This beautiful Agfa Optima-Parat half frame with Solinar 30/2.8 lens arrived in the mail today.
Agfa Optima-Parat by Greyscale3, on Flickr
I think I'm done. Got an F2s black body this week (cherry, came with a 105/2.5 P.C, also cherry) for a lot less than it should have cost. Also got an Minolta XE-7 with no lens, but this is the first one I have gotten that actually works, meter and everything. That's pretty much everything I was looking for. I've got more cameras now than you can shake a stick at (if that's your idea of a good time.) No shortage of lenses, either. Seriously, I'm done.
A Canon EXAuto from Belgium. The seals looked doubtful so I replaced them, then ran a film through and found it to be functioning perfectly. It's a slightly odd SLR with FP shutter, but only the lens front elements are interchangeable.
A Minox LX for not too much. Now I need to find the tank/reel set and a film slitter.
Those who know, shoot film
Just arrived and just finished cleaning it...
Kodak Model B Whole Plate, now I need to make a lens panel or two, acquire some lenses and some Kodak or Kodak compatible film holders!
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Picked up an Exa 1a on Tuesday to add to my Exacta set. Lovely little camera in excellent condition considering it's age.
Had a Whole plate holder from the same source, pre-WWII book-form type for my Whloe plate camera.
Picked up a Fed 3b over the weekend. First FSU, and currently only range finder. I had a Yashica Minister that took fantastic photos, but the contrast patch was lacking. The Fed will be a lesson in rehabilitating an old camera, but at least the contrast patch is very bright.
I bought a Nikon F3HP with a grid focusing screen for $55 and three Pentac K1000s for $30 at a university surplus auction. I really like the F3HP.
Not a new camera, but it's kinda like one. Just got my main F2 body back from Sover Wong. All the problems it had previously are gone.
APUG: F5, F3HP, F2AS, F FTn, Nikomat FT2, FTn, Nikkormat EL, FT
Nikkors: 18-55/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX (f/D2x), 20/3.5 UD, 24/2.8 AI, 50/2 AI, 50/2 H, 50/1.4 S, 55/2.8 Micro AIS, 85/1.8 K
- My flickr stream
Like John_Nikon_F, I also have a "new old camera." Well, actually, both of those cameras came back to the United States in the same box. My Nikon F2SB with the Nikon DP-3 light metering pentaprism also was ministered to by Sover Wong, and there are differences. Upon comparing the results I determined using my equipment with the results provided by Sover from his equipment, this camera really is "better than new" at this time. The DP-3 really did need repair, and now it is working very nicely again. The new ceramic variable resistor really did make a difference. It is nice to have a camera that works at least as well as it did when it was made back in the early 1970s.
Now to think about when to send my Nikon F2AS over to England.
Ralph Javins, Latte Land, Washington
When they ask you; "How many Mega Pixels you got in your camera?"
just tell them; "I use activated silver bromide crystals tor my image storage media."