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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Sarile View Post
    Thanks Ben for as you know with these types of cameras, sometimes the accessories cost even more than the bodies!
    I used to sell these cameras Les when I worked at a professional dealers when they were current, and I know what fine cameras they are, but they unfortunately never really captured their market share of the pro. market that Nikon had the strangle hold on at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Sarile View Post
    Was looking through the local CL and spotted a low priced ad titled Minolta accessories and curiously looked to find a low res shot of what looked like filters and such but buried in it look like possibly an XK finder - or perhaps I was wishing it was. So I arranged to pick up the box of stuff and was pleasantly surprised to see it was an XK Waist Level finder and a High Magnification finder - both with caps. Both look unused outside and inside! It's a great compliment to the AE and AE-S finders I already have.



    Adding new finders makes it a new old camera to me . . .
    Nice score. Only two more finders to get. The P finder, so you can have an eyelevel XK, and the match-needle M finder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Sarile View Post
    "Was looking through the local CL and spotted a low priced ad titled Minolta accessories... "
    Suh-WEET!

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    Fujica ST701 with SMC Takumar f1.2 55mm,
    Takumar f3.5 105mm,
    Vivitar f3.5 200mm,
    Fujica ST705 with Fujinon f1.8 55mm

    I bought the Fujica ST705 yesterday for $7.50. It had a smashed lens, won't focus or anything, but I bought it as the shutter works nicely. I've had the ST701 for 6 months or so and it came with the Fujinon 55 and the Vivitar 200mm. I paid $12.50 for the set. The Takumar 55 was $7.50, and I bought the Takumar 105 last week for $9.95. All purchased from local thrift shops. I like the ST705 as it takes modern batteries, meters well, and has a lens lock so you don't over tighten your M42 lenses (newer M42 lenses anyway.)
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    And a couple of weeks ago I bought a Canon AE-1 for $20. It had the famous AE-1 shutter squeak which I quickly serviced. This is the first Canon SLR that I've ever owned. Nice camera and as most people know, quite historical as the first camera with CPU control. The shutter works fine. Plan to shoot a test roll whenever it stops snowing around here.

    It also came with the original manuals and a POS Dejur 135 lens with a badly bent mount. I took the Dejur apart to use the elements for effects with my digital cameras.

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    What people refer to as the "famous shutter squeak" of the A series Canon Cameras is very misleading to owners who try and lubricate their camera shutters and ruin them, I asked the technician who services my cameras he told me it's nothing to do with the shutter, but is a dry bearing in the mirror braking mechanism.
    Canon's first electronic camera with a C.P.U. was the EF http://www.mikegrigsby.com/html/canon_ef.html, which was I.M.O. was a much better camera than the AE1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    What people refer to as the "famous shutter squeak" of the A series Canon Cameras is very misleading to owners who try and lubricate their camera shutters and ruin them, I asked the technician who services my cameras he told me it's nothing to do with the shutter, but is a dry bearing in the mirror braking mechanism.
    Canon's first electronic camera with a C.P.U. was the EF http://www.mikegrigsby.com/html/canon_ef.html, which was I.M.O. was a much better camera than the AE1.
    Yes, it's the mirror return mechanism that commonly squeaks. Anyway, thanks to a YouTube vid, it's fixed now. Sounds and operates like a new camera.

    As for the Canon EF, I'd love to own one someday - a very beautiful and well made camera. Still, the article you referenced does not state anywhere that it has a CPU. The EF does have an electronic auto exposure system with shutter priority, and it has an excellent Copal electronic shutter. Plus it has something that I wish all cameras of that era had: a voltage regulator circuit.

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    The latest new old camera is a Tower lllS that is a high quality Nicca manufactured Leica copy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AstroZon View Post
    Yes, it's the mirror return mechanism that commonly squeaks. Anyway, thanks to a YouTube vid, it's fixed now. Sounds and operates like a new camera.

    As for the Canon EF, I'd love to own one someday - a very beautiful and well made camera. Still, the article you referenced does not state anywhere that it has a CPU. The EF does have an electronic auto exposure system with shutter priority, and it has an excellent Copal electronic shutter. Plus it has something that I wish all cameras of that era had: a voltage regulator circuit.
    I have an EF and the Copal shutter is the only one Canon ever installed that they didn't make themselves, and it's blades are actually made of pure Platinum .
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    As if I didn't have enough already, word has got out that I like old cameras and whilst I was out, someone dropped off a box full.

    The most interesting is a Contessa Nettel from 1921 which I think is quarter plate (3.25" x 4.25") and it has a double plate holder and film sheaths with it which is a bonus.

    There is also a Lubitel 2 TLR, a Kodak 66 folder (which might get some use as it takes 120 film - unlike my last one which was 620) a couple of Polaroids, a Ricoh KR10 and a Petri FT EE 35mm SLRs and a boxed Leningrad 7 meter which looks like it has never been used.

    There are also a few non-descript 35mm compacts.


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