|August 1951 - the author's first picture from the Box Brownie - Mt Donna Buang
|2011 - the authors's orginal Box Brownie and its case!
|August 1951 - second pic on Box Brownie - the author's choolfriend Andrew at Warburton
The first camera I owned was a Kodak 620 Box Brownie, which I bought in 1951 from my meagre earnings
from my Chemist Round, in Auburn.
The first pictures I took on this were in August 1951 on a YMCA bus trip to Mt Donna Buang, to see
I still have this camera, and its carrying case, and it works perfectly, even though 620 film costs
about $12 a roll!
In 1956, I had started a small "business", where I did developing, printing and enlarging of
black/white films for a small fee. My customers were my mates from the Techncians' Training School! My laboratory was our
bathroom, lit by red globes!
In the same year , I did a 3 month evening course in Photography at the Swinburne Technical College,
|1956 - Vito B
I used my Box Brownie until 1956 when I bought a beautiful German-made 35 mm camera known as the Vito-B,
from Myers' stores, in the city. I had this camera for many years until about 1970. Sadly, I had dropped this camera in the
sea on a trip to the beach and it became unusable, despite attempts to repair it at a camera shop. I used this camera for
the 1956 Melboune Olympic Games in November!
The first use of this camera for color was in October 1957 when I took some slides on a bike trip to Warrandyte
with a mate.
|Canon Sure Shot OWL
After the Viti-B expired, I bought a replacement 35 mm compact Canon SureShot
camera. I took this on many trips but it failed, and I bought another one in 1995. This gave good service, and is still in
excellent working order! In 2005 I decided to move into the digital camera age and bought a Canon
compact digital camera. .
This failed due to mechanical problems, and I bought a replacement, which was destroyed when I dropped it down a cliff
in the Grampians in Western Victoria!
After that I had a succession of compact digital cameras,.all of which were given seriousj workouts, and all failed.
The main problem was lenses/irises getting stuck and not opening or closing, or flimsy power switches breaking. Not worth
In 2011, I bought two cheap compact digital cameras through eBay from China and these are going well, even though they
don't have viewfinders!.
I bought a Canon MV920 Movie Camera in the late 1990s and this works
very well, even though it uses casette storage tapes.
Every 620 or 35 mm photo/slide I have taken since 1951 is archived and filed ihn albums.
to digital, I have thousands of stlll and video images stored on-line, memory sticks and DVDs!
|1957 - second 35mm color slide on Vito-B, Healesville, mate Graeme
|1957 - first color slide on Vito, Warrandyte Bridge