Thanks DannL for the link.
However those 16mm camera's are 1/4 35mm instead of half-frame.....
Funny little camera's though, I got a Minolta 16 and an Edixa 16 MG.
The optic's are better than most 110's but don't expect grain-free enlargements.
Pen ee3 is a great little camera. Good points - cheap, great lens, real point and shoot, well made, ok meter. Bad points - no B, or slower shutter speeds, wont focus nearer than about 3 feet, but it is possible to alter exposure with the asa dial. There are loads around, and a real taster to see if half frame is up your street - fantastic grain possibilities, but a real pig to look at in a contact sheet.
I do not recommend the Agat 18K from the Lomo-factory in (then) Leningrad, unless you are looking for a toy camera. As a toy half-frame camera, however, it is better than expected.
Currently I have an Olympus Pen EE which is a nice little camera, but I preferred my previous half frame camera a Canon Demi. I loaned the Canon to a friend who dropped it and the meter ceased functioning. He kept the Canon and bought me the Olympus instead.
Looks like a Canon or a Olympus fixed lens is the way to try it out. I have a softspot for Olys so I think I will start there!
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I thought I'd mention, I spotted an interesting camera on eBay today called a Konica Autorex. It appears to be a full size 35mm SLR, but it has a lever on top to switch to half-frame in mid-roll. Sounds interesting.
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Freestyle Photo has a brand new, albeit relatively cheap 22mm lens, half-frame camera. Sort of like (in terms of specs) a modern day Pen EE.(In my opinion.)
18 X 24 mm
Why not try a movie film camera for a change? They have an aperture of between 18 X 24 mm and 9 X 22 mm depending on the pictorial system they use, you know, all those scope, and rama, and vision patented stories. On occasion you can shoot 12 frames per second, and more, up to 64 with a younger Bell & Howell Eyemo for instance. Anyway, you'll have 1600 shots per 100-ft roll. Big issue: viewfinder. There are very few portable cine cameras with a good viewfinder. The most versatile and most compact of all is the Debrie Ciné-Sept with spring drive and seven functions. On the other hand it's got almost nothing of a finder and a most primitive shutter. So, best choice in the end is the old Arriflex which is a true SLR camera with three lens turret, magazine, and motor. Oh, no, Arriflex doesn't have a practical shutter either. Gush
Please consider the Chaika II camera. I am most satisfied with mine. Focus is closer than 1 meter, shutter speeds from 1/30 to 1/250 + B, no batteries, f stops from 2.8-16, cable release socket, flash sync, price under $50US.
I have the Olympus Pen EE-2 and love it. However its lens is set for hyperfocal distance of 26 feet which means you would have to be at f16 to get something really sharp at 3 feet. If you are shooting in EV 11-12 conditions you will likely be shooting at f3.5 which will bring your near focus down to 13.5feet. For tight head & shoulder shots with that camera, you need to be about 3 feet from subject. It won't be really sharp unless its a EV15 light. If your shooting tourist scenics (infinity is 92 feet) or subjects 26-36 feet distance, this is the camera of choice. Good meter, good lens, good shutter, not the choice for close work.
The Olympus Pen F is probably the finest half frame generally available, my fault with it is size. I can carry a full frame Leica screw mount easier in less space.
The Yashica Samurai X3.0 is a marvel of technology that is brilliant except it is as big as a movie/video camera in size.
I use them all on occasion, but I use the Chaika II the most. The Chaika III has a selenium meter, but no cable release socket, which I need on a camera, so I use the Chaika II.
All the best,
I did a quick search and found
Originally Posted by Samuel Hotton
that the camera has a 39mm
thread mount for the lenses.
Will they accept Leica LTM
lenses? If so, will they couple
with the camera's rangefinder?
And can you recommend a
seller for these cameras?