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  1. chronos

    chronos Jan 8, 2017

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    Hello there,

    I wonder about how many members here also like and own old cameras. Please share your pictures and feel free to tell your story!


    So I'll go first: My godmother's husband is a retired photographer. He was as much into collecting vintage cameras as I am into vintage Omegas ;). As he knows that I have a weak spot for fine pieces of history, he decided to gradually pass his collection on to me. So he always gives me one of his nice old cameras on my birthdays and/or any other appropriate occasions. As all the cameras are in full working order, he shows and tells me all about the camera, tells me about when and by whom this model was used, etc. He also hands out documentations, handwritten manuals and manual books. I really love these "magic moments" and I'm getting more and more attracted to vintage camera collecting. My project for summer is to make pictures with each one of these! ::psy::
    So here are some pics. I know, I know, my vitrine is way too busy and I should remove at least half of the content... :whipped:
    But as I'm just too lazy, I even "store" some of my daily wearers in there because I can just take them out with one single movement instead of going through my watch cases in my drawers.
    Anyway, here we go!



    A Sanderson with tropical wood from about the end of the 19th century. I love that one! IMG_5279.JPG



    On the right: A Plaubel Makina. Was the typical camera reporters used, from around 1925. On the left: A Contax III from the mid 30ies.
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    A Leica Model I C from around the early 30ies and 5 different fitting objectives and on the left side on the front, a thingy to measure distances, also from that era. On the right of the camera, there are extension allowing to look through the lens. Like an early attempt to get a SLR.
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    On the left: A Rolleiflex Automatic 35mm camera from about 1940.

    The big one in the middle: Zeiss Ikon Miroflex from around 1925. Three different ways to see the image section: 1: with the steel bar on the front and the sight on the back - almost like you did with a gun. 2; open the top section and see the picture on a matte screen. 3: Remove the back plate and look right through the objective.
    Specialty: up to 1/2000 sec (!)

    On the right: Voigtländer Bergheil from around 1920 - 1925.
    Specialty: Really nice tilt/shift option
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    Best,
    Stephan
     
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  2. chronos

    chronos Jan 8, 2017

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    PS: I forgot to post the Leica III A from 1954. Love that one as well! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    In the front left you can see a vintage tool to measure exposure

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  3. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 8, 2017

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    My old Voightlander. I think I got this from my dad/grandfather and I used the heck out of it as a kid. It's a decoration now but it used to take great pictures. As I recall I think it developed a pin hole in the bellows.
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  4. SOUTHERNSURFER

    SOUTHERNSURFER Jan 8, 2017

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    Readyset Special Camera was manufactured by the Agfa Camera Werk of Munich Germany in circa 1932.

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  5. CajunTiger

    CajunTiger Cajuns and Gators can't read newspapers! Jan 8, 2017

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    a few of mine.
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    Heuer Carrera 2447N and Leica M2- c1961

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    Heuer Carrera 2447SD Fischer and Leica IIIf- c1951


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    Omega Seamaster 300 and Kodak Beau Brownie- c1931


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    Edison Home Kinetescope- c1912


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    Akeley Pancake 35mm Motion Picture Camera- c1914

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    Universal Model A 35mm Motion Picture Camera- c1914

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    Debrie Parvo 35mm Motion Picture Camera- c1908

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    Kodak Bantam Special- c1943


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    Kodak Beau Brownie- c1931

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    Leica IIIf- c1955
     
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  6. ahartfie

    ahartfie The black sheep in the Spee-ee-eee-eedmaster flock Jan 8, 2017

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    I don't have any vintage cameras myself, but I do have a picture of my great-grandmother using hers at the beach in Germany in 1912.

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  7. CajunTiger

    CajunTiger Cajuns and Gators can't read newspapers! Jan 8, 2017

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    Great image!
     
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  8. micampe

    micampe Jan 8, 2017

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    I don't usually take pictures of my camera, but I have this one of my Leica CL from 1974. I also have my grandfather's Polaroid and a Canonet QL17, maybe I'll take pictures of those if it stops raining for a minute.

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  9. CajunTiger

    CajunTiger Cajuns and Gators can't read newspapers! Jan 9, 2017

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    The Leica CL was one of my favorite cameras.
     
  10. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 9, 2017

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    I used to have a light meter too. That and my coffee can enlarger that my dad helped me make. Fond memories.
     
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  11. aap

    aap Jan 9, 2017

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    LOVE THIS THREAD! :)
     
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    Lukeeesteve Jan 9, 2017

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    IMG_5308.JPG IMG_5309.JPG IMG_5310.JPG IMG_5311.JPG A little bit of a different take. I'm all digital but with a slight twist.
     
  13. micampe

    micampe Jan 9, 2017

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    I had an M3 for a while and frankly as a user I think it may be the best M-mount: smaller and lighter, light meter, good viewfinder, nice handling, easier to load, and still well built. I've had this one for almost 15 years and it's still the one I enjoy the most.
     
  14. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 9, 2017

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  15. SOUTHERNSURFER

    SOUTHERNSURFER Jan 9, 2017

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    I concur ~ Pictures Please!
     
  16. chronos

    chronos Jan 9, 2017

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    +1. that was my initial thought as well!! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  17. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 9, 2017

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    +1 I know. It has brought some fond memories flooding back. I was working out yesterday and was trying to remember how to develop film!
     
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    aap Jan 9, 2017

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    Now, I'M trying to remember how to develop film! :thumbsdown:
     
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  19. Emeister

    Emeister Donut-eatin desk-divin wannabe-astronaut fat dude Jan 9, 2017

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    Bit of a youngster compared to most of your lovely examples.
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    Had to go searching back to 2012 on another forum for this (partial) picture of my Hasselblad 500C. How time flies.

    Paperwork shows it was sold in December 1968 in the week before Christmas here in Australia (can't quite remember if it was in Adelaide or Melbourne). I bought it from Austria.
    The fact that it was originally sold here, and in 1968 (my birth year) and around the time of Apollo 8 was enough to make me happy.

    I also liked the way there was a coded "magic word" to help date these.
    http://hasselbladhistorical.eu/HT/HTDating.aspx

    I did hope to maybe get some photographs taken with it but time and life got in the way.
    Hopefully one day.

    Perhaps a better short term goal would be to get some display cases like your excellent set ups @chronos :thumbsup:
     
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  20. CajunTiger

    CajunTiger Cajuns and Gators can't read newspapers! Jan 9, 2017

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    This is a beauty...I remember as a kid in the late 60's my Dad would take me every week to the local camera store while he looked at the new Hasselblad...then a year later when he saved enough money to buy one and start his studio. The Hasselblad Rep was at the store that day and gave my dad several large mounted prints from the lunar flights. I had them hanging in my room for years.

    I bought a black 500CM last year.
     
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