Agfa Karat Art Deco film advance repair

A few weeks ago I bought an Agfa Karat Art Deco camera with a few faults, and this post is an update on the steps I took to try to restore it to a fully working condition. There were several faults with the camera, but the first and probably the easiest to fix was the film advance, so this post deals with the Agfa Karat Art Deco film advance repair. I’ve worked on the film advance of the Karat series of […]

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Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera – part 1

This is a look at the Nikon Coolpix 995 camera which was introduced by Nikon in about 2001. It follows the design of other Coolpix cameras in that the optical unit is separate from the display unit, making it possible to hold the body at an angle where the screen is easily seen while the lens is pointing at the subject. In effect, this was an early attempt to solve the problem which is currently solved with an articulating screen. […]

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Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco camera

The Agfa Karat series of cameras covered a wide variety of models from the initial release in 1936. I’ve covered a few different models on this site, but this model is the one that started the series – the Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco. My Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco Camera This was a camera which I bought basically on impulse because it was a good price. I found it as a buy it now sale on eBay for £10 […]

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Praktica TL3 35mm slr camera

Praktica made a whole series of tough, dependable, solid cameras in the 1960s, 70s and 80s which sold in large numbers. The subject of this post, the Praktica TL3, is no exception and the fact that it’s still working well some 30 odd years after it was made. My Praktica TL3 Camera There is a certain similarity to most of the Praktica series of 35mm cameras, so I got the distinct feeling I’d seen this camera before when I picked […]

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Boots Pacemaker CM viewfinder camera

The Boots Pacemaker CM camera is a version of the Regula Sprintic model C made for the Boots company at a time when Boots were a major supplier to amateur photographers. My Boots Pacemaker CM camera I was given this camera by John, a reader of my blog who had a number of cameras donated to him and he didn’t need this particular model in his collection. The unit is in very good condition for it’s age – almost unmarked […]

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Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom

The Camedia series of cameras were made for a long time by Olympus and ranged from some quite simple point and shoot units to much more sophisticated  cameras. The Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom is certainly towards the top end of that line. My Olympus Camedia C-5050 I paid a total of £11-30 for this camera which, considering the quality of the unit is a fantastic buy. I bought it because it is in the same family as the first digital […]

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Ihagee Exakta Exa Version 4

This post is about version 4 of the Exakta Exa 35mm camera which was made by the Ihagee company in Dresden (which at the time was in East Germany) sometime between 1956 and 1959. My Exakta Exa Version 4 camera This camera was an eBay purchase from an auction which I made because I don’t have a Version 4 Exa and I think the older Exa cameras are much more attractive and interesting than the newer models. Of course, when […]

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Ricoh G600 sample pictures

Last week I wrote a review of the Ricoh G600 ruggedised camera, and over the last couple of days I’ve been trying the camera out and taking some test pictures with it. Ricoh G600 Shooting Experience and results In common with most compact cameras the G600 doesn’t have an optical viewfinder and therefore the LCD has to be used to compose and review pictures. Although LCDs generally are really not good for this, I found the G600 has one of […]

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Yashica 635 shutter removal

This post shows the procedure for removing the Copal MXV shutter from the Yashica 635 medium format film camera which you may need to do if either the shutter speeds or self timer unit are not working correctly. I bought my Yashica 635 a few days ago from a seller on eBay, but the reason I got it was a bit different from the norm. I was contacted by someone who had a Yashica 635 which belonged to her father […]

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Ricoh G600 ruggedised digital camera

This is my pictorial review of the Ricoh G600 a waterproof, dust proof, 10 Mp compact digital camera which was made by Ricoh in about 2008. My Ricoh G600 camera Normally I buy cameras to add to my collection rather than to actually use but this camera was a little different. For quite a while I’ve been interested in buying a ruggedised camera which I can take with me to use when we go on holiday. Although we are not […]

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Ricoh R1v Sample pictures

A few days ago I posted an article reviewing my Ricoh R1v digital compact camera and today I’m going to add to that post by describing my experiences of shooting with it, and show some sample pictures. In order to try the Ricoh R1v out, I took a walk around the old town area of Stevenage this morning and used the camera in the way it was intended – as a snap shot camera, and the pictures I took are […]

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Ricoh Caplio R1v digital compact camera

I’ve had a soft spot for the Ricoh Caplio range of digital cameras for a while now, so I was really pleased to pick up a Ricoh Caplio R1v as part of a bundle purchase of cameras recently. It is a small, fully automatic, 5Mp  snap shot camera dating from about 2005 with several interesting features which are typical of the Ricoh range. My Ricoh Caplio R1v Camera As I said above I managed to pick up this camera as […]

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Minolta SRT101b 35mm slr

The Minolta SRT101b was a later version of the original SRT 101, which was introduced by Minolta in the mid 1960s. It is a 35mm single lens reflex camera with TTL metering, a good viewfinder and a solid reputation for quality. My Minolta SRT101b Camera I paid £10:50 including postage for this camera in a ‘buy it now’ sale from eBay. I bought it because the SRT 101 is one of those iconic cameras which every camera collector should own, […]

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Ihagee Exakta Exa IIa 35mm slr camera

The Ihagee Exakta Exa IIa was a development of the Exa II camera and produced by Ihagee in the early 1960s. Most of the changes between the models were cosmetic, style changes although there were also upgrades to the viewfinder and film advance that made the camera a bit nicer to use. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. My Exakta Exa IIa Camera I bought this camera from eBay at the same time as I bought my Exa […]

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Agfa Karat viewfinder camera with strap lugs

This is a very short pictorial review of the model of  Agfa Karat viewfinder camera which has strap lugs fitted to the top cover. In functionality, it is identical to the Agfa Karat f/3.5 which I covered in a previous post, so this article is just a description of my particular camera and some images of the camera. All the pictures in this post can be viewed full size here. My Camera This camera was bought from eBay as a […]

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