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Old 02-08-09, 02:49 AM
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gnome's camera collection. Warning Picture Intensive.

As per x's request. Here is the start of my collection of old and odd cameras.


L-R Pseudo TLRs to folding TLR.


Folding Rangefinders: a Moscow, a couple of Agfas, a couple of Ensigns and a Mamiya.


Oddities: a Horizont, a couple of stereo cameras, a 35mm TLR with coupled rangefinder and some others.


The Russians: a Kiev, a Mir, a Krystal, a Start, a FED, a Zorki and a Zenit.


the Fotosnaiper.

To come in the next couple of days: the rangefinders, the folders, the box cameras, the 110 cameras, the SLRs, the plate cameras, the cheap cameras, the early electronic cameras and, and...
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Old 02-08-09, 07:14 AM
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I think I have a Polaroid around somewhere that used the short lived small format film (I forget what they called it, was it from the 90's?) do you need one for your collection? I only used like one or two cartridges with it.
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wow, that's really neat gnome!!
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i should be saying that you're insane, but i have a friend who collects 8mm and 16mm cameras, and my mother has +/-25 cameras, if not more.
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Very cool collection Gnome.
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My. Did you build your collection one or two at a time? Or did you acquire other people's collections?
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And what is a "stereo camera"?
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And what is a "stereo camera"?
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My. Did you build your collection one or two at a time? Or did you acquire other people's collections?
I built up my collection over a few years, buying one or two at a time on a regular basis. A stereo camera is one that takes two images at once. You would then use a special viewer to view both pictures at the same time to give a 3D effect. I unfortunately don't have the viewers.

I stopped buying cameras when I ran out of display and storage space.
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I stopped buying cameras when I ran out of display and storage space.
You can't just buy more ironing boards?
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You can't just buy more ironing boards?
I've moved onto collecting old bikes now.
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Im sure that last one will get you tackled anywhere you try to use it!
EDIT! I like your ironing board!
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"Pseudo TLRs"? Even the Yashica? Wonder why they were made? Are they medium-format cameras?
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"Pseudo TLRs"? Even the Yashica? Wonder why they were made? Are they medium-format cameras?
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Thanks. And that's a fine collection, gnome.
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Wow, is that a Widelux front right with the oddities?
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Wow, is that a Widelux front right with the oddities?
No, it is a russian Horizont. A similar concept to a Widelux, it is a 35mm rotating lens panoramic camera with a horizontal field of view of 120ļ.
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Have you used all of them (at one time or another)? How many of them can you find film for?
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Next installment of cameras.


SLRs in various film formats.


Rangefinders.


Folders part 1.


Folders part 2.


Box cameras.


My digital point and shoot.

Still to come the basic cameras, the Speed Graphic, Mamiya C33, the early electronic cameras and any other that I have forgotten.

I have used approximately half my collection. As most of the cameras were just brought for display purposes, if the price was right, it didn't matter if they are non functional or not working properly. Some of the cameras use obsolete film and as I don't have a dark-room I can't try to use them.

It was good fun using the all the old cameras I have. In fact for a couple of years I didn't have any camera with autofocus and was using solely manual cameras.
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Nice camera collection gnome. I keep getting reasons to like you. Iíve used a number of those. I like understanding how different cameras/lenses see, especially if they are inexpensive to get.

The Horizont is a good way to capture some interesting panoramics. For 127 film cameraís like the Yashica 44 if you have 127 spools you can cut down some 120 and backing paper and roll your own spools. There are 127 templates you can download off the net for the numbering. For 620 film you can just put 120 onto a 620 spool or sand down the flanges on a 120 spool.
Some of my collection were moderately expensive but most were reasonably priced. It is fun and challenging using the older cameras and working within their limitations.

The Horizont is fun to use, but difficult to take good images with. It tends to band the negative taking photos into the sun and distorts nicely if the camera is not absolutely level.

I don't have a darkroom so I can't modify films for 127 and 620 formats. I also couldn't process any of them. I actually have some 127 film, and plenty of 120 sitting in my fridge.
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The banding may be a light seal leak or you may just need to oil the gears so the turret moves quickly and smoothly. To oil unscrew the bottom plate of the camera and apply some fine machine oil on the gears that are there.

Here is a good site for dismantling and maintenance. If itís a light leak and you don't want the expense of replacing the seals you can apply a strip of electric insulating tape at both sides of the barrel window. The idea is that the extra thickness added to the turret blocks the light leaks.

Because of the limited speeds it has I always used a tripod. Is the 127 film you have Efke or is it older stock?
Thanks for the link on Horizont repairs. I suspect that it a case of the turret not moving evenly. The banding isn't really noticable unless I try and shoot into a light source.

I used a tripod most of the time, but I have taken the camera on at least one tramping (hiking) trip where I already had enough weight to carry so left my sturdy tripod at home.

I looked through my film. My 127 film is a single roll of old stock Jessops black and white.
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Nice collection!!

When I took B&W photography I was the only student to turn in work shot on an Argus 75 (620 size twin lens.) Working with old stuff is a blast.
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Wow, awesome collection.


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It was good fun using the all the old cameras I have. In fact for a couple of years I didn't have any camera with autofocus and was using solely manual cameras.
I would be perfectly comfortable shooting full manual (when I shot car and motorcycle racing I shot fully manual because that was the best way to work for me), but I would hate to go back to not getting instant feedback. Maybe if they came out with a film camera with a "digital Polaroid review" feature I would try film again.
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There is definitely something lost with all the film plants shutting down, and processing (other than trying to do it oneself in a homemade darkroom) being harder to find.

One of my bigger gripes was when prints changed from being printed on light sensitive film and developed, to the negatives just being scanned in, then the prints printed out on a color printer. Even at modern megapixel availability, resolution is lost. This is especially true when using medium format (120 roll) film.

Digital has a nice convenience aspect -- Take a picture, drop it on the computer, photoshop it, print it out, or put it on a Web page. However, there is something simple and elegant about a camera that is 100% mechanical that doesn't require batteries or plugging into a USB port to charge.
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Neat collection!

I have 2 that you don't have




I've also got a box camera, not sure what kind.
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Neat collection!

I have 2 that you don't have




I've also got a box camera, not sure what kind.
Nice Bakelite Haneel Tri-Vision Stereo. Do you also have the stereo viewer for it?
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