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).
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”
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”
This was the last camera I bought a little while ago and I am not buying any more until I have thinned down the ones I have no intention of using and begin focusing on a core set of cameras (unless my dream camera appears at a shockingly low price!).
Anyway, this is the Yashica-44 Continue reading “Cameras: Yashica-44”
This camera is similar in operation to the Vitessa 500 in that it is a compact, zone focus viewfinder camera although this allows for full manual control of shutter speed and aperture or the semi-automatic aperture priority .
It’s slightly more compact and simple look and it doesn’t have any exposure compensation also the batteries are more easily obtained. Continue reading “Cameras: Ricoh 35 ZF”
I have mentioned this camera before but wanted to add more detail (and add better pictures). The Brillant was first sold in around 1932; early models used a simple zone style focussing method (as opposed to actual distance) with the operator selecting portrait, landscape etc.
This is a later version from around 1937 as it is made from bakelite rather than metal Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Brillant”
Getting this camera was a little painful, I’ve written about that already here
This Voigtlander bessamatic is an early SLR with interchangeable lenses which of course is now the norm. Back then I guess things were still being worked out and there is a noticeable difference between the functionality of this camera to how more modern SLRs work.
This is not a review more a tale of disappointment.
Recently I spotted an interesting potential addition to my collection on the auction site and decided to bid. The auction was for a Voigtlander Bessamatic which came with the very rare Zoomar lens. The Zoomar lens was the first zoom lens ever for 35mm cameras and was invented by Voigtlander. Continue reading “Voigtlander Bessamatic”
I recently picked up a Voigtlander (Zeiss Ikon) Vitessa 500 SE Electronic; what a great little camera!
I receiving it the first issue was batteries as it needed two PX825 (1.55v) batteries which are no longer available. Continue reading “Camera: Voigtlander Vitessa 500 SE electronic”
It’s been just over six months since I got rid of my dSLR and went mirrorless with the Olympus Pen-F so I figured it was time to review.
My main reason for changing was the bulk and weight of the Canon (with the Sigma lens) I had which, due in part to how I carried the camera, was actually causing physical pain – even when I wasn’t holding it. It seemed to me that mirrorless Continue reading “6 months of going mirrorless with the Olympus Pen-F”
I bought this camera because as I previously mentioned here I bought an M42 lens in an impulsive moment and needed a body to put it on. After browsing for a suitable candidate I spotted this which was well under $30. The seller said there was something wrong with the shutter (a crease in the curtain) but in another moment of impulsiveness I bought it anyway. Continue reading “Cameras: Pentacon FM and Yashica Auto Yashinon DS 50mm f1.9 lens”