What is the oldest non-functioning camera you have?

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  1. Sirius Glass

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    What is the oldest non-functioning camera you have? Post your shelf queens and dust collectors.
     
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    Conley 4 X 5 Falling Plate Camera - 1908
     
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    All cameras are functioning; I get them repaired if they start to show issues. Some are in the queue for a CLA. Youxin did one of my M3's last year (the slow speeds were hanging) and now it works as new.
     
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    None are shelf queens or dust collectors.
    A Kodak 35rf the camera fairy brought me is the second oldest, it needs a thorough scrubbing inside & out but under the grime it's very nice. CAMEROSITY says 1941.
    The oldest is a Bantam 4.5, needs new bellows but otherwise very nice. This is pre datecode, so '38?
     
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    1870s 12x15 W. Watson & Sons folding tailboard camera. It currently needs a new bellows and a revised back to take modern film holders.
     
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    I have a Balda III 6x6 folder from the 1950s but, the shutter is stuck.
     
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    An Autographic 1A I believe.
    Yesterday I received a 1965 vintage Konica-Autoreflex (note the hyphen) which has a jammed shutter and three matched lenses. AFAIK, the only camera that ever permitted switching back and forth between 35mm full frame and half frame mid-roll.
    My 1930s vintage Kodak Six-16 is still working with a little bit of help.
     
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    At the moment, the only Non-working camera I have is a Spotmatic which I keep for the parts. I already used to replace the desilvered pentamirror of my Spotmatic II.
    I think I could fix it, but I'd have to figure out how to get to the curtain rollers to reglue the ribbons..

    Edit: Speak of the devil heh I just figured how to re-glue the ribbon without disassembling the whole thing.
     
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    All my analog cameras are working (though my Rolleiflex 3.5F is out for CLA).
    The only non-working camera in the house is a 'digital dinosaur' - Nikon D200 (electrical flaky).
     
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    My oldest non-functioning camera is my grandfather's folding Kodak 6x9 something or other, probably takes 620 film. I'm afraid I never bothered to have it restored, as I was never interested in shooting with it. My next oldest is my father's Argus C3, same story. They are the only non-functioning cameras in my accumulation. Generally, if I can't shoot with it, I don't want to keep it. (Not counting my Contax AX, which needs its reflex mirror re-seated; it's too nice a camera to discard.)
     
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    not sure, its 2 of them wooden bellows on a board
    like hand made .. one looks like an enlarger head of some sort
    again hand made ... when it was delivered to me from the big
    internet yard sale ... it cost like 4 $ and 8$ to ship or something
    and it arrived with a nest of some sort inside of it ...
     
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    Hard to know which is the oldest, possibly my Gandofi which is one of their earlier models, somewhere between 1891and 1900

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    While there's no makers name the locking mechanism for the front standard was Patented by S Gandolfi and is unique to their cameras which were often re-branded by their retailers, It's in line to be restored.

    Ian
     
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