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    I just 'won' a Sears TLS

    I just got a Sears TLS with Sears Lens 135 mm f:2.8 Sears Lens 28 mm 1:28 Sears Lens 50 mm 1:1.7, and a flash for my youngest daughter. It was sort of a spur of the moment purchase as I was frustrated at not having a camera for 2 days!!! I figured a camera with a different lens system than my Nikon might be a good idea as I really get frustrated not having my equipment when I want it. The camera kit cost $40 (plus $12.00 s/h). Hope I didn't get taken! I usually research a purchase but I just saw it and bought! If anyone has any ideas of problems to look for with this camera I'd be appreciative! Thanks
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    I guess you'll find out when it arrives! If it works, I don't see how you can go wrong at that price. I don't know the camera, but I assume it was made for Sears by some reputable camera maker. Does it have a light meter?
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    Is that M42 or K mount.

    I forget who made those but I think it would be either Ricoh or Mamiya. Either way much better then the Sears name might suggest. The short lens is the only potential weak link the rest should be more then fine.

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    It should have a meter but may need a mercury battery in any case still a good deal.
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    Made by Ricoh.Good,solid shooter.Pick yourself up a pack of hearing aid batteries (#675 zinc air).You might need a spacer to add width to the battery.I use small rubber washers from a hardware shop.

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    Cool, Thanks! Jane is pretty excited to be getting her own camera. I'll be happy to have mine back! She has to pay me back from her fair earnings so I was hoping it would be good for her. Lori

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    Nice gift at a nice price! Even if it is lousy (which is probably is not), she will certainly be able to learn everything she needs to learn, and more, using it. Then if she sticks with it, maybe she will outgrow it. At any rate, it will be a good first camera. My first camera had only one lens and didn't work at the fast shutter speeds, so I am sure it will be better than that!
    2F/2F

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    Enjoy it!

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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

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    I'm sure she will enjoy it. At that price you can't go wrong!

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    What the others said. That group of Sears cameras was made by Ricoh. Who knows about the 135. Tell your daughter that Weegee's dictum was "F11 and bein' there." Any lens stopped down a couple of stops will give her totally acceptable results. And sometimes lenses can be real sleepers. Both of you have fun.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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