Bolex 18-5 Super 8mm movie Projector

This post describes a new addition to my worryingly growing 8mm projector collection – the Bolex 18-5 Super 8 movie projector. My Bolex 18-5 Super Projector As with most of my vintage photo gear collection I bought this projector from eBay. It was advertised as being in good condition, but untested because it didn’t have a power lead and since the photos which accompanied the sale seemed to confirm that the unit looked in good condition, I bought it with […]

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Vintage projector Index Page

This is the index to my vintage camera collection.

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Eumig P8 automatic 8mm cine projector

This article looks at the Eumig P8 automatic 8mm cine projector, which was one of the later models in the P8 range that Eumig produced in great quantities in the 1950s and 60s. My Eumig P8 automatic Projector I bought this projector for a few pounds from eBay primarily because it came with a collection of 8mm films rather than for the actual projector itself. When when I received the package however, I found the unit is actually both a […]

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Chinon Universal 8 cine projector

The Chinon Universal 8 cine projector was introduced in 1967 as a machine capable of showing both the standard 8mm home movie films which had been around for for many years, and the new Super 8 format film which was introduced a few years earlier in 1965. My Chinon Universal 8 projector I found this Chinon Universal 8 projector on eBay with a starting price of £1.99 and no bids against it. Because of the weight of projectors, the price […]

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Ovation Applause AE-32 guitar refurbisment

A long time ago, probably sometime in the 1980s, I bought an Ovation Applause AE-32 steel strung, acoustic guitar. I remember buying this because I wanted to own an Ovation, which were very much the ‘in’ guitar at the time, and couldn’t afford or justify buying one, but I could afford the Applause version. I can’t remember now what I paid for it, but I don’t think I bought it new and I have a vague recollection I may have […]

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Pluggable USB microscope review

This is a look at a novel little device I bought a few days ago – a USB microscope made by pluggable. I bought this device for about £35 from amazon, and the main driver for purchasing it was to see if it would provide a good image to use in my continuing 8mm telecine project. That is something I will investigate in the next few days and weeks, but in the mean time I’ve been trying out the device […]

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Misty photos

A couple of times over the last few days the weather has been misty when I’ve been out to take Freddy for his morning walk. As I’ve progressed on the walk, the Sun has broken through and created some wonderful misty views across the field. Both times, I’ve regretted that I didn’t have a proper camera with me, but I managed to take the misty photos below using my smart phone. Although I’m glad I was able to capture the […]

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Olympus 35 ECR rangefinder camera

The Olympus 35 ECR is a fully automatic, 35mm film camera with a fixed 42mm f/2.8 lens and rangefinder focusing aid which was produced by Olympus in the early 1970s. Camera Images My Olympus 35 ECR I was given my copy of the Olympus 35 ECT by a fellow camera collector, with a note explaining that there were some problems with it. To be honest, that was a couple of years ago now and I can’t remember exactly what is […]

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Kodak Instamatic M2 cine camera

In the late 1960s and early 1970s the Instamatic range of cameras from Kodak were very popular and were responsible for many people trying photography as a hobby and progressing onto more advanced models. As well as still cameras, Kodak also made a similar range in cine cameras, and this post takes a brief look at one of those models, the Instamatic M2 cine camera. Kodak Instamatic M2 cine camera images My Instamatic M2 Cine Camera This cine camera was […]

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Bosch EasyControl room stat and smart rad controllers

This post describes my experience of using the Bosch EasyControl smart room thermostat with smart radiator controllers. Although it will probably be of no interest to anyone who visits my site for it’s photographic content, I hope it will prove useful to people thinking about specifically purchasing the Bosch EasyControl unit or another smart room stat. Bosch EasyControl System The Bosch EasyControl system is a modern replacement for the standard central heating timer and combines the job of room thermostat […]

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Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL 35mm camera

This is a quick pictorial review of the Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL 35mm SLR camera which was introduced by Mamiya in the late 1960s. Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL images My Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL camera This camera is one of a very select few in my collection in that it was gifted to me. In fact, it was surprise gifted to me by a fellow camera collector John Bear, who also runs a vintage camera site called Camera Portraits. The story is that […]

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Moving from Lightroom to ON1 Photo Raw

A couple of weeks ago I posted how I was trying out Alien Skin Software Exposure X4 as a possible replacement for Lightroom after I’d cancelled my Adobe subscription. Well, in the end I didn’t plumb for Exposure X4, but instead went for the latest release of ON 1 Photo Raw 2019 instead. As I explained in my previous post, I ended up cancelling my subscription to Lightroom quite quickly and so was left without a photo editor. Just as […]

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A quick look at Alien Skin Exposure X4

Earlier in the year I wrote a post about a software photo package called ON1 Raw because I was planning to cancel my subscription to Lightroom. Well, a couple of days ago went ahead with the cancellation, but instead of ON1 Raw I actually started trialling Alien Skin Exposure X4 as my photo editor. Although I had planned to cancel Lightroom in November, in the end I cancelled it on October 30th and in quite a hurry. I was looking […]

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Site Changes coming up to simonhawketts.co.uk

I’m finding it difficult to get the time to post articles to this site at the moment because of other work and personal commitments. As well as a major landscaping project in the garden, we are having a new boiler fitted in a couple of days and then we are re-designing and refitting our 20 year old kitchen. On top of this, I’m also planning how I’m going to move my woodworking / DIY workshop from its current location in […]

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Elmo E-80 8mm silent projector

This post looks at the Elmo E-80 projector which is a standard 8 model made by Elmo, a very reputable manufacturer, in Japan in the early 1950s. Elmo E-80 Images My Elmo E-80 projector I bought this Elmo E-80 projector from eBay as an addition to my small (but worryingly growing) collection of movie projectors. It was sold as a working unit and it does power up and seems ok, but the two core mains lead supplied with it looks […]

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