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pandora
30th September 2015, 04:26 AM
Passing by Camera House yesterday I was stopped by their window display of REAL cameras.
Nose against glass to block out reflections for some of my own,
I was for the moment back in the past.

I guess most of you would agree that it would be hard to pass over the Leica.
But what an anachronism to pull out the smartphone to snap a few pics :rolleyes:
The shot would come up better at night with the window lights on.

1. http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/AAAA.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/86704)

2. http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BBBB.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/86704)

3. http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/CCCC.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/86704)
I rather like the Mercury II (http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Mercury) - a most interesting camera.
The accessory shoes support a seriously big flash gun (James Stewart "Rear Window" type thingy!) and a possible range finder -

4. http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/DDDD.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/86704)
Which do you fancy?

IanB
30th September 2015, 07:54 AM
what size screen and how many mega ps *zzz

Jim Ford
30th September 2015, 08:10 AM
Is that a 'Periflex' I can see in the top right corner?

Jim

Otto
30th September 2015, 09:10 AM
Never "got" Leica myself, and my wallet has forever been grateful! An interesting collection though.

Iansky
30th September 2015, 10:12 AM
Leica 3f for me as I have a nice Summicron 50 that will work perfectly with it!

Zuiko
30th September 2015, 03:44 PM
I'll take the "barn doors" Voigtlander Vitessa, I've always wanted one of those! *chr

Petrochemist
30th September 2015, 04:06 PM
The Leica looks too clean to me. Suggesting it might be a copy...
Theres certainly plenty of interesting cameras there, but I doubt there are any I'd be willing to buy.
I ought to be reducing my collection rather than increasing it, and I doubt any are in my price range :(

pandora
30th September 2015, 09:04 PM
what size screen and how many mega ps *zzz
All full frame Ian! *yes

Leica 3f for me as I have a nice Summicron 50 that will work perfectly with it!
Yes indeed, and thanks for ID'ing it, I was wondering what Mk it was.

I'll take the "barn doors" Voigtlander Vitessa, I've always wanted one of those! *chr
You are extremely observant John. It is a self aware shortcoming of mine that I see the overall picture but don't notice detail. Thanks for pointing out the Vitessa that I als once coveted back in my Voigtlander Vito IIB days.


Is that a 'Periflex' I can see in the top right corner?
Jim
I can't say what a Periflex is, Jim. Next time I'm in Albury (50 miles north) I must retake the display in more detail with other than my dumbphone.

Never "got" Leica myself, and my wallet has forever been grateful! An interesting collection though.
I second that statement, Otto. *yes

The Leica looks too clean to me. Suggesting it might be a copy...
Theres certainly plenty of interesting cameras there, but I doubt there are any I'd be willing to buy.
I ought to be reducing my collection rather than increasing it, and I doubt any are in my price range :(
I'm not an appreciator of antiquity myself, although I abhor barbaric acts of destruction by DASH et al that in this context is a little off topic (just thought I'd throw that in for good measure!)

Naughty Nigel
30th September 2015, 09:59 PM
Thank you for sharing that Mark.

The only camera I have that is anything like those classics is a Kodak Retina 1a, which I still use from time to time, and from which the image quality is still superb.

Your photographs are also an interesting reminder that cameras and lenses were not always made in Japan and the far east.

Zuiko
1st October 2015, 12:50 AM
The only camera I have that is anything like those classics is a Kodak Retina 1a, which I still use from time to time, and from which the image quality is still superb.



Nice! *chr

Naughty Nigel
1st October 2015, 10:00 AM
The Retina belonged to my uncle, and came with a Weston exposure meter (pre-invercone) and a set of tiny filters for B&W (red, yellow and green).

I mainly use it with FP4+ but have used colour on occasions.

One of the joys of the Kodak Retina, apart from it's compact size, is the ability to use flash at any shutter speed; which is rather ironic because I doubt that anyone would have thought of electronic flash when it was built in 1954!

If anyone is interested I have found a link to the original manual which makes interesting reading.

Kodak Retina 1a User's Manual (http://retinarescue.com/files/retina_ia_manual.pdf)



http://www.gallery-shop.de/kameramuseum/0-fotokameras/kodak/kb-sucher/retina-1a.jpg

pandora
1st October 2015, 09:29 PM
Thank you for sharing that Mark.

The only camera I have that is anything like those classics is a Kodak Retina 1a, which I still use from time to time, and from which the image quality is still superb.

Your photographs are also an interesting reminder that cameras and lenses were not always made in Japan and the far east.

I remember well the 1a although I never owned one. Just seeing these old cameras transports one back to one's youth - to remain there perhaps I should have one imprinted on my Retina :D

Naughty Nigel
1st October 2015, 09:40 PM
I see there is a chap in NZ called Chris Sherlock who collects Kodak Retina cameras and provides a repair and refurbishment service for them.

He also provides some useful information for DIY repair and fault finding.

His website Retina Rescue (http://retinarescue.com/) is well worth a visit.

pandora
2nd October 2015, 07:04 AM
Thanks Nigel, I'll visit the site from the lappy later when I quit the BlackBerry.