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    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 '.

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    I've been going crazy lately buying cameras.

    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.

    Yea, I need therapy.

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    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.

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    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.
    Last edited by DannL.; 12-18-2013 at 01:35 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Removed a word. Just one. Really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannL. View Post
    Received a Ciro-Flex (model B) TLR the other day, that I had found 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.
    $15 for a Ciro? Nice! One of America's better cameras. But poor Ciro got lost in the mergers and acquisitions of Graflex, Crown, Kodak, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatchetman View Post
    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.
    Cool. Which model Bantam did you get?

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    I guess I should have specified. Bantam 4.5 - not the Flash Bantam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AstroZon View Post
    $15 for a Ciro? Nice! One of America's better cameras. But poor Ciro got lost in the mergers and acquisitions of Graflex, Crown, Kodak, etc.
    I had the Model D some years ago, which had a shutter issue that couldn't be resolved. But still, I was amazed at how sharp the negatives were. I must admit that I preferred that Ciro-flex over the Yashica TLRs that I had owned previously. This version has a different lens from the previous Ciro-flex, which I expect will perform quite differently. The lens has plenty of bubbles which has been a good sign in the past. ;-) I hope to run a test roll once a certain package from Freestyle (notice the subliminal plug) arrives in the post.

    I've been tempted to try the Graflex 22. Are they not basically the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannL. View Post
    I had the Model D some years ago, which had a shutter issue that couldn't be resolved. But still, I was amazed at how sharp the negatives were. I must admit that I preferred that Ciro-flex over the Yashica TLRs that I had owned previously. This version has a different lens from the previous Ciro-flex, which I expect will perform quite differently. The lens has plenty of bubbles which has been a good sign in the past. ;-) I hope to run a test roll once a certain package from Freestyle (notice the subliminal plug) arrives in the post.

    I've been tempted to try the Graflex 22. Are they not basically the same?
    The Graflex 22 is the Ciro-Flex Model E - probably the most common of all Ciros. It had flash sync and a few other refinements. I've actually been considering getting one.

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    I just got 2 Agfe Jsolettes. The first one seems to be in good shape no light leaks in the bellows, the shutter speeds seem to be about right, just the stuck lens syndrome. It is soaking now.

    The 2nd one has not arrived yet so hopefully it is workable too.

    I like the two that I got due to the 4.5.x6 and 6x6 formats you can do with them and the bakelite tops.

    Either way they will both probably be going to certo6 for a good once over in the future.
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