OLD camera's Are still Great!

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  1. seawolf66

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    Only goes to prove that Old cameras are not dead, Here are two shot's from my Zeiss Ikon 35mm Pantar 45mm F2.8 Contina # 529/24 also have the 30mm and the 75mm lens for it: I used Ultima ISO 100 color negative film some say its not great film??? I like it and what it gave me
     
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    Your front component interchangeables and also those for the Contaflex line were designed by Wandersleb of Zeiss. Despite being somewhat ignored today they are all excellent lenses.
    Mark
     
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    I couldn't agree more! Great pictures.

    These old cameras still have a creative soul in them, just got to get out and use them.
     
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    Plus they're a great way to meet people. The last time I had my B&J Press out, random Europeans kept asking me what it was and how did I use it. It was great!
     
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    Agreed. I got a lot of smiles using an old Rolleicord while in Austria.
     
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    A few old cameras and their photos...

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    Carl Zeiss Jena Universal Palmos (1903) with f4.5 Dominar Anastigmat on a Compur shutter


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    Gundlach Korona View 5x7 (1905-1930's) w/ 7 1/2" Wollensak Raptar on an Alphax shutter


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    Asanuma King 1 (1940's) w/ f 5.6 150mm Fuji Fujinon on a Seiko shutter


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    Rolleicord Art Deco (1935)
     
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    I walk around with a 1950s TLR and get looks from a lot of people. This is from a 1950s Diacord (L? G?)
     
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    Buckhead Plaza, Atlanta, GA, USA - shot with the little Voigtlander Brillant on the right of the photo. Love those uncoated lenses!
     
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    I realize this is a hopelessly outdated concept in post-post modernism, but I certainly prefer, when possible, to use a beautiful camera constructed by human hands rather than $2.00 worth of plastic surrounding a computer assembled by a robot in a third world country.

    You don't have to tell me that I'm not with it- I already know that.

    Russ
    who also wants a wooden coffin as his final gesture
     
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    To me, using this finely designed and made machinery embodies the spirit of people who cared. That's going to come out in the photograph.

    I have one of the original Rollei books on using their cameras. The pride of their workmanship shines through. It has tons of good information on photography in general, composition, exposure, etc., yet they do not make it sound like it happens by itself just because you own the camera. It is clear that they are saying "we made the best tool we could, it's up to you to make good use of it, and here are some pointers..."
     
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    Well, my "new" camera is about 40+. My "grandaddy" was built late 1800's. They range from a frankensteined new-vue 3x4, a "Brand" 4X5 view, 4x5 seneca #9, conley 5X7 to a Century View 8X10. And just bought another conley #1 5X7 And you are right. There is no thrill like taking a junker, reworking it, and making a working piece of equipment again.
     
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    Just got me my first Anniversary Speed Graphic...waiting for it to arrive, the Hassy of the US! :D

    My oldest is from 1903
    My newest is from 2007
    My favorite.... hmm
    The best one...
     
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    I only use old cameras and have done so for a while, you make so many friends with them, and I vary rarely get anyone refusing to let me take their picture, and I just love the results with my old folders or tlrs,Richard
     
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    "OLD camera's Are still Great!"

    As are old Photographers!
     
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    They are even better without superfluous apostrophes!


    Steve.
     
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    *apostrophe's :tongue:
     
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    Old Cameras? Last new camera I bought was in 1985, an OM-4. I dont shoot that one(needs CLA'd)shoot my original OM-1n from the 70's, and an early 60's Yashica-D, a Duaflex II, Mamiya C-220f, a handfull of Brownies, and a Calumet CC-401. Whats a "new" camera.
     
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    I just love old cameras. Just can't beat them!

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    Nice pictures! And first time I ever met a Carl Zeiss Universal Palmos - besides my own. It is a 5x7" I take it? I found mine in Holland several years ago; some wonderful person had provided a custom build back to take modern double filmholders and a dito adaptor to take modern Linhof lens boards. Came without a lens, but on one of the lensboards was written with a pen: 'Planar lens'!
     
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    I tend to anthropomorphize my cameras, so it's always a treat to find an old one, load it with film, and let it do what it was born to do. I can almost feel them sigh with pleasure...
     
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    I definitely agree with, old cameras are highly durable compared to the new ones nowadays. They might be old but they still function well.
     
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    Are you sure? I ask because I have a small pile of broken old cameras.
     
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    But they're usually easier to fix than the latest electronic monstrosity.
     
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    I only ever use old cameras, from a 1936 baby bessa to a 1964 Rolleiflex T or my latest 2, a Rolleicord 4 from 1953 and 1952 Ensign Selfix 620 special, I find them good to use, and if they do go wrong easy to repair, I love them, and have been using them for 15 years, just lovely photographs, when they were made the people who made them took a lot of care and were proud of the cameras they made,
     
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