Ciro-flex TLR shutter strip down and service

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a nice Ciro-flex Twin Lens Reflex camera from eBay for a few pounds which was described as needing a little bit of work. One of the issues described was that the aperture blades were a bit stiff to adjust and when I received the camera I discovered (as I suspected) that the aperture blades needed to be cleaned up to remove some old grease and dirt which was sticking them together. This […]

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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 16 QT miniature 16mm camera

The Minolta 16 QT was the last model 16mm still camera that Minolta made in their Minolta 16 series. Like others in the series the 16QT takes a cartridge of 16mm film, but this camera produces a slightly larger negative than earlier cameras. Minolta 16 QT Images My Minolta 16 QT Camera I bought this camera as a direct result of buying my Minolta 16 Ps a few days before. Once I’d received the Minolta 16 I became fascinated with […]

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Carl Zeiss Werra Mat strip down and refurbishment – part 3

In the last post in this series I described the cleaning of the shutter blades and dismantling / reassembling the shutter on my Carl Zeiss Werra Mat. In this the final part of the series, I’m going to deal with cleaning and reassembling the camera. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. The case of the camera was quite dirty and stained and I cleaned that with an old tooth brush very lightly damped with soapy water. After a […]

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Repairing a Werra 1 Camera – Part two

This is the second part of my post describing my adventures with a Carl Zeiss Werra 1 35mm viewfinder camera. Last time I stripped down the camera and removed the lens unit from the camera body. I also got the back shutter off the lens and cleaned it up and was faced with how to get the front, or picture taking timed shutter off and clean it and get the shutter times working. These pictures can also be viewed in […]

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Repairing a Werra 1 camera – part one

A few weeks ago I bought a faulty Carl Zeiss Werra 1 35mm viewfinder camera with a view to getting it repaired and working again. The story was that the seller on eBay was testing the camera and found that the shutter was a bit sticky so they were trying to use the camera to see if it loosened up. Their nephew, hearing that it was sticky and knowing that you can remove stickyness with a steamy kettle, borrowed the […]

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Konica TC-X 35mm manual focus camera

This is a review of the Konica TC-X 35mm camera fitted with a Hexanon AR 50mm f/1.8 lens which was the last SLR camera which Konica made. Konica TC-X Images My Konica TC-X Camera I purchased this camera for £7.70 mainly for the attached lens – the Hexanon AR 50mm f/1.8. The Hexanon range have a great reputation, although some research after I’d purchased the camera suggests that this is a slightly newer version which isn’t quite up to the standard […]

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Pentax S1 35mm slr review

This is a review of the Pentax S1 35mm slr which was one of the last cameras Pentax made before they launched their iconic Spotmatic series. This camera also has the optional clip on exposure meter made for the S series cameras, and I’ve included that in the review. Pentax S1 Images My Pentax S1 Camera. I bought this camera for only a few pounds because the supplied lens, an Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2 M42 unit, which would be the […]

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Agfa Ambi Silette film advance strip down

A couple of weeks ago, I managed to pick up a camera which I’d been on the look out for for quite a while, an Agfa Ambi Silette 35mm rangefinder. The camera was sold as ‘not guaranteed working’ and that turned out to be quite accurate because it certainly wasn’t working when I tried it! I’ll go into more details in the article but, as a heads up, this post covers the Ambi Silette film advance strip down. The first […]

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Chinon CX 35mm slr camera review

This is my review of the Chinon CX 35mm SLR made by Chinon in Japan in about 1974. Chinon CX Images My Chinon CX Camera I was lucky enough to be given this camera by my cousin Therese and her husband Mike when we met up for a family reunion over the summer. They discovered that I am a vintage camera collector and kindly donated this camera and some vintage lenses which are in pristine condition – thanks to them […]

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Miranda Sensoret 35mm camera

The Miranda Sensoret is a small, compact 35mm camera and was the only rangefinder model that Miranda made. It was available in chrome and black; this article reviews the chrome model. Miranda Sensoret Images My Miranda Sensoret Camera I found this camera on eBay amongst a series of cameras all being sold by the same person. They were all marked as ‘spares or repair’ and seemed to belong to a collection they had acquired and were disposing of. I almost […]

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Kowa SE strip down – part one.

Last week I received a Kowa SE 35mm fixed lens slr which had a few problems. Basically, when the film advance was wound the mirror moved to the up position and the viewfinder blanked out. After a further bit of playing about with the camera I also found that something is stopping the aperture blades from fully opening. I suspect that one of the blades has a pin broken, so I decided to have a look and see if I […]

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Ricoh GXR A12 50mm black & white pictures

I read an article a few days ago about setting up the Ricoh GXR as a Leica M Monochrom camera replacement and, because it was a dull, gloomy day today when I went for a walk I decided to try out the settings and shoot in black & white. In reality, setting the camera up to act like a Leica Monochrom was as simple as selecting high contrast black & white jpeg and switching to manual exposure mode but I […]

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Voigtlander Vitoret D viewfinder camera

This is a review of the Voigtlander Vitoret D, which was a simple 35mm viewfinder camera made in the early 1960’s and was part of Voigtlander’s consumer camera offering, below the Vito range and aimed at the holiday snap-shot photographer market. Voigtlander Vitoret D Images My Voigtlander Vitoret D Camera This camera was purchase for about £5 from ebay with no guarantee and it turns out that the light meter built into the top panel is defective. I will need […]

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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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