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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Cleaning and servicing the Agfa Karat 12 film advance.

I recently bought an Agfa Karat 12 folding rangefinder camera from eBay which needed a bit of work to get it working properly. Although I bought it as a ‘fully working camera’, when I received it I found the film advance was stiff, the shutter locked up and the focus pretty much solid. I think the seller on eBay was probably a fairly strong contender for the Man Booker Prize as a creator of fictional work! Since the Karat 12 […]

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Minolta Dynax 300si 35mm slr

The Minolta Dynax 300si 35mm autofocus slr was the entry level camera in the Minolta si series which culminated in the 800si.  Although it didn’t have many of the pro-level features of that camera, it was still a capable unit for family and holiday snapshots, as well as a good camera for anyone intending to grow into the more capable Minolta auto focus offerings. Minolta Dynax 300si Images My Minolta Dynax 300si Camera I picked up my copy of the […]

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Kodak Retinette 1B – type 045

The Kodak Retinette 1B was a viewfinder camera made by Kodak to be a simpler, cheaper alternative to their Retina series of rangefinder and slr cameras. Kodak Retinette 1B Images My Kodak Retinette 1B Camera I bought this camera as a bundle along with a Kodak Instamatic 304 camera. They were sold as untested and therefore not guaranteed working but as it turns out both are actually fine and work as expected. Although I wasn’t really interested in the Instamatic it […]

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Retina Reflex S exposure meter restringing

The next part of my Kodak Retina Reflex refurbishment was to replace the meter cord with new string because on both of my donor cameras it had broken and this post explains how I did that. The first problem I had was to find some suitable cord to use. It needs to be strong enough to withstand being moved across pulleys and be held under tension, but also thin enough to fit in the very narrow groves and channels. Retina […]

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The Found Film site is live

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a new site for discovered film pictures which I’ve called Found Film. I’m happy to say that, although there are still some features I want to add, the site is basically running and now has enough content to make it interesting to visit, so I’ve started to publicise the site. For anyone interested in seeing it, the url is http://found-film.co.uk. To whet your appetite, I’ve added a selection of pictures to […]

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Balda Baldamatic I 35 mm rangefinder

The Balda Baldamatic I 35mm rangefinder is an improved version of the Balda Baldessa rangefinder with a coupled rangefinder, coupled light-meter and a Synchro Compur shutter. Balda Baldamatic I Images My Balda Baldamatic Camera I bought this camera as a complete kit with the flash shown in the pictures, a light-meter, various add on extras such as filters, leads etc all in a 1960s brown leather camera case for about £6. I bought it because I was impressed with the look […]

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Rebuilding the Kodak Retina Reflex S film transport

A couple of days ago I stripped down one of my Retina Reflex S cameras with the aim of making one good camera from the parts of the two I have. Well today I started the re-assembly operation with the film transport assembly. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. My original aim was to strip down the worse of the units and re-assemble it as a practice before I did the same to the better unit. I […]

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Stripping down a Kodak Retina Reflex S

As I said in my last post I have a couple of Retina Reflex S cameras which I bought as non working units with the intention of hopefully making a good working unit from the two. I’d just done an initial assessment when I wrote my last post, but now I’ve looked in more detail and I’ve found that one of the units is in a much worse state than the other one. Therefore, I’ve decided to strip that unit […]

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A pair of Kodak Retina Reflex S cameras

This is my initial assessment of a pair of Kodak Retina Reflex cameras I bought a couple of days ago for £20. They are both non-functional, and I’m hoping that I can salvage one camera from the two, or if the worse comes to the worse use them as parts for my Retina Reflex III. My Cameras As I said above I bought both these cameras from the same seller on eBay who was absolutely clear that neither body worked […]

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Balda Baldessa 1B rangefinder camera

The Balda Baldessa 1B is a 35mm coupled rangefinder camera with built in light meter and a rather unusual focus control and film advance placement. It was made in about 1958 (as I was oddly enough) and has a rather nice, curvy feel. Balda Baldessa 1B Images My Balda Baldessa 1B Camera I paid a few pounds for this camera a couple of months ago and bought it as a non working unit so I could get some practice with my […]

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A family night with colour slides

A few weeks ago we relived an event which is a fond memory from my boyhood – a family night with colour slides. Equipment In order to view the slides I needed to obtain a slide projector and so I’ve been looking on eBay over the last few weeks to see what I could find. Slide projectors are really easy to find at the moment, and quite cheap, so I wasn’t really surprised that I could pick up a decent […]

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A trio of Rapid cameras

This is a small collection of Agfa Rapid cameras which I purchased a couple of weeks ago. The Rapid film system was designed by Agfa to ease the problems of loading 35mm film into cameras, but it was killed off by the introduction of the 126 Instamatic film cartridge by Kodak a few years later. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. My Cameras I actually bought these cameras not because I wanted them, but because I wanted the […]

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