Canon AE-1, produced from 1976-1984: This was actually my first SLR camera that I had the pleasure of using. When my parents separated, my mother gave me her old AE-1. This gem was beat up and had seen a rough life. The camera’s internal light meter did not even work; which forced me to learn how to use incident meters. I used this camera from the time it was given to me until 2005. At this point I was going through rough times and was force to sell the camera. So, having the another AE-1 is like finding a long lost friend.
Yashica 635, Produced in 1958: This TLR is not my first; However, the other TLR that I own is a Lubitel 166U. The Lubitel is a Russian made camera that is more a kin to shooting with a fancy Holga. Either way, the Lubitel camera is much better suited to lomography type of shooting. After that trip down the street and around the block, may I present you with the Yashica 635! This beautiful twin lens reflex camera is one of the finest pieces of chunky camera that I have put in my hands. I fell in love the minute I unboxed it. The camera shoots on 120 medium format film or 35 mm (with the adapter set that I do not have). When shooting in medium format, the frame size is 6 cm x 6 cm.
I am really happy with these purchases and can not wait to start shooting with them!