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    Any photo examples taken with

    Vintage 35 mm from the 50's and early 60's, i.e. Kodak Realist...and info on different quality of lenses used in that era? I just got a Realist, for a prop, needs some work. shutter is a bit sticky. Might attempt to get it working. I am impressed by the weight of the camera and quality of metal work of the housing. The lens is a steinheil munchen cassar S 50 mm 2.8. Don t know about the lens but I am sure the build cost of the housing today would be cost prohibitive today. Has a rangefinder that seems to work....
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    There's a website called DrT's Stereo Page which has a lot of useful information on the Stereo Realist, including repair instructions:
    http://home.att.net/~drt-3d/toys/realist/index.htm
    You have one of the later models, 1954-56.

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    Thanks Tessar,

    When I google realist, I get the stereo etc....this camera is not a stereo camera...Realist 35 is engraved on the top plate. Can t find a serial number, but is is made in Germany....I ll check out DrT! Thanks again.
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    I've used a Cassar on and Edixamat and it was quite a pedestrian Tessar type lens, not particularly outstanding, I used it at the British F1 Grand Pix around 1970/71. All Tessar's are best stopped down f11 is optimum for a 50mm, f8 acceptable. Of course for portraits etc where criticalm sharpness isn't an issue they are fine wider

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    I used to buy and sell photo equipment, and briefly owned a very nice Retina IIa, made in Germany. I want to say it had a Schneider lens, but I'm not certai anymore -- that was some 18 years ago. I put one roll of film through it before I sold it. I still recall how well made that camera was. I have no idea offhand where that single roll's worth of photos are, but if I run across them, I'll post a couple of examples.

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    I haven t found a photo example of this Realist 35 (non stereo) camera. The advance lever is jointed and folds into a recess in the back of the top plate....prontor SVS

    shutter speeds are B, 1 sec , 1/2 sec, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, and 1/300 (skips 200/250).

    Lens isSteinheil Munchen Casas S 2.8...lens number is 1251408, serial number inside camera is 762052.

    Duh, I just realized that I do not see Kodak anywhere on the camera! Just Realist on front and top plate. Maybe I have been barking up the wrong tree!?
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    DARKROOM AUTOMATION
    f-Stop Timers - Enlarging Meters
    http://www.darkroomautomation.com/da-main.htm

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    Thanks Nicholas, that s the camera, left hand film advance et al....I was looking for Kodak.
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    You might find this website interesting -- they have a .pdf of the Realist 35's owner's manual there.

    http://www.butkus.org/chinon/realist_35/realist_35.htm

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    Regarding pre-1970s cameras, they continue to be used somewhat widely by a number of people here and elsewhere.

    The popular German brands (without listing a huge list of specific models) include Zeiss Ikon, Agfa, Voigtlander, Rollei, Braun, Balda, Ihagee, Kodak AG (the former Nagel Camera Werks) and others.

    I don't know if this is true of all Stereo Realist models, but mine focuses by moving the film plane to and fro.

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