Olympus Pen D Half Frame Olympus Pen D Half Frame

Olympus Pen-D This was one of my great thrift shops finds. They turn up every once in a while. The camera was in excellent condition just sitting there on the shelf alongside crockery, ornaments and old paperbacks. Whenever I spot such a find the first thing I do is check the lens for scratches, dust,…

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Olympus-35RC Olympus-35RC

Specifications: Olympus 35 RC 35mm rangefinder film camera Type: 35mm Rangefinder Film Camera Lens: Olympus E Zuiko 42 mm f2.8 Accepts 43.5mm filters which are difficult to get. Focus is from 0.9m to infinity. Marked in both feet and metres. The lens has 5 glass elements in 4 groups. Look carefully at the lens before…

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Canon canonet QL25 picture Canon canonet QL25 picture

The Canon Canonet QL25 The Canon Canonet QL25 (1965) is often available cheaply because the lens is a bit slower than the more glamorous QL17, and QL19. Type: 35mm Rangefinder Film Camera Lens: Canon Lens SE 45mm f2.5 – 16. There are 5 glass elements in 4 groups.   Shutter speeds: 1/15, 1/30, 1/60. 1/125,…

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Canon Canonet QL19 “New” (1971) Canon Canonet QL19 “New” (1971)

Canon Canonet QL19 The Canon Canonet QL19 is one of my favourite rangefinder cameras. It is very well built and produces sharp contrasty negatives. Confusingly there were several quite different models of the Canonet QL19 produced by Canon. The first was introduced in 1961. It had a large body measuring 140mm wide and a selenium…

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Canon Canonet QL17 This model   Type: 35mm Rangefinder Film Camera Lens: Canon Lens SE 45mm f1.7 – 16. There are 6 glass elements in 5 groups. Shutter speeds: B (bulb), 1 second, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60. 1/125, 1/250. 1/500. Viewfinder: Viewfinder combined with a rangefinder. Bright frame with moving parallax correction lines. Rangefinder spot…

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Agfa Silette Agfa Silette

Agfa Silette – Sound and inexpensive 35mm Anyone interested in collecting and using old film cameras is bound to run into models from the Agfa Silette range in second-hand stores and junk shops. There are also plenty of them available on internet auction sites. These well made little zone focus cameras usually sell very cheaply.…

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Yashica Mat 6×6 Medium Format You might wonder why anyone would bother to use this type of medium format film camera in this day and age of digital photography. There are several good reasons. Firstly, the Yashica Mat shoots onto a 6cm x 6cm (more accurately about 56mm x 56mm) section of the film, whereas a standard 35mm…

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Western Euro-Master light meter photograph. Western Euro-Master light meter photograph.

How to use a separate light meter! Good rangefinder film cameras often come up for sale with their only fault being a dead light-meter. You can often get it going again with the right batteries, cleaning the battery contacts, or replacing the corroded wires inside the camera that run to the battery. With the meter…

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