The Single Lens Reflex category covers camera which have a reflex mirror and can be focused optically by looking through the same lens that the camera will use to take the picture. This gives advantages for not only focus; the composition is also made easier by seeing the photo exactly as the picture will be taken.

 

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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Nikon F-601 autofocus 35mm slr camera

This post looks at the Nikon F-601 autofocus, 35mm, slr camera which was one of the  higher, midrange offerings in Nikon’s line up of cameras in the early 1990s. Nikon F-601 Images My Nikon F-601 Camera I got my Nikon F-601 camera as part of a large collection of cameras which had been sold by what turned out to be rather an unscrupulous seller on eBay. They had bundled a large collection of faulty cameras and sold them as untested […]

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Minolta Dynax 60 autofocus 35mm SLR

This post is about the Minolta Dynax 60 autofocus 35mm SLR which was the last 35mm film camera which Minolta produced, and a pretty capable performer is was too. Minolta Dynax 60 Images My Minolta Dynax 60 I paid a total of £2.99 for this camera, which was sold on ebay as faulty. The fault described was, ‘Camera faulty – back door stuck and won’t open’. I could see from the pictures the seller had posted that there was still […]

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Ricoh Singlex II 35mm slr camera

The Ricoh Singlex II manual focus SLR camera was introduced by Ricoh in the mid 1970s as an improved version of their original Singlex TLS camera. Many of the changes introduced are cosmetic rather than revolutionary, but the Singlex II retains the solid, dependable attributes of the original camera. Ricoh Singlex II Images My Ricoh Singlex II camera This camera cost me £12 from ebay as a Buy it now, postage included sale. It was supplied as only a body, […]

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Pentax Spotmatic SP-500 35mm SLR

The Pentax Spotmatic SP-500 is one of the cut-down versions of the Spotmatic series which Pentax launched after the original Spotmatic. The SP-500 lost the self timer from the spotmatic and also the top 1/1000 shutter speed (although it actually only lost the dial setting – the shutter still works at 1/1000). Pentax Spotmatic SP-500 Images My Pentax Spotmatic SP-500 I picked this camera up as part of a bundle of ‘untested’ cameras I bought from eBay. It was actually […]

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Yashica J-3 35mm SLR camera

The Yashica J-3 is a 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera which was made in the early 1960s and features a useful range of shutter speeds, a built in light meter, a self timer and a universal M42 lens mount. Yashica J-3 Images My Yashica J-3 camera I bought my copy of the Yashica J-3 for £10 from ebay. It came with a Soligor 180mm telephoto lens and a 2X converter fitted, but for the purposes of the pictures above, I’ve […]

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The River Avon at Stratford-on-Avon

This is a picture of the River Avon in the town of Stratford-on-Avon, which I took quite a while ago when we were on holiday in Warwickshire. It is one of the pictures which I’ve not published before as an individual picture, but when I looked at it again today I decided I liked it enough to give it it’s own post. I remember I took it with a Minolta 505 Si Super 35mm autofocus camera and I think the […]

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Minolta Dynax 5000i

The Minolta Dynax 5000i SLR camera was produced by Minolta in Japan in the late 1980s as part of their second generation of auto focus, 35mm cameras. It was a mid range model in terms of feature set, although it was the entry level offering in their own camera range, sitting below the 7000i model. My Minolta Dynax 5000i Camera I actually bought my copy of the Minolta Dynax 5000i quite a while ago as part of a collection of […]

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Pentax 28 to 90mm zoom sample pictures

For anyone who owns a Pentax DSLR there are a whole host of K-Mount lenses available to use on it dating from the very first Pentax cameras to use the K-Mount, as well as lots of third party lenses which were also made with this almost universal lens mount. I have used several of these lenses and published the results on this site, but they have mostly been manual focus, prime lenses. I thought it would be interesting to see […]

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Snowshill manor on film

This is a picture which I took a couple of years ago of Snowshill manor in Gloucestershire on Fuji 400 Superia Xtra 400 film with a Minolta X-505 super camera. Although I’ve published a group of pictures from this location before, I was sorting through some images to decide which could be archived to save some disk space. and I was struck by how good this looked. There is a brightness and clarity in this image which I didn’t manage […]

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An index of camera types

This post is meant to be an index of camera types which have been produced over the last hundred or so years. It will be added to as I get time and as I acquire new examples of the different types in my collection. Viewfinder camera The viewfinder camera, of the type show to the left, is a basic camera which was normally sold as a snapshot camera. The actual name ‘viewfinder camera’ just refers to the fact that the […]

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Praktica TL3 35mm slr camera

Praktica made a whole series of tough, dependable, solid cameras in the 1960s, 70s and 80s which sold in large numbers. The subject of this post, the Praktica TL3, is no exception and the fact that it’s still working well some 30 odd years after it was made. Praktica TL3 Images My Praktica TL3 Camera There is a certain similarity to most of the Praktica series of 35mm cameras, so I got the distinct feeling I’d seen this camera before […]

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Minolta SRT101b 35mm slr

The Minolta SRT101b was a later version of the original SRT 101, which was introduced by Minolta in the mid 1960s. It is a 35mm single lens reflex camera with TTL metering, a good viewfinder and a solid reputation for quality. Minolta SRT101b Images My Minolta SRT101b Camera I paid £10:50 including postage for this camera in a ‘buy it now’ sale from eBay. I bought it because the SRT 101 is one of those iconic cameras which every camera […]

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Ihagee Exakta Exa IIa 35mm slr camera

The Ihagee Exakta Exa IIa was a development of the Exa II camera and produced by Ihagee in the early 1960s. Most of the changes between the models were cosmetic, style changes although there were also upgrades to the viewfinder and film advance that made the camera a bit nicer to use. Ihagee Exakta Exa IIa Images My Exakta Exa IIa Camera I bought this camera from eBay at the same time as I bought my Exa 500. The same […]

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Exakta Varex IIb strip down

A couple of days ago I bought an Exakta Varex IIb body to go with my Exakta Varex IIa which I bought a few weeks ago. This camera was bought from eBay for only £10 because it needed a repair, so my first job when I received it was to get the shutter unit out in order to see what was wrong with it. Exakta Varex IIb strip down images The pictures above show the steps necessary to get the […]

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