Found it!

by Helen Hooker February. 12, 2011 4447 views

While searching for a sleeping bag yesterday I found something I??ve been trying to find for months ?? my very first camera! There it was sitting in its case at the bottom of the wardrobe in the spare room, buried under a duvet ?? the one place I hadn??t yet searched. My parents gave me this Ricoh 35FM when I was about ten years old and I used it until I got a more modern, automatic model in about 1994. Since then it??s been neglected, complete with a film inside ?? I can??t wait to see the pictures when I get it developed ?? I have no idea what I was taking photos of back then! It??s a very basic model. There??s a dial to set the film speed and one to set distance from your subject (nothing so fancy as a focus ring!) and then you press the button. Inside the viewfinder there??s a scale with what I now recognise as f numbers, although of course I had no idea what these numbers meant when I was a child. The battery is long since dead and I fear it won??t be completely light tight (the seals look decidedly perished) but I do fancy sticking in a new battery and film to see how it compares in reality with my fond memories of it. Watch this space…..

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April 6 years, 3 months ago

awesome! how did the other pics turn out?

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Hanna Westesson 6 years, 3 months ago

Nice :-)

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Nikkini 6 years, 3 months ago

How nice! Enjoy!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 6 years, 3 months ago

What a precious memory reclaimed! Little did your parents know all the joy they were giving you when they presented you with your first camera. I, for one, am pleased that they did, because I've enjoyed your work so much here on PB! Great shot, BTW!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Tom 6 years, 3 months ago

Now thats a classic, looking forward to the shots

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Snowpie 6 years, 3 months ago

really cool! wish I would find something this great. :)

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 3 months ago

Great I'm curious too to see what your last photos were in that camera please post them here.

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Marsha 6 years, 3 months ago

Great find, Helen....priceless!! Do we get to see the shots?

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Mark 6 years, 3 months ago

We wait with abated breath...

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Marc Van Staey 6 years, 3 months ago

Great photo, well done!!!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Lynda 6 years, 3 months ago

Nice shot. Curious to see what shots it still might have inside.

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 3 months ago

I've no more mine for a very long time but I remain admiring in front of the good state of yours

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Kate 6 years, 3 months ago

Hope you get it working again - I still have my kodak instamatic - the start of my journey. I always like your posts with white backgrounds - they are always so crisp - you inspired the glass flower post this week

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Roger 6 years, 3 months ago

nice find Helen

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