A pair of Kodak Retina Reflex S cameras

This is my initial assessment of a pair of Kodak Retina Reflex cameras I bought a couple of days ago for £20. They are both non-functional, and I’m hoping that I can salvage one camera from the two, or if the worse comes to the worse use them as parts for my Retina Reflex III. My Cameras As I said above I bought both these cameras from the same seller on eBay who was absolutely clear that neither body worked […]

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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 Contaflex III in a non-working state. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. My Camera As I said above I bought this camera in state described as ‘shutter working but erratic’ and […]

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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 SV 35mm slr review

This is a short review/description of my Pentax SV 35mm single lens reflex camera which was one of a range of cameras Pentax introduced in the early 1960s, all of which had a similar style to the very successful Spotmatic range released after it. My Pentax SV Camera This was a camera which I bough for a very low price because it was sold as faulty with a jammed shutter. Since the Spotmatic models have a particular problem which leads […]

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Pentax S1 35mm slr review

This is a review of the Pentax S1 35mm slr which was one of the last cameras Pentax made before they launched their iconic Spotmatic series. This camera also has the optional clip on exposure meter made for the S series cameras, and I’ve included that in the review. My Pentax S1 Camera. I bought this camera for only a few pounds because the supplied lens, an Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2 M42 unit, which would be the authentic lens supplied […]

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Olympus OM-20 35mm slr review

This is my review of the Olympus OM-20 35mm single lens reflex camera which was made about 1983 and was, for a long time, the camera I used for all my photography. My Olympus OM-20 Camera I have to say this is a review that I’ve been wanting to write for a long time but couldn’t because I didn’t own an OM-20. Let me explain – I bought an Olympus OM-20 when they originally came out sometime in the early […]

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Chinon CX 35mm slr camera review

This is my review of the Chinon CX 35mm SLR made by Chinon in Japan in about 1974. My Chinon CX Camera I was lucky enough to be given this camera by my cousin Therese and her husband Mike when we met up for a family reunion over the summer. They discovered that I am a vintage camera collector and kindly donated this camera and some vintage lenses which are in pristine condition – thanks to them both! The Chinon […]

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Ricoh KR-10 35mm SLR vintage camera review

This is a review of a popular camera from the early 1980s, the Ricoh KR-10 35mm slr. The pictures in this gallery can also be viewed full sized here 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 since I’d […]

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Praktica LTL 35mm vintage SLR camera.

This is a review of a Praktica LTL 35mm single lens reflex camera which was made by Pentacon in East Germany sometime between 1970 and 1975. My Praktica LTL Camera This camera was donated to my camera collection by my brother Paul who has owned the camera since new. The camera has seen a lot of action in the past, having accompanied him all around the world when he was an officer in the Merchant Navy, but has spent the […]

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Chinon CE-4 35mm slr camera

This Chinon CE-4 camera is one I found in a charity shop on a recent trip to visit family in Loughborough. It was in a large box of other  photographic paraphernalia and was priced at £7 so, although the shutter was locked, I bought it because of two reasons. First the lens is probably worth £7 and secondly when I turned the rewind knob I could feel tension so there was obviously still a film in it! I have had […]

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Chinon CS 35mm slr camera

This is a Chinon CS 35mm film slr fitted with a Chinon 50mm f/1.7 lens which was made in Japan sometime in the 1970’s. I remember the Chinon camera range being sold in the Dixons high street chain along with Miranda (made by Cosina – not the real Miranda) and Prinzflex (which was a Zenit), and I remember them being towards the top of the Dixon’s line up. Admittedly, top of the range in Dixon’s line up is not necessarily […]

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Topcon Unirex EE 35mm slr camera

The Topcon Unirex EE was a 35mm film camera which was introduced in about 1972 as a lower cost variant of the popular Topcon Unirex camera which had been introduced a couple of years before. Many of the features of this camera are similar to the original Unirex, so this is going to be a short post just describing the differences and the particular condition of my example camera. For more information on the original Unirex please see my other post. Differences I […]

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Miranda Automex III 35mm slr camera

I’ve manage to acquire a new (well old) Miranda camera to add to my miranda camera collection. It’s a Miranda Automex III which dates from about 1964 and was the model which directly preceded the Sensorex model. My Miranda Automex III camera This camera is a similar size to the Sensorex which eventually replaced it. There were 3 revisions of this camera, the Automex and the Automex II and then the model I have here the Automex III. The changes […]

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Miranda Fm with 50mm Auto Miranda lens

The latest addition to my Miranda collection of cameras is this Miranda Fm fitted with an Auto Miranda 50mm f/1.9 lens.   This is actually the third variation of the model F Miranda that I own. I have an Fv model and another F so it may seem a bit odd to have bought another one, but I got this for a couple of other bits which were in the whole package. Included were a Miranda flash bracket, which screws […]

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