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Wotta Beauty!

I got hold of this old Canon camera a few months ago and didn’t think much about it. Until Sabir saw it and told me that it was much more valuable than I thought!

The camera dates back to 1978. There were a few problems with the camera and the lens (it had been unused for over 5-6 years and gathering dust). I got it fixed at a Canon dealer in Indiranagar. Next, Sabir looked for a Canon FD 50 mm f/1.4 lens and got me a real nice piece for a bargain after some hunting around.

I know digital is the way of the future, but these old cameras are such a joy to handle. I’m raring to try out the new / old one now πŸ™‚ Do any of you have really old cameras and have you ever tried using them?

Canon a1 dates back to 1978

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15 Comments

  1. Yashica FX3. Full manual in working condition. Dad bought it in the mid 90’s…I doubt my digital camera will last that long.

  2. O, jealous about the f/1.4 lens! My fav is Nikon’s 50mm f/1.8 which I use with my manual (see below).

    When I wanted to buy a Manual film camera, I was very uneasy about buying something unknown on e-bay or elsewhere. So I splurged for the new, old-style, manual camera from Nikon. The FM3a. It is still one of those super heavy all die-cast metal bodies. With a few refinements, it emulates the best of the old FM and FM2. My baby!

    See here.
    http://www.photographic.com/filmcameras/73/

  3. I have an old Leica M7 from the 50s…a legacy of my father… the lens is in excellent condition but the shutter is a lil stuck..each time i take it for repair, the folks there try to offer me a deal…every studio/technician tries to buy it…apparently it is a rare model..and leicas lenses are said to be top quality ones… check out some of my dads works in the Fathers Canvas folders at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pawan-j
    Dad was a chartered account who dabbled in photography .The portraits are as old as 40 years. I havent done any digital ‘touching up’ as I am sure he wouldnt have approved of it.

  4. I have one, and yes I did try using it. Unfortunately my photography skills are next to nil! I was disappointed when I developed the film πŸ™ Most of the shots where blank.

    I started learning to take pictures recently (again). I have a Fuji S5000 now and am quit happy with it. Good thing is I can take like 300 pics and then come home and delete most of them and keep only the good ones.

  5. hey nice camera. i had one nikon from the 70’s. it was the best peice ever. unfortunately i had an accedent and kinda broke the camera. one of my dads friend from japan said he can get it fixed. so its in japan now, fingers crossed. anyways i am doing a research on bloggers. it’ll help blog hosts provide you a better blogging environment. please follow this link to take the survey:
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    handle that camera with care. its a a good peice.

  6. i have 2 old cameras. a minolta x370, and a contax. i used digital for 2 years, a canon eos300d, for which i built up a 4 lens kit, but i have problems with the camera. am back to using my not-very-old nikon f90x, with 2 nikon and a tamron lens. very satisfying using this camera πŸ™‚ someday soon, i’ll get a slide scanner. and that is all the digital i will get.

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