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. Eumig Sound 31 XL Images 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 […]

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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: I have had considerable problems with this unit which I’ve documented in this post. I would certainly not recommend anyone purchase one or any of the same machines made by Winait under different names. Why did I buy a Winait scanner? When I started thinking about the Found Film site about […]

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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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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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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 Kodak 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. Kodak Brownie Reflex Images My Kodak Brownie Reflex Camera I bought this camera for two reasons, both nostalgic. First I have a book called ‘Boys book […]

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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 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. Auto Chinon 28mm f/2.8 Images My Auto Chinon 28mm 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 […]

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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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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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Kowa SE strip down part 2 – lens & aperture repair

After the strip down of my Kowa SE shutter and body, and the discovery that at least part of the problem is with the aperture assembly, the next stage in getting the camera fully working was to try to get access to the aperture blades to see why they weren’t properly opening. From my initial assessment from the outside the lens, it looked as if at least one of the blades was missing the pin which sits in the curved […]

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