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What camera do you have?

I have just gotten into photography and the first camera i bought was the Ricoh KR-5 Super. What Camera do you guys have? and any recommendations for a rookie?

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Depends on your budget and what you want to shoot. Also if you want to shoot fully manual or need the camera to have certain features (lightmeter / auto- /multiexposure / ... ). :)

I first found an old Praktica L2 on something like Craigslist for cheap. Fully manual, without a light meter.

The 50mm lens was garbage, but it didn't have light leaks. Full manual and knowing that I'm gonna pay for the frames meant that I was forced to be quite careful with all the settings. As a side effect, it does make me think a lot more about what I think the light is before consulting the meter.

I happened to have a M42 Helios 44-2 for my Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II, so that came in handy.

I've gotten into film badly, at least in terms of buying camera, and picked up a Canonet QL17 with a non-functioning meter. Found an Olympus 35 SPn.

My suggestion would be a cheap functional film camera, and fully manual could help your overall skill, but not really required. Ask your family and friends to see if there's one sitting around doing nothing ;)

Congrats on your purchase! I’ve been involved with photography for 40 years, most of it associated with analog photography but also digital photography. First and most important thing is to study your cameras manual! You should be familiar with all of the features on your camera and what they do to make the best use of your camera in virtually all lighting circumstances. Next best thing you can do for yourself is to find someone who knows more than you to mentor you as you grow with your new past time. They should be someone who can help with common questions and problems. They should be patient and someone who enjoys helping others. Above all, ideally in my opinion, they should be involved with the kind of photography that you are interested in and have equipment corresponding to your own. Hope this helps!