minolta outfit, until 2005 when I bought my first digital camera, a Nikon D300.
In terms of processing, Dad taught me B&W processing and printing back in the early 1970's, which I carried on doing until the late 90's off and on, lparticularly when my first wife took an A level, then HND then degree in photography so we built up a pretty substantial darkroom setup. I've not done any processing and printing at home since the early 2000's, but have all the kit stashed in my garage and will do again one of these days.
 
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feeling young at 52 haha. The first camera I used was something like a kodak instamatic 130 in the mid 1970s. I got the bug but only had the time and money to work on it starting about 15 years ago, then took a year's course about 4 years ago and since a couple of years making money with it.
 
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Originally started in 1955 whilst stationed at Shape headquarters just outside Paris whilst doing my National service. We had a darkroom in our officers. Got demobbed and left the photography alone for a few years. Then took it up again early 60's, joined the local CC, then other things got in the way, like building rally cars and competing. Nothing then until about 7 or 8 Years ago and started again. Whilst in the local CC I entered a photo comp. and won it, so decided to enter the photo in the club comp. the judge did not even give the print a second look so the next day that was me with photography and CC so I took all my gear ( camera's enlarger dishes etc) to a local photo shop where they bought the lot off me and that was the end of photography for some years. Foolish of me - maybe.
 
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In junior school I had a go with a proper camera and darkroom, which clearly sowed a seed.
I bought a Praktica SLR in 1983-84 and from there was hooked. I’ve been fairly serious about photography ever since, so most of my adult life.
 
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