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Me with My First Camera

Me with My First Camera

I still have this Camera. A Canon FT-QL and I still shoot with Canon. I wonder if an ash from that cigarette fell into the camera? I quit smoking when I got back to the states.

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William Bentley 24-Feb-2010 04:33
These pics.bring back a lot of memories,some good some bad.I was an arty. gunner f.b. washington 1969.
Guest 02-Oct-2008 14:12
Did you really quit smoking?
tori keech 24-Sep-2008 15:45
wow you smoked i did not know that
Guest 15-Mar-2008 17:02
Really nice !
Guy Dube12-Dec-2007 03:24
Nice shot Richard, those pictures are very impressive! And you quit smoking when you were back in US. Good idea!
Guest 29-Aug-2007 21:44
Hi Guys, have just come upon a collection of Viet War photo's by a guy called Richard West who was out there with BBC. Can any of you shed more light upon him?
John Scott

contact me at if you have any info. Would be most grateful.
Shawn Patrick04-Jun-2007 01:53
I'm a Canon guy too so I am glad to see you have stuck with them
all these years. Who took this shot of you? Are you still in contact
with them?
Pawel Kazmierczyk02-Jun-2007 21:05
nice personal touch. :)
Mike Ray 19-Jan-2007 19:29
Looks very familiar - exactly like the Canon FT-QL I bought while on R&R in Singapore in 1968. Used it for a long time until cameras became more automated.
Monte Dodge19-Jan-2007 17:40
Great photo. You spend your money in the " Right Place". Most GI's would have gave their money to a " Vice Far Worse Than A New Canon"
Kees Terberg15-Jan-2007 23:01
Hehehe, a classic camera. Do you still use it or has it become an icon? Disregarding the battle between digital and conventional, everynow an again it is great to put a roll of film through a camera. It slows you down and makes you think again... rather than it becoming second nature which I have found with digital. ;¬)
Isolde Peisl15-Jan-2007 18:55
Good that you quit smoking!!!
Dale Bechtold15-Jan-2007 17:53
This brings back memories... My first Canon was the FT-QL also...still have it packed away somewhere. I bought it off a SSGT at Keesler AFB MS in 1967, who got it in SVN during a tour there. He had been awarded a silver star for dragging a LTC to safety who had been wounded on a sapper attack on their air base. I forget now why he sold the camera. I bought me a Canon F-1 when I was sent to Thailand in 1971. Used it for more than 30 years until I got a Nikon Digital in 2002. It still takes great pics though.
carol j. phipps15-Jan-2007 02:22
Serious stuff.
shuk1in12x25-Nov-2006 17:33
Hi Richard,
This particular photo of you really brings a smile to my face because it's just the sort of thing I would do - cig hanging almost over the open camera!!
You and your camera must have seen plenty of muck and bullets in those days, so a bit of fag ash won't do any harm :-)
Fascinating shot of your younger days.
CIS02-Oct-2006 22:23
This gallery was 'so impactual as all your work is'...but bringing us back in time through these images really touched me.
Dale John Larsen06-Aug-2006 14:41
Lucky you didn't drop any ashes inside that camera body. I'll bet you'd never do that with the expensive digital cameras you use today. I really enjoyed looking at all your photos...lots of voting.

What a treat to be able to share all those visual memories.
aLub@05-Jun-2006 03:13
Looks like you had trouble with that cam. LOL.
Mooner of Cu Chi... 16-Apr-2006 23:16
How can we forget? '71-'72 were'nt no picnic either. All the things we saw and did will never go away peacefully... I'll carry those scars to my grave.
lorin niculae29-Jan-2006 14:59
splendid photo!
Adrian Reilly25-Nov-2005 01:05
Glad you quit smoking!!!!
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