Shows us your old film camera

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by BillN, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    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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  2. David Stringer

    David Stringer Mu-43 Regular

    29
    Jan 31, 2010
    Horsham, West Sussex
    Not quite as old but here's mine

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_stringer/4359230615/" title="Voigtlander Vito B by Dave Stringer, on Flickr"> 4359230615_833375c4e5. "500" height="464" alt="Voigtlander Vito B" /></a>
     
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  3. kai.e.g.

    kai.e.g. Mu-43 Regular

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  4. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 11, 2009
    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.


    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.



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

    ajramirez Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 16, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    At the risk of appearing to hijack the thread, here are mine in approximate chronological order:

    1940 Argus A2F

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    1946 Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro Model

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    1952 Kodak Signet 35

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    1965 Minolta Autopak 700

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    1965 Minolta 24 Rapid

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    1966 Minolta Hi Matic 7s

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    1971 Minolta Hi Matic F

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    1974 GAF 100 XF

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    GAF 200 XF

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    1977 Petri FA-1

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    1975 Canon TX

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    1976 Canon AT-1

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    1979 Canon A-1

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    1981 Canon AE-1 Program

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    1997 Canon EOS Elan IIe

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    1997 Rollei Nano 80

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    2000 Olympus Stylus Epic

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    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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  6. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    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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  7. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 11, 2009
    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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  8. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Brian F1 or F3 - which did you prefer?
     
  9. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    here is one of my favorite minoltas ........mmmmm,black paint![​IMG]
     
  10. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
  11. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 11, 2009
    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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  12. chalkdust

    chalkdust Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 29, 2009
    McKinney, Texas
    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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  13. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    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?)
    Oly_Trip.


    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
    Oly_RC.


    Olympus 35 ED: a stripped down RD, same body, apparently same rangefinder
    Oly_ED.


    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.

    Oly_SP.

    the world's first weatherproof fully automatic compact camera
    Oly_AF1.

    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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  14. Graham_of_Rainham

    Graham_of_Rainham Mu-43 Regular

    52
    Feb 16, 2010
    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

    :thumbup:
     
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  15. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    Graham

    I would really like a black SP in mint condition

    cheers
     
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  16. Vidar

    Vidar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    545
    Dec 31, 2009
    Bergen, Norway
    My Leica M2 from 1963. I love it.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vidargrov/4304052357/" title="Leica M2 + Voigtlander Nokton 35 1.4 SC by VidarFoto, on Flickr"> 4304052357_a409b73c20. "499" height="500" alt="Leica M2 + Voigtlander Nokton 35 1.4 SC" /></a>
     
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  17. graustark

    graustark Mu-43 Rookie

    19
    Jan 24, 2010
    Houston, Texas, USA
    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):
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/graustark/2277918273/" title="Great Wall (again) by Graustark, on Flickr"> 2277918273_d08f34a66d. "500" height="484" alt="Great Wall (again)" /></a>

    I think the Univex Mercury II is possibly the coolest-looking:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/graustark/2277921783/" title="Univex Mercury II (CX) by Graustark, on Flickr"> 2277921783_bc2bf9d470. "500" height="443" alt="Univex Mercury II (CX)" /></a>

    The Druopta Efekta is my coolest-looking bakelite camera:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/graustark/933985364/" title="Druopta Efekta by Graustark, on Flickr"> 933985364_f1a8585e9e. "405" height="500" alt="Druopta Efekta" /></a>

    The whole collection is here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/graustark/collections/72157600153352845/
     

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  18. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    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

    Can_A1.
     
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  19. ajramirez

    ajramirez Mu-43 Veteran

    212
    Jan 16, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    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
     
  20. Justified_Sinner

    Justified_Sinner Mu-43 Regular

    193
    Feb 11, 2010
    Scotland, UK
    Dauvit Alexander
    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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