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longtimealaskan
12-19-2011, 10:45 PM
I have a Kalimar Reflex SLR camera by Fujita and was trying to find any information about the camera that I can find. I noticed that one sold on this site in August for around $150 with an allowance in case the camera needed some work. I had no idea the camera had that kind of value. The seller referred to the camera as a cheap Hasselblad. Mine appears to be in working order but I know virtually nothing about the camera. Anyone with knowledge of the camera or its history?

Sirius Glass
12-20-2011, 08:32 AM
A search of http://www.butkus.org/ did not yield anything of use.

tessar
12-20-2011, 12:03 PM
I found a manual for a Kalimar Six-Sixty SLR on Mike Butkus' site. Could this be the camera in question?
http://www.cameramanuals.org/pdf_files/kalimar_six_sixty.pdf

KenS
12-20-2011, 12:13 PM
re Kalimar Reflex SLR.

I was 'gifted' two of these cameras.... a month or so ago.

Ken

Sirius Glass
12-20-2011, 12:20 PM
re Kalimar Reflex SLR.

I was 'gifted' two of these cameras.... a month or so ago.

Ken

Mount them side by side and shoot stereo photographs, although I am not sure where the headphones would go. :whistling:

KenS
12-20-2011, 12:30 PM
Mount them side by side and shoot stereo photographs, although I am not sure where the headphones would go. :whistling:

Nah... its a lot easier using the Linhof B-Kardan and 'shifting'... as long as you remember to 'change' film holders.

A few times I've managed to get 'stereo' on the one negative :sleeping:

Ken

longtimealaskan
12-20-2011, 04:50 PM
Sirius Glass initially posted a link to the Butkus camera site. Thank you Sirius. I was not aware of that site. Although the Kalimar Reflex isn't listed on his site, I found it by searching his site. He lists it as an orphan camera. Here is a link to the instruction manualand pctures of what the camera looks like.

Oops! Not enough posts yet to allow me to post a link. OK! I'm cutting the link into pieces (added 4 spaces) to see if that will let me post.

Nope! I didn't disguise the link appropriately as a non-link.

See if the computer can stop me this time.

Go to the link Sirius Glass posted, delete the six_sixty and replace it with Reflex.

longtimealaskan
12-20-2011, 04:57 PM
Sorry for the wrong info previously.

Dan Fromm
12-20-2011, 08:21 PM
Try this: https://www.google.com/search?q=fujita+camera+reflex+OR+slr&hl=en&num=100&lr=&ft=i&cr=&safe=images

and remember what rebadged means.

Dshambli
12-20-2011, 08:30 PM
It looks like a neat little camera. Have you put any rolls through it yet?

longtimealaskan
12-21-2011, 01:04 AM
It looks like a neat little camera. Have you put any rolls through it yet?

I thought it was a cool looking camera, but I have never used it. It appears to be fully functional.

longtimealaskan
12-22-2011, 05:28 PM
The shutter curtains on my Kalimar Reflex don't close completely after a photo is taken. Rick Oleson's web site for repairing Kalimar Reflex cameras shows some sketches for adjusting the shutter curtains. Is curtain #1 the lower curtain or the upper curtain? If the shutter curtain doesn't close completely should the shutter curtain adjustment be tightened or loosened? Or should I go poke a hole in the ice on the nearest lake and fish for rainbow trout and leave the camera adjustments alone?
:)
http://members.tripod.com/rick_oleson/index-98.html