The Vintage Camera Thread
I thought it would be nice to start a new thread about camera equipment from the old days. Here's a picture of a camera that used to belong to my grandparents, the 1962 Agfa Optima Ia :
If any of you have a picture of an old camera, please post them here .
A family member had a "folding" medium format camera, the Franka Solida II, made sometime in the early 1950's in some small town near the Black Forest. It was a solid piece of equipment with a nice lens.
Thanks for your reply. Now that's a really old camera, might be worth quite some money if you would sell it now. I found out that the one I posted is only worth 19 euros these days . Well, I am not planning on selling it anyway .
I posted something over at the Pentax SLR thread, I don't mean to "double post" by putting this photo here, but it's what Prospero was looking for. This is very similar to my very first SLR, mine was a lot newer but Pentax's design didn't change much for a very long time. Cheers.
Nice picture, Beachluvr. These are indeed the kind of pictures I am looking for . Don't worry about the double post, the picture is only 25 kb or so. The next time, however, you want to post the same picture twice you could also link to the first picture using the "Insert Image" button. You then have to type the URL of the image you first posted. You can find the URL by right-clicking on the original image and choosing properties (or whatever it's called in the English version of Internet Explorer). If you do it this way, the image will be stored only once on the server of DCRP, thus saving some space.
Never mind, If you post a picture that way, for some reason only a link appears in the post, as the experiment above shows.
Last edited by Prospero; 02-06-2006 at 01:39 PM.
Nikon F Photomic
Thanks for the feedback Prospero. Continuing on with old cameras in my past, this is what my first Nikon looked like. It was a Nikon F with the add-on meter, a very advanced concept when it was introduced!! That camera and I had our work published in many newspapers and magazines and it was there with me to photograph presidents, royalty, celebrities and some very amazing ordinary people. I have an old picture of me with my Nikon F that I'll try to find and post here. That should be good for a laugh.
This was my first SLR. I had it and a couple of lenses including a nice old Tamron zoom. I sold it all a while back though. I'm all digital now.
EOS 450D (XSi) | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II | 50mm f/1.8 II | 18-55mm IS f/3.5-5.6 | 55-250mm IS f/4-5.6 | Speedlight 430EX II
Some of my pics...
Inherited film cameras
Last year I inherited my spouses' parents' cameras. They had been packed away in a closet since at least the mid-70s. Amazingly, the oldest of the cameras, the YashikaMat medium format TLR, has proven to be in near perfect working condition.
In this shot, the old Yashikamat meets the new digital SLR.
As best I can tell, the YashikaMat was purchased in Japan in the late 1940s to 1950's when the father in law was stationed in Japan. I have a series of photos and proof sheets he took with the camera as the ship he was on circumnavigated the globe. I even inherited his Gobo developing tank which I used, along with the YashikaMat, in a Black & White film class I took last semester.
The YashikaMat packing I inherited included:
We have the original leather case with engraved name-plate. We have the camera body with protective leather cover. We have a set of Rondo No. 1 and No. 2 Close-Up lenses (with the original instruction leaflets in Japanese). We have a full set of B&W filters (Kenko SR 60 2 (red); Walz WYG (green); Walz UV; and Walz WY2 (yellow)). We have the light meter which is, unfortunately, inoperable. We also have the flash set up.
I also inherited two Canonets.
We have the father's Canonet QL f1.9 with the original protective leather case, cap and instruction manual. While the meter still works on this one, the shutter is frozen.
We have the mother-in-law's Canonet. This one featured the "Electric Eye" meter system which was so successful it only lasted one model year ... you guessed it, that was the one feature on the camera that did not work. The rest of the camera remains in good operating condition.
Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
Minolta RC-1000 remote commander
Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
YashikaMat 6x6 TLR
Minolta Maxxum 7000
w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
Minolta Maxxum 5000i
& Vivitar 728 AFM flash
The oldest camera I own (and have used a few times) is the Kiev 4 - a post WWII Soviet produced rangefinder made with the tools from the pre WWII Contax factories. I bought the camera on an auction site on the net some years ago. It functions OK - even the lightmeter - but the rangefinder patch is very pale and hard to see.
The lens is a Jupiter 8M - 50 mm f/2. A well known lens also in 39 mm screw mount (LTM), but here in the special Contax style mount without any focusing helical - that is in the house! This gives the lens a special form:
Some time after I bought the camera I also found a Jupiter R12 - 35 mm f/2.8.
This is the most scary lens to mount I know of - the rear element is very deeply recessed into the house:
The Kiev (and the old Contax'es) do not have the selectable framelines in the viewfinder as Leica does. In stead you use auxiliary finders. The top of the (1950's) pops was the russian turret finder, with 5 selectable focus lenghts (28, 35, 50, 90 and 135 mm):
The 35 mm combination in all its might:
All pictures above: Olympus EP-1, 17 mm and 14-42 mm lenses, daylight from a window, table-top tripod.
As a contrast - the EP-1 with 17 mm f/2.8 and viewfinder - almost exact same configuration as the Kiev with 35 mm and turret finder
Kodak oldie foldie.
Pentax K20D/K5/15/21/40/70/10-17/12-24, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5/150-500, Tamron 90 Macro/70-200 2.8, Canon SX20 IS/Elph 500HS
(formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)