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Been bitten by the Maxxum bug, I guess. This is pretty much the setup my kids grew up with me pointing at them. Also had a 35-70 and the 100-200.

The Albinar is my most favorite flash. There used to be a department store called Best Products that sold the Albinar brand name, I believe it was their own brand back then and not the same Albinar as today. The smaller lamp is a fill flash, not a video light like you see on flashes today. It can be turned off with the switch underneath it. The unit is TTL and autofocus dedicated for Minolta and Nikon. The head tilts, swivels and zooms up to 135mm FOV @ 50' over 4 detents.

50629442993_59abc595d9_c.jpg DSC00002 by telecast, on Flickr

Setup for the photo is a softbox I found at the Goodwill store for $2! Light provided by Sol.
 

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Pentax ME
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f:2.8-3.7/35 - 70 mm


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EDIT:
The stupid smartphone AF on above picture is placed wrong. Below the subject. Not my fault 😇
I'll fix it later, if/when the living daylights return to Ultima Thule...

EDIT 2:
@cjoliprsf:
Fixed it, more or less.

This picture, taken at the same time as the previously shown, now attached one, is not the same angle, but illustrates the camera top controls sharply.

LESSON LEARNED:
Look before posting,
and/or hold handset steady.

For a phone, I am still thinking that this
Nokia 6.1 Plus and the CameraFV5 app outputs decent DNGs...

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The stupid smartphone AF on above picture is placed wrong. Below the subject. Not my fault. I'll fix it later...
Well... in my opinion, it is entirely your fault if you used a phone!
I am sure you could have used a proper camera and have the focus point where you wanted it.
 

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Well... in my opinion, it is entirely your fault if you used a phone!
I am sure you could have used a proper camera and have the focus point where you wanted it.
I'm not too sure Erik actually has a proper camera.
I think he specialises in "improper" ones. ;)
 

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Did you guys know that having the most obscure, and possibly useless old photographic equipment makes you really cool? Someone told me that...may have been @Erich_H . In any event, the CG-1000 (Control Grip), with BR-1000 (Bracket) and 2800AF:

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Always loved grip flashes. Had one on an old Pentax. The GC-1000 has 6 batteries and allows the use of the mounted flash without batteries, or, if they both have batteries installed, recycle time is very short. This one came with the EC-1000 (Extension Cord...are you seeing a pattern to these product codes?) which allows you to move the flash up to 16' away. The only piece missing is the AI-1000 (Autofocus Illuminator) which I'm looking for. It needs the AI-1000 to focus in low light, and it can be used without a flash for autofocus with a fast lens. However it can also be used like this:

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Used like this, the autofocus light on the shoe-mounted flash handles the focusing. It works with the Albinar, but you can't mount the Albinar to the grip because it's a cold-shoe with a plug that connects to the front of the Minolta, so you need either the 2800 or the 4000 bounce.

The coolest feature of this unit is that when used with two flashes, you can flip a switch on the grip that will either cycle both flashes at 1:1 or a ratio of 2:1. In that case the grip-mounted flash provides 2/3 of the light and the shoe mount gets 1/3 to use as a fill. The flash units themselves have an exposure confirmation that lights up 'OK' after the shot so you know it was properly exposed. All very fun stuff considering this is all about 35 year-old technology.

Also, it's really, really dangerous to ask @RichardC product questions about old gear...
 

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Looking for a 4000AF and an AI-1000.

I can mount the 4000 on the grip to use as a bounce and the 2800 can go on the shoe as a fill. I can't do that with the Albinar due to the lack of a socket on the front, but to be fair the Albinar does this on it's own. I was pretty surprised that the grip can still see and trigger the Albinar, though.

I've looked at the 9000, but after some review think I'll eventually poke around for a Maxxum 7. Probably the most advanced Minoltas ever made, and one of their last SLRs.

BTW, the grip, bracket, cord and flash cost about $20, shipped.
 

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Looking for a 4000AF and an AI-1000.

I can mount the 4000 on the grip to use as a bounce and the 2800 can go on the shoe as a fill. I can't do that with the Albinar due to the lack of a socket on the front, but to be fair the Albinar does this on it's own. I was pretty surprised that the grip can still see and trigger the Albinar, though.

I've looked at the 9000, but after some review think I'll eventually poke around for a Maxxum 7. Probably the most advanced Minoltas ever made, and one of their last SLRs.

BTW, the grip, bracket, cord and flash cost about $20, shipped.
And now you're making me think of my old Braun grip flash. Sold it back in the day, but it was a monster. And it made me really cool.
Only thing, I almost never used it.

For me it was the pushed Tri-X. Normally 1600 ASA, but I could go higher. So, you see, guys, grainy is normal for me. Then insert some Kodalith into the darkroom.

I've never made many pictures in which people could actually see what they were portraying.

Just let me dim that light (not really necessary at winter night in Ultima Thule, though!) and start that app!

Then, maybe, I could outuselessness you with this:

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Canomatic thrash cam w/original grip flash.
I've got the rail for it too. Somewhere.

Btw. Just got an Asahi Pentax S1. One more of the classics... Four down. Four to go. This beautiful thing deserves a real picture, though. So you'll have to wait for it.

Asahi Pentax S1 [1961-1963] 46.500 produced.

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But you can always feast your eyes on this Canon EOS-1N w/f:2.8/20 mm while you wait for the real thing! And it was free. A gift from a friend.
 
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Only thing, I almost never used it.
The amount I'll actually use any of this is in question. Santa tells me he's bringing me a C-41 developing kit, including a Sous Vide cooker for temp control. I hope to shoot a couple rolls a month after I get it.

In other news, I just got an email telling me the first roll I shot with the 7000 is ready. Excited to see them!
 

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