Cameras for Kids

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Dick R., Jun 20, 2005.

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    Dick R. Guest

    Hi All,
    A few years ago when my granddaughter was 9, she expressed
    an interest in photography. One day when we were "baby-sitting",
    I gave her a Canon AE-1p, told her how to focus and suggested
    we take a walk through the woods. Before I knew it, she was
    "on the ground" taking photos of flowers. Her younger brother
    (age 8) also has an interest in photography, so I just purchased,
    for them, a couple of Canon T70s with assorted lenses (eBay).
    I'm looking forward to a photo expedition through the woods
    with my grandkids. My point? Kids are (almost) never too young
    to learn photography.

    Dick R.
    Dick R., Jun 20, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I used to do the same thing with my son. 50mm f/1.8 lens, camera set to
    "A" mode, manual focus. It took him a few rolls to begin really seeing
    how studying the viewfinder could affect the outcome and then he
    improved rapidly.

    He's not as interested these days but I suspect he'll come around some
    time in the future.

    Alan Browne, Jun 20, 2005
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    Paul Bielec Guest

    I was 7 or 8 yo when my grandfather gave me my first camera.
    Paul Bielec, Jun 20, 2005
  4. Sounds like a good swap !!
    Tony Parkinson, Jun 20, 2005
  5. Yes. I got one a few years ago for my wife....When I am out taking pictures,
    I often wonder how the other bloke is doing with the wife........
    William Graham, Jun 21, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    I've got a couple of kids...

    If you can some up with a 1Ds Mark II, you can have 'em both.
    Mark², Jun 21, 2005
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Totally OT, but...

    Just over twenty years ago, in a country now much in the news, I was offered
    a wife in exchange for my pocket knife. I kept the knife, and a few years
    later it saved my life. Knife's still in a kitchen drawer, and I still call
    it "wifeworth".

    Bandicoot, Jun 21, 2005
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    columbotrek Guest

    I was 8 when I got a kodak instamatic 101. (little pop up which
    contained a flash blub. Pre-flash cube. Don't think many images from
    that time survive to this day. I did not have any role modles in my
    family. I wanted to try it out on my own. It was not until taking a
    photo class in Jr. High school that I started to figure out how it is
    all supposed to work.
    columbotrek, Jun 21, 2005
  9. If you had made the trade, you could have called her, "Swiss army wife."
    William Graham, Jun 21, 2005
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    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    Excellent Dick. I wish my kids were more interested in photography. Sadly
    they'd rather watch Cartoon Network or play PC games...
    Roxy d'Urban, Jun 21, 2005
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    Bandicoot Guest

    LOL - in all this time I never thought of that one!

    Bandicoot, Jun 21, 2005
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    Dick R. Guest

    Hi Roxy, Alan, Paul, Columbotrek and all,
    I guess the best that one can do is to plant the "photography seed" and
    see what happens.
    BTW: One of my first cameras was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye that used 620
    film (as I recall), and a flash attachment that used blue bulbs.
    It was a long time ago. :)

    Take care all,
    Dick R.
    Dick R., Jun 21, 2005
  13. Dick,
    What memories you stirred! That was also the first camera I used, and the
    great B&W shots still grace the precious family albums. The negs are all in
    good shape too. I can remember posing the family outdoors with my back to
    the sun and telling them not to squint. I was 12 or 13 when I got the
    Brownie and took many hundreds of shots, most of which are still around and
    still cherished a half-century later. I am now nearly 63.
    Ken Rosenbaum, Jun 21, 2005
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    Dick R. Guest

    Hi Ken,
    Did you ever do any time exposures? I remember the Hawkeye had a feature
    that allowed you to keep the shutter open until you "manually" closed it.
    Yup, I still have prints and negatives from those days. :)

    Take care,
    Dick R.
    Dick R., Jun 22, 2005
  15. Dick,
    Matter of fact, I actually did a couple of Brownie Hawkeye time shots that
    turned out reasonably OK. One was a portrait indoors; the other was a night
    shot from a window of a street in Brooklyn with the car lights creating
    As I remember, on the top side near the front opposite the shutter button
    was a grey thingy flush with the camera body. You lifted it to put the
    camera in time mode. I don't remember whether you pushed it back down or
    tripped the shutter a second time to end the exposure. It was certainly
    primitive, but the experimental results were fine. That camera sure fired up
    my love of photography.
    When my daughters started high school, I gave each of them a Canon Snappy
    P&S. I installed a 4x8-ft. bulletin board in each girl's room for her
    photos. Within a few weeks, each bulletin board was loaded with snapshots.
    The cameras, small enought to fit in a purse, went everywhere, and years
    after high school, the girls still have all the pictures.
    The younger one took it a step farther. She started shooting for the school
    yearbook in her junior year, using a Pentax K1000 rig I got for her when she
    showed some interest in photography. After graduatng from college and moving
    up to a Nikon N2000 with Nikon glass that I gave her later, she went to work
    in Dallas with her interior design degree, but started working part-time as
    an assistant to a wedding photog. He provided her with better gear, and over
    the past few years she has added more and better equipment of her own.
    Now, she's married with two kids and has a small studio in her home for
    occasional use. She specializes in newborn babies and their mothers, mostly
    in B&W, and does fantastic work, in my opinion.
    It's not a full-time thing by any means, and she enjoys taking excellent
    pictures of her own family, but she picks up extra bucks and keeps plenty
    busy with her photo sidelight, mostly through word-of-mouth and repeat
    The older one has moved up to a Nikon rig, too, and provides her mother and
    me with wonderful snapshots of the grandkids.
    A niece, who I gave a P&S camera and later a Minolta X-370 rig when she
    showed interest in photography at a young age, has graduated from Michigan
    University and is now working as a wedding/special event photographer for a
    firm in Ann Arbor. She is planning to go into business for herself soon.
    Other children, nieces and nephews were all, with no exception, given a P&S
    camera as a gift for their Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah at age 13 .It was the
    expected gift from Uncle Ken. Instructions were NOT given unless requested.
    They all continue to love photography. Some have moved on to digital gear,
    leaving their film-preferring uncle in the dust, but the joy of making
    pictures and chronicling their young lives remains a constant.
    Sorry for rambling, but getting the next generation to enjoy photography is
    sort of like passing the baton. Surely others on this forum feel the same.
    Lastly, some of the most treasured photos that my family has enjoyed for a
    half-century would have been deleted as "inferior" if they had been shot
    digitally. If not mounted in albums, the less-than-great prints have always
    been accessible in boxes where they are periodically enjoyed. With film, all
    shots were printed, and that's why they survive.
    Best regards!
    Ken Rosenbaum, Jun 22, 2005
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    Dick R. Guest

    Hi again,
    Wow, you certainly have many reasons to feel very proud! I'm an older
    gentleman like you, and I still use 35mm because I have the equipment
    and I know how to use it. I also have a little 4MP Fuji digital, a new
    Dell PC and a new HP printer/scanner/copier. One of these days I'll get
    all these items hooked up, but first there are all those instruction
    manuals. :-(
    I also have many of those less-than-great photos of family and friends.
    Sometimes those photos come in very handy when creating birthday
    cards. :)

    Take Care,
    Dick R.
    Dick R., Jun 22, 2005
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    Dick R. Guest

    Hi all,
    The grandkids have their Canon T70s, lots of film, and they're
    ready to go on a trip to Atlanta to visit grandpa Tom, who is
    also knowledgeable on the "old" Canon FD system. Today, the
    grandkids were here and I showed them how to operate their
    "new" cameras. Got them loaded up, and soon they were in the
    backyard shooting photos. It's fun to be a grandpa!

    Dick R.
    Dick R., Jun 28, 2005
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    ian lincoln Guest

    "If i knew how much fun grandkids are i would have had them first"

    Fridge magnet slogan.

    Its great having grandkids, nephews and nieces. By the time they are tired
    out and getting out of hand you can give them back hehehehhe.
    ian lincoln, Jun 30, 2005
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    Dick R. Guest

    "Grandchildren are the reward you get for not strangling your teenagers."
    (I have this fridge magnet prominently displayed) :)
    Dick R., Jun 30, 2005
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