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Discussion in 'The Display Case' started by Two Gun Bob, Jul 10, 2008.
Leica III screw-mount.
Three of my working cameras: Leica III Screw-mount (1938), Filmo 75 (16mm) 1930 and Improved Seneca View (5"x7")
We do pretty much most vintage photographic process from Daguerreotypes and wet-plate collodion to gelatin dry plate and roll film.
A new member of family - Leica Standard, 1934. Lovely camera and a joy to use.
Some recent shots from around Beacon, NY taken with my vintage-1963 Olympus Pen F half-frame 35mm SLR. (On Tri-X 400, souped in D-76 1:1, scanned at 2400dpi.) Using this camera is such a pleasure: it's an outstanding example of midcentury design and engineering... and it takes 50+ shots on a 24-exp roll!
Zeiss Ikon super Ikonta B (532/16 if you are interested on the crazy Zeiss codes). Lovely camera. 1937.
An interesting one, the Ducati Sogno, early 50s. Saddly they drop the project after less than 10.000 cameras made. Half frame on 35mm film, special cassettes.
Funny detail: all controls are on left-side.
Nagel 9x12cm plate camera, probably late 1920.
A test shot with it. Maybe the first one after 60 years or so?
Leica III with Summar, 1935.
These small camera & lens an give some really impressive results.
Trawling at our local flea market last Sunday, I found an early sixties Japanese fixed-lens rangefinder camera that appeared to be in excellent condition, a Petri 7s. I tried the shutter speeds, aperture, rangefinder, self timer: everything seemed to work, even the around-the-lens Selenium meter. (The original lens cap was still on... and had probably been on for 60 years while this camera sat in a dark closet or drawer, hence the Selenium hadn't decayed!) So I asked the dealer what he wanted for it. Just $20, so I pounced.
I ran a half-roll of Tri-X through, trying different lighting and focus conditions, that I developed/scanned yesterday. The camera functions perfectly - the match-needle meter yielded correct exposures, proving the speeds and f-stops are accurate, and the rangefinder yielded correct focus in every case. The lens - 45mm f/2.8 - is a good performer, though not in the same league as the Nikkors and Zuikos I mainly shoot. But hey, this is just a modest camera designed for advanced amateurs that cost $60 when it was new in 1963.
You know, I've heard for years about great flea market finds, but this is my first! I've got more film cameras than I can shoot, so I won't be adding this one to the active rotation. But I'm giving it a primo spot on my camera collection shelf!
Hmm, nobody's posted on this thread in a while. Guess I'll go again...
I recently bought myself a black Nikkormat FTn body (a 1967 design, but this one's from the final year of production, 1975) for a surprisingly low price that's in near-mint condition: even the light meter works. Back when I worked in my parents' photo biz in the 60s/70s, I always preferred shooting Nikkormats to Nikon Fs and F2s: it's a lighter, more streamlined body, but still extremely rugged and mounts the same awesome Nikkor lenses. Anyway, I shot a test roll of Tri-X with several lenses - 28/3.5, 35/2, 105/2.5 - and developed in good old D-76 1:1, yielding beautiful results. Check em' out!