My dad, Ted A Vieira, Sr. was a professional photographer back in the ’40s. He primarily focused on weddings and family/baby portraits. My sister, Vicki just recently sent me these cameras – a couple that Dad still had when he passed away a couple of years ago.
This camera came out in the mid-1960s. It’s a 35mm film camera and was one of the first SLRs to feature TTL exposure metering. (I’m glad it has this because I’m so used to everything that’s offered on cameras today). Dad’s came to me mounted with a Asahi Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 lens, and also was shipped with Soligor 450mm f8 telephoto lens.
This camera really does have a good feel to it. Very solid and sturdy construction that feels like it could really take some hard hits and be just fine. It has a very pleasing shutter sound and even advancing the film to the next frame feels cool! (very new to me since I’m completely digital with my other cameras)
A good friend and camera expert, James Garrott also told me this camera was quite popular with photojournalist in Vietnam also.
Kodak A1 Autographic Junior (pocket folding Kodak!)
This is an awesome camera and is almost 100 years old! It was produced from 1914 to 1927. How cool is that! It seems like it’s in pretty good condition, but I’ll take it down to Casey’s cameras here in Vegas and have those guys take a look at it. It would really be fun to shoot with this camera!
Shooting with Film
As I’m completely new to film, I’m really looking forward to shooting with both these cameras. Especially with the Pentax. I’d like to start using that more often for street photography. If the Kodak works, that will just be a bonus!