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05-20-2009, 09:59 AM   #1
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Camera collection-what do you have + how do you show it?

I have been collecting cameras since I bought my first new camera in 1968, a Pentax S1a.

So far I have:
  • '68 Pentax S1a
  • '75 Pentax ES 11
  • '30's Zeiss-Ikon Super Ikonta medium format folder
  • 1900's Kodak Folder
  • '52 Leica 11F Rangefinder 35mm
  • Pentax K1000
  • '90's Pentax P+S
  • '96 Olympus Clamshell P+S
  • '85 Mamiya 220 Pro F TLR with 3 lenses-medium format
  • '80's Yashicamat TLR Medium format
  • 2004 Panasonic Lumix DMC8 with Leica lens
  • 2007 Pentax K10D
  • 2009 Pentax KM (K2000)

I'm sure I've missed some.

What do you have ?

I would like to display them ? Any ideas regarding displaying cameras? I'm concerned about shelving...-damage, like glassed in cabinet..but where do you get ...that's reasonable ...but good quality?

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*sigh* let's see if I can do this from memory.

SP1000 *though it's my daughter's now
SP
ES-II
KX
Program Plus
ZX-10
Fuji ST605
Yashica TL Electro-X
Yashica TL Electro-Xits - inoperable meter
K100D
...
Nikon EM (officially my son's)
Olympus OM 2s (owned from new in '85)
Konica something
...
Yashica T4
Kodak Retina IIa
Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Fed-3
a couple of inoperative Voigtlander Vitomatics
focus free: Sakar 35mm, Vivitar PN2011

Unless I'm forgetting something, that concludes the 35mm.

Voigtlander Rollfilmkamera 6x9 (1933)
Voigtlander Bessa 66 6x6 (1938)
Franka 6x4.5 (1938)
Certo Super Sport Dolly (1937)
Voigtlander Bessa I 6x9 & 6x4.5 (1952-54)
Ricoh Diacord G (1958 or so)
Yashica Mat 124 G (probably from the late '70s)
Ansco Shur Shot 6x9 box camera

Three 620 film twin lens box cameras I use for through the viewfinder shooting: Kodak Starflex, Kodak Duaflex II and a Spartus Six-Twenty.

I think I may have them all, ignoring the couple of digital PS items and the 110 toys.

The slippery slope for me started 10 years ago when I discovered how cheaply one can get these things on ebay...


And um... I hide them, in a few cabinets and on a tall bookshelf, as I use every one (that is in working shape) on a semi-regular rotating basis

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05-20-2009, 01:02 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
*sigh* let's see if I can do this from memory.

SP1000 *though it's my daughter's now
SP
ES-II
KX
ZX-10
Fuji ST605
Yashica TL Electro-X
Yashica TL Electro-Xits - inoperable meter
K100D
...
Nikon EM (officially my son's)
Olympus OM 2s (owned from new in '85)
Konica something
...
Yashica T4
Kodak Retina IIa
Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Fed-3
a couple of inoperative Voigtlander Vitomatics
focus free: Sakar 35mm, Vivitar PN2011

Unless I'm forgetting something, that concludes the 35mm.

Voigtlander Rollfilmkamera 6x9 (1933)
Voigtlander Bessa 66 6x6 (1938)
Franka 6x4.5 (1938)
Certo Super Sport Dolly (1937)
Voigtlander Bessa I 6x9 & 6x4.5 (1952-54)
Ricoh Diacord G (1958 or so)
Yashica Mat 124 G (probably from the late '70s)
Ansco Shur Shot 6x9 box camera

Three 620 film twin lens box cameras I use for through the viewfinder shooting: Kodak Starflex, Kodak Duaflex II and a Spartus Six-Twenty.

I think I may have them all, ignoring the couple of digital PS items and the 110 toys.

The slippery slope for me started 10 years ago when I discovered how cheaply one can get these things on ebay...


And um... I hide them, in a few cabinets and on a tall bookshelf, as I use every one (that is in working shape) on a semi-regular rotating basis

Nesster,

That is quite a collection...a working collection at that.

Les
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I hang 'em on their strap around my neck and/or mount them to my left eye mostly.

Seriously, all my gear are "working" gear so I don't display them per se.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
  • '68 Pentax S1a
  • '75 Pentax ES 11
  • '30's Zeiss-Ikon Super Ikonta medium format folder
  • 1900's Kodak Folder
  • '52 Leica 11F Rangefinder 35mm
  • Pentax K1000
  • '90's Pentax P+S
  • '96 Olympus Clamshell P+S
  • '85 Mamiya 220 Pro F TLR with 3 lenses-medium format
  • '80's Yashicamat TLR Medium format
  • 2004 Panasonic Lumix DMC8 with Leica lens
  • 2007 Pentax K10D
  • 2009 Pentax KM (K2000)
Les I quite admire your list there - several of them I'd love to have (actually, daughter has the Lumix already).

How's the Super Ikonta? and the Mamiya... and the leica... Oh would I love to play with those.
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Les I quite admire your list there - several of them I'd love to have (actually, daughter has the Lumix already).

How's the Super Ikonta? Oh would I love to play with those.
It's a very nice camera..the viewfinder is a bit dim, but the leaf shutter on the lens still works. I believe it's from the 1930's, made in Germany. I got it from a relative whose father bought it in Germany.and the Mamiya...I love this camera. I bought it new around '85. It was either this or an LX. I went with the Mamiya as I had 3 Pentax 35 mm SLR's and I wanted to get more into medium format. I bought a 80 mm normal lens and then came across a sale which featured Mamiya-Sekor 65mm Wide Angle, 180mm telephoto and 250mm telephoto...I missed out on the 250, but got the 65 and 180. The Mamiya is ponderous, really a tripod camera...but you have to take your time composing pictures...it almost produces pix with a 3 D quality. and the leica... The Leica I have is an old fashioned pre- M Bayonet mount. It's a screw mount Leica and mine (even though it was a '50's model, wasn't too much different from a '30's Leica. It has a very quiet shutter, takes low light pictures very well... the focus method is a delight...especially in low, natural light. It's small, jewel like, but as rugged as a Humvee. I have the 50mm Elmar F3.5 collapsible lens...which makes for a truly compact package. For all these three cameras...I need to use my hand held Sekonic Light Meters.

They're all mechanical, old fashioned cameras that (Leica and Mamiya, anyways) can produce excellent quality photographs.

I treasure these machines... these old mechanical workhorses....the Zeiss-Ikon was a gift, the Leica and the Mamiya weren't cheap...but they have more than repaid their cost... with all the pleasure I've derived from them over the years.


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Yes, I can empathise. There's beauty in those old macnines.

You might like the mflenses site:
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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
... <snip> ...
I would like to display them ? Any ideas regarding displaying cameras? I'm concerned about shelving...-damage, like glassed in cabinet..but where do you get ...that's reasonable ...but good quality?
A camera nut who owned a camera store bought my original Pentax with 55mm f/2.2 preset lens to add to his collection. He displayed most of his collection on a shelf (plinth?) that ran around the store near the ceiling. It was impressive. He had everything under the sun up there, as long as it was a bit unusual. I think it would be neat to do that in a recreation room or lounge, as long as DW approves.

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Pentax Spotmatic F
Pentax Spotmatic
Pentax SV3
Assorted M42 Screwmount lenses & accessories
Pentax KX
Pentax MX
Assorted manual K Mount lenses
Pentax *istDS with Pentax M42 adapter

Zeiss Ikonta 35 folder w/Tessar
Zeiss Contina folder w/Tessar
Zeiss Ikonta 35 folder w/Schneider
Voigtlander Vito ll folder w/Skopar
Agfa Super Solinette ll folder

Russian Zorki Leica llc copy w/ Leitz collapsible lens
Russian Kiev Contax ll copy

Minolta Autocord TLR
Zeiss Ikonta Medium Format foder w/Tessar

2 Gossen Luna-Pro meters converted for modern voltage batteries
1 Gossen Super Pilot meter converted for modern voltage batteries
2 Gossen Pilot Selenium metetrs

Canon G6 Digital
Canon SD1100is Elf Digital

All cameras have been CLA'd & are used semi-regularly
05-22-2009, 01:51 PM   #10
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Digital:

K100D
K20D

35mm Film:

Pentax ME
Pentax SV
Pentax Spotmatic ESII
Yashica Electro 35 GS (x2)
Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Yashica Electro 35 GTN
Konica C35 Flashmatic
Konica S
Konica SII
Kodak 35 RF
Ricoh 35 DeLuxe
Meica 35 (x2)

Medium Format:

Yashica D
Yashicaflex A2
Ricohflex III
Aires Reflex YII
Wester Autorol
Mamiya Six Model V
Agfa Ansco ShurShot
#2 Cartridge Hawkeye Brownie Model C
Kodak Hawkeye Brownie
Kodak Duaflex II

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That's the working stuff that I can recall off the top of my head.
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ZX-30, ME, K100D, Praktica MTL5 (officially my sister's)

Do I win the prize for smallest collection?
05-23-2009, 04:57 PM   #12
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A camera nut who owned a camera store bought my original Pentax with 55mm f/2.2 preset lens to add to his collection. He displayed most of his collection on a shelf (plinth?) that ran around the store near the ceiling. It was impressive. He had everything under the sun up there, as long as it was a bit unusual. I think it would be neat to do that in a recreation room or lounge, as long as DW approves.
I'm looking at displaying my collection in a rec room. I hadn't thought of a shelf around the walls, close to the ceiling. I wonder about being able to see the cameras at that height ?

Something to think about...maybe about 2/3rds up the wall or something...it would not take up room for furniture.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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Pentax Spotmatic F
Pentax Spotmatic
Pentax SV3
Assorted M42 Screwmount lenses & accessories
Pentax KX
Pentax MX
Assorted manual K Mount lenses
Pentax *istDS with Pentax M42 adapter

Zeiss Ikonta 35 folder w/Tessar
Zeiss Contina folder w/Tessar
Zeiss Ikonta 35 folder w/Schneider
Voigtlander Vito ll folder w/Skopar
Agfa Super Solinette ll folder

Russian Zorki Leica llc copy w/ Leitz collapsible lens
Russian Kiev Contax ll copy

Minolta Autocord TLR
Zeiss Ikonta Medium Format foder w/Tessar

2 Gossen Luna-Pro meters converted for modern voltage batteries
1 Gossen Super Pilot meter converted for modern voltage batteries
2 Gossen Pilot Selenium metetrs

Canon G6 Digital
Canon SD1100is Elf Digital

All cameras have been CLA'd & are used semi-regularly
That's a different collection, especially with the Russian cameras. About 20 years ago I came across a German spring motor wind and camera...a Robot for $ 15.00. Didn't buy it, spring was broken, regretted it ever since.
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Digital:

K100D
K20D

35mm Film:

Pentax ME
Pentax SV
Pentax Spotmatic ESII
Yashica Electro 35 GS (x2)
Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Yashica Electro 35 GTN
Konica C35 Flashmatic
Konica S
Konica SII
Kodak 35 RF
Ricoh 35 DeLuxe
Meica 35 (x2)

Medium Format:

Yashica D
Yashicaflex A2
Ricohflex III
Aires Reflex YII
Wester Autorol
Mamiya Six Model V
Agfa Ansco ShurShot
#2 Cartridge Hawkeye Brownie Model C
Kodak Hawkeye Brownie
Kodak Duaflex II

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That's the working stuff that I can recall off the top of my head.
That Mamiya 6 is an interesting camera...6 X 6 Rangefinder. Didn't they used to call it the Texas Leica ?

I wouldn't mind having one of those...great camera. How did you snag it as it was not too common ?
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ZX-30, ME, K100D, Praktica MTL5 (officially my sister's)

Do I win the prize for smallest collection?

Sorry...no prizes for the smallest collection...I see you have a Practica....haven't seen one of those for years....East German.
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