FED 3 35mm rangefinder camera

The Fed 3 is a 35mm rangefinder camera made in the Ukraine in the mid 1960s and designed to be similar in style to a Leica but with a price tag which made it much more affordable to the average person. My Fed 3 camera I bought this camera for a few pounds from eBay uk simply to add to my collection of rangefinder cameras. It was ‘sold as seen’ with no guarantee that it worked, but it looked in […]

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Agfa Karat IV repairs and cleanup

Over the last couple of days I’ve been fixing various issues I’ve found with my Agfa Karat IV 35mm rangefinder camera and this post gives a few details of what I did. The problems were that the shutter didn’t fire, the film transport was ‘gritty’ and the interlock didn’t always work and the focus was very stiff to operate. There are quite a lot of pictures in this post and some of them were taken single handedly as I was […]

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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. These pictures can be viewed […]

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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. These pictures can be viewed full size here. The pictures above show the steps that I took but I’ll also outline the process here. At the start of this process I had cleaned, lubricated and rebuild the film advance and the Compur-rapid shutter so the parts which needed […]

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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. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. My 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 […]

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Balda Baldessa 1B 35mm 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. My 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 camera repair skills. At the moment […]

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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. 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 one purchase! The camera […]

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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. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. My 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 […]

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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. These pictures can be viewed full size here. My 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 […]

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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 Color-Telinear 90mm f/4.0 aperture repair

Last year I bought an Agfa Ambi Silette 35mm rangefinder which is unique in the silette range because it has interchangeable lenses. At the time it was manufactured, there were a series of lenses made for it, but when I purchased my camera it came with just the 50mm standard lens. These pictures can also be viewed in full size here. I’ve been on the look out for a reasonably priced copy of the 35mm wide angle and 90mm portrait […]

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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! The first problem was that the shutter blades were stubbornly locked closed and wouldn’t open at any selected speed, and the other issue was that […]

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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. The pictures in this gallery can also be viewed full sized here 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 […]

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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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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. The pictures in this gallery can also be viewed full sized here My 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 […]

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