old cameras


Time to take a look at some of my old camera collection.

 

Nikon Nikkormat FTN
Nikon Nikkormat FTN

 

Nikkormat SLRs were simpler, more affordable alternatives to Nikon’s professional level Nikon F and F2 SLRs. The Nikkormat FTn was manufactured from 1967 to 1975. 

Argus C3
Argus C3

The Argus C3 was a low-priced rangefinder camera mass-produced from 1939 to 1966 by Argus in Ann ArborMichiganUSA. The camera sold about 2 million units, making it one of the most popular cameras in history. Due to its shape, size, and weight, it is commonly referred to as “The Brick” by photographers (in Japan its nickname translates as “The Lunchbox“). The most famous 20th-century photographer who used it wasTony Vaccaro, who employed this model during World War II.

Cosina Voigtlander T101 with 35mm f2.5 Classic lens
Cosina Voigtlander T101 with 35mm f2.5 Classic lens

 

The first model was the Bessa L, introduced in 1999. This was a finderless body with a Leica screw mount. It was introduced with a range of Voigtländer 39mm screw lenses that were quite inexpensive and said to be of excellent quality. It could of course mount all the wide variety of 39mm screw lenses by manufacturers as diverse as LeicaCanonNikon and even cheaper but often excellent Soviet lenses.

 

The Bessa L was mostly intended to be used with ultra wide angle lenses, with which the absence of a focusing device is not a problem. Most notably Voigtländer introduced a 15mm and a 12mm lens, the latter being the widest rectilinear lens ever marketed.

 

The Bessa L has TTL metering with LED readout on the back edge of the top plate with an ASA range of 25–1600 and an EV range 1 to 19 at ASA 100. The readout consists of two red arrows pointing to a green light in between that enables use of the camera as, effectively, a shutter priority, aperture priority, or totally manual camera.

 

On some markets, the Voigtländer Bessa L was sold as the Cosina SW-107.

 

The Bessa L was supplemented in 2001 by the Bessa T, which used the Leica M-mount, could receive a trigger advance design, and had an integrated rangefinder with high magnification, but no viewfinder. It was sold in silver or black; from 2002, also in gray or olive (at a higher price and perhaps only in Japan). It is now discontinued but some stock is still available.

 In 2001, the Bessa T was sold in a special kit, called 101st Anniversary (in short “T101”), with a 50mm f:3.5 collapsible Heliar lens, for the anniversary of the Voigtländer Heliar lens design. It existed in black, grey, olive and blue: five hundred numbered examples were produced for each color.

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TUG PRESCOTT, MIDLAND TUGFEST 2013


if you click the image you will jump to my flickr account and will find in the Tugfest set several more shots taken at Tugfest 2013 this morning in Midland, Ontario, Canada. Nikon DSLR D3100 mostly with the 18-55mm lens.

Balda Baldinette 35mm film folding viewfinder camera


Balda Baldinette 35mm film folding viewfinder camera

Balda Baldinette 35mm film folding viewfinder camera

triplet photograph above shows the camera closed, the back with the information plate, and open, A compact folding viewfinder camera, the Balda Baldinette made in 1950s by Balda Bunde Kamera-Werk in West-Germany.

Type: 35mm film folding viewfinder.

A very modest viewfinder.

Shutter speed 1-1/300 and B.

Aperture settings f3.5-f16, even though the pointer turns quite a bit over the 16 and under the 3.5, so perhaps f2.8-f22.

Focus distance is between 1.2m to infinity.

It also has a self-timer, cable release option and a tripod mount.

Lenses included:
Balda Baldanar 50mm f/3.5
Balda Baldanar 50mm f/2.9
Balda Baltar 50mm f/2.9
Schneider Radionar 50mm f/3.5
Schneider Radionar 50mm f/2.9

The above five lenses are listed from least to most expensive.[2]
Isco Westar 50mm f/3.5 – my example has this lens.

1953, the Baldinette sold in the USA for US$40 (equivalent to US$317 in 2009). Copies with red and blue leatherette are known, but very rare.

The shutter needs to be cocked before firing.
In order to advance the film, you need to press in a safety button, preventing involuntary film advancing. After you advance a frame, the safety is locked until you fire the shutter again, so you can’t advance more then one frame at a time.

Polaroid 660


Polaroid 660 Sun Camera, purchased new by me, still in my collection of cameras.

The Polaroid Autofocus 660: a square-bodied instant camera in Polaroid‘s 600-series. It was the first in the range to use Polaroid’s patented Sonar Autofocus device. The distance to the subject was calculated by firing an infra-red beam that bounced back to a gold-coloured receiver behind a plastic grille.

  • Lens: 116mm, f/11, Single-element plastic.
  • Sonar autofocus (sharpest at 4-5 feet).
  • Shutter: electronic; automatic speed between 1/4-1/200 sec.
  • Integral auto flash that works in low light but cannot be forced on or off.
  • Polaroid’s Light Management System (the darken/lighten exposure correction slider).

600 series

When people talk about Polaroid cameras, most people mean the popular and relatively cheap models of the 1980s and 1990s that used film packs with integral batteries – 600 series.

Prints measure 79mm (3.1″) square with white border.

Prints took some 3 minutes to fully develop at 70°F (21°C).

The film has an ISO rating of 640.

The film was branded using different names: “Extreme 600” and “Notepad“.

A high definition “professional” film named “779” was also sold.

Some of the cameras had ‘sonar’ autofocus and/or featured glass lenses, but most had plastic lenses with a fixed focus of around 4 feet.

A “close-up” lens was often included, but this took the form of a simple plastic meniscus that slid into place.

Many of the models are functionally identical to others but have different coloured fascia, names and stickers according to marketing territory. Several models were limited editions with tie-ins to icons of popular culture, such as Barbie or the Spice Girls, while other versions were promotional items made for corporate entities and are now highly collectible thanks to their rarity.

Polaroids were the brainchildren of Dr. Edwin Land

Polaroid Highlander Instant Film Camera Model 80a


donation to my camera collection, thanks Angie and Mikeintroduced 1959

Lens: 100mm f/8.8, 3-element glass
Shutter: 2-speed rotary-leaf design with speeds of 1/25th of a second and 1/100 of a second, plus bulb
Flash: M-sync via Polaroid “hot shoe
Exposure set by Polaroid Light Value scale. (Standard EV scale on 80A and 80B).
Rigid viewfinder on top of camera.
Distance focus by rotating lens front-element.
Self-erecting bellows design.
Steel body painted gray for model 80, brown – 80A & 80B.
Most (but not all) model 80’s have chrome plated trim, especially noticeable on the lens ring. Some model 80’s and all 80A and 80B have polished steel trim.

used Type 30 film

Polaroid Highlander manual
Polaroid Highlander manual

chairs for little people in my doctor’s office


a photo I took this afternoon as I waited for the Doctor to walk in,,,,,Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm lens