Stripping down a Beauty Beaumat rangefinder camera

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a Beauty Beaumat rangefinder camera from eBay which had a variety of faults. Today I decided to see if it was repairable and so this post covers the procedure I used whilst stripping down a Beauty Beaumat. Striping down a Beauty Beaumat Images. Normally in these type of posts I would write a description of what I did and try to point out any particular areas of difficulty to look out for […]

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Agfa Karat IV 35mm rangefinder camera

The Agfa Karat IV was the final iteration of the Karat design and probably the most impressive of the line up. The cartridge film system of the early models was dropped in favour of the standard 35mm film cassette, and the Compur shutter replaced with a Prontor-SVS shutter. The camera still retained some of the best features of the Karat series however, such as the collapsing lens system, relatively small body size and improved rangefinder. Agfa Karat IV Images My […]

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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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Balda Baldamatic I 35 mm rangefinder

The Balda Baldamatic I 35mm rangefinder is an improved version of the Balda Baldessa rangefinder with a coupled rangefinder, coupled light-meter and a Synchro Compur shutter. Balda Baldamatic I Images My Balda Baldamatic Camera I bought this camera as a complete kit with the flash shown in the pictures, a light-meter, various add on extras such as filters, leads etc all in a 1960s brown leather camera case for about £6. I bought it because I was impressed with the look […]

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Balda Baldessa 1B rangefinder camera

The Balda Baldessa 1B is a 35mm coupled rangefinder camera with built in light meter and a rather unusual focus control and film advance placement. It was made in about 1958 (as I was oddly enough) and has a rather nice, curvy feel. Balda Baldessa 1B Images My Balda Baldessa 1B Camera I paid a few pounds for this camera a couple of months ago and bought it as a non working unit so I could get some practice with my […]

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Kodak Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder camera

The Kodak Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder camera was one model of a long line of cameras which Kodak made from the mid 1930’s through to the late 1950’s. It was one of the later models, and was made in the mid to late 1950’s. Kodak Retina IIc Images My Kodak Retina IIc Camera I bought this camera to increase my somewhat limited Kodak Retina collection. Since I only had a Retina IIa prior to this purchase I doubled my collection with […]

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Argus C4 35mm rangefinder camera

The Argus C4 is a 35mm rangefinder camera which was made in the United States in the 1950s and although not as popular in Europe as in the States, there were enough made that it is relatively easy to find a copy here. Argus C4 Images My Argus C4 Camera I paid £5-50 for my non working copy hoping to be able to repair it and restore it to it’s former glory. When I received it I found that it […]

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Fujica 35-SE 35mm rangefinder camera

The Fujica 35-SE is a 35mm rangefinder camera which was made in Japan by the Fuji Photo Film co in about 1959. Fujica 35-SE images My Fujica 35-SE Camera I bought this camera for only a few pounds from eBay, mostly because it looked a bit more interesting than the majority of 35mm rangefinder cameras I own. When I received it from the seller I discovered a camera which had only one cosmetic problem, and a number of mechanical issues. […]

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Fixing a Franka Super Frankarette slow shutter speed regulator

Today I received a Franka Super Frankarette which had a few problems with the slow shutter speeds not completing and therefore leaving the shutter open. This camera is fitted with a Prontor-SVS shutter so the fix I carried out should also be appropriate for any other camera fitted with this shutter. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. It turns out this is a really easy problem to fix because the slow speed component can be simply lifted […]

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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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Agfa Super Silette L rangefinder camera

This is a review of the Agfa Super Silette L 35mm rangefinder camera made in Germany in about 1958. Agfa Super Silette L Images My Agfa Super Silette L Camera This was a camera I bought simply because is seemed to be a bargain. I found it for £4.99 described as “Agfa Camera ? Optima model”, but I could see from the pictures that it was a Super Silette L. I did some research and found the the Super models […]

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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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Yashica Minister D 35mm rangefinder

This is a review of a popular 35mm rangefinder camera made by Yashica in the 1960s, the Yashica Minister D. Yashica Minister D Images My Yashica Minister D Camera I purchased this camera from eBay uk, partly to increase the Yashica section of my camera collection but mostly because it was only £5 and no one else had placed any bids on it. When I received it I discovered that it’s a fairly clean and as far as I can […]

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Canon Canonet 35mm rangefinder

This Canon Canonet, made in about 1961, is most notable because it looks a bit upside down compared to most cameras. The film rewind and advance are both mounted on the bottom of the camera leaving the top plate with just the shutter release, frame counter and an inset hot shoe. Canon Canonet Images My Canon Canonet Camera Although I’m not a great fan of Canon cameras generally, an exception to that is the rangefinder series, so when I found […]

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Voigtlander Dynamatic II rangefinder camera

The Voigtlander Dynamatic II  camera is a 35mm, rangefinder, auto-exposure camera made by Voigtlander in the early 1960’s. It looks remarkably similar to my Voigtlander Vito B although it is a heavier and much more sophisticated camera. Voigtlander Dynamatic II Images My Voigtlander Dynamatic II camera I found this camera, as with most in my collection, on eBay. It was on with a starting bit of £4.99 and I added it to my watch list but missed the end of […]

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