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 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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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. Pentax SV Images 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 […]

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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. Pentax S1 Images 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 […]

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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. Chinon CX Images 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 […]

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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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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. Praktica LTL Images 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 […]

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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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Vintage camera collection – Canon T70

This is a brief post about the Canon T70 35mm SLR, which I purchased from eBay UK for £11.50 about 9 months ago. Canon T70 Images Canon T70 Description This camera was the second in canon’s T series of manual focus, 35mm SLR’s following on from the T50. It was introduced by Canon in about 1984 and was considered to be an advanced camera in it’s day being one of the first cameras to include a micro-processor to control the […]

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Ricoh KR-10M 35mm slr camera

This is another post in my series about my vintage camera collection. The camera in question here is the Ricoh KR-10M, which is a manual focus 35mm camera made in about 1990. It is fitted with a Pentax K mount lens and has aperture priority auto exposure along with fully manual mode. My example has a Rikenon 35-70mm f/3.4-f/4.5 zoom lens fitted. Ricoh KR-10M Images Ricoh have quite a pedigree when it comes to camera manufacture, but were quite a […]

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