Eumig Sound 31 XL Super 8mm cine camera

This is a descriptive review of the Eumig Sound 31 XL Super 8mm sound cine camera, which is a battery powered camera which takes super 8 mm cartridge film and is equipped with a 8.5 to 24mm zoom lens. My Eumig Sound 31 XL Camera I bought this camera for £5 in an ebay sale because I had the idea of attempting to recreate some of the 8mm films my father used to take when my Brother, Sister and I were […]

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Winait 8mm film scanner first impressions

This is a short post which describes my initial impressions of the Winait 8mm film scanner which is used to convert 8mm home movie films into digital mp4 files. Update: Please read about the problems I had with this unit here. Why did I buy a Winait scanner? When I started thinking about the Found Film site about a year ago, I got interested in collecting 35mm film slides, and from that, I also became interested in 8mm home movies. […]

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An update on the Found Film site

I wanted to give a short update on the Found Film site which I set up about 8 months ago. My original idea for the site was that it would be home to lost photos – a place where pictures which were taken long ago and left in forgotten cameras would be found, developed and displayed for all. Well, like many projects, the idea has changed over time and expanded to include another of my collecting passions – old 35mm […]

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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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Cleaning and servicing the Agfa Karat 12 film advance.

I recently bought an Agfa Karat 12 folding rangefinder camera from eBay which needed a bit of work to get it working properly. Although I bought it as a ‘fully working camera’, when I received it I found the film advance was stiff, the shutter locked up and the focus pretty much solid. I think the seller on eBay was probably a fairly strong contender for the Man Booker Prize as a creator of fictional work! Since the Karat 12 […]

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Re-stringing the exposure meter on a retina reflex S

The next part of my Kodak Retina Reflex refurbishment was to replace the meter cord with new string because on both of my donor cameras it had broken. The first problem I had was to find some suitable cord to use. It needs to be strong enough to withstand being moved across pulleys and be held under tension, but also thin enough to fit in the very narrow groves and channels. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. […]

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Minolta Dynax 700si sample pictures

Over the last few weeks, since I got my Minolta Dynax 700si, I’ve been carrying it around with me to test it out and get some sample pictures. When we were on holiday in Lincolnshire recently I completed the film and yesterday I developed it. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. I took the pictures at a variety of locations including a party at my Sister’s house and Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire. The results shown above are […]

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Fixing an Olympus OM2 Spot Program stuck shutter

A few weeks ago I purchased an Olympus OM2 Spot Program 35mm SLR to add to my collection of Olympus cameras. Fully working OM2 SP cameras can command quite a high price, so rather than spend the £50 to £100 a working camera would cost, I bought a non working version for £20 instead. Since that included a 50mm f/1.8 Zuiko lens I thought that wasn’t a bad deal. The particular problem described was that the film advance and shutter […]

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Kodak Brownie reflex review

This is the first part of my review of one of Kodak’s very popular cameras from the early 1950’s – the Brownie Reflex. In this part I describe the camera and my reasons for buying it, in the second part I cover my experiences of shooting with it and show some sample pictures. My Camera I bought this camera for two reasons, both nostalgic. First I have a book called ‘Boys book of Photography‘ written by J. Allan Cash which […]

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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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Repairing a Werra 1 Camera – Part two

This is the second part of my post describing my adventures with a Carl Zeiss Werra 1 35mm viewfinder camera. Last time I stripped down the camera and removed the lens unit from the camera body. I also got the back shutter off the lens and cleaned it up and was faced with how to get the front, or picture taking timed shutter off and clean it and get the shutter times working. These pictures can also be viewed in […]

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Repairing a Werra 1 camera – part one

A few weeks ago I bought a faulty Carl Zeiss Werra 1 35mm viewfinder camera with a view to getting it repaired and working again. The story was that the seller on eBay was testing the camera and found that the shutter was a bit sticky so they were trying to use the camera to see if it loosened up. Their nephew, hearing that it was sticky and knowing that you can remove stickyness with a steamy kettle, borrowed the […]

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Auto Chinon 28mm f/2.8 M42 lens on a digital camera

This is a review of the Auto Chinon 28mm M42 mount f/2.8 lens when used on Sony Nex 6 and Ricoh GXR APS-C digital cameras. My Lens I was given my copy of this lens by my cousin Therese and her husband Mike when they discovered at a family get-together that I’m a collector of vintage camera equipment. Mike used to be an avid photographer and bought a Chinon CX with a variety of different lenses, but for the last […]

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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. The pictures in this gallery can also be viewed in full size here My Camera. I bought this camera for only a few pounds because the supplied lens, an Auto Takumar […]

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How to check the health of a vintage camera

This post attempts to answer the question ‘Is my vintage camera still working’? I started to write it as an answer to a comment when a reader asked for help to determine if a camera she owned was working properly. However, after a few minutes it became apparent that it is too complex a question to answer as a simple comment reply so I thought I’d instead write a full post with some guidance and details of the sort of […]

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