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Cameras: Kodak 35 ‘special’

I bought this camera a few months ago from Goodwill and it has sat on my shelf since then; mostly due to the fact that the focusing ring appeared to be seized.  I kept picking it up and considering whether to try to take it apart and see what was wrong but each time ended up just putting it back on the shelf.

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Then one day whilst pondering this camera I was thinking of ways to try to get the lens to move by applying the right pressure – I considered pliers (with rubber over the tips) and other means of gripping the front of the lens. I picked up a small rubber disk that was somehow conveniently on my desk at the time and with it in the palm of my hand pushed the front of the lens into it and tried to twist – it moved!  I tried again and moved it more; after a couple of minutes I had managed to release it enough to be able to focus fairly easily.  Now I had no excuses, it was time to try it out. Continue reading “Cameras: Kodak 35 ‘special’”

Mamiya 35 Executive

As well as being roll 22 and 24 of my 36, this is also a review on another new to me camera; the Mamiya 35 Executive.

I am not really sure why I bought this as I have several other 35mm rangefinders two of which are very good and my ‘favourite’ brand.  But Mamiya is also a trusted brand for me and when browsing recently to find a replacement for my soon-to-be-dead Mamiya C330, I stumbled across this.  It wasn’t cheap so I can’t use that to justify my purchase.

I didn’t actually know that Mamiya made 35mm rangefinders and so seeing this, I was intrigued.  Continue reading “Mamiya 35 Executive”

The Thirty Six: Film #11 with Petri 2.8

I took this roll during the Beers and Cameras photo walk the same day as the last roll (here) but this time it was 35mm Fomopan 100 and I was using it to test my newly acquired Petri Rangefinder; this post is also a review of that camera.

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I have been intrigued by Petri for a few months particularly since readying this post on 35mmc not too long ago.  Then browsing Goodwill I spotted this one and hey presto! for very little investment it was mine. Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #11 with Petri 2.8”

Cameras: Nikon 1 V1

I have no real idea why I bought this; it was completely on a whim.  I have a perfectly good (better) digital camera that I love so this really is a mystery.

It happened in a kind of blur… I read a couple of reviews and then fatally checked out that auction site…  some days later a package arrived on my doorstep.

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Apart from my Nikonos underwater cameras I have never been a Nikon owner.

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I guess what interested me about this camera was the look it has; very simple minimalist lines (a sleek black slightly round cube).  Continue reading “Cameras: Nikon 1 V1”

Cameras: Voigtländer Vitoret LR

I got this only a week or so ago thanks to Jim Grey’s thinning of the herd.   I couldn’t wait to try it out and took it to Hermosa Beach last weekend with a roll of Kodak ColorPlus film (which I have no recollection of buying).

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First impressions on getting this is it sits somewhere between my Vitomatic and the Vitessa 500 SE ElectronicContinue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Vitoret LR”

Cameras: Voigtländer Superb

This is the second of my recent acquisitions which together make me feel I can stop looking as I have exactly the core camera set I want to use (well almost).  I already posted about the Prominent this is another from Voigtländer (of course) and it is a Twin Lens Reflex.

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This has everything you could ever want from a TLR in a well designed package.

  • Good viewfinder?  Yep
  • Great lens? You got it
  • Lever based winder? Indeed
  • Spirit level? Of course
  • Parallax correction? Oh yes
  • Frame counter? Certainly

See what I mean?

 

This model was first released in 1933 and I think this actual example was a little later in the run so probably around 1936.  Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Superb”

Cameras: Voigtländer Prominent

I got this and another couple of cameras recently and, for the first time in a long time, I feel like “That’s it I am done buying, it’s not going to get any better than this.”

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I have had the Prominent on my list of desirable cameras for some time but prices have always been above what I was willing to pay.  Now I know that apparently, reasonably priced Prominents are like buses; you wait ages and two turn up at the same time. Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Prominent”

Cameras: Miranda Sensorex

I mentioned this a couple of times in recent posts here and here.

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I have put two films through this camera and it has quickly become a favourite.  I have been eyeing up Mirandas for some time but I didn’t really have what I felt was a justification so not taken the plunge and then I saw this one for $20 and thought “why the hell not?”

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It arrived shortly afterwards and although its not the cleanest example it’s in pretty good condition. Continue reading “Cameras: Miranda Sensorex”

Cameras: Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL

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I had no expectation of buying this camera and it is not a camera that I sort out.  In all honesty I almost literally stumbled across it.  I was out for a lunchtime walk with my Pen-F and came across a house running an estate sale.  I am someone who likes to rummage in this kind of thing and see what interesting things I can find.  As I walk in the door the first thing in front of me is a table with a few cameras on it; this one, a 500 DTL and a compact which I can’t now remember.  The condition of this one is excellent (as was the 500) and everything seemed to function.

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As I said I had no desire for a Mamiya/Sekor SLR although I have a slight need for a suitable M39 (or M42) body with TTL metering to attach to my macro bellows.  Continue reading “Cameras: Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL”

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Haven’t been able to post much in the last week due to an emergency;  thought I would just post this image which I took in Germany with the Vitomatic

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Cameras: Agfa Isolette

I’ve been meaning to do this one for a long time. I’ve had this Agfa Isolette for ages and ages: so long in fact I can’t even remember whether I’ve ever shot film through it before. I bought it in younger days because it was cool looking.

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I have come to understand over the years that these are fairly well regarded cameras and can fetch reasonable prices (depending on condition,lens etc).  Continue reading “Cameras: Agfa Isolette”

Cameras: Kodak Jiffy-Six 16

I got this camera last year after finding it in an antique shop.  I realize this isn’t a rare piece but (maybe because it was more a US product) I had not seen one before and fell in love with it’s design.
The price was high (too high I think having seen a few more for sale since) and I wasn’t going to buy it, but my fiancé decided to buy it for me as a present for which I am very grateful.
It s in great condition and came with the original leather case; even the little Kodak film advertising inside is untouched.

Continue reading “Cameras: Kodak Jiffy-Six 16”

Cameras: Mamiya C330

A Mamiya TLR from the ‘C’ series has been on my list of desires for a long time and I never really thought I would own one.  These were the professional cameras used by wedding photographers all over the place throughout the 70s and 80s and have always been at a price point well beyond what I could justify.  They’re not especially attractive cameras (though all TLRs have a classic look in my opinion) but they are solid work horses and can take a lot of use (or abuse).

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Continue reading “Cameras: Mamiya C330”

Cameras: Minolta SRT 101

I got this a long time ago in a job lot of cameras I picked up so it cost me virtually nothing.  It had seen better days as it was quite dirty and the filter mount is bent from a drop (I presume).

It’s been sat in a box for months and I finally got it out and gave it a cleanup. Continue reading “Cameras: Minolta SRT 101”

Cameras: Contax III with Kiev 2.0

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I picked this up a while ago and only recently got around to trying it. Originally I got this as a body only and subsequently bought a Kiev lens just to be able to use it; if I liked it I would think about something more original.  Continue reading “Cameras: Contax III with Kiev 2.0”

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