Wanting a pocket size camera to carry with me anywhere and everywhere, I bought a Minox 35EL around 1977 and used it regularly until 2003. I probably shot more images with it than any other camera during that time. It was a delight to use.
Some who have owned various Minox 35 models found them to be unreliable, but mine never failed me.
I was in a charity shot on Saturday. There was an old basket filled with dusty compact cameras. I had a look at all of them, mostly Vivitars, Keystone, no-name brands etc. At the bottom was a very old beaten-up fabric case with a stuck zip. I wasn't going to bother opening it up, but I though "I'll just take a look in case it's an Olympus Trip or something like that". I managed to free the zip, and it was.... an Olympus trip! Near-mint, and from the serial number from 1981, for £10. With the original lens cap (and original case, in a bad way). I replaced the foam on the door hinge and checked it out, fully functioning. What a fabulously designed little camera it is.
I've been everywhere ooooohhh yeaahhhh still I'm standing tall.
Nice bargain there Xtolsniffer!
"He took to writing poetry and visiting the elves: and though many shook their heads and touched their foreheads and said 'Poor old Baggins!' and though few believed any of his tales, he remained very happy till the end of his days, and those were extraordinarily long "- JRR Tolkien, ' The Hobbit '.
Yesterday I bought a Pentax SuperProgram with a Cosmicar 35-70 lens / Pentax AF280T flash / filters / bag / etc for $25. I still have my original SuperProgram which I bought new in 85, however, years of heavy use have taken their toll. The one I bought yesterday looks like it was hardly used.
2 days ago I picked up a Canon Sure Shot Z135 for $4. This P&S looks to be a nice little camera.
Saturday I bought a Minolta Freedom Tele for $2. This is the P&S that's identical to the Leica AF-C1.
Then last Wednesday, I bought a near mint Minolta Electro Shot for $25 (with case.) It's quite similar to the HiMatic 7, but uses a Seiko electronic shutter. I'm waiting for a battery to arrive in the mail.
I recently bought a Kodak Bantam. It really is a little jewel of craftsmanship. Shutter will fire at 1/200 (likely 1/100), but gets stuck at other speeds. I may try to take apart the shutter myself. This thing is really so small and pleasant in the hands.
Received a Ciro-Flex (model B) TLR the other day, that I had found on eBay. I couldn't believe how many month's it took to locate one of these that was in excellent condition and reasonably priced. This one was in such fine condition . . . the shutter only worked on 100 & 200, the focus assembly was frozen nearly solid, and something inside the viewer was intermittently obstructing the view. But, I love these Ciro-flex cameras. They're so easy to repair. After about an hour of labor (simple stupid stuff) we now have a almost new TLR that cost only 15 buckaroos. Can't beat that with a stick.
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