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    Found my cameras...so now...

    I'm curious what you guys have and use on a regular basis.

    Yesterday, as part of trying to get more free space in my shit-filled abode, I emptied a closet in the basement and found my cameras. Some are not in the greatest of shape anymore, but they will be when I'm finished repairing and cleaning them over the next month...

    The oldest are two classic range-finders...a Yashica A and a classic Argus C3, both in beautiful condition. The Argus is so old it only accepts 24-shot rolls of 35mm film.

    There's a beautiful Mamiya 645 (120-220 film) with all the add-ons and film backs (probably 30 years old and still in perfect mint condition and worth about a grand easy).

    Found a weird spring-driven half-frame that I used to use for quick reference shots--blows off 72 shots in about 12 seconds...still works.

    Two Nikons with lenses and motor drives--an FE and an FM, in beautiful shape.

    My wife's two Asahi Pentax K1000s and lenses...also in beautiful working condition.

    My two original Asahi Pentax Spotmatic IIs, still working and in near perfect condition...

    ...and (are you ready for this?), somewhere between 20 and 30 Asahi and Honywell Spotmatics from the 60-70s, with probably 40 lenses between them. I absolutely loved Spotmatics! A rough look-over gives me a clue that at least half of these suckers are working or salvageable, and the others will be stripped for parts. Also found 4 massive pro tripods, one of which was hand-made for me in 1966--worth about $1500.00 US.

    There are also two working Yashica Js from the early 60s in great condition, as well as a mess of "spy" cameras about half the size of a pack of cigs, and a questionable Nikor slr.

    In a couple of weeks, I'm going to start repairing these bastards (cleaning, oiling, dust removal, new foam light seals and mirror bumpers, etc.) and put 'em to work again.

    OLD MAN ALERT! Back when blah blah blah, we designers often did our own photography for annual reports and medical/non-profits/political booklets and stuff because it was easier than finding a photographer who could do exactly what we needed for layout purposes. We left the studio work to our stable of big-plate photographers and did most of our own candid and on-site work. That's why so much equipment. Times have obviously changed somewhat...

    For those of you who have never used any equipment like this, the Spotmatics, and Nikon FE and FM are some of the great SLR classics of all time, with probably the greatest series of lenses ever created. Light, efficient, and nearly break-proof (the standard joke was the Argus C3 and the Yashica Js--which had no light meters--could be fixed with a hammer), I wouldn't have a single qualm over pitting these "antiques" against any of the post-90s over-teched monstrosities out there now.

    After looking through this pile, I began to wonder what you younger guys use today, and why in general you chose wht you did...

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    O.k., not soooo much younger but here´s my equipment - I started with photgraphing with 18 - that means ´84. Because my old Revue SLR (completely handdriven, no fancy automatics and Autofocus) died some years ago, I bought a used Ricoh XRX to further use my PK-bayonet lenses (50mm Revue as standard, 135 mm for portrait, 28 mm and a 80-200 mm Kiron). I used this cameras for everything, even earned some money in between as a wedding and party photographer.

    After needing my photos more and more for reference (esp. museums) and disregarding photography for a while I bought a Minolta Dimage Z1 digicam for most reference shots and the day-to-day snapshots (esp. since my offspring arrived). My old camera is just used for the occasional black and white session but I´m thinking atm about buying a digital SLR where I can shut off all the damned automatics that annoy me with my Minolta and can put on a sound flashlight instead of the crappy built in ones. Manual focus and exposure for the win!

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    i am seriously SO envious, ilaekae. sounds like christmas to me. i used to shoot with my mom's yashica, when i was little (we had our own darkroom at home). so much fun.
    now i own 2 praktikas (an mtl3 and a super tl2), a smena symbol, a zeiss ikon, an agfa box and a lomo. they are all in use from time to time, but recently i bought myself an m42 adapter for my canon digital rebel and now i can use all the beautiful old lenses with my dslr. since i never use autofocus or any automatic functions, it's a smooth transition and i can get the best out of the old cameras i love and the advantages of digital.

    soooo, have a lot of fun with your equipment. sounds like you'll have a great spring. be sure to post some of the photos in the photography-section here at CA. would love to see some of your pictures.
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    a Hasselblad 500c with 80 mm carl zeis lens.
    a Nikon FE2 with 50mm and 35-70 mini zoom
    a rolleiflex 6002

    Everything for the dark room for making 35mm and middle format photo's.

    It's all up in the attic. Should probably try to sell some of it or maybe keep it, and hope I get an analog rush again someday, I don't know
    Ironically I shoot most of the stuff nowadays with a stupid pocket sony digicam that you can film with too. Ocasionally for some trips
    the Nikon comes out the closet but not nearly enough, meh....

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    well, at the moment ive only got my sad 4 mpixel digital sony cam.. i had to sell my other stuff so that i could live for a few more months ..

    hopefully i can remmedy that situation in the near future.. however the sony does take great photos, as long as there is daylight anyway - JAG

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    I only really used cameras for party shots, holiday snaps and photoref but I still seem to have quite a few of them lying around the house.

    There's an old Praktica SLR lurking somewhere, must be about 20 years old, lens is a wide angle, can't remember which manufacturer.

    While looking for the SLR I found an ancient Fuji digital, it's the size of a brick with a max resolution a whopping 640x480, roughly 1/4 of what the one in my phone can take.

    There's an old polaroid in a box somewhere. It might even have film left in it.

    Finally there's a Canon compact 5 or 6 MP digital which is the one I actually use.

    Edit: I picked that one because despite being a compact it has full manual control for everything if you want it, it'll also quite happily work as a "point and click".

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    I find that a camera is only as good as the effort you are willing to make to use it. In that: if it's a pain to find film, a pain to carry around and a pain to have prints done, your not going to use it much. That's why I have a non-slr basic bridge camera: Powershot S3 IS. Small enough, easy to carry, good ISO range, good white balance, can do up to 15 secs exposure. And I use it, a lot.

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    Stine, it would break my heart to give up my 42m Takamar lenses. I'm getting adaptors so the Ks and Nikons can use them. I couldn't afford a true long telephoto back when, so I have 2x and 3x adaptors that can push my 200 and 300mms to twice or triple their size, and the old lenses were so good, there really wasn't much of a drop in quality, if any. I'm definitally going to be posting shots in the photo section this summer.

    The hard part is batteries. These old pieces used the outlawed 1.35 and 1.55 mercury batteries so I've had to track down silver button batteries equivalents and buy them in bulk. Thank the Goddess for Wein...

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    I'm from '72 and in '83 started with a second hand little Pentax Super ME. Did darkrooom stuff in highschool with it. Then had a Nikon FM2n (very nice) and a little Ricoh GR1 (amazing little camera) shooting mostly slides. Now have a Nikon D200 and one of those Holga 6x6 boxes. And some crap compact digitals to which I add noise all the time cause it looks so goddamn smooth..

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    I've got my Dad's old Nikon FE2 (the camera is older than I am) with which I recently having been taking lots of rolls of bad black and white photography that I've been developing in the dark room at school. I have yet to actually print anything with the enlargers. :] Dad also rummaged up about 3 lenses. I don't really know what they are. One's got a really nice marco thing.
    I've also got a digital Canon SD400 PowerShot.

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    'fruitbowl, if you look at the front of the lens (metal ring around the front glass), there's some writing...usually a bunch of numbers and letters. Just post that stuff here and one of us can tell you what the lenses are for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilaekae
    Stine, it would break my heart to give up my 42m Takamar lenses
    now that's a long lens!

    i used to use a Nikon (forget the model) and a neat old Canonflex R2000 (35mm SLRs) freelancing in AK, also a 4x5 press camera in the field (fun hauling it & a Mammoth tripod up the side of a mountain!) and for studio work a Sinar C i picked up used. hand held meter, always, though my flash meter died & i haven't replaced it. the Canonflex's 50mm Super Canomatic lens now has a gummed up iris , and the 4x5's are packed away, so sadly i don't do much photo stuff these days, just occasional quick ref shots with my son's digital, don't even know the brand/model.

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    Do you know why people get old? Because you use old technology, spending all your time repairing the stuff and before you know it you're tripping your cane looking for your watercolor paint and Viagra.

    Get a camera phone!

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    I use a Asahi PENTAX Spotmatic F
    which is an old cam from my father who is kind of an addict when it comes to cams (owns two Hasselblads)
    but I don't have enough time to become seriously better with it till ... let's say a month

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    "now that's a long lens!"

    You knew what I meant, you asshole! I meant M42. Y'know, thinkin' about it, a 42m would be...what...a couple hundred(thousand?) feets long? Talk about a self-negating telephoto...

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    Ok

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    The left leg...

    Bad knee. And I sometimes pick my nose...

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