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    Fotron.

    Too big for a paper weight...too ugly as a door stop.

    Historic though. First camera with built in electronic flash. However, the designers put the
    weight of the step-down transformer for the battery charger, into the body of the camera.

    An Instamatic camera with the bulk and heft of a MF camera.

    Proprietary film cartridge meant that all film had to be purchased from, and developed by, Fotron.
    At a time when Kodak was selling 126 cartridge cameras for about $15-$20,
    Fotrons were sold door-to-door for $350-$500.

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    Canon Photura. If your film cartridge is not DX coded it becomes ASA 25. No override or manual setting available. Nice....

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    Generally - rectangular format cameras with waist level/chimney/45-deg prism finders and no rotating back. There are a few 645 and 6x7 cameras like this, but ever try to shoot a vertical with a 5x7" Press Graflex?
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    the Koni-Omega was clearly the case of letting the engineers design the camera without the slightest concern for aesthetics or ergonomics, especially the original "120" version from the 1950s.
    "People get bumped off." -- Weegee

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    Generally - rectangular format cameras with waist level/chimney/45-deg prism finders and no rotating back. There are a few 645 and 6x7 cameras like this, but ever try to shoot a vertical with a 5x7" Press Graflex?
    I'm guessing a wire-frame finder would come in handy.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    The Press Graflex is an SLR, so no convenient way to use a wire frame finder. The best option is to use it as a view camera with a groundglass back for verticals, but it adds complication with the focal plane shutter (drop shutter to focus, reset to one of four slits to expose film), defeats the purpose of an SLR, and even on a heavy tripod the camera isn't so steady mounted on its side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    no convenient way to use a wire frame finder.
    I assumed it could mount in an accessory shoe-shows what I know about that!
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Over the weekend I reflected on my bicycle touring travels in the 1980s, and remembered one particularly awful camera I chose before moving (quickly!) to a Nikon FE2.
    I am struggling to recall the of I believe a Pentax SLR, the first AF camera by Pentax, which featured an unwieldly AF motor as part of the lens assembly. It was slow, unbalanced, tedious to adjust, noisy and indecisive. It is so long ago (1985?). Pentax 45AF?? Does anybody have an idea? Google hasn't helped that much.

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    That sounds possibly like the Pentax ME-F? With a 35-70mm f/2.8 autofocus lens, with the battery compartment on the underbelly of the lens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freecom2 View Post
    That sounds possibly like the Pentax ME-F? With a 35-70mm f/2.8 autofocus lens, with the battery compartment on the underbelly of the lens?

    NO, I googled a pic of the ME-F; the one I had was all plastic (like the Nikon F401, another slooooow dud). The lens sounds about right. I wish I knew, but I tend to forcefully forget about unpleasant experiences, and those involving cameras are no exception.

    LATE ENTRY: Pentax SFX with 35-70. I found it goggling images and there it was!

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