Shows us your old film camera

BillN

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I hope that I'm in order posting this - but I like the "older" things

Here's an old RF US cam

It's claim to fame, (which must be the only one it has as it is a terribly made camera), is that it's predecessor, the Perfex 44, took the only color photograph of the first atomic bomb explosion in New Mexico in the summer of 1945 - there is a link somewhere on the web to an article on the rick_oleson site

No idea how it got to the UK, but I picked it up locally for £10

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the article is on the following link - I have not put the link in the posting as it is a big file

http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/trinity1.pdf
 

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Not quite as old but here's mine

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My favourite weird camera... it has a little periscope that drops down behind the lens to achieve focusing (I've written this one up on my site at http://www.griffinbyteworks.com/photography/equipment/periflex1.html). In a nutshell... it's a little cumbersome to use.

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When the F3HP was discontinued, I bought a pair of them new.

The one in the foreground is just under 2M, in the background is a 1983 F3AF (auto-focus), with the DE-3 prism installed.

The F3HP over 2M is still boxed.

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Early Nikon F, 6420xxx, with early 5cm F2 lens.
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Nikon SP on the Left is older than the SLR's shown, S3-2000 on the right is the newest Film camera that I own.

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The S3-2000 and newer F3HP are both newer than the Digital Cameras used to take these pictures.
 

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At the risk of appearing to hijack the thread, here are mine in approximate chronological order:

1940 Argus A2F



1946 Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro Model



1952 Kodak Signet 35



1965 Minolta Autopak 700



1965 Minolta 24 Rapid



1966 Minolta Hi Matic 7s



1971 Minolta Hi Matic F



1974 GAF 100 XF



GAF 200 XF



1977 Petri FA-1



1975 Canon TX



1976 Canon AT-1



1979 Canon A-1



1981 Canon AE-1 Program



1997 Canon EOS Elan IIe



1997 Rollei Nano 80



2000 Olympus Stylus Epic



In addition, I used to own a Contax G outfit, which was sold to finance the purchase of Canon Digital EOS gear.

Hope this did not bore you silly.:smile:

Regards,

Antonio
 

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Antonio - you are as bad as me

Another one of mine - just cost a few £s and I collect them out of interest, but this one I did buy as a Christmas present for a French neighbour of mine who "decorates" his study with "old" cameras - but I liked it so much after i had bought it, that I gave him a bottle of Irish single malt "Bushmills" instead

Voigtlander Perkeo ll - from the early 1950

if you want to know more about these "little" 6x6 folders, the following is a nice site, (nothing to do with me - just found it on the web here)

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I have a couple of Canons.

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If Leica comes out with a Micro-4/3, use this body!

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here is one of my favorite minoltas ........mmmmm,black paint!
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I prefer the Nikon F3 and F2 over the Canon F1.

But- that F1 is nice, and the Canon 50/1.4 SSC is better than any of the Nikkor 50/1.4 contemporaries. I prefer the EF over the Nikkormat EL. Both are "tanks", but the wind on the EF is smoother.

I just added an Olympus OM-1 and three lenses to the Line-Up.

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Had to dust it off. This is the camera I started photography with. It made a person work for the shot!
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Olympus RFs

A few more of mine - starting with my beloved Trip 35

The Olympus TRIP 35 is a full-sized compact EE camera based on the Pen EES. It first went on sale in 1968.
The name reflects its suitability as a convenient camera to take on trips.
The TRIP 35 became very popular as a camera that combined ease of use, reliability
and a low price with superb photographic performance.
It remained a best-seller for many years, and over the next 20 years over 10 million were produced.
Trip = have fun on your holiday, (apparently?)
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Olympus 35 RC, smallest Rangefinder 35 with AE and manual over-rid
Known as "Richard," the Olympus 35RC first went on sale in 1970.
With a body similar in size to the Pen cameras, this coupled-rangefinder camera had a shutter-priority AE system.
The aperture setting could also be controlled manually, making this an ideal secondary camera
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Olympus 35 ED: a stripped down RD, same body, apparently same rangefinder
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Olympus 35SP unique dual metering rangefinder - launched in 1969.
This lens/shutter camera was the first camera to support spot metering as well as averaged metering,
and the "SP" in its name denotes the spot metering capability.
This versatile camera allowed both program AE and manual photography.

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the world's first weatherproof fully automatic compact camera
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Some info taken from Oly site

They are all in great nick, but the light seals have gone "gooey" on three of the "proper" ones and need replacing - another job!!!
 

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Hi Bill,

I too have a collection of the 35 RFs. The only one I don't have is the rare 35-UC which is very similar to to SP but I've never seen one.

I still rate the 35-RD as the best one ever and often used the GN feature

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Hi Bill,

I too have a collection of the 35 RFs. The only one I don't have is the rare 35-UC which is very similar to to SP but I've never seen one.

I still rate the 35-RD as the best one ever and often used the GN feature

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Graham

I would really like a black SP in mint condition

cheers
 

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My Leica M2 from 1963. I love it.

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Nice cameras y'all. Vidar, I envy your M2 especially.

I have a bunch of film cameras -- nothing fancy, though I do have some unusual ones.

Here's my favorite, the Great Wall (I actually have three of these):
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I think the Univex Mercury II is possibly the coolest-looking:
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The Druopta Efekta is my coolest-looking bakelite camera:
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The whole collection is here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/graustark/collections/72157600153352845/
 

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One of my all time favourites

Many of us have had these - I reckon it was one of the best designed SLRs ever, but I fell out with Canon, because of the non compatibility of lenses on their later SLRs, (when they moved to AF)

Nikon, Pentax and many others always kept some compatibility as they moved forward

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Bill,

I, of course, own one of these as well, and agree wholeheartedly with you as to the soundness of the design.

I did swallow hard and make the switch to the EOS system, which I continue to use (in digital form) to this day. However, I continued to use the FD system for an additional 10 years after the EOS system was introduced, buying my first EOS camera in 1997. My last FD camera (a T90, long gone and sorely missed) was bought after the EOS system was introduced.

In retrospect, I think Canon did the right thing by switching the lens mount when they did. It allowed them to switch to a fully electronic interface from the start. Even though EOS lenses are not compatible with FD bodies (or vice versa) all EOS lenses are fully functional on all EOS bodies.

Cheers,

Antonio
 

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I've posted this already, but here is my only old film camera:

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I've just sent off the first two (110!!!) films for processing and can't wait to see what comes back. It was bought with some lenses and things for £10 in a charity shop in glasgow. The lenses can be used on the G1, which is great.

In my previous darkroom-obsessed life, I had an Olympus XA, a Cosina CS-2 and a Yashica J7, all bought second-hand. The Olympus fell out of my pocket when hitch-hiking, the Cosina fell apart and the Yashica was sold ten years later for about the same as I had bought it!
 
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