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

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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Yashica MG-1 35mm rangefinder camera

This is a post about my Yashica MG-1 35mm rangefinder which I bought from eBay UK for £21. The MG-1 was the last in a series of rangefinder cameras which Yashica made between 1966  and 1975. It was available in either black or chrome, my version being the chrome one. For it’s time it was a quite highly specified camera with an automatic exposure system and in-viewfinder indication. Yashica MG-1 Images My Yashica MG-1 Camera I received the camera a […]

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Yashica MG-1 Battery

This is what I hope will be a useful tip to anyone who owns one of these or similar cameras. The MG-1 was designed to work with a 5.6 volt Mercury Cell which is no longer available, and in fact banned in most countries. I understand that they can work with a 6v cell if you can get one to fit, and that it’s possible to get adaptors to work with this camera. Well I’ve just discovered a simple way […]

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Yashica MG-1 35mm rangefinder

Another of my eBay purchases turned up,  a Yashica MG-1 rangefinder. At the moment I’ve sent for a battery and a black and white film which should turn up on Monday. Meantime I’ve completed a film through my Minolta Dynax 5 and I hope to have a post on that camera tomorrow.

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The advantages of Digital photography

I’ve recently purchased a few old 35mm cameras and because I’ve started to write a post about them I took one to work today with the intention of shooting some pictures for the post. I walked into work as well to maximise my photo opportunities and during the walk I started thinking about the advantages of Digital Photography over film photography. It was about 7:00 am when I set out on the 50 minute walk and I took a Pentax […]

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Pictures from Kings Lynn College in the 1970s

I’ve been scanning some old 35mm slides and discovered these pictures from when I was at the Kings Lynn college in the 1970s, or to give it it’s formal name, the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology (NORCAT). It was fascinating to see these images again, and although  I think it’s extremely unlikely that anyone in these pictures will see this post I thought I’d put it out anyway. The only names I can remember are Jeff Hebden and Tina Rogers. Pictures […]

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Vintage photography – printing your own pictures

There is a phrase I often hear – “This is where the magic happens”. It’s often used when we have a visitor to the office and I think – “it’s only software”. Well, the process of printing your own pictures really does feel like magic is taking place right in front of your eyes. The chemical process of printing your own pictures in black  & white is basically the same as for developing the film. There is a developing bath, […]

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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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