This section of the site has reviews and repair information on the Vintage cameras I own or have owned

Jupiter 11 135mm f/4.0 telephoto lens on Sony NEX 6 – with samples

A review of the Russian Jupiter 11 telephoto lens on the Sony NEX 6

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Industar 61 f/2.8 50mm lens

This post tells the story of how I discovered that vintage lenses, designed for rangefinder cameras in the 1960s, can be put to renewed use with some of the modern mirror-less cameras. In this particular case the lens in question is the Industar 61 which was supplied as a standard lens on some models of Fed camera. First some pictures of the lens itself. Industar 61 general Images Industar 61 Description The recent acquisition of a Sony NEX 6 has […]

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Petri 7s II rangefinder camera

The Petri 7s II is a 35mm rangefinder camera manufactured sometime in the mid 1970’s. It was a replacement for the Petri 7s which was in turn itself a replacement for the original Petri 7 manufactured from about 1960. Petri 7s II Images I purchased my copy from eBay uk for about £8 a few months ago, and so far I’ve done nothing with it other than make sure that the shutter fires, the aperture at least opens and closes […]

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Minolta 7000 sample pictures

I’ve updated my Minolta 7000 post with the pictures from the camera but for the purposes of being thorough I’ve written this post to publish the Minolta 7000 sample pictures. I have to say that I’m disappointed with the processing of the film; I think the next time I shoot film I will pay a bit more and try a proper processing service rather than the local Tesco! Minolta 7000 sample pictures.

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Minolta 7000 auto focus camera

This is a post about another of my vintage camera collection, the Minolta 7000 (also known as the Maxxum 7000), which I acquired from eBay UK for about £9. Minolta 7000 Images Minolta 7000 Description. The Minolta 7000 was introduced by Minolta in about 1985 and is a 35 mm film SLR. In a similar way to my Minolta Dynax 5, this seems to be a very advanced camera for it’s day. There are several exposure modes, a neat in-built […]

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Daylight film developing with a Rondinax 35u

I this post I talk about my experiences of developing film in an Agfa Rondinax 35u Daylight developing Tank – sometimes also known as the Agfa Rodinax. I bought this tank a few months ago on EBay UK but hadn’t until now got round to trying it out.  It is a tank which doesn’t require the film to be loaded in darkness, because the film canister is placed into the tank and the film wound onto the development spiral with […]

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Pentax SFXn 35mm slr camera

This is my review of the Pentax SFXn camera body fitted with a Sigma 28-80mm F/3.5 zoom. I bought the camera body for £8.30 from eBay UK in March 2013, and paid £5.00 to have it shipped to me. As well as the camera body I received a small camera bag, the camera Handbook and some additional advertising blurb. The camera dates from about 1989 and is an AutoFocus 35mm film camera. Pentax SFXn Images Pentax SFXn Description and Design […]

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Olympus Trip 35 camera

This is a review of the latest addition to my camera collection – the Olympus Trip 35. Sample pictures taken with this camera are here. Olympus Trip 35 Images My Olympus Trip 35 Camera I have been really looking forward to receiving this camera since I bought it on eBay for £12.50. This is an iconic camera from the 1970’s which I really wanted to own when they were first introduced but couldn’t afford to buy one. The first thing which […]

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New Developing Tank

I’ve taken a step forward in my film developing career. I’ve just bought an Agfa Rodinex Daylight developing talk from eBay. This allows me to unwind the film from the cassette into the tank in daylight, removing the cupboard under the stairs step ! Related articles First film developed for 20 years ! (simonhawketts.wordpress.com)

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First film developed for 20 years !

OK – so I developed my first film in about 20 years last night ! I tried a reel of Fomopan 400 in my Yashica MG-1 rangefinder over the course of the last couple of weeks and I’d ordered developer and fixer so I could have a go at developing again. Getting the film into the tank was much more tricky than I remember it. For a start I no longer have a changing bag, so I had to do […]

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Why 35mm film cameras ?

John added a comment to one of my posts asking why I had a fondness for film and I answered the comment but it got me thinking about why I’ve been buying so many 35mm film cameras lately. I suppose the main reason is one of nostalgia. I’ve been taking pictures since I was a young boy because my Dad took pictures so I naturally got interested in the same things. Incidentally, he was also interested in electronics and that interest […]

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Yashica 230AF 35mm SLR

This is my review of the Yashica 230AF, 35mm Autofocus SLR which is the latest addition to my growing 35mm camera collection. As well as my impressions of using the camera, there are also some sample pictures taken with this camera. Yashica 230AF Images Yashica 230AF Description As far as I can tell this camera seems to be in perfect condition. It is equipped with a Yashica 35 – 70mm f/3.3 – 4.5 macro standard lens, a novel flash unit […]

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Minolta Dynax 5 sample photos.

The main Minolta Dynax 5 page on this site has now been updated to show the sample photos I’ve taken with the first roll of film developed from the camera. Click the photo for the link to the original post – the samples are at the bottom.

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35mm film development

I took my first couple of films for about 20 years into town to get them developed today. They are colour negative film which I’d put through a Minolta Dynax 5 and a Yashica 230 AF. My first call was to Boots where we used to have all our colour films developed when I was a teenager. On inquiring if they still develop films I was told that they do but their developing machine is broken so they can’t at […]

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Minolta Dynax 5 autofocus camera

This is a review of the Minolta Dynax 5, one of the last 35mm film, autofocus single lens reflex cameras made by Minolta before they moved to digital cameras. Minolta Dynax 5 Images As I implied above, it doesn’t seem correct to call the Dynax 5 a vintage camera because it is in the ‘last film camera’ class before Minolta moved to digital camera production. Of course Minolta, as a camera manufacturer has gone now, having been sold to Konica […]

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