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    Who here collects vintage cameras? What's your favorite one? Does anybody use any of their oldie-goldies?

    I enjoy collecting them, from wood-body box brownies to 1960s Brownie Starflash. My favorites are a Mercury II and a tiny Mamiya 16.

    What I really, really want is the Kodak Bantam Special, the art deco beauty designed by Walter Dorwin Teague.

    Show your collection!

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    I've got a few, but all Olympus stuff.

    I started with am OM 2 to get back into film, then I got an OM ! because I wanted the lens packaged with it. Needless to say I not have 4 OM's but nothing newer than the OM 2

    I also got an Olympus 6 but it needs work to function.

    I have 2 Bronica 645's and collection of Lenses.

    I also have, no thats it I think.
    If photographers stopped worrying about the short comings of their equipment and started worrying about the shortcomings behind the viewfinder, there would most probably be a marked improvement in image quality.

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    I have a few rangefinders.
    A Konica C35,Olympus Pen EES-2 half frame and Yashica Electro 35.
    I still shoot the Yashica on occasion.
    The Electro was my first 35 and still takes great pictures.

    And of course an OM-1 and 4 that I still use often.
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    I only collect them if they work. I have a M3 and a Mamiya 7, OM 4t.


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    I use the Olympus C-2000z unmodified for infrared with appropriate filter.
    It yields some of the finest faux-color infrared images I've seen.
    (actually I have 3 of them... )
    E-500 "full-spectrum", E-510 IR 665nm, E-620 stock... OM-D E-M1
    Zuiko 9-18mm, 14-42mm II, 40-150mm II & 14-54mm II

    Rokinon 8mm fisheye, OM 50mm f/1.8, Body Cap Lens 15mm f/8
    Various filters for infrared.

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    I started to collect some old cameras, mostly Olympus, but due lack of funds it has stalled lately. Still do have though:

    - Ricoh 500G
    - Pen FT
    - OM-1

    my old digicams:
    - C990-Zoom / D490-Zoom
    - C-765UZ

    and some lenses...
    - Pen FT: 20/3.5, 38/1.8, 150/4
    - OM: 24/2.8, 50/1.4, 200 /4, 2xTC

    and of course, my active digital set:
    - E-420
    - 11-22
    - 50-200

    all in working order and ready to use.

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    If inheriting counts as collecting I have collected this - the insert is the original owners, taken with this camera


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    Quote Originally Posted by bshonts View Post
    Who here collects vintage cameras? What's your favorite one? Does anybody use any of their oldie-goldies?

    I enjoy collecting them, from wood-body box brownies to 1960s Brownie Starflash. My favorites are a Mercury II and a tiny Mamiya 16.

    What I really, really want is the Kodak Bantam Special, the art deco beauty designed by Walter Dorwin Teague.

    Show your collection!
    I don't really collect old cameras, but I do now have 3 large format cameras that I bought as part of my attempt to pay homage to the 1930's news photographers, where I started out with wanting to put a DSLR into a frame of an old camera.

    My first 4x5 body was a Seneca Chautauqua from about 1890. Unfortunately it has suffered a fall, and one of the supports broke. My wife declared it was too pretty to be used, so it sits on my desk over the computer. Here are pictures with the Seneca next to my E-3:




    My next was a Folmer Graphex Speed Graphic from about 1939. This looked to be in good condition, and I paid to have it looked over and brought back to working condition. I haven't run any film through it yet, but I recently found one of the members from my church has shot with large format, and I hope to spend some time with him to learn how to use it. I have a Polaroid back for it, and some 3000 ISO Fuji instant film in the freezer.






    I did look at the Speed Graphic can came to the conclusion that it was too small to put a DSLR or Pen into it. So I started looking for a 5x7 body. I eventually bought this Kodak Pony Premo 5x7 body. Now, the lens that came with it was foggy, and I'm not sure the bellows are light tight any more. So I figured it was ok to use to put the Pen inside.








    I have removed the lens and put it aside, and the E-P2 just barely fits inside with the kit lens, without doing any mods to the body. I used it for about 1/2 year or so, but now I have gone down the route of making my own shell to use with my E-3/E-5. Two weeks ago, I did take it out for part of a day during a science fiction convention (where I used my new shell for most of the convention), but I didn't get the camera seated properly, and I couldn't get the lens to focus. Here are some pictures of the E-P2 inside the Premo:








    Here are pictures of the latest shell that I've made with the E-5 + 14-54mm lens inside:






    I also bought a Polaroid Reporter, but found the original owner had kept the AA batteries inside and I haven't tried to clean it out.

    Every so often I've thought about getting Kodak Retina's, but so far I haven't pulled the trigger.

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    I really like the looks of the old Speed Graphics and wouldn't mind one decorating my office. If it's a beater, I suppose I could mount my webcam in it.

    This is my Japanese collection. From left to right:
    - toy camera that shoots out a paper accordion snake, made in Occupied Japan.
    - Ricoh 500
    - Kamerette Junior no. 2 (1930s maybe)
    - Mamiya 16, made in Occupied Japan.



    Love the E-P2 inside the Kodak Pony Premo. Very steampunk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bshonts View Post
    I really like the looks of the old Speed Graphics and wouldn't mind one decorating my office. If it's a beater, I suppose I could mount my webcam in it.

    This is my Japanese collection. From left to right:
    - toy camera that shoots out a paper accordion snake, made in Occupied Japan.
    - Ricoh 500
    - Kamerette Junior no. 2 (1930s maybe)
    - Mamiya 16, made in Occupied Japan.


    Love the E-P2 inside the Kodak Pony Premo. Very steampunk!
    Very nice photos, and thanks for the complement. Yes the cameras are my steampunk cameras (though if you want to be technical, it is more what they call desielpunk, since it is more harkens to the 1930's than the 1890's).

    I forgot I also have a Franka Solida folding camera that came without the lens. I had hope to put the VG-120 in it, but it isn't the right shape. I've been thinking of getting a sports helmet camera to put inside, but I haven't done it yet. I don't have a picture of it.

    I also bought some bellows replacements for folding cameras, and tried to put the VG-120 in it, but unfortunately the flash is too close to the lens. I tried cutting a hole for the flash in one of the bellows, but I really didn't like it:




    I also bought this toy camera (DIY 35mm DC67 Film Lomo TLR Twin Lens Reflex) with the idea of putting the VG-120 in it rather than film, but I haven't started yet:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/DIY-35mm-DC6...item1c1f36efa8

    If you want to see other build pictures of both the new bodies with the E-3/E-5 inside as well as the E-P2 in the Premo, you can go here:


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    I have been collecting copies of the film cameras I used to use back when, I have picked up a Kodak Retina Ia, a Nikon F, an OM-2n, and a Nikon F3HP. I have a Pentax H3 (slots in between the Retina and Nikon F) on the way.







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    My FSU (former soviet union) Kiev...1952 built at Kiev Arsenal as the Contax factory was moved from Germany as "spoils of war" at end of WWII. This particular camera vintage allows that it may actually have been built from Contax parts shipped with the entire factory to provide jobs in Ukraine. The Kiev Arsenal was a military production plant located in the Ukraine capital of Kiev.



    This camera with a Jupiter 8 50mm lens f2 is a phenomenal shooter, particularly for black and white. One of the sharpest focus rangefinders, because of the Contax designed long base leg (almost the width of the camera). Interestingly the Nikon and Nikon S2 rangefinder is almost an exact duplicate and the lens mount is similar if not the same. Interestingly, Nikon used a more traditional shutter, and SHORTENED the base leg of the rangefinder.

    See similarity here:

    http://cameraquest.com/usingthe.htm

    Sitting next to my Canon 5D for scale.

    Oh Yes, and one last thought here, the Kiev outshoots the 5D, handily!!
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    ODM, so glad you posted. Can you tell me where the release is to close the Retina's lens? Somebody gave me one and I can't figure it out--makes me feel like an idiot (moreso than usual).

    TIA!

    Rick

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    I gave up collecting cameras when I realized that every drawer, every cabinet, every nook and cranny in my old apartment had not one but two or more cameras stuffed in them. That's getting crazy.

    So now my "collection" is limited only to working cameras that I use, even if only occasionally. The only cameras that I don't care if I use but I'll still keep anyway are my Minox CLX commemorative edition (celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Minox), Minox EC Minox Historical Society final edition (I have the last one, #100 of 100) and Rollei 35S, which traveled around the world with me for 15 years.

    Those are my sacred cows. The rest are just cameras. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_D View Post
    ODM, so glad you posted. Can you tell me where the release is to close the Retina's lens? Somebody gave me one and I can't figure it out--makes me feel like an idiot (moreso than usual).

    TIA!

    Rick
    It's that button in front of the viewfinder on top of the lens mounting plate at the end of the slot in the top of the plate. There's also one on the bottom. Push them in and you can close the lens cover.
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    Hey, thanks! I'll try it tonight. I'd been reduced to voodoo spells, which weren't working and besides, do you have any idea how hard it is to get a live chicken living in the city?

    Cheers,

    Rick

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    Siachez, that Kiev looks cool - very exotic (to me).
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    Zenit Photokomplekt never used still in original wrapping bought on eBay Aus about $100, kept for a while but sold it for over $1500 to buy a Leica M8. All the lenses were top of the range, it even had the legendary Helios 40, the accessories were fantastic, none better, bottom right corner of the case a swivel and tilt hot shoe attachment.
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    I collect old cameras like this one... built YEARS AGO in 2009...
    Olympus E-3 | Olympus E-PL2 PEN | Olympus E-PM1 PEN | Zuiko ED 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD | Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 | Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 Macro | Carl Zeiss Sonnar 135mm f/2.8 | Konica Hexanon 50mm f/1.4 | Konica Hexanon 85mm f/1.8 | G.Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 | Zuiko 35mm f/3.5 Macro | Zuiko 25mm f/2.8 | KMZ Jupiter-3 50mm f/1.5 | E.Zuiko 200mm f/4 | Zuiko 75-150mm f/4 | Olympus EC-14 teleconverter | VF-2 and VF-3 Viewfinders | EMA-1 Mic Adapter | Olympus FL-36R and FL-50R speedlights

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    Ned, you are so hard-core old school. But you are cheating with that lens....
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    Quote Originally Posted by olddigiman View Post
    Siachez, that Kiev looks cool - very exotic (to me).
    I bought this from a private party on eBay about ten years ago...

    It's a very clean example and supposedly had a recent CLA when I purchased it. I recall paying about $150 for the camera, leather case, original box and a goodly number of filters and caps. It's a very smooth running camera, with a removable bottom load cover. Tricky to load.]

    The variations that were inscribe "KNEB" as I call it were only marked that way about a year, and the serial number indicates 1952. It took some time post war to get the factory up and running, and there was a substantial amount of finished Contax parts when the factory and inventory was shipped to Kiev Arsenal. So, it's possible that the condition and smooth operation of this camera is because it was assemble from original Contax parts.

    I've had some great fun with the camera, and seen some very good images from it.






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    As closure closure, this worked but with a twist--the lens has to be parked at infinity, otherwise it won't release--I suppose to assure clearance under the cover. I should add the specimen is a Retina II (a mighty lump of a camera).

    Thanks again!

    Rick

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    It's that button in front of the viewfinder on top of the lens mounting plate at the end of the slot in the top of the plate. There's also one on the bottom. Push them in and you can close the lens cover.

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    Hi there.

    Here's what I own a Rolleiflex T1 & Rolleiflex Automat,
    YashicaMat 124G. The Rolleiflex T1 & Yashica Mat 124G
    are near mint. I use them now and then and I develop the
    Black & White film myself and I scan the negs with a Epson
    V-600 flatbed scanner.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Lamontagne View Post
    Hi there.

    Here's what I own a Rolleiflex T1 & Rolleiflex Automat,
    YashicaMat 124G. The Rolleiflex T1 & Yashica Mat 124G
    are near mint. I use them now and then and I develop the
    Black & White film myself and I scan the negs with a Epson
    V-600 flatbed scanner.


    Danny.
    Thats a nice collection.
    My introduction to medium format was a Yashica Mat 124G.
    Took a lot of nice scenics with it.

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    Rollei 35S, which traveled around the world with me for 15 years.
    My Rollei 35 took one too many bounces down a mountain. Looks good but rattles.
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    March photos

    Comments/criticisms are just my personal opinion and are meant to be constructive. Please feel free to do the same for me.


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