Praktica MTL 5B 35mm slr

The Praktica MTL 5B was one of the later ‘traditional’ models of 35mm slr made by the Pentacon company in Germany. In design it is very similar to other  Praktica cameras with the signature front mounted shutter release; stop down lever for the metering; square, boxy look and M42 lens mount. Praktica MTL 5B Images My Praktica MTL 5B Camera This camera was purchased simply to add to my collection of Praktica cameras. I bought it in an unknown condition […]

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Pentax SV 35mm slr review

This is a short review/description of my Pentax SV 35mm single lens reflex camera which was one of a range of cameras Pentax introduced in the early 1960s, all of which had a similar style to the very successful Spotmatic range released after it. Pentax SV Images My Pentax SV Camera This was a camera which I bough for a very low price because it was sold as faulty with a jammed shutter. Since the Spotmatic models have a particular […]

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Praktica Super TL 35mm camera review

This is a review of the Praktica Super TL 35mm SLR camera which was made by Pentacon some time between 1968 and 1976. Praktica Super TL Images My Praktica Super TL Camera I purchased this camera as a non working model with an aim to servicing it and restoring it to it’s fully working condition. There were several units available from the same supplier on eBay, but because my intention was to improve my repair skills, I concentrated on finding […]

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Auto Takumar 55mm sample pictures with Pentax K5.

A couple of days ago I purchased an M42 to Pentax K-mount adapter so I could use some of my classic M42 mount lenses on my Pentax K5 DSLR. One of the first lenses I wanted to try was my Takumar 55mm which I acquired as part of the Pentax S1 kit I bought, so this post features some Auto Takumar 55mm sample pictures. Auto Takumar 55mm sample pictures. The adapter I purchased wasn’t one of Pentax’s own units and because I’ve […]

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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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Praktica LTL 35mm vintage SLR camera.

This is a review of a Praktica LTL 35mm single lens reflex camera which was made by Pentacon in East Germany sometime between 1970 and 1975. Praktica LTL Images My Praktica LTL Camera This camera was donated to my camera collection by my brother Paul who has owned the camera since new. The camera has seen a lot of action in the past, having accompanied him all around the world when he was an officer in the Merchant Navy, but […]

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Zenit 11 and Zenit EM 35mm SLRs

These Zenit EM & Zenit 11 cameras are a new addition to my camera collection. I bought them primarily for the Helios 44M lens which was attached to each, however they are still historically of interest to me because the first ‘proper’ camera I owned was a Zenit E, and my Dad had one for a long time too. Zenit EM & Zenit 11 Images Although these camera’s are slightly different from the Zenit E I owned, the differences are […]

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Pentax spotmatic SP1000

This is a post about the latest addition to my vintage camera collection – a Pentax Spotmatic SP1000. Pentax Spotmatic SP1000 Images My Pentax Spotmatic SP1000 This is a camera which I’ve wanted to own since I was a 12 year old boy and first realised what an iconic SLR the spotmatic was. Although I’ve seen them on ebay uk regularly over the last few years they have either been body only or a complete kit but with a ridiculous […]

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Auto Optomax 200mm telephoto lens on Sony Nex 6

This is a short review of the vintage M42 mount Auto Optomax 200mm f/3.5 telephoto lens when used on a Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera. Although this lens is relatively cheap to purchase, the overall results obtained suggest that it is not a good buy. Auto Optomax 200mm Images This was another cheap lens which I picked up from EBay UK a few weeks ago. It’s a fixed focal length 200mm telephoto lens with a maximum aperture of f3.5 and […]

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