Collecting colour slides

I’ve long had a fascination for old pictures which I find in vintage cameras  and I’ve added several posts on this site featuring pictures I’ve found on cameras I’ve acquired from eBay. I’ve also recently taken some pictures using colour slide film during a holiday this summer, and I’ve picked up a slide projector so I can replicate the evenings I remember as a child when we used to sit and view the latest pictures my father had taken. Although the […]

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Finetta 88 35mm interchangeable lens viewfinder camera

The Finetta 88 is an attractive and interesting 35mm viewfinder camera with an interchangeable lens, 4 shutter speeds and a lightweight, aluminum construction. It was made in the mid 1950s in Germany. Finetta 88 Images My Finetta 88 Camera I’ve seen these cameras appear on eBay reasonably frequently but they always seem to be in a ‘buy it now’ sale and have a silly price tag. I’ve seen examples with prices up to £70 which just seems too much for […]

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Kodak Retina Reflex III 35mm slr camera

The Kodak Retina Reflex III is a 35mm, single lens reflex camera made by Kodak AG in Stuttgart, Germany between the years of 1960 and 1964. The camera features an inbuilt light meter, a split image rangefinder in the centre of the focusing screen and interchangeable lenses. Kodak Retina III Images My Kodak Retina Reflex III Camera I found this camera on eBay in an auction starting at only £10. Most Retina Reflex cameras I’ve seen on eBay are either in […]

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Zeiss Ikon Contina I 35mm folding camera.

The Zeiss Ikon Contina I is a 35mm camera with a set of bellows which allows the lens to be collapsed into the body of the camera making a slimmer, more compact camera. This style of design was popular in the mid 1950s when this camera was made. Zeiss Ikon Contina I Images My Zeiss Ikon Contina I Camera This camera was one I bought just because it came up on one of my regular trawls through ebay looking for […]

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Iloca Rapid 35mm viewfinder camera

The Iloca Rapid camera is a viewfinder camera made in Hamburg in the mid 1950’s which, although not a fantastically well engineered or very highly spec’d camera, still has some interesting and possibly unique features. Iloca Rapid Images My Iloca Rapid Camera I purchased this camera when I found it being sold by a charity shop on eBay simply because I’d not heard the name Iloca before. I paid £8 and for that I received the camera itself, a cheap boots […]

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A lesson learned – and a guide for others

Over the last few days I’ve been refurbishing a Kodak Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder camera which I picked up as a non working model from eBay. Having stripped down the shutter and got it fully working, and then cleaned up the focus of its gummy grease, the last step in the process was to refit the shutter to the camera body and make sure the cocking mechanism was properly coupled to the film advance. Fitting the shutter is a relatively […]

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Cleaning the focus mechanism on a Kodak Retina IIc rangefinder

This post describes the antics I went through when I cleaned the focus mechanism in my Kodak Retina IIc rangefinder. This followed on from cleaning the shutter, so the shutter was removed from the camera when I started this operation. Kodak Retina IIc focus images The first part of the operation was to remove the plate which transmits the position of the focus helicoid to the rangefinder on the top of the camera. This is removed my taking out two […]

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Cleaning the Compur Synchro shutter from a Kodak Retina IIc rangefinder camera

In my last post I described how I removed the shutter from my Kodak Retina IIc camera, and in this post I’m going to describe how I stripped down and cleaned the slow speed regulator and self timer on the compur synchro shutter. Although I have carried this procedure on other compur shutters, I still found a lot of guidance for this on the retina rescue site and I would recommend anyone who needs to work on these cameras to […]

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Kodak Retina IIc top cover removal

This afternoon I took the top cover off my Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder camera and I just wanted to publish some pictures to help anyone who needed to do the same operation. Although it was an easy job, I always think it is easier if you know what is under the cover before you take it off, so these pictures may be useful to someone. Removing the top cover was very easy. The film rewind is removed by holding the […]

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Kodak Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder camera

The Kodak Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder camera was one model of a long line of cameras which Kodak made from the mid 1930’s through to the late 1950’s. It was one of the later models, and was made in the mid to late 1950’s. Kodak Retina IIc Images My Kodak Retina IIc Camera I bought this camera to increase my somewhat limited Kodak Retina collection. Since I only had a Retina IIa prior to this purchase I doubled my collection with […]

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Pentona II 35mm viewfinder camera

The Pentona II is a very simple viewfinder camera made in Germany in the early 1960’s by a company called KW, which was one of the companies which later became part of the Pentacon brand. Pentaona II Images My Pentona II Camera I actually have two copies of this camera which I purchased for a total of £6 because they were both sold as faulty because the shutters didn’t work. As it happens, the camera is one of that type […]

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Canon EOS 50E 35mm auto-focus camera

The Canon EOS 50e is a high quality, auto focus, 35mm film camera made by Canon in Japan in the late 1990’s. It has some innovative and interesting features, including setting the auto focus points by detecting where the photographer is looking in a scene! Canon EOS 50e Images My Canon EOS 50E Camera. I paid £8:50 for this camera as a body-only purchase from a business on eBay that specializes in camera sales. In fact, that isn’t completely accurate, […]

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Lincoln on film – part two

This is the second post containing the rest of the pictures I shot on film during a recent trip to Lincoln on holiday. These were all taken with a Pentax MZ-3 35mm autofocus camera using Fuji Superia 800 ISO film.  I’m a little more pleased with these pictures than the set contained in the first post, the colours seem better and the grain not so pronounced. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. As with the last set, these […]

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Pentax Z-10 autofocus 35mm slr

The Pentax Z-10 is an entry level 35mm autofocus camera from the Pentax Z series introduced in the early 1990’s. It was actually the first of the Z series and paved the way for such fantastic cameras as the Z-1p which is one of my favourite auto focus film cameras. Pentax Z-10 Images My Pentax Z-10 camera This is a camera I purchased for a few pounds simply to augment my Z series collection. I have the Z-1 and Z-1p […]

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Holiday camera choices

For any vintage camera enthusiast, holiday time always leaves you with a bit of a headache. You know that you will be presented with lots of photo opportunities over the coming few days and that starts you thinking about the ideal cameras to take with you, but when you have a collection of 100 plus it isn’t always simple to narrow the choice. Since we are going away in a couple of weeks on a family holiday to Lincolnshire, I’ve […]

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