My First Camera – Nikon L35AF

Canon XTi * Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens * ISO 200 * 1/25 second * f/8

I was asked last week to teach a merit badge class on photography. My first initial thought was why me but I gladly accepted the opportunity. I’ve learned over the years that I benefit more for preparing to teach or speak to others about a subject or technology. After looking at the merit badge requirements about film cameras and what I needed to discuss it donned on me that I had an old Nikon 35mm camera in my closet.

My parents bought me this Nikon L35AF as a High School graduation present about 20 years ago. After doing some research it turns out this was Nikon’s first auto focus compact camera. It was introduced in 1983 and has a simple Nikon 35mm f2.8 lens with a manual dial to set the ISO/ASA to match the film.

As a teenager I didn’t have an interest in photography like I do today. This has been a good little camera and has gone from my closet to a shelf in my den.

p.s. If anyone has any great ideas how to make the merit badge class fun for a large group of kids I’m open to suggestions.