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My Camera Collection

Português:

Em aproximadamente 1990 comecei a colecionar câmeras. Meu principal interesse foi - e é - as câmeras 35mm reflex produzidas entre os anos 1960 e 1980. Comecei a fotografar em 1974 e, naquela época, ficava admirando as máquinas nas vitrines das lojas de Porto Alegre e, após, nas cidades por onde viajava. As marcas japonesas já eram muito avançadas e tinham preços bons. As máquinas profissionais (Canon F1 e Nikon F e F2, por exemplo) eram muito caras e, na época, as cinco grandes companhias, ofereciam também câmeras avançadas com preços mais baixos e, portanto, dentro das possibilidades de aquisição: eram, Nikon Nikkormat FT2, Canon FTb, Olympus OM-1, Pentax Spotmatic F e Minolta STR 101 (e suas variantes próximas). Pelos anos 1990s, com o AF (Auto-Focus) já sendo adotado, os sistemas com MF (Foco Manual) eram vendidos com preços baixos e então comecei a adquirir as câmeras dos anos 1970s, iniciando a minha coleção. A marca que mais utilizei, até aproximadamente 2007, foi Olympus. Guardo grande afeto por essa marca. Ainda hoje utilizo Olympus digitais. Mas, com a coleção crescendo, passei a utilizar também outras marcas. Com preços baixos, adquiri também, as outrora inabordáveis Leica R e Contax, com várias lentes.
Meus princípios para adquirir câmeras usadas são: estar funcionando; ter preço baixo; ser bem fabricada e ter algum significado na evolução da fotografia. Não me importo se a máquina estiver um pouco usada. Isso mostra que foi utilizada e, como acredito que câmeras têm alma, é bom saber que elas, mesmo aposentadas, têm a consciência do dever cumprido. Não vou me estender muito na descrição do equipamento, pois a internet é uma fonte infindável de informações sobre todo e qualquer sistema fotográfico.
Dois livros que recomendo fortemente, ambos escritos por Ivor Mantale: "Classic Cameras" e "Classic SLRs".

English:

I started collecting cameras around 1990. My main interest was – and still is – the reflex cameras manufactured between 1960 and 1980. I started with photography in 1974 and, in that time, I admired the cameras in store windows of Porto Alegre my birth town; afterwards in other towns where I traveled. The Japanese brands were already quite advanced and proposed gear at good prices. The professional cameras (as Canon F1 and Nikon F, F2, for instance) were very expensive. However, the five main companies proposed also good cameras with relatively low price; they were: Nikon Nikkormat FT2, Canon FTB, Olympus OM-1, Pentax Spotmatic F and Minolta SRT 101 (and close variants). Around 1990, with AF (Auto-Focus) in the market and most of the MF (Manual Focus) systems discontinued the prices of 1970s cameras became quite low and I started with my collection. My most used brand was Olympus and until approximately 2007 I used it quite often. I have a great affection to this particular brand and still nowadays I used digital Olympus cameras. With my collection growing, I used other camera brands as well. With prices going down, I could buy Contax and Leica R cameras and lenses.
My principles to acquire cameras are: they must be operational; low price, be well manufactured and have some significance in the evolution of photography. I don’t care much if the camera is well used. It means that they served well as apparatus. I believe that cameras have soul and it is good to know that they have conscience that, even retired, they accomplished their duties. I won’t be very long on the description of the cameras since internet is an endless way of obtaining reliable information about all type of photography equipment.
I strongly recommend two books, both by Ivor Mandale: "Classic Cameras" and "Classic SLRs".

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Olympus OM Cameras
Olympus OM Cameras
The Canon FD family
The Canon FD family
The Nikon F Saga
The Nikon F Saga
A small part of Leica : few cameras and lenses of the R system
A small part of Leica : few cameras and lenses of the R system
Contax : the other family with German blood
Contax : the other family with German blood
Classical Pentax (42 screw mount), Minolta and Other Reflex Cameras
Classical Pentax (42 screw mount), Minolta and Other Reflex Cameras
Some other Rangefinder and TLR cameras.
Some other Rangefinder and TLR cameras.