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I just can’t help myself

I think I am beyond help.

Just as I am saying I have enough cameras and I need to prune the collection; suddenly I am buying another camera and not even a Voigtländer.

Why do we do it? (Using “we” here in the hope that you there reading this are of the same disposition, please don’t enlighten me if you are not and leave me to my blissful ignorance and happiness that I am not alone in this crazy pursuit.)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I just can’t help myself, I can’t resist an interesting camera at a reasonable price. And I just can’t help looking either. Sometimes I try to kid myself that I’m only looking for specific cameras and that I am sticking to the one brand or a defined thing that I need yet I suddenly get and urge and ‘DING’ PayPal takes a hit. Continue reading “I just can’t help myself”

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Coming soon…

Apologies for not much activity this week, as well as the house move I have also had a family loss.

I have some catching up to do later as many photography related things are going on.

I have several cameras to try and post about;

  • Polaroid Colorpack II (thanks Jim at Down the Road)
  • Contax III
  • Pentacon FM (Contax FM)
  • Zeis Ikon Voigtlander 500SE
  • Ricoh 35 ZF

I have a set of macro bellows to play with.

I have some projects I’d like to start on.

Also Thanks to Jim at Down the Road I have been linked to from Petapixel.

So please bare with me and I will be posting some of the above and more soon.

 

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.

contax

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 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”

Glass is important

When I first started in photography there were two important things with regard to cameras; glass and film.  Everything else was just opening a hole for an amount of time. Camera features were not superfluous as such, but more icing on the cake; they weren’t necessary to take good pictures – they made it easier. Continue reading “Glass is important”

Cameras: Fed-3

This is a Russian made copy of a Leica and even though it is a copy it is very solidly made.   If you want to try out rangefinder style cameras with interchangeable lenses these are a good introduction and have some following in their own right but can still be found pretty cheap. Continue reading “Cameras: Fed-3”

Cameras: Herbert George Insta Flash

This is a great example of a pseudo twin lens reflex (TLR) camera from the early fifties. Continue reading “Cameras: Herbert George Insta Flash”

Cameras: Halina AI

This is one of my favourites and one of two (true) Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) cameras I have.  It’s not the best TLR in the world by any means but I like the simplicity of it and it works very well.   Continue reading “Cameras: Halina AI”

Cameras: Voigtlander Vitomatic

This is my first post first post trying to document my camera collection in a little more detail and I thought I would start with one of my favourites. I am a fan of Voigtlanders and have 5 in my collection.  This was my second one and my first Rangefinder. Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Vitomatic”

Cameras, cameras, cameras

I think I am becoming a camera dealer or something… Continue reading “Cameras, cameras, cameras”

Mirrorless part 6- time to call it

A weekend with the Olympus Pen-F and I am sold. Continue reading “Mirrorless part 6- time to call it”

Mirrorless part 5 – indecision

Wow! Continue reading “Mirrorless part 5 – indecision”

Mirrorless part 4 – the try out – Sony a6300

So I spent last week with a Sony a6300 with a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens rented from Borrowlenses.com which I took on holiday to Florida.   Continue reading “Mirrorless part 4 – the try out – Sony a6300”

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