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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 (22)

  • 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/
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 2 Aug 2014, 03:09
WonDERFUL!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Aug 2014, 01:17
Wonderful photo.

I used to use a hand me down camera (from my Dad) that looked very similar to yours.

I am not sure where it is at the moment...
Yes I remember using this a lot, this camera worked solid for about 20 years before giving up. The 50mm lens on this was also quite sharp. Back in the day, for anybody starting up in photography, this was an awesome work horse to have.
Ayush Basu: I never used this but I remember it had the weight of a brick! smile

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