Pentacon Pentina strip down

A few days ago I bought a Pentacon Pentina 35mm slr from an ebay auction for a couple of pounds. It was cheap because it was faulty and needed a repair so I thought it would be an interesting camera to try to improve my repair skills with. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. The problem reported with the camera was that the mechanism was locked – it was not possible to advance the film, fire the […]

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

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Ricoh Singlex TLS 35mm slr camera

The Ricoh Singlex TLS is a 35mm single lens reflex camera made by Ricoh in about 1967 and also re-badged for a number of other manufacturers. These pictures can also be viewed in full size here. My Camera I was lucky enough to be given this camera by David, a reader of my blog to see if I could get it working and to add it to my collection. Initially there was a problem with the shutter and  I’ve already […]

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Kowa SE 35mm SLR

This Kowa SE 35mm camera is the first Kowa model I’ve added to my vintage camera collection. The pictures in this gallery can also be viewed full sized here My Camera. I bought this camera for £10 from eBay, chiefly because I didn’t have any Kowa models and I was interested to see what it would be like. As it turned out, £10 was possibly too much to pay because the unit I received is not in good shape. The […]

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Pentax Z-1P Pro 35mm SLR

It was only a couple of weeks after I got my Pentax Z-1 SLR that I found this Pentax Z-1P at a knock-down bargain price on eBay and decided it was too good a bargain to resist. Although this camera was sold as ‘Spares or Repair’ I could see from the pictures that the major area with problems was the lens which had a switch missing from the body, so I took a gamble that the rest of the camera was […]

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Pentacon six project – Step 3, detailed look at the shutter assembly

This is the third post in my Pentacon Six project and follows on from my last one where I removed the shutter from the chassis and carried out a bit of a clean and lubrication. Since then I’ve had a look at the shutter assembly and I’ve come to a few conclusions/observations. For a start I was surprised at how flimsy the shutter assembly is when out of the chassis. The plate that the film advance assembly fits on is […]

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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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Rank Mamiya Auto Lux 35

This Rank Mamiya Auto Lux 35 is the latest addition to my collection of 35mm film cameras. It is a fixed lens, SLR camera with a leaf shutter and a Mamiya Sekor 48mm F/2.8 lens which was made about 1963. In many ways this camera reminds me of the Topcon unirex and IC-1 Auto cameras that I own because of the fact that it is an SLR camera but fitted with a leaf shutter rather than a focal plane shutter. […]

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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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