What is the Oldest Piece of Camera Gear that you still Use Today?

What is the Oldest Piece of Camera Gear that you still Use Today?


Kodak Brownie Starlet - by Silvio Tanaka

What is the oldest piece of camera gear that you still use today?

Every time we update our popular digital cameras and photography gear page we get a fascinating look at what dPS readers are currently buying in terms of gear – but I always wonder what about that gear that people have had for a while but are still using?

I think back to my trusty old 50mm f/1.8 lens that was the first lens that I bought for my first Canon DSLR.

While I’ve actually updated this lens (I now have the f/1.4 also) I still actually use the older f/1.8 lens semi-regularly, mainly because it’s so light and cheap – I don’t mind taking a bit of a beating when I’m out and about (not that I intentionally bang it around).

What about you – do you have a camera, lens, bag or accessory that you’ve had for ages that you just keep using? It might not be a kodak brownie – but it might make an interesting discussion share yours below.

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Some Older Comments

  • Terry Thomas Photos / Atlanta February 15, 2013 06:09 pm

    My right eye. Created in 1945.

  • Allan February 15, 2013 11:46 am

    I think the oldest piece of equipment I still use from time to time is my Leica M2 from the sixties. True, it's not my daily carry but it helps me think more about what and how I shoot, skills that are forgotten, or never learned, by today's young generation with their cameras that do most of your thinking for you.

  • VD May 10, 2012 05:16 pm

    Mine's my Nikon FM10. I still use it as a backup camera, since batteries are not an issue - those little button cells last for years. And, shooting with film teaches me to make every frame count; something a DSLR has made me forget.

  • Brian March 4, 2012 10:47 am

    I am still using a tripod I bought back in the 60s. I shoot some macros of wild plants and mushrooms on location. With the tripod, it is very easy to invert the center post and hang the camera upside down below the tripod near the ground level.

  • Nigel McCarter January 18, 2012 10:06 pm

    Tripod, bought about 1971 ... no feet, because the rubber has degraded. but still works.

  • Rich Maher December 23, 2011 06:49 am

    I have a Yashica MAT 124g medium format camera that still takes outstanding photos.

  • James December 23, 2011 02:46 am

    I still use an old nikon coolpix 990 camera from 2000 to take my photos, it works really well.

  • sal December 19, 2011 09:04 am

    recently purchased a 1930ish Voigtlander Bessa with 11cm 4.5 voigtar 6x9 camera. including case
    also a Brownie Hawkeye camera - flash model. and Argus Seventy-five 1940ish with case. ive really been trying to gather better information on these cameras, but the internet is loaded with crap. any suggestions on finding a value and information on finding a more accurate date. ( just going off of pic's). but I am Very interested in having this become a hobby, not really from an aspect of investing but more of a view of learning more about photography. any suggestions would help.

  • Mark December 18, 2011 08:07 am

    I'm still using my first camera bag which I bought in 1980 and my Manfrotto tripod which i bought in 1982

  • GypsySally July 26, 2011 11:22 am

    I have a question. I just snagged a No.1 Autographic Kodak Jr. and need help suggesting what flash to use. I know it has the little fixture to screw one in but I don't know which one.
    The last film I shot was terribly dark and I couldn't recognize anything but outlines. Barely.
    Any help would be surely appreciated.
    Thank you

  • Mark Cimon June 29, 2011 12:33 am

    Hello All !

    I am still regularly using my Nikkormat FTN with 50. f1.4 lens as well as a host of other Nikkor lenses.
    I freelance and this is still my favourite film camera, Colour as well as B & W.
    This machine is still giving me total satisfaction and is solid as a rock. My newer plastic bodied units are already giving me headaches. The FTN soldiers on without an issue.
    Love my FTN !!!

  • Dex June 24, 2011 03:59 am

    I still use my old, burnt (literally, from the fire when our apartment burned to the ground)), and reliable Nikon FM2. It's my very first camera. Still loving it to this day.

  • min May 9, 2011 06:02 am

    pentax A 50mm F1.7

  • Skip April 17, 2011 07:35 am

    A Ricoh Singlex TLS 35mm slr-My first slr, and still favorite film camera.

  • Bobw April 17, 2011 06:43 am

    A 30 year old Velbon aluminum tripod. I still use it frequently and it still gets the job done.

  • David Wilson April 16, 2011 02:43 am

    I use a 1936 Crown Graphic Veiw camera with lenses that are pre 1900. I also use modern lenses with it. The old lenses sre soft around the edges and the newer ones are very sharp. Lots of fun playing Ansil Adams. - Dave

  • Teleman April 16, 2011 02:09 am

    Rokkor MD f1.7 50mm lens. I use an adaptor on my DSLR and it works great. It was my first lens.

  • Vin April 13, 2011 02:01 pm

    Mine is 1977 Zenith TTL with 35mm f/2.8 lens, it's older than me but in still mint condition :) using it on experimenting film photos.

  • Isoterica April 13, 2011 11:16 am

    I have a collection of old film cameras, Ansco Memar, Argus Seventy Five, Kodak Duaflex - Medalist - Vigilant Six-20 - Brownie Hawkeye, YashicaMat and Mat 124G, etc.. and yes I use them. If it is just a piece.. probably either my Spiratone Curvatar that I attach to my Canon 18-55 for fisheye/wideangle.. or my Sima 100mm Soft Focus Macro.

  • Rich Maher March 25, 2011 05:06 am

    A Yashica 124G TLR. A beautiful piece of machinery. 6X6 prints that you can enlarge forever.

  • Frank Grasso February 18, 2011 07:30 am

    I have an Argus C3 that I purchased in 1957 while onboard a Navy ship-USS OlmsteadCounty- I paid approx. $60.00. We were going on a Med Cruise - I am a former Marine.

  • Adrian Jobborn January 30, 2011 02:14 am

    I now use a Leica 111f with a 1:2, 50mm Summarit lens, bought recently for £300. This camera was made in 1950, I was 3 years old when it came out. What a beautifully made camera, the only thing is getting used to the rangefinder.
    I also use a Frankarette, a small rangefinder, which is easier to use, bought at a car boot sale for £10.
    I could have bought a digital, but I wanted a Leica. My comments on digital cameras are just toys for the rich, why buy a digital camera when there are good cameras going cheap

  • Lisa September 6, 2010 05:35 am

    I use a GAF Memo35....not sure how old it is. It's a 35mm rangefinder. I love how you focus rangefinders. Also occasionally use my Olympus OM-1. The light meter is broken, so it's a bit tricky, but doable. It's on the "to-fix" list.

  • Caroline Barth August 21, 2010 07:50 am

    A Rikenon 50mm f2.8 from the 70s that is my favorite lens to use on my Pentax k100d Super. I love Pentax's backwards compatibility. :)

  • Claudio Simonini June 13, 2010 02:36 am

    I still use my Pentax MX with 50 mm 1.7 and 135 mm 3.5 still; sometimes Yashica TL 50 mm 1.7 Great pics !

  • Jim Huffman May 25, 2010 02:12 pm

    I still have two Argus C-3s. One of which, I used in college for an extra camera.

  • Michael May 22, 2010 11:07 pm

    Mine is a Minolta SRT-101 [eimg url='http://refiningfocus.com/images/minolta-sr-t-101.jpg' title='minolta-sr-t-101.jpg']

  • Susan May 3, 2010 10:34 am

    My Minolta Maxxum 7000. Its a SLR. The dedicated flash is great for anything even other cameras. Totally auto or totally manual. Got one of the first years manufactured. Probably 1985 or 1986. Cheated on it with my digital for several years now, but its my first love and still works beautifully .

  • Michael McGrath May 3, 2010 07:26 am

    I use a Bronica SQA - It has the David Bailey Mode, hehehe.

    Also an old Fujica 605n body to work my Carl Zeiss universal screw lenses - it has the most intricate arty fungus trails on the screen - inspires me !

  • Lynne Causer May 2, 2010 08:40 pm

    I still love to use my clunky old monopod from 1975 .It now doubles as a walking stick hahahaha

  • Rob.B May 2, 2010 06:30 pm

    Ooops forgot to attach a sample image form the Nikkor Mirroe mounted on a Canon. (Water vole on log, no crop)

    Sorry for the double post.

    [eimg url='http://rtb2walks.co.uk/resources/misc/mini_vole.jpg' title='mini_vole.jpg']

  • Rob.B May 2, 2010 06:20 pm

    My oldest piece of kit is a Mk I Nikkor 1000mm f/11 lens from the late 60's. I now use it through an adaptor with a Canon 40D or a 7D. Works just fine, love it to bits.

  • mike May 1, 2010 01:26 pm

    the oldest piece of equipment that i use on a regular basis is my canon D60. so... not so old.

    the oldest stuff i own and actually use occasionally is my granddads old pentax kit. i'm not sure what model it is, but i think it was the first year the light meter was built in to the viewfinder. '67-ish? my dad still has the one from the year prior and the meter sits atop the viewfinder housing. i have a couple lenses for it, a 50mm f/1.4, a 28mm f/3.5, a 85-210 zoom lens, plus a whole mess of filters and adapters and whatnot. i try to use it whenever i fly commercially because i can legally use it during takeoff and landing. :)

  • Jim April 29, 2010 05:53 pm

    My Nikkor 20mm F4 Ai prime dating from 1977 still gets a workout as a favored manual lens for panorama photography. It's feather-light weight and outstanding clarity work well when using the Nodal Ninja 3 lightweight pano mount. It's small size means it fits in any camera bag or a coat pocket for any trip.

  • Florian Rachor April 29, 2010 03:21 am

    A Minolta 50mm prime from 1982 or so. This one belonged to my father, he gave it to me. It's such a beautiful piece to work with, I really love it. (Also I own the Minolta 70-210 f/4 wich should be from mid 80ies).

  • Larry April 29, 2010 01:05 am

    A 4x5 Graflex and a sweet Zeiss Ikon folding 120.

  • mike April 28, 2010 10:29 am

    I still like to use my Yashica fx-3 from the 70's. My dad gave it to me when I got interested in photography :)

  • sandy April 28, 2010 09:29 am

    I regularly use my Yashica Mat 124G, polaroid sx-70 ( only 6 packs of 600 left:( ),olympus om-10,olympus pen ee s, nikon fm. I love film:).

  • sue April 28, 2010 06:59 am

    I still use my Dad's old tripod - I should think it's from about the 1960s

  • Ted Pettinicchi April 28, 2010 02:25 am

    Smitty: some photo-professional stores like Calumet, Adorama and B&H carry 120 roll film. I purchased some recently for a TLR I have. If your mother's camera took 620 film, here's an address with directions on how to adapt 120 film: http://www.kurtmunger.com/kodak_brownie_hawkeyeid149.html. I don't think the 127 size is available any more.

  • Ted Pettinicchi April 28, 2010 02:16 am

    I am using my late father's Yashica Electro 35 and my late father-in-law's Ricoh Diacord G TLR. I have plans to bring out my late grandfather's Kodak Junior Autographic 1. I'd used it about 30+ years ago when he gave it to me. It took some awesome pix, as simple as it was. I presently use a D60 with the kit 18-55 & 55-200 lenses.
    BTW: I have used a Honeywell Tilt-A-Mite bulb flash with the TLR & 5b, AG-1b bulbs. I can't wait to see how those shots turn out.

  • K. Praslowicz April 27, 2010 12:46 pm

    My 1910 Brass barrel large format lens. I bought it hoping it would give an interesting lo-fi look -- ended up being sharper then just about anything I own. :D Tends to flare a bit though.

  • Pål Vosteneoquisnam April 27, 2010 04:53 am

    I want to use my Omega view 45D field-camera, but needs a film-back... Still i think it is the best piece of equipment i have.

  • Smitty April 26, 2010 01:10 pm

    Still use a F3 Nikon every now and then. All my older stuff works just can get film for them. Instamatic etc. i do have my Mom Kodak Hawkeye but no film.

  • Mark W April 26, 2010 10:58 am

    The oldest piece I regularly use is a Nikkor Micro 105mm f4 AIS manual focus which dates back to the early 80's and is used on my D200. Sure it's manual focus, but the images are fantastic and I never (almost) use AF when doing macro photography.

  • Dave April 26, 2010 08:09 am

    Well it’s kind of a tie between my Minolta Maxxum 70-210mm F/4 “beer can” I bought back in 1990 for my Minolta 7000i. I also just picked up an older Minolta MD mount Promaster Spectrum 7 MC 28-70mm Macro zoom that I use with a reversing ring on my Sony a350 for macro photography.

  • R Fields April 26, 2010 04:36 am

    I own an Eastman Kodak 616 camera. I wish I could find film for it, I took some great pictures with it 30 years ago.

  • Michael April 26, 2010 12:53 am

    1968 Canon FTQL the glass in the 50mm lens is unbelivable

  • Pavel Shemon April 25, 2010 02:58 pm

    I'm still using My Mamiya 500 dtl with 55mm lens and Zenith ET with it's stock lens.. And I've also got 18-200mm zoom, 70-220mm zoom, 70-400mm tele, 200mm tele lens... and some other accessories... all my lenses are with screw mount......

  • JF Machado April 25, 2010 02:27 pm

    And adding to the latter list, a Canonet QL25 and a Minolta 16.

  • Stratman April 25, 2010 07:07 am

    That would be an easy question - I have a Canon PowerShot S3 IS ultra-zoom from 2006 that I prefer to keep rather than sell it. It's lighter and more compact than the latest SX-series ultrazooms from Canon and I like its fast f/3.5 aperture at the telephoto end.

    It won't beat either my EOS 450D nor my PowerShot G11 at sensitivities higher than ISO 100, but for low ISO and daylight photography it holds its own! I do have a vintage Nikon EM aperture priority film SLR from the early 80s, but I've never used it as it requires an overhaul and servicing. There's some light leakage that would ruin any film inserted into it.

  • Erki April 25, 2010 04:24 am

    I use "Voigtländer Bessa - I" (lens: Anastigmat Voigtar 1:6,3 f/10,5cm) medium format camera quite often. Camera is form 1930s.

  • Leora the Sane April 25, 2010 02:21 am

    I love shooting with my dad's old Yashica twin lens reflex. It's lived at my house for about four years and i'll inherit it eventually (or he may someday give in and let it *officially* be mine). He bought it used when he was stationed in Vietnam during the war ('69-'70). I've gotten some great shots with it.
    I also use an old pentax film slr from around the 1970s (gifted by my mother, bought used either before I was born or when I was very young).
    I have some older gear I want to try, including an old camera that my grandma's high school sweetheart sent her during WWII from Germany. It seems like it will accept 120, so I hope to fit it into regular rotation.
    The rest of my gear is an odd conglomeration of newer point and shoots, modded and handmade cameras, and a just out of the box Nikon D3000.

  • idb April 25, 2010 01:59 am

    I have a 35 year old Minolta MC 50mm f/1.7 lens that's working just like new and a 25 year old Minolta X-70 35mm camera that I still use regularly. I also have several other Minolta lenses and two other bodies but I bought them used so I don't know how old they are. My guess is they are 20 years old.

  • Roly Williams April 25, 2010 01:32 am

    "Me. (I am part of the gear, right?)"
    Sure, but do you use yourself? :-)

  • Dodie April 25, 2010 01:20 am

    Me. (I am part of the gear, right?)

  • joe April 25, 2010 12:17 am

    my 1933 leica and 1960 twinlens still nice to shoot with film

  • alvin April 24, 2010 03:08 pm

    All I have is a Pentax M 50mm f1.4. I think was made around the 70's
    Built as tank. Built to last.

  • John April 24, 2010 08:34 am

    I still sometimes use my Nikon E 100mm f/2.8. It was part of Nikon's "cheap" line back in the 70's, but is 10x better built than Nikon's kit lenses today ... and optically better IMHO ...

  • kirpi April 24, 2010 07:24 am

    @Tim Woodcock

    Most probably your model is simply a '055' which, along with the smaller '190', is one of the best Manfrotto tripods for light cameras. There was not such a puzzling multitude of models, some 30/40 years ago :-)

    And yes, as we're here, I forgot to mention my own list of Manfrotto gears, from tripods to superclamps (very useful and almost magic tools), autopoles and a lot more: they all work daily since so many years, quite reliably.

  • James Decker April 24, 2010 04:06 am

    Last summer I used my Vivitar 600mm f8 lens(1968) with and old Fujica 35mm camera.... sure need a lot of light at f8. I was shooting Herons and egrets down by the river. I originally used it with my Olympus PenFT on a trip to Alaska during the summer of 1969.

  • ASharpe April 24, 2010 01:59 am

    1956 Contax IIa with a 50mm f 1.5 Sonnar

  • Tim Woodcock April 24, 2010 12:17 am

    A Pentax LX 35mm SLR with a Pentax 28mm shift lens, both around 30 years old, is the oldest camera+lens combo I still use on occasion. By comparison to modern DSLRs the old LX is tiny, rock solid, a joy to use and highly rated in its day.

    But the long service award must go to a 30 year-old Manfrotto tripod (not sure what the model is but it's modern equivalent is the 055CXPRO3). Still serving on the front-line it's had heavy, regular use in all conditions (beach, bog, desert, ice and snow), never replaced a part and it's still fully functional, if a bit tatty.

  • Brad April 24, 2010 12:04 am

    I still use my dad's old Canon AE-1 Program from the 80's. I'm starting to use it more and more and i'm loving the vintage technology.

  • jobob Arikan April 23, 2010 10:28 pm


    These babies are all sitting here with me. I use the 3c with 21 Super Angulon most often.

  • halmooney April 23, 2010 10:01 pm

    I bought a Mamiya 220 twin lens reflex, with an eye level viewfinder, in 1981 - the best investment I ever made!
    BIG and clunky, but beautiful, sharp images. I shot weddings, portraits, etc. with for 28 years!

    Let's see - $800 divided by 28 = $28.57 per year for great shots. And I only stopped using it for weddings because people expect digital images now, the camera still works perfectly.

    I love it for formal portraits. The 2 1/4" square negatives are the same size as Hasselblad, and can be enlarged to 30x40 with no problems.

    By comparison, the digital camera I bought 2 years ago is considered a dinosaur already! I don't think we will ever get that kind of life out of equipment again.

  • Orin Eisenhauer April 23, 2010 07:29 pm

    Nice to see there are still a lot of people using older camera. I frequently use my Canon AE-1 that I bought in the late 70's. I also have a Yashica 635 that I use occasionaly. Then there are the 50 or so vintage cameras that I will sometimes pull one out and use.

  • Luis Matias April 23, 2010 06:41 pm

    I still use my Micro Nikkor 55mm f2.8 with extension ring and manual focus. I bought this lens in used market with a Nikon FM10 (do believe it !?!?). Its like new. It gives marvelous images very crispy, so so detailed... I use it with my Nikon D200.

  • Roy April 23, 2010 05:05 pm

    The oldest camera that I own and still use is a Linhoff Technica 6x9 roll film camera. I mainly use it when I want to use the tilt and shift features for architectural work. The last outing was three onths ago, and teh 1950s vintage Schneider lenses are still producing nice sharp results.

  • Frank Pierce April 23, 2010 04:13 pm

    I regularly use a canon P rangefinder [35, 50,100mm lenses]from 1958 for street photos. the outline of the 3 lenses in the viewfinder is an enormous asset.........composition is so much easier than any of my slrs or dslr.

  • Angiel April 23, 2010 03:58 pm

    I still enjoy my 1958 DW Stereo Realist. I’m an old school fan of 3-D and this is one of my favorite cameras to use. And hey, 3-D is becoming popular “again”.

  • Pio Danilo P. Cuadra April 23, 2010 02:11 pm

    My oldest camera is a Minolta X-700 with Multi-Function Back and MD-1 motor drive coupled to a 35-70 f3.50MD lens, which I purchased in 1987. In still using film even though I have migrated to digital.

  • micke April 23, 2010 02:11 pm

    I still load up my ol' Rollie with a coulpa' rolls of 120 film everley once in a while. I have to plan on doing this again now.

    Thanks for the reminder.


  • Tony April 23, 2010 11:40 am

    My oldest regularly used piece of equipment is a Linhof Technika IV 23 vintage 1958. I have just changed from plates to colour film which is far more convenient. I have read of digital but the cost of adding a digital back to this camera is far too expensive.

  • Pete G April 23, 2010 10:57 am

    My Olympus c5050z which still takes great pictures in my humble opinion and my first digital camera a Sony Mavica FD7 which still works although 3 1/2 inch floppy disks are not as easy to find (and it does take alonggggg time to save each picture).

  • John April 23, 2010 10:47 am

    My Olympus Pen EE

  • Varesino April 23, 2010 10:08 am

    The most ancient camera that I continue using is the Rolleiflex Automat IV of 1954, with lens Zeiss-Opton Tessar 1:3,5 f = 75mm. Exceptional half format. Fabulous B/W enlargements.

  • Joseph April 23, 2010 09:42 am

    Like others above, I also have and still use a polaroid sx-70 - I dont remember the number, it`s before my birth, it`s the type with the blue button.

  • Wes April 23, 2010 09:33 am

    The oldest piece of camera gear I still use regularly is my old gray camera bag. It has seen three cameras now - started off with my Canon AE-1 Programmable. When times got tough I had to sell that camera but I kept the bag. Then I went to a Minolta Maxxum 7xi and used the same bag. Recently I decided to "go digital" because I feared the demise of 35mm film. So now my old friend carries around my Olympus E-520 camera. And it's still in great shape for being as old as it is. It's got a few stains here and there as badges of honor, but it's not got a rip or tear anywhere and it still works just as hard as ever!

  • Dave Wilson April 23, 2010 09:24 am

    When I feel like playing Ansil Adams I still use my 1938 Crown Graphic View Camera and sometimes I use lenses that were made before 1900 on it.

    I also have three T-mount lenses from the early 1970's on my Nikon Digital cameras. A 100mm Portagon f4 portagon. Its a single element lens that is sharp in the middle and soft on the edges. A 135mm preset f2.8 tele that has great brokha. The ires has 15 blades. And a 500mm mirror lens with a 2x extender for long shots. All work great. They are all Spiratone

    Still use many of the special effects filters i have got over the last 40 years.

  • Dred242 April 23, 2010 08:28 am

    Just recently in the past several months I've been on kind of a buying spree when it comes to vintage cameras. I use them every chance I get.

    My collection now includes :
    - Yashica Mat EM
    - Yashica Electro 35 GT
    - Bronica ETRSi
    - Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera
    - Target Brownie Six-20 Canadian v1.0

    Coming soon!:
    - Yashica Electro 35 GTN
    - Yashica Mat 124G
    - Minolta Hi-Matic 9
    - Rolleiflex 3.5 E2 Model II & K4C2 (or KAC3)
    - Rolleicord V Model K3C
    - Bronica D

  • Julian April 23, 2010 08:19 am

    I still use the "plastic fantastic" - the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 ll and the EF 85 mm f/1.8 that I bought ages ago for my Canon 35 mm camera (forgot what type that was). Those lenses are the reason that I am now using digital EOS cameras - a logical step from film to digital with the same excellent lenses.

    Now I use these lenses on a Canon EOS 7D - among others.

  • Joao Paulo April 23, 2010 08:09 am

    The ones i use most is an Olympus XA, a Minolta XD7 and a Lomo Lc-a.
    In a not so often way:
    Minolta SRT 303b
    Minolta HI-MATIC 7sII
    Revue 400 SE
    Olympus 35 RD
    Olympus 35 RC
    Rollei 35 SE
    Canon Canonet 28
    Canon QL GIII 17
    Yashica Electro 35 GSN
    Yashica MG-1
    can check the use of some of them here:

  • Mary K April 23, 2010 07:47 am

    My dad's tri-pod, which is older than me. He got it back in the 50s. I like it because it is sturdy yet lightweight, it's not plastic-y at all. But it is a little hard to use since you have to twist the release for the legs, it's not a flip switch.

    Next is my Pentax K1000 that I bought back in 1986, or my Nikon 8008 film camera that I bought in late 1988.

  • nuel April 23, 2010 07:17 am

    Sometimes I use my Pentacon 135/2.8 preset, 15 blades, "bokeh monster" with a Nikon D300 body.

  • Sean April 23, 2010 06:57 am

    My oldest working camera is a 1959 Zenit C - still works perfectly.
    Next after that would be the photographer, a vintage 1967 model with a few bumps and scratches and the odd squeek or two - ROFL

    I do have a 1935 Box Brownie but cannot get the roll film for it any more :o(

  • Sarah April 23, 2010 06:51 am

    ...I learned on an Olympus OM 10 after High School & loved it... but it had a few too many rough rides in the boat, so I don't use it now... mostly use digital olympus now, and am more careful about the camera being bumped around. (4 miles by boat to the cottage)

    I am absolutely hooked on polaroid & emulsion transfers though, have 2 land 100 cameras and a Vivitar slide printer that is misbehaving these days, but used til recently..
    Love the Impossible Project...

    ...my sister has a zeiss!

    Where do you get the old roll film for the Brownies?

  • George E. Norkus April 23, 2010 05:32 am

    Old Pentax lenses! My favorite is the fast Pentax SMC-A 50mm f:1.2 I purchased new 25 years ago.

    Although not often used, I should add some old filters and caps that I used when I was a child.

  • Jan April 23, 2010 05:25 am

    I have an old (circa 1950) Voigtlander Bessa that takes 120 film that I've been playing with. That and a Sekonic light metre.

  • kirpi April 23, 2010 05:22 am

    My '70 Sinar P camera shines and works just as if it came out of the factory last week, as well as the old Gossen Lunasix 3 light meter which is still alive and well. Also from the '70s are Hasselblad 500 C/M and SWC, Olympus OM1n and other gears which still works flawlessy. All those camera lenses are of course still in good shape (you just have to check the shutter settings once in a while).

    True, there are issues with batteries, where required, and film photography "seems" to be expensive compared to digital shots. But if you consider that *any* digital camera today is "doomed" because of its very short lifespan and has to be replaced within short, all in all film is still not too bad.

  • GR Bill April 23, 2010 05:16 am

    Once in a great while I'll I pick up and use and use my 35mm Cannon TLQL range finder.
    Using the rangefinder helps me recall the time 40 years past when I first became passionate
    about photography. That fire continues to this day. While equipment and technology provides us with
    more options and ease of use, the formula for great photographs remains unchanged; the relationship between you, your camera and subject matter.

  • Marcel April 23, 2010 05:04 am

    I use a Minolta Hi-matic 7S regurlarly.
    It is just as old or older than me (made from 1966), but it looks a lot better.

  • FAF April 23, 2010 04:23 am

    canon ae1 still takes great pictures. I almost sold it but a buddy told me to never get rid of it because this camer will last forever.

  • sonya April 23, 2010 03:54 am

    A Minolta x-700 SLR..with a 50mm lens...Awesome camera!

  • lynn tait April 23, 2010 03:44 am

    occasionally my old Canon A80 - man it took great pics in its hay day - also an old second-hand leather zippered purse i got for 5 bucks somewheres. I use it to store extra lens, batteries and cards when out for a quick shoot but always when shooting from the back of hubby's motorcycle - its perfect and i can change my lens or batteries or whatever, inside the bag in case of sudden bumps on the road. I wear it around my neck and over my shoulder and gives me plenty of room in front of me. (Its a big bike- Honda Valkyrie)

  • Bruce A. Johnson April 23, 2010 03:30 am

    I have several OM-10's & lens that I still love to use, but I use the viewmaster personal more often when it's time to play with something other than the DSLR's. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bruceajohnson/4361142818/in/set-72157623318753157/

    Here is a place you can still get some odd sized film for the browines & such

  • Roly Williams April 23, 2010 03:10 am

    I still use the old leather gadget bag I was given sometime back in the 1960s :-)

  • david mills April 23, 2010 03:09 am

    just started to use my old Zenit EM,going back to 35mm black and white ,should be fun

  • Marty April 23, 2010 03:06 am

    I have two Mamiya M645 cameras that I use. I got them in 1984 and they were old then. The other item that is just as old. I still use when I need portable light. A Norman 200B portable strobe and battery pack. It's a work horse in the field. It works fine with my DSLRs.

  • George L Smyth April 23, 2010 03:01 am

    The oldest I have is a 1918 Brownie. It didn't come with a lens so I use it for pinhole photography. Although it was designed for 620 film, 120 film fits well enough. I've used it for about 16 years.

  • iamunique127 April 23, 2010 02:57 am

    My Nikkor 55 f2.8 micro, manual focus and PK-13 extension tube circa 1970's

  • Martin April 23, 2010 02:53 am

    I still have a Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super (1962), which belonged to my father. I take it out about once a year and still get great shots. Lots of fun!!!

  • Richard Duncan April 23, 2010 02:43 am

    The most dependable, NEVER-FAILING, 35mm camera I've owned: Nikon F2 with motor drive! It weighs a ton when the motor drive is attached with 8 AA batteries, but the end results are worth it. Now, if only film lasts as long?-)

  • Gary April 23, 2010 02:35 am

    I have a 1939 Rolleiflex Automat TLR . Not great pics - but fun

  • jim cordeiro April 23, 2010 02:27 am

    still use my Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic bought in 1965? It even did a tour in Vietnam with me and is
    still going strong!

  • Ed Lark April 23, 2010 02:03 am

    I still shoot occasionally with my trusty old Mamiya C33 Twin Lens Reflex camera. I shot a roll of b+w last week!
    There is something wonderful about the old completely manual cameras. I find it sharpens my composition skills. With only 12 shots per roll you don't want to be hasty!

  • Chris April 23, 2010 02:02 am

    I regularly use a 1965 Russian Zorki 4 rangefinder. live in my camera bag along with a modern DSLR.

  • Tiffany McCoy April 23, 2010 01:57 am

    I use a Kodak duaflex TLR for TTV photography.

  • Al Rowley April 23, 2010 01:54 am

    The oldest camera that I use once a year is a PENTAX FT half frame that I used to use in my classroom to create continuous filmstrips that I synched to audio cassettes pulsed for frame advancement on the DuKane projector.

  • Gerard April 23, 2010 01:49 am

    Opps, forgot to attach the link, sorry for the double-post :S

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/gmoret/4523656473/' title='Self-Portraits - 3' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2769/4523656473_7cc4e9828f.jpg']

  • Eduardo April 23, 2010 01:48 am

    I have and use:

    YashicaMat 24G TLR
    Yashica Electro 35 GSN
    Nikon F3, F4, F5, N90s
    Olympus OM-2, OM-2SP
    Minolta X-700
    Bronica GS-1
    Bronica ERTSi

    They are a Joy to use, like listening a vinyl record.

  • Bob C April 23, 2010 01:48 am

    I still use my Miranda Focabell and a 135mm lens on an old Miranda Sensorex body for real closeup work, these date from the late sixties. My problem is the bellows has a tear in it and I can't find a replacement for it. Electrical tape works for now but sooner or later I'll have to find a replacement bellows for it.

    I'd love to be able to mount one of these to my nikon d70.

  • Deborah Hendrick April 23, 2010 01:47 am

    My Minolta SRT 202, which I bought around 1975 or '76. The shutter is worn out at the lower speeds, but is still ok at the higher speeds. As an aside, I dearly wish I still had every camera I ever owned---starting with my Brownie Starmite, a Christmas present in 1962.

  • Gerard April 23, 2010 01:46 am

    Mi Rolleicord V

  • John L April 23, 2010 01:03 am

    Hmmmm, not sure off hand which is the oldest...

    Yashicamat M

  • Josh April 23, 2010 12:36 am

    I rock a Canon AE-1, with a few different lenses as well. The built-in exposure meter is really invaluable.

  • Ronald Duque April 22, 2010 11:18 pm

    I've got a Nikkor 50mm f1.2 Ai-s (from the 80s) and a Nikkor 105mm f2.5 AI (from the 70s). ;p

  • Chris Williams April 22, 2010 10:34 pm

    1938 uncoated Leitz 50/3.5 Elmar for my Leicas. Has a certain soft but yet still
    sharp appeal to it when shooting portraits.

  • jerry deese April 22, 2010 10:08 pm

    My walk-around film camera is a Canon AE1 with an assortment of manual focus lenses. I also carry around a Mamiya 645J manual focus, and a Polaroid Automatic 100 land camera. I have about 50 cameras that date as far back as into the 1930s, and I still shoot with as many of them as I can find film for. =)

  • Hendrik April 22, 2010 08:54 pm

    I am still using my CANON FTb (bought in 1974).
    No, not for shooting, but as didactic material for showing everyone who likes to see how a DSLR (full mechanical reflex) works.
    It is admired with big respect each time !
    This wonderfull piece of durable basic equipment served me for almost 30 years, before I moved over to the digital age.

  • jamesdon April 22, 2010 03:06 pm

    My oldest is a 1983 right index finger shutter release! Still going strong! :)

  • Brian April 22, 2010 02:25 pm

    The oldest piece of equipment I use with any regularity is my Canon Rebel 2000 Film SLR..... though it seems like it is right off the shelf compared to some of the responses!

  • Mike April 22, 2010 12:30 pm

    A Pentax K1000 - I bought it around 1978. Still use it for sunsets, where I find film better than digital. It also forces me to slow down and think about things like f-stop, therefore using another piece of equipment that has, unfortunately, a purchase date a tad earlier than 1978.

  • andré carvalho April 22, 2010 12:12 pm

    I regularly use an early 70's Minolta SRT 303 with an 50mm 1.4 and I love it!

  • floridagizzi April 22, 2010 09:50 am

    i've got a yashica-mat with a yashinon 80mm lens. hard to pinpoint a year of manufacture, but i'd place it in the early 60s. still takes great photos.

  • Erin April 22, 2010 09:35 am

    I agree with the sharp answer: My Eyes! but I also use an old tripod that was my Dad's, its a Velbon, no idea how old it is but is shows it years :) still strong and solid.

  • Dave T April 22, 2010 08:06 am

    The oldest camera I still use and one of my most used cameras is an Olympus Trip 35. For street photography, it always performs...and without batteries! It was manufactured for so many years, it's possible that my Minolta SRT-101 and SRT-102 (both in regular use as well) are older but as the Trip came out in 1969, I consider it my oldest. Best $20 I ever spent!

  • Chris Sutton April 22, 2010 07:23 am

    My Olympus Trip 35 - bought for me by my wife in 1981 (although I think it had been around longer than that). Superb lens, simple to use and NO batteries or anything elctronic

  • Big Jake April 22, 2010 06:38 am

    I would have to say my Minolta SRT 101 and the accompanying lenses.

  • Don Adkins April 22, 2010 06:23 am

    Shot a whole season of basketball games this winter with a D40 sporting a 1985 Nikon 50mm f1.8 prime from my old EM. I've also used my Imado 135mm f2.8 from the same old EM to shoot some softball, soccer and lacrosse games. Both worked great and I got some amazing photos with them on that D40.

  • Bruce Simmons (BruSimm) April 22, 2010 05:13 am

    Hey "Norman Schrock"
    Is there an adapter for using the older lenses on the E-520?

  • Ben April 22, 2010 05:11 am

    I have a 1970's Fujica ST-705 and a few old screwmount lenses. I was actually using earlier today before I saw this article.

  • Ed Schultz April 22, 2010 05:09 am

    I have a Fujica ST605 film camera that I still use with a "Formula5" macro/telezoom. Still shoots wonderful 35mm prints and does macro beautifully.

  • Space-Monkey April 22, 2010 05:03 am

    I have an Argus C3 (The "Brick") that I use all the time. It was given to me as a gift by a friend who knew I collect vintage cameras. This particular model is from the late 50's, but it still takes wonderful pictures.

  • Norman Schrock April 22, 2010 03:58 am

    I have an Olympus E-520 with an 18-180mm zoom lens. But every once in a while I like to use my OM-SYSTEM 50mm 1:1.8 manual lens because of the added f-stop. It is great to use even though I have to manually operate it, especially indoors.

  • HughC April 22, 2010 03:38 am

    Rolleicord V c 1956 - even older than me :)


  • Bob Weaver April 22, 2010 03:03 am

    I still use a 35 year old Velbon tripod daily. Bought in KMart for $20. Still love it.

  • Hogo April 22, 2010 01:41 am

    I still try to use my Yashica Mat 124G & Canon A1 for a few rolls every year. The 124G doesn't need batteries so even after sitting for part of a year, its ready to go!

  • Larry April 22, 2010 01:38 am

    A Yashicamat 124g. I have clients that love B&W portraits from it. I try to get a roll in during every digital session.

  • Joe April 22, 2010 01:13 am

    I use 2 Mamiya C330 TLR cameras and 3 lenses. Both cameras were built in the early 70's. Funny, I don't remember the last time I used my DSLR.

  • Alan April 22, 2010 01:04 am

    Today, I am still using my original Pentax K1000 w/ 50mm lens I got in 1985, and the 135mm Pentax lens I added in 1986. I used them for my High School newspaper and art classes.

  • Ford Bailey April 22, 2010 01:04 am

    My oldest is a Zeiss Super Ikomat C from 1933. A super camera- with film area to camera size ratio that is practically unbeatable: a 6x9 medium format folder that fits in a pocket.

  • Bruce Simmons (BruSimm) April 22, 2010 12:36 am

    JULIA: Sigh... I used to have a K1000 and I have no fracking clue why I gave it up! I'm jealous!

  • Mike April 22, 2010 12:33 am

    yukinon m42 50mm 2.8

  • Julia Thorman April 22, 2010 12:27 am

    I use my old trusted Pentax K1000. I love that camera. I have had it for some 25+ years now. Still works like a champ. I know it better than the back of my hand. I do have a camera that was brought back from WW II but my grandfather stored it in the attic so it is locked up. But I look at that and my brownie and realize just how far we have come.

  • D. Travis North April 22, 2010 12:12 am

    I have a Nikon N2000 film SLR with a 50mm f/1.4 lens and a 185mm f/4 lens (both Nikkor) that I still use from time to time. The 50mm lens gets some play on my Nikon D80 as well.

  • Terry Thomas Photos / Atlanta April 22, 2010 12:08 am

    The oldest camera in my kit a a 1901 4x5 Auto Graflex RB with wooden film holders. Also have a 1950s-era 4x5 Crown Graphic.

    The second oldest is my aching back dating from 1945. LOL!!

    Terry Thomas...
    the photographer
    Atlanta, Georgia USA

  • Karen Wink April 21, 2010 11:44 pm

    i love love to use my TLR Rolliecord circa the 50's and my Olympus Om-1 circa the 80's. I use a Mark IV & 7D for work but film is passion and my off-time fun! Viva la Old School!

  • Pepe April 21, 2010 11:35 pm

    I still use my reliable Fuji GS 645 W


  • Lester April 21, 2010 11:23 pm

    The only 2 pieces of equipment that I still use that are older than 5 years are a Bogen 3221 tripod and a Domke camera bag. The digital age has really changed my equipment needs.

  • caroline April 21, 2010 11:21 pm

    I still have my first ever SLR, a Minolta Maxxuum 3000i that my dad bought when I was a kid. I took it with me to Costa Rica in '04.

  • dt April 21, 2010 11:13 pm

    I use about 5 manual focus primes with my D700 every day. Age? I dunno. 30 years? I also carry an FM2 with motordrive and slide film on shoots for emergencies. Like an EMP, I guess.

  • Dan April 21, 2010 11:05 pm

    While not exactly camera gear, I had a leather wrist strap made to put on one of the lugs of my old Konica A3 that I bought way back in the mid 1970s. I don't like camera neck straps but feel totally comfortable with using this wrist strap in most any shooting situation. On more than one occasion, I'm sure that the strap has saved my camera from an unwanted drop to the floor.

    When I recently upgraded to my first DSLR, I gave the strap a good tug while it was hooked on a nail and it was strong enough that the nail started to bend a bit. I'll trust my camera on that strap for sure.


  • JordiC April 21, 2010 11:04 pm

    fully manual 50 mm f1.4 AI

  • Andrew April 21, 2010 10:55 pm

    I regularly use a Yashica Mat from 1961, an F3 from the 80s, and lenses from the 70s. I'm waiting for a Stereo Realist from the 1950s to arrive so I can start shooting with it. I'm finding I'm shooting more with older gear these days. Really, it's hard to beat real metal construction.

  • Pamela Oliveras April 21, 2010 10:48 pm

    Last year my Dad gave me his 45 year old 35mm 2.8. I can only use it at infinity as it is so sharp and wide open I noticed what I thought was in focus with manual focusing of course wasn't! Here's a photo I took of some Okinawan 'house shoes' with it. It is SHARP!

  • Zak Moreira April 21, 2010 10:15 pm

    I use a 1953 Kiev-4, with a 50mm 1.8 lens.
    It´s wondreful to use a rangefinder!
    I love to hang out with it. It's so silent and low-profile...

  • kate April 21, 2010 10:14 pm

    I have a minolta from the late 70s (I think) with a couple lenses. Film's still more expensive so I sadly only tinker with it now and then.

  • Bruce Simmons (Brusimm) April 21, 2010 09:55 pm

    An Olympus OM-10, body, 35mm lens, 200mm lens, inverter ring for the 35mm lens (to make it a super macro), a doubler ring (to double all the lenses focal lengths), and a few other doodads. I never use it any more, but it's in great shape. (Hmm... anyone wanna make an offer? LOL) I've replaced it with a modern day digital Olympus SLR.

  • Bill Scherer April 21, 2010 09:27 pm

    I have a 1936 Leica IIIa that I still use occasionally. A fine piece of engineering is a delight to use.

  • Hans April 21, 2010 09:20 pm

    Lubitel 2, 1955. it still works quite accurate and is really easy to use.
    I also have a Zeiss folding camera that still works, but I don't know the exact age and I only use is as a prop.
    I also use a Bronica S2A from about 1957. It works, but needs some maintenance.

  • johnny April 21, 2010 09:09 pm

    zeiss ikonta from 1953 or 1954

  • Allen Goodreds April 21, 2010 08:49 pm

    An old tripod I have - [eimg url='http://gallery.me.com/goodreds#100013/Old%20tripod' title='Old%20tripod']

  • Chris Peters April 21, 2010 08:42 pm

    I have an Olympus OM-1n with a 50mm f/1.8 that can't be beat. Beautiful bokeh and small, focuses down to about 14 inches away. Love it, used it regularly until a couple years ago, now occasionally. I also have a SB-24 that's workhorse for the way I shoot in all manual flash.

  • MarkusW April 21, 2010 08:26 pm

    I still use a Chinon CS-4 from time to time, not for commercial aspects, but for traditional reasons ;) I use it with a Soligor 70-210mm lens, a shorter wide-angle zoom and a classic 50mm f/1.8 fixed focal length.
    http://www.butkus.org/chinon/ebay/chinon_cs-4.htm I

  • Dave Hodgkinson April 21, 2010 08:17 pm

    Yashica TLR from the 50's.

  • David Stone April 21, 2010 07:55 pm

    I would have to include my Tiltall tripod which I purchased in 1973, and which I still use every day. An expensive investment when I bought it, but a great purchase when you count all those years of use.

  • MTBTier April 21, 2010 07:39 pm

    Sometimes I celebrate my love to anachronistic technologies with a Canon EOS 5. Yes, I still like analog photography. ;-)

  • Rick Holgate April 21, 2010 07:13 pm

    I occasionally take my 1970ish Nikon Ftn and 50mm f1.4 lens out for a stroll. Love my Nikons!

  • CarGa April 21, 2010 06:45 pm

    A Nikkor 50mm from the 70s used here Jardin by ~carlosmgh3 on deviantART ful metal construccion and a vivitar 283 both gift from a friend older than me used here Cielo de fondo by ~carlosmgh3 on deviantART .

  • Uwe April 21, 2010 06:42 pm

    The oldest equipment I use with my DSLR is a Canon Auto Bellows made in 1980 - and still works beautifully!
    Beside that - my old trusty Minolta X-700 with a 50/1.7 if I am in the mood for it. Which is more and more often lately ;-)

  • wallieman April 21, 2010 06:19 pm

    a practica super tl (Eastern Germany, 1968)

  • Marius I. April 21, 2010 06:03 pm

    an AE-1 Program Canon from the 1980something
    i got it from my uncle, as a birthday present.
    It's in top shape, with an 37-70 FD lens.
    too bad i can't find other FD's nowadays... and film developing is expensive for me... [eimg url='[URL=http://img718.imageshack.us/i/dsc06739z.jpg/][IMG]http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/6215/dsc06739z.th.jpg' title='dsc06739z.th.jpg'][/URL][/img]

  • Guy Cates April 21, 2010 05:54 pm

    Bronica ETRS 6x4.5 75mm 2.8 lens works great. I shoot a lot of b&w film. Scan the negitives and print my own pics.

  • Richard Taylor April 21, 2010 05:03 pm

    A Linhof tripod I purchased new, in the late 1960's.

  • grayson April 21, 2010 04:52 pm

    Im a young adult, and My first camera was a 1968 canon FT QL, if im not mistaken. sadly, was stolen. will always miss the feel of an old style film camera like that

  • Grrbrr April 21, 2010 04:32 pm

    I daily use two about 25 years old flashes i got from my father. I have strapped cheap $15 slave remotes to them. I do also have a modern flash, but i rarely use it as it is too smart to be triggered with cheap hardware.

    It's quite funny that they still work flawlessly.

  • JF Machado April 21, 2010 04:26 pm

    Well, apart the NON-DX Sigma 70-300 always next to the D80, I still use a Zenith 122 with the original HELIOS f2 kit lens, loaded with Kodak T100 BW.

    I also have an old Brownie like the above, wich I'm trying to repair.

  • Nasuha April 21, 2010 04:14 pm

    Canon AE-1 mounted with Canon FD 50mm f/1.4.

    a great SLR! :D

  • chris April 21, 2010 04:14 pm

    Praktica BC1 35mm SLR with Praktica 35-70mm F/3.5-4.5 & a Praktica 50mm F/1.8

  • Mjuboy April 21, 2010 03:25 pm

    A Praktica, cant remember the exact model, which is manufactured in the German Democratic Republic in the the 1960s. Still works like a charm!

  • Fred April 21, 2010 02:32 pm

    I'm surprised that more people aren't mentioning the Pentax K1000. Didn't most of us cut our teeth on that or something of that vintage? I'd be bending the truth if I said I used it regularly, but I did crack it out last year when I got ahold of some Kodachrome.

  • OJ Photography April 21, 2010 02:08 pm

    That would probably be my 200mm F2.8 Prime lens. Although it is an AI lens, I use it on my Nikon D80 with excellent results. Of course I have to set all the settings manually, but it's a good practice anyway!
    I blogged about that lens here: http://ojphoto.blogspot.com/2010/02/new-baby.html

  • Byron April 21, 2010 01:37 pm

    I have a Powershot G3 from 2002 that I still occasionally use...

  • David Stevens April 21, 2010 01:29 pm

    Nikon 28-105 Lens
    I think I picked it up 12 years ago but still gets the job done on my D80 (which I picked up 4 weeks before the D90 came out. Doh!)

  • Federico Presti April 21, 2010 01:26 pm

    1974 Olympus OM-1 MD. It works wonderfully

  • Emon April 21, 2010 12:58 pm

    I use a 1940s Meyer Optik Gorlitz 135mm lens for my portrait work. The slight softness and 16 blade aperture make it one of the best portrait lenses I own.

  • George Fragos April 21, 2010 12:56 pm

    That would be my trusty Leitz tabletop tripod with a Leica ball head. The legs rotate to give you a device that stores flat and adjusts for a variety of surfaces. I use it a lot as chest pod. Oh yes and no plastic here, it's all metal and very strong. I've had it since the early 70s when my camera of choice was a Leica M2.

  • m.c.adams April 21, 2010 12:53 pm

    I have a pile of old cameras,from Brownies to Speed Graphics, but on a regular basis, I shoot an Nikon FA with a motor drive and a Olympus OM10.

  • Steve Shields April 21, 2010 12:09 pm

    Kodak Retina Relex III - what great piece of gear!

  • shorbo April 21, 2010 12:03 pm

    Nikkon 50mm/1.4 NAI from 1976. I had it AI'd and use it with an FE2 as well as a D300.

  • src April 21, 2010 11:46 am

    Circa 1960 Auto Takumar 55mm f/1.8. Small, incredibly lightweight, but built like a tank.

  • dick. April 21, 2010 11:14 am

    I have a few OLD cameras that I use for holding up books on a shelf...

  • B Poirier April 21, 2010 10:20 am

    I do some TTV, so I have an Argus 75, and a DuaFlex III & IV (as well as an old Brownie & Starflex)

  • Justin April 21, 2010 09:40 am

    I found a Brownie Holiday at an antique shop for the reasonable price of $12, too bad there's only one shop around here that sells any 127 film...

  • Cody April 21, 2010 09:15 am

    1916 Kodak Brownie II - Has a few light leaks which make subtle flares. Between that and soft focus it is always exciting to process the film.

  • johnp April 21, 2010 09:11 am

    Sorry - not actually using that Norita now but still trying to work out how I can get it going or use the lenses.

  • johnp April 21, 2010 09:08 am

    1970's Norita medium format SLR. 3 lenses plus other bits. No longer works, broken shutter, but can't part with it as it used to take beautiful photos especially with the wide angle lens.

  • Daniel Garcia April 21, 2010 08:58 am

    I have a Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515/2 (released in 1937) and a Voigtlander Bessa 66 from 1938 that I still shoot with (alas, not enough. I should finish off the rolls of film i have in them - I should also whip up some new developer).

  • Rene Damkot April 21, 2010 08:58 am

    Rollei 35s still gets used for snapshots And vacations. Nice, compact and good quality. :)

  • Mary April 21, 2010 08:50 am

    I have four Minolta lenses that I purchased in 1976 that I have been using with the Olympus E-PL1. My favorite is the Rokkor-X 50mm f/1.4. I got an adapter for $19.99 and it's giving me great results.

  • Joe April 21, 2010 08:45 am

    An Olympus 10 35 mm camera.

  • amcd April 21, 2010 08:42 am

    I still use my Crown Graphic, and on occasion the Graflex XLRF.

  • Susan See April 21, 2010 08:42 am

    Oh how I wish I could answer w/ "I still use my very first SLR, Pentax K1000." But alas I had to sell it back in 1997 when I got my first staff job. So probably the oldest item in my bag that I still shoot with is my Canon EOS A2E which is what I purchased w/ money I got from the K1000. Still works perfectly!

  • Lon April 21, 2010 08:25 am

    Don, yeah the EL is pretty cool - it was a gift from my grandfather who is super-meticulous with his belongings. He originally bought it with the compact 35-70mm zoom lens and since I use it so infrequently it is easy to get flustered with the three separate rings - one each for aperture, zoom and of course focus (mostly end up accidentally zooming while trying to focus since both rings are exactly the same width, diameter and texture). I also have a Canon Rebel G that I use somewhat often, it makes a good holder for my nifty fifty when not on my digital rebel body :)

  • JD April 21, 2010 08:17 am

    Let's see oldest would be a Lieca IIf(1950's) & Weston light meter(1940's). Used bi-monthly.
    Not as old but used weekly would be a Minolta XG-A from about 1982. Get's used more because it has a built in light meter.
    And finally, a Polaroid One-Step from 1981. That will get more use if the Impossible project ever gets it's film to work properly.

  • Tyler April 21, 2010 08:12 am

    I have a few Graflex press cameras, one dates back to the 30s.... that one is a speed graphic 3 1/4 x 4 1/4" - so only black and white for that one. My crown graphic 4x5 regularly gets fed sheets of slide film. I shoot daguerreotypes ... so the process is old, but my equipment is made by me and newer.

  • Jacob April 21, 2010 07:53 am

    I have a 1970s Polaroid 360 that i use pretty regularly. Shooting black & white instant film indoors is so awesome!

    I have older cameras, but that one is my favorite.

  • Sarah N. April 21, 2010 07:50 am

    I use a Minolta XD-11 film SLR from the 70's...works perfectly!

  • Don April 21, 2010 07:48 am

    Thanks lon for joggin my brain on the Nikkormat EL, I loved that camera.

    As far as now I have an old 1969 Nikon FTN with the Photomic finder and a 1999 Canon Rebel that I may take out now and then.

  • Will Burn April 21, 2010 07:47 am

    I regularly use a Pentax SMC M 50 1.7, which is absolutely beautiful, and dates from the 70s. A Zeiss m42 135 3.5 often finds itself taken out as a medium telephoto (200mm equivalent on my K200d), and was originally built in the 1980s in East Germany. Lastly, I use a Vivitar Series 1 70-210 3.5 Macro for my telephoto needs (1970s).

    And they're all lush.

  • Duluk April 21, 2010 07:35 am

    Canon AE-1 Program, though I like the "my eyes" answer....and my eyes are actually older than the AE-1.

  • mike April 21, 2010 07:34 am

    I regularly use a takumar 55mm f1.8 (pentax) M42 mount lens from 1958 on the Canon 5D mk2, most often with a macro bellows from the same era.

  • Greg April 21, 2010 07:30 am

    I was given a pair of Olympus OM-4s during a garage cleanout late last year. Refurbishing produced one working camera, which is paired with its original Zuiko 50mm f1.4. I like the results so far, but I'm still getting a handle on the metering system. So, early/mid 80s.

  • Greg April 21, 2010 07:27 am

    Lately it has been a Polaroid Land Camera 230 (1967-1969), but I also have a Rolleicord TLR from the mid 1930's I use occasionally. It's shutter speed is off, so I can only use it in bright light, but still snaps well.

  • Val April 21, 2010 07:11 am

    I still shoot with two (2) Minolta SRT-101's.


  • Lon April 21, 2010 06:55 am

    I still occasionally shoot with some 70's vintage SLRs - both with aperture priority electronics: a Nikkormat EL that is still in better than mint shape and a Yashica FR-I that I'll be reassembling once I figure out how to repair the exposure counter. I love taking photos with these old cameras...

  • Tim April 21, 2010 06:51 am

    I regularly use a Ricoh 500G rangefinder and Hasselblad 500CM MF kit.

    I recently relegated my mother's Olympus Trip 35 to the collection-only pile because the lens is fairly poor.

    A couple of years ago we found my great-grandfather's old Agfa folding 120 camera in a drawer, with film showing "2" through the red hole on the back. I developed that shot myself to find granddad standing on a pile of rocks, probably in the 1970s. The camera itself dates back to about 1950. The next week or two after finding it, I took photographs of folks present at granddad's birthday party, using both his own father's camera and my shiny "new" Nikon D200 (and guess which needs replacing now!).

    Some years ago, I found an Ensign Carbine No.3 camera in a junk shop; it still works just fine. The front standard is bent and the lens is no great shakes, but it still gets some nice photographs. That camera probably dates back to 1920-odd.

  • Lars Dahlin April 21, 2010 06:45 am

    I use a Carl Zeiss aus Jena Sonnar 180mm. It is called Zebra because it is zebra striped.

    It was made for the olympic games 1936.

    And the aperture? f/2.8... ;o)

  • Dave April 21, 2010 06:45 am

    Besides the nut behind the viewfinder, it would have to be an old cheapo tripod. What I use it for is a flash stand - whenever I need a second remote flash.

  • Karen April 21, 2010 06:37 am

    1939 folding Zeiss Nettar. Wonderful camera.

  • Benjamin Hegan April 21, 2010 06:34 am

    I still use a Pentax SFXn film camera. It is a great camera, but I prefer digital cameras.

  • Joe April 21, 2010 06:31 am

    I still use a Graflex 4x5 press camera from the 40's! It's about as complicated as a modern camera in manual mode, but with the amazing 4x5 quality. I even use it hand-held.

  • Timo April 21, 2010 06:25 am

    I have recently bought an old used Nikon prime lens Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 E series with manual focus.
    It is the lightest/flattest lens Nikon has ever made and it produces great results (it is only 1.3" (33mm) long).
    Here is an example:

    The lens was produced in the 70s and it is still excellent under today's standards.

    Then I have a Polaroid SX-70 from the 80s and a Polaroid EE100 which is from 1977 - pictures can be seen in my blog http://fotografzahl.wordpress.com.
    Both a dream to use, too.

    Although I mostly use modern gear, I still love to use old gear, too as long as the results are great.

  • Chris Camargo April 21, 2010 06:20 am

    My trusty little Yashica D 6x6 TLR (mfg 1957). Bought it on eBay a little over a year ago for $60. One good cleaning and the waist finder is as bright as ever. I was so thrilled with it, I bought another Yashica TLR, the Yashica-Mat 124. Here are some images I've made with the Yashicas.

  • nessalynn April 21, 2010 06:11 am

    I got my first SLR in '92 and it was second hand, so I think it was probably from the mid 80s, a Pentax program plus. I still use it regularly. But unfortunately the f 1.4 lens that it came with, my husband dropped and shattered!

  • Luis Murillo April 21, 2010 06:09 am

    Currently I own a Nikon D60 only...not that old I guess, but yesterday I bought a Nikon FM10 which I'll taking photos with...still waiting for it to arrive though

  • Laura April 21, 2010 06:06 am

    My tripod. 18 years old and I still use it....

  • Gordon April 21, 2010 06:05 am

    I've been using a Minolta XD-7 (originally my dad's) this week. I also use a Holga camera.

  • b_key April 21, 2010 06:01 am

    a polaroid sx-70 alpha

  • Dustin April 21, 2010 06:00 am

    The oldest camera I've used lately is a No. 1A Autographic Kodak Jr. that I adapted to take 120 film. It was made from 1914-1927, and after my modification it gives me a 6x12 negative.

    The oldest piece of gear I use on a regular basis would one of my Agfa/Ansco folders from the 50's or my Minolta Autocord CDS.

  • Zack Jones April 21, 2010 05:59 am

    Steve beat me to it. I was going to say my finger to release the shutter. All of my other gear is less than 5 years old.

  • SusanG April 21, 2010 05:58 am

    Pentax ME Super 35mm. I use it almost every week and still add bits and pieces of add'l kit too. Next on the list is a medium format outfit that will probably happen before I upgrade my digital equipment.

  • Amber April 21, 2010 05:56 am

    I've got an Olympus OM-1 (70s) that works beautifully. Fully manual and a pain in the butt!

  • Ross Loades April 21, 2010 05:56 am

    canon ae-1. not strictly digital, but tis the oldest.

  • Shannon April 21, 2010 05:50 am

    I have some stuff from a 1990s Rebel. I don't ever use it cuz it was cheap stuff then. Can't compete with my L lenses I have now.

  • Jared April 21, 2010 05:49 am

    The oldest piece of gear I still use, and I use it on a regular basis is my Canon 50mm f1.8 Mark I. I haven't looked up the date code on it, but I know they stopped making them around 1990. So I regularly use a 20 year lens. I think that is proof that a lens is a long term investment.

  • Bjorn April 21, 2010 05:47 am

    I've got a couple of Nikon FM2n's that I still use regularly (actually one is sitting under my desk at work with a 28mm 2.8, 50mm 1.8 and 105 2.5). So, 1980's equipment.

    I also regularly shoot a Canonet QL17, which could be from the 1970's.

    Not that old, but old enough :)

  • Jose April 21, 2010 05:47 am

    I don't use it regularly, but sometimes I borrow my father's Kodak Retinette 1A (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodak_Retinette) :)

  • My Camera World April 21, 2010 05:45 am

    The oldest is a 1933 Voiglander Bessa II. I don't use if often but there is something special about a piece of equipment that has no electronic parts and works perfectly. No automated anything.

    Here's an article I wrote on this camera.

    Niels Henriksen

  • Chris April 21, 2010 05:44 am

    I have a Minolta 70-210mm F/4 from the mid-80's that still gets used somewhat regularly (like in this shot, for example).

    Old lenses on digital bodies can produce some great results.

  • Steve April 21, 2010 05:42 am

    My Eyes.