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Jan 10, 2017 20:24 |  #1

30~ yr old Minolta Maxxum 5000 and decided to dust it off and clean it up. Thankfully I didn't store it with batteries in it.

I bought this camera as soon as I got out of the Army in 87', I lived in a studio apartment with my new bride above the camera shop I bought it from .

Took some pretty nice shots with it for about five years or more, after that kids came and I lost interest/time in cameras so it sat up to this point. I did dust it off once before because I have a couple rolls of Kodak Max 400 film still in their canisters. BTW do you think this film is still any good, guess there's only one way to find out right.

I have a 50mm 1.7 and a zoom 100-200mm for it, I'm loading it up and taking some shots tomorrow. I really used to love to take pictures with this camera but I'm definitely not leaving my digital, I love taking pictures with it also and it doesn't require me to take the film to get developed.

Anyway that's it for me walking down memory lane for tonight.

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Jan 10, 2017 20:37 |  #2

Definitely brings back memories. :-) The 5000 is the first 35mm camera I owned. Then after a couple years picked up a 7000i.


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Jan 10, 2017 21:47 |  #3

Memory lane is a great avenue to travel down.

On the topic of first cameras... The first camera I was given was my father's old Argus 35mm camera. Early C series (C2 or C3 I believe), I'd have to dig it out and double check. Unfortunately it was broken, missing the focusing gear on the front of the camera. Needless to say, I never did use it but I still have it.

I saved up my paper route money one summer and bought myself a brand new Pentax K1000. Since I was making good money with my route I was able to, not only afford the film, but also all the supplies needed to develop my own black and white film. That was a process I thoroughly enjoyed. I cut my teeth with that camera.

Several years later I 'upgraded' to the new Canon AE1-P. That camera traveled with me throughout my enlistment in the Navy and I eventually bought a second body. Unfortunately all my gear was stolen by a vengeful roommate. By that time the AE1-P was considered a relic and I was able to replace them both at a fraction of the cost I initially paid. Those cameras are still in my collection and I had a hard time setting them aside for a digital camera.

Like you, Bruce, I now wouldn't want to give up my digital camera but film definitely has a place in my heart.


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Jan 10, 2017 22:05 |  #4

NYS Photo wrote in post #18240519 (external link)
30~ yr old Minolta Maxxum 5000 and decided to dust it off and clean it up. Thankfully I didn't store it with batteries in it.

I bought this camera as soon as I got out of the Army in 87', I lived in a studio apartment with my new bride above the camera shop I bought it from .

Took some pretty nice shots with it for about five years or more, after that kids came and I lost interest/time in cameras so it sat up to this point. I did dust it off once before because I have a couple rolls of Kodak Max 400 film still in their canisters. BTW do you think this film is still any good, guess there's only one way to find out right.

I have a 50mm 1.7 and a zoom 100-200mm for it, I'm loading it up and taking some shots tomorrow. I really used to love to take pictures with this camera but I'm definitely not leaving my digital, I love taking pictures with it also and it doesn't require me to take the film to get developed.

Anyway that's it for me walking down memory lane for tonight.

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Totally awesome. Glad you kept it all of these years. My first "real" camera was a Minolta XG-A that I purchased while stationed in Ft. Sill back in '83. Loved that camera. Also learned to process and develop my own color and B&W film while stationed in Ft. Lewis a short while later. My second body was a 7000i that I purchased back in '92, along with a Sigma 70-210 and 35-70. Still have it with all of the original kit, along with an X700 that I bought shortly after the 7000i. Recently picked up a bunch of original Minolta and Sigma lenses from a local vendor just to have fun with that body again. Right now is a bit of a golden age for used gear: there is a lot of really good product still available and the prices are dirt cheap.

-Duck-, the K1000 was a great camera. It is responsible for launching millions of budding shutterbugs on their way into photography. For a brief while back in the film days I taught college photography and would recommend the K1000 for any student that did not already have a camera to work with. Very economical and able to do all that was asked of it.

Good memories!


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Jan 11, 2017 00:38 |  #5

My first slr was an Olympus OM 1 that I bought just after starting work in the '70s
Lots of great memories with that camera and dabbling in the darkroom (although I never really got deeply into that)

When I met my future wife, she also had an Olympus OM 1 (I knew she had great taste)
We would put colour film in one and B&W int he other on holidays.
Well we came back from one camping holiday to discover we only had ONE camera.
We worked out we left on a rock by a rock pool but because we still were shooting with the other and just assumed the other was in the bag!!!

I kept that camera until last year. I donated it and a bunch of other lenses/gear to a school.
The Science teacher wanted to get the kids interested in another process.
He said the kids loved it and couldn't wait to get to the next lesson ... so I feel like the camera still "lives on"
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Jan 12, 2017 20:20 |  #6

NYS Photo wrote in post #18240519 (external link)
30~ yr old Minolta Maxxum 5000 and decided to dust it off and clean it up. Thankfully I didn't store it with batteries in it.

I bought this camera as soon as I got out of the Army in 87', I lived in a studio apartment with my new bride above the camera shop I bought it from .

Took some pretty nice shots with it for about five years or more, after that kids came and I lost interest/time in cameras so it sat up to this point. I did dust it off once before because I have a couple rolls of Kodak Max 400 film still in their canisters. BTW do you think this film is still any good, guess there's only one way to find out right.

I have a 50mm 1.7 and a zoom 100-200mm for it, I'm loading it up and taking some shots tomorrow. I really used to love to take pictures with this camera but I'm definitely not leaving my digital, I love taking pictures with it also and it doesn't require me to take the film to get developed.

Anyway that's it for me walking down memory lane for tonight.

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Interesting path. Mine is similar:
I started when I was in the Navy with a Mamiya-Sekor 35mm SLR - http://www.kenrockwell​.com/mamiya/1000-dtl.htm (external link)
What I was after was the interchangeable lens feature so I could use a telephoto. I used the SLR and a 200mm for about 6 years shooting a bunch of Ektachrome then put it down as my life got busy with school, work, family, house, etc, but I always knew I would come back to photography. We shot family stuff with snapshot cameras, film, then digital. When I left DEC/Compaq/HP in 2004 and wanted to do some web work, I decided to get a DSLR and ended up with a Canon Rebel. I started down the Canon path and and am now using a 1D4 for racing stuff and a 5d2 (FF) as a general purpose camera. Got some good glass.

In my case the path has been one-way. Never going back to film.

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Jan 13, 2017 19:58 |  #7

Got my Canon AT-1 in 1979, year 3 of my 20 year naval career and the year my son was born. Stuck with Canon ever since! The AT-1 still works and sits in my office, though I haven't run any film through it in a while.


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