Boots Pacemaker CM viewfinder camera

The Boots Pacemaker CM camera is a version of the Regula Sprintic model C made for the Boots company at a time when Boots were a major supplier to amateur photographers. My Boots Pacemaker CM camera I was given this camera by John, a reader of my blog who had a number of cameras donated to him and he didn’t need this particular model in his collection. The unit is in very good condition for it’s age – almost unmarked […]

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Altissa Altix IV 35mm viewfinder camera

The Altissa Altix IV is an interesting 35mm viewfinder camera which was made in Germany in the early 1950s. It is a non interchangeable lens camera with a manually cocked shutter and a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar lens and has a novel film loading mechanism. These pictures can be viewed full size here. My Camera I bought this camera from eBay because I hadn’t see the model before, and it looked an attractive and interesting camera. It was described as […]

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Super Paragon PMC 28mm f/2.8 lens on Fuji X-T1 mirrorless camera

The Super Paragon PMC lenses were made in Japan in the early 1970s by a company called Cimko and were sold with a number of different manufacturer’s names on. They were a typical third party lens and could be purchased with a variety of different lens mounts to fit cameras from Pentax, Minolta, Nikon etc. A post on the manual-focus forum suggests that the actual optical design was licensed from Topcon, which would put them in quite good company. These […]

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Olympus OM-40 35mm slr camera

The Olympus OM-40 was the top camera in the Olympus manual focus amateur offering in the early 1980’s. The first in the line was the OM-10 which featured only aperture priority auto exposure (although a manual adapter was made available as an option to plug in and allow shutter speeds to be also set). The next model was the OM-20 which had both manual and aperture priority exposure modes and this was followed by the OM-30 which had a primitive […]

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Agfa Karat 35mm folding viewfinder camera

The Karat series of cameras was made by Agfa from the mid 1930’s to the mid 1950’s. The model I am describing here is the Agfa Karat 3.5 which was made just before the second world war. My Agfa Karat Camera I found this camera on eBay in an auction and bought it, in an unknown condition, for £6.30. The Karat is a camera which I’d seen in various ‘buy it now’ sales but they always seemed to be priced […]

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Yashica J-P 35mm slr camera

The Yashica J-P is a 35mm single lens reflex camera which according to camera wiki was made in about 1964, and was a modified version of an earlier camera, the Penta J. These pictures can be viewed full size here. My Camera I added this camera to my collection because it was being sold quite cheaply as unworking, but I thought I knew what was wrong with it. On the pictures I could see that the self timer was angled […]

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Petri Penta V6 35mm slr

This is the first of a two part review of the Petri Penta V6 35mm slr camera. This part is a description of the camera and its spec, and also covers how I acquired my copy of the camera. The second, follow up post will cover my impressions of using the camera and some test shots taken with it. These pictures can also be viewed in full size here. My Camera I bought this camera as a twin camera set […]

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Olympus OM-2 slr camera review

This is my review and impressions of a camera I first wanted to buy about 40 years ago when I started work and wanted to get myself a ‘good’ camera. Unfortunately at the time I couldn’t afford it but now I’ve managed to pick one up for a fraction of what it would have cost me then so I finally own – an Olympus OM-2. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here and sample pictures from this camera […]

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Pentax Z-20 35mm auto-focus slr review

This is a review of one of the best specified models in the Pentax Z series of auto-focus 35mm film cameras – the Pentax Z-20. This is one of the not so well know models in the Pentax range, but one that I think is a bit of a star once you get to know it. My Pentax Z-20 Camera This Pentax Z-20 was bought to compliment my other Pentax Z series cameras, a Z-1 and Z-1p which represent the […]

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Pentax K1000 35mm slr camera

I think it’s fair to say that the Pentax K1000 was the camera that many people learnt photography with. Being a reliable, manual exposure, no frills camera meant it was the model which many photographic schools recommended for their courses, and therefore the first real camera that many people who enrolled on those courses handled. I was not fortunate enough to either take a photography course, or own a Pentax K1000 many years ago when had my first camera (which […]

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Minolta X-700 35mm SLR review

This is my review/description of the Minolta X-700 35mm slr which was probably the best manual focus camera Minolta produced. First, here are some pictures of the camera: My Minolta X-700 Camera I know we are quite early in 2016 but I consider this camera to be one of the best buys I’ve made this year and I’m fairly confident I’ll still think that when we get to December. I found the camera as part of a bundle of 35mm […]

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Pentax Spotmatic SPII review

This is a review of the Pentax Spotmatic SPII 35mm manual focus slr camera. My Pentax Spotmatic SPII Camera I bought this camera really because I want to increase my Pentax spotmatic collection, and I found this at an almost giveaway price of £7:50. Unfortunately, for that price I didn’t get a lens with the camera but the body is in superb condition with hardly a mark on it. For the pictures above I’ve added a Takumar SMC 55mm f/2.0 […]

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Pentax Super Program / Super A review

This is a review of the Pentax Super Program (also known as the Super A) 35mm manual focus camera. The pictures in this gallery can also be viewed full sized here My Pentax Super Program / Super A Camera I’ve been increasing my collection of Pentax cameras quite a lot over the last few months having added a P30T, a Spotmatic SP, a Spotmatic SP II , an S1, an SV and this camera, a Super Program. The good thing […]

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Agfa Ambi Silette rangefinder camera

This is a review of the Agfa Ambi Silette 35mm interchangeable lens rangefinder camera which was a very desirable camera when it was introduced into the Agfa range in the late 1950s. My Ambi Silette Camera I’ve wanted to get an Ambi Silette since I saw one when I was doing some research on my original Silette camera which I bought last year. Unfortunately they are not very common, and are normally overpriced, so it’s taken since then until I […]

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Taron Eyemax 35mm rangefinder camera review

This is a review of an early Taron 35mm rangefinder camera made about 1961. The pictures in this gallery can also be viewed full sized here My Camera I saw this camera on eBay and was interested in it for a couple of reasons. Initially, because I have two other Taron cameras and I always like to add new examples to a make I already have but mostly because it is a distinctive looking camera. In fact when I found […]

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