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

Emma in the park at Crich

When we recently went to the Crich tramway museum in Derbyshire I took a lot of pictures with my Pentax K5, but I also took along a Pentax MZ-3 loaded with Ilford HP5+ black & white film. The picture above is one of the pictures I took that day, and developed in Rodinal a couple of days ago. This was taken with a Sigma 24 to 70 autofocus zoom lens fitted to the MZ-3 set to about 60mm and about […]

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Pentax Program A sample pictures

I’ve had a film in my Pentax Program A 35mm camera since a couple of weeks after I bought it and I’ve been taking occasional pictures with it over the last year or so. Because there was still film remaining in the camera, when we recently spent a week in Derbyshire the Program A was one of the camera that I took with me to complete the film and get it developed. It was only after I’d completed it and […]

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Exakta Exa 500 35mm camera

The Exa line of cameras was an entry level 35mm camera made by Ihagee in Dresden, which was started as a model for people who didn’t want to go the the expense of the company’s Exakta range. Over the years, Ihagee made several models culminating in the Exakta Exa 500 which was the last model made. Exakta Exa 500 Images My Exakta Exa 500 Camera I bought my copy of the Exa 500 from ebay as a non working unit […]

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Voigtlander Vito 35mm Folding camera

The Voigtlander Vito is a 35mm folding camera fitted with a Prontor II shutter, a Voigtlander Skopar 50mm f/3.5 lens and was made just after the second world war in about 1947. Voigtlander Vito Images My Voigtlander Vito Camera I bought this camera from ebay for about £5 which is a reasonably good price to acquire a Voigtlander. I think the reasons the camera didn’t make more were because the seller described it as an ‘old camera’ and not a […]

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Exakta Exa II shutter repair

Over the last couple of days I’ve been stripping down and repairing my Exakta Exa II 35mm slr which had a fault with the shutter first curtain sticking in the frame and this post covers the process I used during my Exakta Exa II shutter repair. I’m happy to say I managed to get that fault fixed, and also cleaned up the focus screen, replaced the light seals and generally cleaned up and re-lubricated the mechanism. The following describes how […]

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Exakta Exa II 35mm slr camera

The Exakta Exa II was a camera made by the East German Ihagee camera company in the early part of the 1960s. It is a simple camera, with a non-return mirror and limited range of shutter speeds, and has the characteristic rounded body shape of the Exa series. Exakta Exa II Images My Exakta Exa II Camera My camera is in quite good cosmetic condition considering it’s age, but has a mechanical problem with the shutter. Unfortunately, the first curtain […]

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Ricoh Mirai 105 35mm autofocus slr camera

The Ricoh Mirai 105 is an autofocus 35mm camera which was made by or for Ricoh in the late 1980s. It is distinctive in it’s appearance and was a design used by other manufacturers as well as Ricoh, for example it was also made for Olympus as the Infinity Superzoom A300. Ricoh Mirai 105 Images My Ricoh Mirai 105 Camera I bought my copy of this camera simply because it was cheap and it increased my Ricoh collection. The camera was described […]

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Topcon Wink E Mirror strip down – part one

A couple of weeks ago I bought a Topcon Wink E Mirror 35mm slr for a few pounds on eBay and I spent a couple of hours today stripping it down to fix a problem with the shutter cocking. When I first received the camera I cocked the shutter once and the camera seemed to work properly. However, once I tripped the shutter I couldn’t get it to cock again, and the shutter blades were closed, so I started to […]

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Miranda dx-3 35mm slr camera

I’ve been a fan of Miranda cameras for quite a while and have most of the models they produced but until recently I’d not owned the last model that Miranda made, the Miranda dx-3. Well, I corrected that situation a few days ago when I picked up a pristine condition dx-3 from eBay. Miranda dx-3 Images My Miranda dx-3 Camera There are a couple of reasons I’d not bought a dx-3 before – they don’t appear very often and they […]

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Agfa Colorflex strip down – part 1

A few weeks ago I acquired an Agfa Colorflex 35mm, fixed lens, slr camera which had a few problems with the shutter. In order to see what was wrong I needed to remove the shutter from the camera, and this short post shows the sequence I went through to do that. Agfa Colorflex Strip down pictures Removing the shutter from the Agfa Colorflex camera body was a relatively easy operation, as the sequence above shows, but once I’d removed it […]

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Yashica TL Electro X repairs

The Yashica TL Electro X was one of the first 35mm film SLR cameras to feature electronic display of exposure information in the viewfinder. It was first produced in 1968 when the majority of cameras used mechanical meter needles to display exposure  and so it represented a first step on the way to today’s electronic cameras. I found an example of this camera on eBay being sold as non-working but in very good cosmetic condition, and since I already had […]

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Aka Relle exchangeable lens camera

The Aka Relle is an exchangeable lens camera with a simple viewfinder for composition and scale focusing. It was made in Germany in the mid to late 1950s and features a rather odd ‘clamshell’ construction. Aka Relle Images My Aka Relle Camera This was a eBay purchase which I made simply because it was a bit different from the run of the mill 35mm cameras which are common. It looked an interesting camera, although very worn, and since it was […]

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Ricoh TLS 401 35mm slr

The Ricoh TLS 401 is a 35mm slr which Ricoh produced as an improved version of the Singlex TLS and in many ways it looks and behaves very much the same, but has some rather interesting additional features. Ricoh TLS 401 Images My Ricoh TLS 401 Camera I have been looking for a 401 TLS for quite a while but the only units I could find were very expensive ‘buy it now’ offers which were asking way more than I thought the camera […]

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Agfa Karat 12 re-assembly

Over the last few days I’ve been cleaning and repairing the film advance and shutter on my Agfa Karat 12 rangefinder camera, and today I completed my refurbishment and re-assembled the camera. Agfa Karat 12 re-assembly pictures Agfa Karat 12 re-assembly procedure The pictures above show the steps that I took during the agfa karat 12 re-assembly, but I’ll also outline the process here. At the start of this process I had cleaned, lubricated and rebuild the film advance and […]

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Agfa Karat 12 Compur shutter clean up

Having completed the easy part of my Agfa Karat 12 camera refurbishment with the film advance strip down and clean up, I then turned my attention to the next easiest part which is the Compur-Rapid shutter fitted to this model. As suppled, the shutter was very stiff to operate and only worked at one speed, irrespective of the shutter settings. It seemed the most likely problem was that the shutter needed a good clean out then it would probably be fine […]

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