Not sure if this one qualifies as my "latest new old camera"...but the F4s that I first gave away to my sister, and then to my nephew, is now back in my hands. Dear nephew had the camera for over a year - and never shot a single frame. His explanation for returning what he referred to as "the beast": "It just doesn't feel right. But thanks anyway...." I am not certain what to do with the thing now; I may look for an MB23 pack and see if it changes the feel of the camera. My issue has been with the ergonomics of the camera; perhaps, though, its odd appearance (the shape of the MB21 pack) put me off?
Originally Posted by BradleyK
It was the "odd appearance" and the handling of this camera that appealed to me in the first place. So I bought a used F4s in 2003 and I loved it ever since. I used it a lot at the Photo Academy for assignments. But when I took it out this summer again I found it had died on me, sadly enough.
So if you need a good home for this camera .... it's welcome in my ACO (analogue camera orphanage) It will be put to good use !!
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Several recently. Agfa folder PB20, Balda Baldini, Voigtlander Vito II, Kodak Retina Reflex II with eye level finder. Several lenses.
Bradley, that's one reason why I switched to a MB-20. It actually fit my hand properly. When you're down here in April, if you don't have one by then, you're welcome to see if my F4 fits your hand better. The MB-23 is nicer than the 21, in that all the batteries are at the bottom, so the camera is less likely to tilt forward with a lens on it.
Originally Posted by BradleyK
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Originally Posted by John_Nikon_F
Thanks for the offer. While the MB20 looks nice and compact - judging from the pictures I have seen - I am curious as to how the camera would handle with longer lenses (I do a lot of shooting with my 80-200mm AFS-D ED, 80-200mm 4.5 Ai, 135 F2 Ai and 180 F2.8 ED Ais). With longer glass - the 300 F2.8, 400 F3.5 and the 600 F4, I find necessary to mount on a heavier, motor-driven body - hence the idea of replacing the MB21 with the MB23.
This is probably premature, but I am waiting on two cameras that will hopefully end all camera purchases for the near future. When the pony express shows up, I should know exactly how well I did in choosing the right ones.
The first is a Zorki 4 in near new condition coming from the Ukraine. It has the Industar 61L/D. I had this same combination years ago and it left a lasting impression upon me. So, I'm gonna give it another go.
And second, a Canon IVSB with the Canon 50mm 1.8 coming in from Albuquerque. Not too long ago I parted with the IIIa version, and now I really miss it. Unlike the IIIa where only 9000 or so were made, there are plenty of IVSB's around in excellent condition to choose from. My intentions are that this will be my main 35mm camera . . . hopefully, and if all functions well. As I don't currently have a 35mm camera, having recently parted with all that gear, I thought that I could give up the format and that would be that. Ha! Not possible.
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That's actually NOT true. I've worked on more than a dozen of these. Only one had a meter that couldn't be repaired. In all other cases, the meters were brought back to life.
Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh
As always, use care when working with your cameras. And compressed air should always be part of your arsenal to blow out any debris - including that created by you and what might already be in your camera.
My H2 is as smooth as my M3...
Mine isn't, but hopefully, mine will be as smooth as your M3 after a CLA. The shutter fired out of the box on the higher speeds, but jammed up when I tried a slow speed. But, as the camera is way too pretty to be a shelf queen, off for some professional care. Who is the best US Pentax guy?
Originally Posted by Someonenameddavid