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. Boots Pacemaker CM Images 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 […]

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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. Altissa Altix IV Images My Altissa Altix IV 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 being non […]

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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. In […]

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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. Agfa Karat Images 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 […]

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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. Yashica J-P Images My Yashica J-P 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 down, so when […]

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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. Petri Penta V6 Images My Petri Penta V6 Camera I bought this camera as a twin camera set along with a Petri Flex […]

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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. Olympus OM-2 Images Pictures taken with this camera can be viewed here. My Olympus OM-2 […]

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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. Pentax Z-20 Images 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 […]

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Pentax Spotmatic SPII review

This is a review of the Pentax Spotmatic SPII 35mm manual focus slr camera. Pentax Spotmatic SPII Images 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 […]

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Taron Eyemax 35mm rangefinder camera

This is a review of the Taron Eyemax, an early 35mm rangefinder camera made in about 1961. Taron Eyemax Images My Taron Eyemax 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 it on eBay it […]

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Ricoh KR-10 35mm SLR vintage camera review

This is a look at a popular camera from the 1980s, the Ricoh KR-10 35mm slr which, although it carries the Ricoh name, was actually made by Cosina. Ricoh KR-10 Images My Ricoh KR-10 Camera I bought this camera a couple of years ago and basically put it in a box in the garage just after I received it because I believed it to be broken. I’d tried the shutter a couple of times and found it didn’t work and […]

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Ensign selfix 20 medium format camera

This Ensign Selfix 20 camera was made in the UK in the early 1930’s by Ensign & Co, and takes 8 pictures on a roll of 120 film, each picture being approx 6cm x 9cm. Ensign Selfix 20 Images My Ensign Selfix 20 Camera I picked up this camera from eBay for only a few pounds and bought it because I’d been impressed with the quality of my Selfix 1620 and wanted to see what other cameras made by Ensign […]

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Voigtlander Bessa 66 medium format camera

The Voigtlander Bessa 66 is a very compact, 6cm x 6cm, folding camera which takes 12 pictures on a roll of 120 or 620 film. It was made in Germany sometime between 1938 and 1941. Voigtlander Bessa 66 Images My Voigtlander Bessa 66 Camera Unfortunately my camera has a small amount of damage. There should be a fold out yellow filter attached to the front of the lens but it’s been snapped off sometime over the course of the last […]

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Observations when shooting with a folding camera

I recently loaded a roll of FP4+ black & white film in my Selfix 1620 and took it for a spin around the town. Because it’s been a very long time since I took photographs with a camera of this type, I thought I’d record my impressions and observations when shooting with a folding camera. The first thing I realised quite early on is that you have to do everything manually in order to capture the picture. OK – that’s […]

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Pentax SF10 35mm Autofocus SLR

This Pentax SLR comes from the SF range of cameras which Pentax introduced before the Z and MZ range, and were the first set of autofocus SLR cameras the company made. This model, the Pentax SF10 was also known as the SF7 and is similar in styling to the SFXn camera which I own, but is a rather simpler and more basic model than that. It was manufactured in about 1988. Pentax SF10 Images My Pentax SF10 Camera I purchased […]

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