Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL 35mm camera

This is a quick pictorial review of the Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL 35mm SLR camera which was introduced by Mamiya in the late 1960s. Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL images My Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL camera This camera is one of a very select few in my collection in that it was gifted to me. In fact, it was surprise gifted to me by a fellow camera collector John Bear, who also runs a vintage camera site called Camera Portraits. The story is that […]

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Ricoh GXR Leica A12 Macro pictures

Today I want out with my Ricoh GXR Leica A12 camera, fitted with a Tamron 90mm Macro lens, to take some macro photos on a piece of waste ground at the bottom of our street. This is a fairly common occurrence at this time of year, when the weather is nice, but I found it a bit of a frustrating experience. Normally, I can set whichever camera I’m using to manual focus and use the focus peaking mode of the […]

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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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Fuji X-T1 macro experiments

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been taking some Fuji X-T1 macro pictures with a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 K mount macro lens and couple of add on extension tubes to increase the magnification. Although I’ve used the Tamron several times I’ve been considering buying the Fuji 60mm f/2.4 autofocus macro lens, which is available second hand for about £300, but I wanted to see how the Tamron performed before taking the plunge and buying one. The main difference of […]

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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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Ricoh TLS 401 35mm slr

The Ricoh TLS 401 is a 35mm slr which Ricoh produced as an improved version of the Singlex TLS and in many ways it looks and behaves very much the same, but has some rather interesting additional features. Ricoh TLS 401 Images My Ricoh TLS 401 Camera I have been looking for a 401 TLS for quite a while but the only units I could find were very expensive ‘buy it now’ offers which were asking way more than I thought the camera […]

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Agfa Karat 12 re-assembly

Over the last few days I’ve been cleaning and repairing the film advance and shutter on my Agfa Karat 12 rangefinder camera, and today I completed my refurbishment and re-assembled the camera. Agfa Karat 12 re-assembly pictures Agfa Karat 12 re-assembly procedure The pictures above show the steps that I took during the agfa karat 12 re-assembly, but I’ll also outline the process here. At the start of this process I had cleaned, lubricated and rebuild the film advance and […]

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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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Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 telephoto lens on Fuji X-T1

The Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 telephoto lens is an M42 mount lens made originally for use on the Chinon CS and CX range of film cameras. An example can be picked up for almost no money on well known on-line auction sites and are easily adapted to use with a modern mirror-less camera like the Fuji X-T1. Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 Sample Pictures Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 Description The lens, like most of its vintage, is a heavy unit being […]

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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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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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Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Alpha

The name Zeiss Ikon is somewhat iconic in camera manufacture and the Contaflex series was one of their longer running models. I had only one Zeiss in my collection, a Contina, and I decided it was time I added to that and so I purchased a Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Alpha in a non-working state. Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Alpha Images My Contaflex Alpha Camera As I said above I bought this camera in state described as ‘shutter working but erratic’ and […]

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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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Konica Autoreflex TC 35mm review

This is a review of the Konica Autoreflex TC 35mm camera which was one of the last in the Autoreflex series of cameras that Konica made. Konica Autoreflex TC Images My Konica Autoreflex TC Camera I paid £7 for this camera because it was sold as not working, the reported problems being the metering circuit and some marks on the focusing screen. The metering fault was because the battery compartment had some green corrosion caused by a leaking battery at some […]

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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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