Fuji X-T1 Picture with the Samyang 12mm

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my initial test of the Samyang 12mm f/2 lens which I’d bought for my Fuji X-T1 mirrorless, and today I got to try the camera out in a real life situation when we visited the National Trust Workhouse in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. Although the picture above is only a single shot, I actually took lots of pictures in exactly the sort of situation I bought the lens for, internal shots with low light, […]

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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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FED 3 35mm rangefinder camera

The Fed 3 is a 35mm rangefinder camera made in the Ukraine in the mid 1960s and designed to be similar in style to a Leica but with a price tag which made it much more affordable to the average person. My Fed 3 camera I bought this camera for a few pounds from eBay uk simply to add to my collection of rangefinder cameras. It was ‘sold as seen’ with no guarantee that it worked, but it looked in […]

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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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Ciro-Flex TLR sample pictures

A couple of weeks ago I bought a Ciro-Flex medium format twin lens reflex camera which needed a little bit of work to get it cleaned up and working. Once I’d done that, I loaded it up with a roll of Fuji Pro 160 colour negative film and took a walk round Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage to try the camera out. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. Ciro-Flex Shooting Experience The Ciro-Flex is a TLR camera which […]

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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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Exakta Varex IIb shutter cleanup and repair

Yesterday I published a very brief post showing how I got the shutter out of my Exakta Varex IIb camera ready for the repairs I needed to do.  Today, I’m going to continue that theme by showing what I did to get the camera back to working order. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. As I said yesterday, once the shutter was out of the camera case I found that it would work, but decided that it would […]

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Exakta Varex IIb strip down

A couple of days ago I bought an Exakta Varex IIb body to go with my Exakta Varex IIa which I bought a few weeks ago. This camera was bought from eBay for only £10 because it needed a repair, so my first job when I received it was to get the shutter unit out in order to see what was wrong with it. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. The pictures above show the steps necessary […]

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Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/2 on Fuji X-T1

A few weeks ago I bought an Exakta Varex IIa 35mm slr which came with a Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/2 lens in Exakta mount. While I’m cleaning and servicing the Exakta camera, I decided to try the lens out on my Fuji X-T1 mirrorless to see how it performs. The CZJ Pancolar has a reputation for being an excellent lens and I wondered if this is a well deserved reputation which applies to every example, or if it […]

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Exakta Varex IIa 35mm slr camera

I have several Exakta Exa cameras in my collection but this Exakta Varex IIa is the first of the ‘top flight’ Exakta models I’ve acquired. The model was produced in a variety of different styles and variations over quite a long time period and the example I own is one of the later variants. These pictures can be viewed full size here. My Camera I bought this camera simply because I’d bought several Exa models and had been impressed with […]

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Agfa Karat IV repairs and cleanup

Over the last couple of days I’ve been fixing various issues I’ve found with my Agfa Karat IV 35mm rangefinder camera and this post gives a few details of what I did. The problems were that the shutter didn’t fire, the film transport was ‘gritty’ and the interlock didn’t always work and the focus was very stiff to operate. There are quite a lot of pictures in this post and some of them were taken single handedly as I was […]

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Agfa Karat IV 35mm rangefinder camera

The Agfa Karat IV was the final iteration of the Karat design and probably the most impressive of the line up. The cartridge film system of the early models was dropped in favour of the standard 35mm film cassette, and the Compur shutter replaced with a Prontor-SVS shutter. The camera still retained some of the best features of the Karat series however, such as the collapsing lens system, relatively small body size and improved rangefinder. These pictures can be viewed […]

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Ciro-flex medium format TLR camera

The Ciro-flex was an American made, twin lens reflex camera which started to be made in the early 1940s. Originally the camera was made in Detroit but in 1947 the manufacturing moved to Delaware, and since my camera has written on it ‘Delaware, Ohio’, I know my example was made after that date. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. My Camera I paid £15 for my example of the Ciro-flex which didn’t seem to be too bad for […]

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Ciro-flex clean up and repair.

A few days ago I published a post on the techniques I used to clean and service the shutter from my Ciro-flex TLR camera. Today I’m going to show the other things I needed to do to get the camera fully cleaned up and ready to use. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. Viewfinder Other than the shutter the next most obvious problem with the Ciro-flex was the state of the viewfinder with the image being dark and […]

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