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My Father's Toy

My father had this Soviet made camera before I was even born. It accompanied us on family vacations and delivered memorable images, to be later printed. Completely manual and analog, it came with a spring loaded thumbwheel, to advance the reel once a shot was taken. My elder brother did get to use this camera and during his university days, he was routinely developing his reels. At that time, I still found the camera quite heavy and therefore, did not get to use it.

 

Sadly today it is not in working condition, although I cannot say that it is beyond repair.

 

I am sure some of you SCers would have seen/used this generation of cameras. I wonder if any of you would find it convenient to post images of your own toys?

My Father's Toy

My father had this Soviet made camera before I was even born. It accompanied us on family vacations and delivered memorable images, to be later printed. Completely manual and analog, it came with a spring loaded thumbwheel, to advance the reel once a shot was taken. My elder brother did get to use this camera and during his university days, he was routinely developing his reels. At that time, I still found the camera quite heavy and therefore, did not get to use it.

 

Sadly today it is not in working condition, although I cannot say that it is beyond repair.

 

I am sure some of you SCers would have seen/used this generation of cameras. I wonder if any of you would find it convenient to post images of your own toys?

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Jul 2014, 00:28
I am not intending to post pictures of my toys, Ayush...wrong audience!




[grin]
Ayush Basu: Well not "those" toys, Ray... grin
Thats a good idea,Ayush,unfortunately mine are 5000 miles away,( well, cameras anyhow, smile ), but when I get back, I'll try and remember to do that.
Ayush Basu: Haha, understood... thank you for comment Frank
i like your selective focus on the name of the camera Ayush...
our first camera was a Kodak Box camera... my son wanted it so i gave it to him... he has since lost it....petersmile
Ayush Basu: My first camera was a box camera handed down as well, I shot 3 reels and cannot recall where it went, Peter.
Nice use of the focus on the name. Nice shot.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much Michael.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Jul 2014, 06:27
Happy memories Ayush. I don't know where my old cameras are now. I suppose I should take a look
Ayush Basu: Quite understandable, I lost my first one. Thank you for the visit Chris
I used to have one of these Ayush. Built like a soviet tank but the lens was actually not at all bad!

I have got a few old cameras. I will have to get around to photographing them!
Ayush Basu: I only wish I had gotten interested in photography while my dad's Zenit was still working, Bill.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 31 Jul 2014, 08:34
Old cameras are wonderful objects to collect Ayush. I have ditched all my old cameras...sadly.
Ayush Basu: I am on to my fourth camera now and don't ask me the whereabouts of the previous 3, Chad!
Nice shot Ayush, I like the focus point! My brother has a Praktica film camera, which was my introduction to photography; I'll try and dig it out, if he still has it smile
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much Martin, for the comment and the trouble you are trying to get into, appreciate it smile
  • blackdog
  • This Sceptred Isle
  • 31 Jul 2014, 09:50
We are a house full of cameras Ayush, not all of them working!

This is a fine photo.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Mike. I could almost kick myself for not having used this when it was in working condition.
I remember well having used my uncle's one in Madagascar many years ago Ayush!
Ayush Basu: There you go, Richard! Good to hear that
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jul 2014, 12:46
yes, I recall the Zenit cameras. Never had one, though. I did used to shoot film but never had the same interest in photography as I have now. I don't have any non-digital cameras now.
Ayush Basu: I only wish I had gotten interested in photography while it was still working Alan, but to be honest I could barely lift this camera that time grin
A lovely photo of an unusual, but such pertinent subject, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the kind comment Paulinesmile
When I got my first SLR in 1971 most people had one of these, or the cheapest models in the ranges from Praktica or Pentax. I had the Praktica but I have used one of these.
Ayush Basu: Sadly I was not interested in photography when this was working. In fact I could barely lift this thing!
Love how you've presented this.

I wish I had saved even one of the old cameras we used in the past, Ayush.

The only image I have is of an antique camera I came upon in a shop in Toronto.

http://pics.shutterchance.com/photoblog/394143.htm
Ayush Basu: I only wish I had gotten interested in photography while it was still working, Beverly. Thank you
wow what a priceless asset.. love what you have done here...
Ayush Basu: Thank you Ronky smile I only wish I had gotten interested in photography while it was still working
Interesting idea, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Thanks Tom
Nicely presented with your info.
Ayush Basu: Thank you Jacquelyn
Astrid could show you one of her toys, Ayush, but I have no clue in the world where mine is from the 60s!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Aug 2014, 12:52
Being as old as I am, I have gone through stages of instamatic cameras and SLR's later on. I think I may still have one of them, somewhere.

In the mean time, you can have a look at this http://louis.shutterchance.com/image/2011/08/05/many-views/

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