Camera History

When I say I’ve had a camera in my hand my whole life…. well that might be a bit of a stretch but not by much.  So I thought I would take you through a stroll of memory lane via cameras :).  Sounds like fun doesn’t it!

You may say I’m young, but most days I swear my body would beg to differ with you!  I was born in the early 80’s.  Back then, digital cameras were still non-existent, anyway as far as I was concerned.  My first camera was a 110 mm film camera that looks very similar to the one below.  I’m sure if I dug, I still have it somewhere.  One difference, mine was red & black. 

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Then I finally graduated to my dad’s 35mm camera.  That basically got me through most of junior high.  You have no idea how many photos I took with that sucker.  And the sad thing is, digital still wasn’t around, so what you took, was what you got.  Our 35mm looked very similar to this and I know this is still sitting at my parents house.

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Come along about 7th grade my grandparents had an Older Polaroid camera that I was absolutely in love with.  How cool was it to take a photo and it spit it out at you and within minutes you had your photo in your hand.  My parents bought me one of these before 7th grade (don’t actually remember the year) because I took it on a trip I went with my grandparents to Charleston, SC.  Although if you know anything about the film for these cameras, it was expensive!

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Then came the era of the Advantix camera.  You know, the camera that would take narrow, normal or landscape photos.  Oh this thing was awesome!  But for some reason mine died.  So my parents shipped it back to Kodak along with my grandma’s that died shortly before mine did and

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they replaced both of our cameras with an upgraded Advantix camera, that looked just like this.  And I still have mine although I’m not sure it works anymore because about 5 years ago it fell off the steps at my parents house and hit the marble floor below.  Now when you lift up the lid (which turns it on) the back is very hard to discern what it actually says.

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Circa 2002, I wanted a digital camera.  Now at that time my aunt & uncle had one that used a floppy disk for the memory (if that tells you how long ago!) but my parents got me one that looked like this (although my face was purple).  This used a Compact Flash memory card.  At that time I had no idea what that was and didn’t know they made card readers for it.  So I put the program on my computer to be able to pull photos off (b/c the memory card that came with it held 20 photos) and it ALWAYS made my photos black and white.  I HATED this camera for a long time.  Then for college graduation (2005) I got some money to buy a bigger memory card for it.  I absolutely fell in love with digital right then and there.  I went to NYC (grad present from my mom) and took 500 photos and still had room on the memory card.  Plus I had a card reader and it made getting the photos a breeze.

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Eventually I decided I wanted a better digital camera.  The Nikon was only a 2.0 Megapixel.  So mom and I went on a hunt and I came home with this beauty (although mine had the IS (image stabilization))  I got to the point that camera went EVERYWHERE with me.  It stayed in my purse unless I was using it.  But one day the lens cover pried apart and the lens got scratched.  Boooo

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So my mom took me out and bought me a new camera for Christmas (about 2 years after the first one) because she was tired of listening to me complain about the scratched lens.  I also got a camera case to protect it from the insides of my purse :).  I still have this camera today.  It still works and everything.  But it eats batteries!

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In 2009 a couple friends and I decided to take a photography class.  I could have used my trusty point and shoot, but I decided I wanted a Big Girl camera :), so I went to researching cameras and came home on Labor Day weekend with this, a Canon Rebel XS.  This sucker went everywhere.

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In the mean time, I graduated from my Canon Powershot to my husbands Nikon Coolpix.  The primary reason, it has a rechargeable battery (although I lost the charger to it for a while so it didn’t do me much good).  That and it is a smaller camera than what mine was so it takes up less room in my purse.  This sucker has been halfway around the world and back.  Hubby had it when he was in Afghanistan.

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Then in October 2010 at a work meeting, a friend was up here from Cape Girardeau, MO, and she had a Nikon D80.  Hubby really wanted a Nikon, but when I bought my Canon, we’d just started dating and he didn’t want to tell me how to spend my money.  While Donna was up here she let us play around with her Nikon and hubby fell in love.  I’m not going to lie, I think I kind of did too.  So we started looking into the type of camera we might want to upgrade too.  I personally was ready for a step up anyway.  So I put my Canon Rebel up for sale and took that money and upgraded to the lovely Nikon D5000.

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And not really an upgrade, but we’ve added the Kodak Play & sport to the line up because, come on… how fun is it to be in the water and be able to shoot photos!

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So thanks for taking this walk down memory lane with me via Cameras 🙂

And just a side shot, my great grandpa lived to be 10 days shy of his 108th birthday.  He died in 1998.  Can you imagine all the cameras (or events but camera’s since that’s what we’re focusing on) he saw in 107 years?

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  1. I went through nearly as many before digital, then i got my digital Lumix LOVE THAT CAMERA!!and actually bought a replacement exactly the same when I found a deal just in case. Also have a Rebel T2i but still getting used to it

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