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Agfa Ambi Silette rescue

This is not a review; it’s a call for some help from anyone in southern UK.

I was visiting the UK last week and stayed with my best friend.  One afternoon he pulled out his grandfathers old camera which he had stashed in a box in his garage and asked me what I thought of it.

Out came an Agfa Ambi Silette in mint condition (aesthetically) in it’s case with a filter container and light meter attached.  Also there was the 90mm lens in it’s moisture maintained plastic bubble case; a really nice set.

The Ambi Silette is an interchangeable lens rangefinder and has features that rival a Leica but at a much lower budget level; to many it is known as the poor mans Leica.

This was the first one I had seen for myself in the flesh and it’s a really nice camera.

Anyway, as I said, it was aesthetically excellent but on testing the shutter didn’t want to work.  Using B I did manage to get it to open a few times but never on any of the other speeds and not reliably.

Hence my post as it would be really nice to get this working again.

Does anyone know of a camera repair man in the Oxfordshire Berkshire area?  My friend is not a camera enthusiast as such but I think he would enjoy having his grandfathers camera operation once more

 

 

 

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Photo on Friday

I just got a couple of films developed and thought I would share this one with you88800004 (Large)

I took this with my Voigtländer Bessa folding rangefinder on Kodak TMax.

This is the Tajunga Wash or rather the upper end of it just as it leaves the Angeles National Forest.  You might notice that on the hillside to the right is a darker patch; this was where the recent “Creek Fire” came through and was pretty much its far South-Eastern extremity – this is where it stopped about half a mile from my home.  The wash is a major feed into the Los Angeles river.

I am still impressed with the images this camera puts out, I have to get into a habit that I know when I have wound on/shot a frame if I am putting down for any length of time.

I need to use it some more and get a feel for where is excels and what film brings out it’s best.

Cameras: Contax III with Kiev 2.0

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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”

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: 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”

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”

Daily Photo Challenge #19 – Double

Not exactly double but they are definitely siblings.
These are two of my favourite cameras.   On the left is the camera I have owned for the longest and was my father’s before he gave it to me; this is probably the camera that got me into photography in the first place.
On the right is one that I bought a year or two ago and is a really nice little rangefinder.  I have been using this one recently with good results.

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