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

New old cameras

My eBay purchases have turned up. I have a Pentax MZ-5 with Sigma 28-80 macro, a Minolta Dynax 5 with 28-80 & 75-300 and a Ricoh KR-10m. Initial impressions are very good, the Pentax and Minolta in particular look as if they have just come out of the show room. I hope to get a few pictures with each of them over the next few days and then write a longer post on each. Related articles New vintage cameras (simonhawketts.wordpress.com) […]

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New vintage cameras

I’m excited … By the wonders of eBay I have just acquired a Minolta Dynax 5 with 28-80mm, 75-300mm and 200mm Lens and a Ricoh KR-10 with what looks like a 50mm Standard Lens.  I also got a Pentax MZ-5 Semi Pro 35mm camera to add to my collection. I feel some new Vintage Camera posts coming …. I know that 35mm is considered dead but it’s leading to some incredible bargains at the moment. I honestly believe that these […]

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Vintage photography – processing

This will be unusual because it’s not a photo post, it’s a brief walk back in time to a point before digital cameras and HD displays to a time when taking a photo was a purely analogue process involving chemicals, mechanics and light. Choosing the right film When I go out with my Pentax k-5, I am fully equipped to deal with any photographic possibility – indoors or out, bright or dark, highly coloured or black & white – all […]

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Zorki 4K 35mm rangefinder camera

The Zorki 4 is a 35mm rangefinder camera made in Russia between the late 1940’s and the late 1970’s. It was basically intended to be a copy of the Leica rangefinder camera – an extremely popular and very expensive camera. This model is the Zorki 4k which was one of the later models made. Zorki 4k Images Zorki 4k Overview This is a rangefinder camera, which means that to assist in focusing the camera there is a split image in […]

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Vintage Camera collection – Petri MF-1

Being an avid photographer I have owned a number of cameras over the last 40 or so years, many of which I no longer own. It’s a matter of regret now that I didn’t keep some of these cameras, although realistically I probably wouldn’t actually shoot any film on them even if I still owned them. Still, one of the first cameras I ever bought is the subject of this post – the Petri MF-1. The first SLR I owned […]

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