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    OK, let's get this corner of the forums going. I posted one of my cameras, now I will post some more. Please post photos of your vintage equipment, with information. It will help us know old equipment better.


    5x7 Gundlach Korona View with 7 1/2" f4.5 Wollensak Raptar on an Alphax Synchromatic shutter, and modified lensboard adding front tilt and swing (my design). The camera has rear tilt and swing, front rise and fall, detachable rear extension and rotating back. Fabric bellows extend to 24". Very rigid and easy to work with, although a bit cumbersome due to it's hefty proportions and detachable rear rail.



    Carl Zeiss Jena Universal Palmos, originally 9x12, converted to 4x5 with the addition of a Graphic View I back. This is the same as seen in my other post in this section of the APUG forums. Has Newton viewfinder mounted. Drop bed with front rise, fall and tilt and rotating back. Lens is a 13.5 cm Dominar Anastigmat, f4.5 on a Zeiss Ikon Compur dial-set shutter. Leather bellows with 12" extension approximately. The serial number puts this camera as a 1903 camera, the first year of production. Very heavy all-steel and ebony construction, not a backpackers camera, although it can take a lot of punishment. Dog collar handle.



    Half Plate, English style Asanuma & Co. King No. 1, probably made by Tanakaichi, the predecessor of Nagaoka. This information I found from APUG members in this forum. The camera is probably from the WWII period, as it is not as ornate as Tanakaichis I have seen, and has brass hardware instead of nickel plated hardware, with some knobs being plated. Very light at 3.5 lb. Triple extension (front and rear geared, middle friction) and drop bed with front rise and fall. It also has rear tilt and swing and rotating back. Takes bookform holders. I plan on building a 4x5 and a 5x7 back for it. Lens is for display and is a 127mm Kodak Ektar f4.7 barely covering 4x5 adequately on a Graphic Supermatic (X) shutter. It will be upgraded as the camera is made functional. Tripod mount is a #2 Crown, so an adapter for a modern tripod will also have to be built. The leather bellows extends 18". Dog collar handle (original broke first day of ownership).

    Now show me yours, or I'll start posting my TLRs!
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    God this is gona take me a while... give me a few.
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    Since you say vintage, I'll assume before 1970.

    Canon P - 1958-61

    Manufactured between 1958 and 1961, the last screwmount rangefinder of canon aside from the Canon 7. I've had this little guy for a while now and really loving it. I have a Canon 50mm f/1.8 and Russian Jupiter-3 50mm f/1.5 for it. At the time of it's production it had a few things over the Leica, such as lifesize viewfinder with parallax correction, film advance lever, swing-back, etc. The body and the canon lens are both made out of brass so it has some bulk to it, and actually kind of like that about it.

    Sample Image on Ilford Delta 3200


    Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515 - 1937

    One of two of my favorite compact folding medium format camera. This is a Nettar 515 manufactured in 1937. Standard Klio shutter. This particular camera is a tad slow at 1/25 and slower, but does a decent job at taking a picture, only a scale focus so I have to guess it. Its so small I can easily Pocket it. Captures a 6x4.5 frame. On the front of this one is a Nettar Anastigmat 75mm f/4.5. I've seen other Nettar 515 with some obscure shutter/lens combinations that were not even documented, no doubt from using whatever possible part they had during wartime or about then.

    Sample Image shot on Ilford HP5+ (click link to view - apug limited img)
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    Franka Rollfix Jr - 1951-55

    To be honest I never heard of a Franka until this one came into the store. While I found out that the Rollfix Jr was a very simple model at the time, I could not help but to be drawn to both it's simplicity and beauty. The condition of the camera was dare-I-say mint condition without a wear on it. It came with a 6x6 mask which I rarely use, and shoots primarly 6x9. The only thing I would enjoy more from this one is to have a coupled rangefinder on it. Lens on the front of this one is a Anastigmat Frankar 1:4,5/105 C.

    Sample Image on Kodak Panatomic X (rated at ISO 32)


    Kodak No.1 Junior Autographic - 1914
    The first 6x9 folder My wife received as a wedding present from my boss at the store. Has some serious light leaks on it, tho if i cover the top with some black felt it fixes the problem. Though i should just get the bellows replaced. Far as I can tell this model was manufactured in 1914 to 1916. Shoots a 6x9 area and has a very basic 75mm miniscus lens. I assume the apertures, 1, 2, 3, 4 are basically 11, 16, 22, and 32. Focusing on this camera with the wide angle of the lens is a breeze.

    Sample Image - Ilford FP4+ 125 (click link to view - apug limited count)
    http://www.karlblessing.com/shares/K...ior_FP4_3S.jpg

    Spartus "35F" Model 400

    I know very little about this model, other than I feel it is the most simple camera I have aside from a instamatic that I never use. Its pretty cool though, and I got the original field case in almost perfect condition. The most I know is that it was manufactured in 1960 though I would have thought maybe earlier.

    Sample - I don't remember which film. (click link to view - apug limited img count)
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    Canon Demi (Original) - 1963

    This is a fun one, my first Half-Frame shooter. The lens on it is nothing special and is kind of scratched up and the body a little beat. The interesting thing I find about this camera is that it's not exactly a manual selectible camera. It uses shutter and aperture combinations to perform what is called Light Value Program. It goes from 8EV up-to 17EV, and not exactly shutter speed friendly if you want a faster shutter at a lower aperture. I pretty much figure the EV on my light meter and dial in the right aperture if I don't trust the camera's built in selenium meter.

    Sample - Expired roll of Tri-X almost as old as the camera, shot at 400, developed at 400.


    Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5 - ~ 1958 or 59

    My only large format camera I have. I have a Graflex Optar 137mm f/4.7 lens on the front that works rather well. I've only shot black and white, litho or polaroid film on this camera thus far. I really do like it but takes some getting used to as it is my first LF camera. I really do need a better tripod. Originally I had the rangefinder and viewfinder removed to save space, but I ended up putting the kalart rangefinder back onto the side of it. I also eagerly await my satin snow screen I ordered some time ago for it.

    Sample - Kodak Kodalith (exposed for ISO 12, developed in Dektol 1+3)


    Thats probably all I'll list for now.

    I got some TLRs as well but not sure what time period something like a Mamiya C3 falls under.
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    Very nice!




    I need to take some photos of the rest, but had this less than great shot of my Rolleicord Art Deko (1932?) already in my hard drive. 120 roll film with Carl Zeiss Jena Triotar 7.5 cm f4.5 on a Compur shutter (taking lens) and Heidoskop Anastigmat 7.5 (viewing lens). New mirror. Complete with case, shade, pinch filter holders, various filters. Sharp as can be...competes well with my Rolleicord VB, although lacking in it's sophistication and features like self timer and interchangeable viewing hood/prism. A shame to case it, as the metal skin is so beautiful!

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    I'll have my Rolleiflex "Old Standard" ('33-38 i think) with the Carl Zeiss Tessar 75mm f/3.1 shortly.
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    Since I'm a cheapskate I don't have picture posting privileges here, but if you'll scroll down this http://www.filmlives.net/community/viewtopic.php?t=618 thread you'll see an image of one of my aged cameras with the shortest lens I have that will work on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragc View Post
    Big Camera...
    Nice John Hancock there man lol.
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    One of my two antiques is this 1941 Agfa Ansco deluxe universal 8x10 view camera. It came with a 1941 Signal Corps tripod which is a lovely thing to use. The tripod pictured is a Majestic (not too old I think) that I got in trade for a Kodak Explorer 35mm camera that I didn't want anymore. The other antique (no photo available) is an early Kodak Autographic 3A that came from my great-uncle who was a photo enthusiast and was developing and printing from about 1915 on.


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    I have an 8x10 Korona, extension rails and 4x5 back. Much newer lens than the camera came with though.
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