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Old 20th April 2011
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A Good Day On Skye

Woke up this morning to the sound of a Wheatear tapping on the bedroom window frame. Much nicer than hearing my neighbours hacking cough where I used to live.
No real work today so I went into Portree to see a couple of friends. Whilst there I was accosted in the street by a young lady who asked me if I would be interested in a box full of cameras that the chain of charity shops she works for can't sell.
As my mates were a wee bit busy I popped into the shop to have a look.
The box was a cornucopia of bits and bobs from the 60's 70's and 80's.
To whit: 5 Kodak Instamatics (2 with films in)
1 Minolta SRT 101 c/w Rokkor 55mm f1.7 (Broken)
2 Minolta X-300's c/w Tamron 35-70mm f3.5 Rokkor 28mm f2.8
1 Pentax ME with Pentax 50mm f1.7 (Shutter Jammed)
1 Pentax MX with Pentax 135mm f3.5
1 Hanimex 135m f 4 lens not sure about the mount.
1 Nikon 35mm compact (Broken)
1 Practika MTL
3 Pracktica Super TL's all with 50mm f2.8 lenses
1 Kowa 66 with 80mm lens and broken shutter

The list goes on and on mostly dross, Zenit E's and a Zorki but last but not least Olympus OM10 with 50mm f1.8 a 28mm f2.8 Zuiko and 135mm f3.5mm lenses all with end caps and hoods. Also a book entitled "The OM Way" I had a copy of this book years ago and lent it to someone and never got it back.

Most of it is unserviceable, especially the bodies, and most of the lenses have a bit of fungus but the Oly gear is pretty fine.

Well chuffed. It might be mostly junk. But it's my junk
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Re: A Good Day On Skye

Sounds like fun.
Do the Instamatics work?
Unlike a lot of people on here, I hoard.
The only cameras I don't have now that I used to have were a Kodak Instamatic and a Brownie 127.
I'd be interested in an Instamatic.

Here's one I took earlier....September 1972


Lots of toys.
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Re: A Good Day On Skye

Gosh, I spent many an evening reading The OM Way. That and "The OM Systems" by Pangerl were my bedside companions for a long time. Currently gathering dust on a shelf but not forgotten.
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Re: A Good Day On Skye

Re Instamatics - now for a terrible digression

Many years ago I spent some time as an Intern (used to be called an Industrial Trainee - IT) at the Kodak factory in Stevenage in the work study department. One of my training tasks was to measure the time to assemble an Instamatic camera. From what I remember most it if not all the components were made in the factory from the springs that operated the shutter to the bodies and the moulding of the lenses. I think I actually got to assemble a camera.

As a spin off from this I was able to visit the Harrow Factory where film and paper were made/coated and also some processing took place.

Also through a contact made at Stevenage I was able to visiting the Kodak factory near Stuttgart and see the assembly of the 35mm cameras (the Retinette - I think) as well as the processing labs.

A treat for me at the Stevenage factory was access to the Photo Club darkroom and the ability to buy 20 by 16 B&W enlarging paper and use the large sized dishes. Great fun.

Apologies for the subject diversion. Now back to your regular programming.
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