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SilverShutter

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My Minolta system. The Samyang DF400x is just a rebranded X-300 from the 90s, when Minolta gave license to Seagull to sell its clones. I decided to settle on Minolta SR mount as my film system because the compatibility of lenses and bodies is fantastic, they are cheap and small, and the quality on film is stunning. These are all MDII primes except the 35-70 zoom which is MD I. I actually did not intend on getting that zoom but I saw it for 20€ on a vintage shop and couldn't let it go.
 

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My Minolta system. The Samyang DF400x is just a rebranded X-300 from the 90s, when Minolta gave license to Seagull to sell its clones. I decided to settle on Minolta SR mount as my film system because the compatibility of lenses and bodies is fantastic, they are cheap and small, and the quality on film is stunning. These are all MDII primes except the 35-70 zoom which is MD I. I actually did not intend on getting that zoom but I saw it for 20€ on a vintage shop and couldn't let it go.
Nice. Excellent history too. I had absolutely no idea the Samyang brand went back that far (presumably it goes back even further than that) - I just assumed it was a made-up name to sell cheap/re-badged lenses in the 201x's (like Rokinon or 7Artisans or others).
 

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I have the same Baby Brownie - minus the paperwork and packaging though. I've yet to take a picture with it...have you used yours much? If so, any advice?
I have a couple rolls of film on order from B&H. They're special order, hopefully in the next week or so. This is the same as the first camera I ever used when I was about 8 or 9. So if you want recommendations from a 9 year old, here I am!
 

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Nice. Excellent history too. I had absolutely no idea the Samyang brand went back that far (presumably it goes back even further than that) - I just assumed it was a made-up name to sell cheap/re-badged lenses in the 201x's (like Rokinon or 7Artisans or others).
Samyang goes quite a bit back I believe, started around the 70s. I think they manufacture their own lenses, which others sold under third party brand names. Nowadays I think they use the Rokinon/Samyang/Bower name depending on the market, but they are a class above 7artisans and the like which for the most part just rebrand lenses.
 

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I started with an ilford sportsman, then on being posted to Singapore in 1959, I bought an Agfa Ambi Silette, the my first SLR a Yashica Pentamatic
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My film cameras aren't nearly as old as Andy's....the two Olympus still work but the Pentax has unfortunately died.
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OM20 with Tokina 80-20mm
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Pentax Auto110 with 70mm
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Olympus Stylus Infinity Zoom140
 
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I have the same Baby Brownie - minus the paperwork and packaging though. I've yet to take a picture with it...have you used yours much? If so, any advice?
Good news, B&H finally shipped the 127 Rerapan 100 I ordered just before Christmas. I am guessing it will show up this weekend and I hope to load and shoot a roll of it. I'll let you know how it goes.

I know this stuff is basically 120 cut down. Very sensitive to light and needs to be loaded in and out of the camera in a dim room.

My camera has a metal spool the last owner left in it. These are becoming harder to find and it's recommended that you ask for them back if you send the film in for developing. I am going to develop it myself, so will use it as the take up spool and then retire it and use the plastic ones that come with the film going forward.
 

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My kindly neighbour passed this on to me last year.
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After a bit of a search, we managed to track down a suitable replacement battery and I had a spare roll of Ilford FP4+ film.
I wasn't taking too much time taking the photos as I was concentrating on my new (used ) E-M5 Mk2 instead.
I rattled the film off and when I got the film processed I just asked for small scanned images.
However, I'm pleasantly surprised at the image quality when I did get the exposure and focus correct.
Here's the best of the bunch:
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My kindly neighbour passed this on to me last year.View attachment 868386View attachment 868387

After a bit of a search, we managed to track down a suitable replacement battery and I had a spare roll of Ilford FP4+ film.
I wasn't taking too much time taking the photos as I was concentrating on my new (used ) E-M5 Mk2 instead.
I rattled the film off and when I got the film processed I just asked for small scanned images.
However, I'm pleasantly surprised at the image quality when I did get the exposure and focus correct.
Here's the best of the bunch:
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The dinosaur shot is really sharp!
 

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Picked up these Kodaks tonight, $20 for the pair. Both are in great shape and both function. Going to clean them up and get some film. The pseudo TLR Duoflex has a cool Art Deco vibe. This is a first version US model, built between 1947 and 1950. The Brownie Hawkeye Flash was built from 1950 through 1961. Both were made to shoot 620 but will shoot 120 if you have a 620 take-up spool. Fortunately there's one in each camera.

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this is part of my collection of vintage film cameras. Sadly there seems to be very little interest in them nowadays.
 

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View attachment 868669this is part of my collection of vintage film cameras. Sadly there seems to be very little interest in them nowadays.
Nice! As I was asked in another thread, do you use them or do they collect dust? 620 and 127 are both available again, although they cost about twice what you'll pay for 35 and 120. Right now I'm on a kick, but I want to try and shoot a couple rolls per month going forward.

I'm on the hunt for a good Argus Argoflex. I have a C3 like yours, full kit with the flash gun and paperwork.
 

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thanks for comments Panolyman, yes I have another 6 or so all collected over the years and includes a lovely Kodak wooden developing tank, pic attatched also of some very old exposure meters
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thanks for comments Panolyman, yes I have another 6 or so all collected over the years and includes a lovely Kodak wooden developing tank, pic attatched also of some very old exposure metersView attachment 868702View attachment 868703View attachment 868704
I bought one of the Watkins Bee Meters a couple of years ago after I stumbled upon the house Alfred once lived in, in Hereford.
I'd never heard of the chap but did some research into him and was fascinated by his story.
That Kodak box is a nice piece of craftsmanship - I've got a similar box from when I worked for British Telecom, which used to house wet cell batteries.
I'm sure there are quite a few people who would love to have a collection such as yours.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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I started with an ilford sportsman, then on being posted to Singapore in 1959, I bought an Agfa Ambi Silette, the my first SLR a Yashica PentamaticView attachment 867507View attachment 867508View attachment 867509
Love that Ambi Silette! Do you have any other lenses, besides the 50 mm?

And, as a counter offer to your Sportsman, I give you the Halina 35X (early model):

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Isis the Cat thinks I'm stupid. But this is actually my second 35X. The first one, with original box, had a non working 2 blade leaf shutter. This copy has a functional shutter. But no "Leica look alike" red dot.
I'll be transplanting that from my first 35X.

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The Halina 35X is a viewfinder camera made by Haking in British Hong Kong. It is a copy of the Ranger 35 made by Nihon Seiki. It's quite compact but heavy. The camera's back and its bottom are one part which has to be removed for loading a film. The shutter has to be cocked before each exposure with a lever on the side of the lens. On the bottom the camera has the imprint "Empire made" (ones marked "MADE IN HONG KONG" exist too (EDIT: both of mine are "Made in Hong Kong")). Haking produced the 35X for its own brand Halina and for the brands Micronta and Sunscope.

Type: viewfinder camera
Year of launch: 1959
Film: 35mm
Lens: f:3.5/45mm Halina Anastigmat (triplet, front and rear elements single coated, middle element uncoated). Flare cornucopia!
Shutter: 1/25-1/200 seconds plus B.
Aperture: f:3.5-f:16 marked. But it goes to at least f:22 (unmarked on aperture ring).
Filter size: accepts A36 (36mm) clamp-on filters (same as collapsible Elmar etc.).

Quote from:
https://camerapedia.fandom.com/wiki/Halina_35X

Other interesting stuff:
https://kosmofoto.com/2018/02/kosmopedia-halina-35x/
 
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