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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Braun Super Paxette II

The Braun Super Paxette II is the latest addition to my vintage camera collection and is a 35mm, interchangeable lens, rangefinder camera made by Braun in Germany in about 1956. Braun Super Paxette II Images My Super Paxette II Camera I found this camera looking pretty lonely on eBay and, feeling sorry for it, I made a bid and bought it for about £8. It was sold without any guarantee that it would work and I found when I received […]

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Pentax MZ-30 35mm autofocus slr

The MZ series of autofocus SLR were the last series of 35mm film cameras which Pentax produced and the Pentax MZ-30 was one of the last cameras in that series with manufacturing starting in about 2000. It’s a quite basic but still well featured camera, which has many of the attributes of that line – light weight, small, easy to use and with great metering and autofocus performance for the day. Pentax MZ-30 Images I have several of this series […]

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Braun Paxette Electromatic viewfinder camera

This Braun Paxette Electromatic is the latest addition to my vintage camera collection, which I picked up for a couple of pounds last week. It is a viewfinder 35mm camera made around about 1959 in Germany. At the time of manufacture it was advertised as the worlds first fully automatic camera because it uses a selenium cell to control the lens aperture and has a simple go/no-go indicator in the viewfinder. The camera was also sometimes referred to as the […]

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Praktica BMS 35mm electronic camera

This Praktica BMS is the sister of another Praktica camera in my collection that I posted about a while ago, the Praktica B100 electronic. Whereas the B100 was an attempt at a fully automatic camera, on the BMS the exposure is set completely manually. Praktica BMS Images My Praktica BMS Camera I obtained this camera, as with most of my vintage camera collection, from eBay uk for a very reasonable £5.73 + £4.90 p&p. It seems to be in just about […]

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