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Cameras: Ricoh 35 ZF

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”

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Cameras: Voigtlander Brillant

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”

Cameras: Voigtlander Bessamatic CS with Zoomar lens

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.

Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Bessamatic CS with Zoomar lens”

Voigtlander Bessamatic

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”

Camera: Voigtlander Vitessa 500 SE electronic

I recently picked up a Voigtlander (Zeiss Ikon) Vitessa 500 SE Electronic; what a great little camera!

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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”

6 months of going mirrorless with the Olympus Pen-F

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”

Cameras: Pentacon FM and Yashica Auto Yashinon DS 50mm f1.9 lens

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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”

Do I have GAS?

What’s the difference between a collector and someone who has GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)?

Lately I have been constantly on the lookout for a camera or lens or something that I haven’t got and suddenly need.  I have cameras that I need to do something with and haven’t, yet I have already acquired another three cameras since I posted about the cameras I need.

Maybe this is getting out of hand.   Continue reading “Do I have GAS?”

Another camera – Contax?

Just picked this up and I’m quite excited about it.

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It’s a Contax III (at least it appears to be) from about 1936 according to the serial number. If it’s real Continue reading “Another camera – Contax?”

Cameras I need! – okay want

As I am unlikely to successfully take and prep many photos during the house move I was thinking what else I could post and due to some other blogs I have been reading my mind wandered to cameras I would love to own. Continue reading “Cameras I need! – okay want”

Cameras: Voigtlander Bessa RF

I got this recently and love it so it’s jumped to the top of my list for reviewing.

Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Bessa RF”

Dive, dive, dive! – going underwater with film

So we are off to the US Virgin Islands next week and planning to do some snorkelling whilst we’re there.  I would love to do scuba but due to an issue with my ears a few years back I understand that it’s too risky.

Anyway, I was browsing my favourite auction website thinking about something else entirely when I stumbled upon a shop having a clear out Continue reading “Dive, dive, dive! – going underwater with film”

Cameras: Voigtlander Vito B

So this is the very camera that started it off for me.  Sure I had used the family 126 Kodak Instamatic on holiday when we were growing up and the first actual camera I owned was a 110 format shop own brand from Boots (those cameras were so cool at the time) but when my father let me have his Voigtlander it took me to the next level. Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Vito B”

Cameras: Yashica Electro 35

I actually have two of these; an older G (pictured above) and a later GSM (below).  The GSM came with a job lot of cameras I bought and is in fully working condition.  The older one is also in good condition but the exposure control doesn’t appear to be quite working Continue reading “Cameras: Yashica Electro 35”

Cameras: Kodak Six20 Junior

Doing this one next as even though I have had it for a long time, I have decided to sell it.

This is a Kodak Six20 Junior model D to be specific and dates from about 1934.  I’m not sure exactly how long I have had this but probably close to 30 years.   Continue reading “Cameras: Kodak Six20 Junior”

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