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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 jascott1969@yahoo.co.uk 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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