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04-25-2014, 11:36 AM   #1606
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Here's most of my set of manual primes. I've just changed my gear setup to AF zooms and mf primes, so other than a few gaps I can live with I'm set.



Something from every age: Tak 300/4 (1958-62?), Super Tak 105/2.8, SMC 17 Fish-Eye (love the hyphen ), SMC-M 200/4 and SMC-A 50/2.8 1:2 macro. The SMC-A 24/2.8 and Hanimar 400/6.3 are missing from the group photo, and the Rokinon 8/3.5 fisheye is off sulking because the 17mm is taking over the wide-end duties; I just don't need to go wider with what I shoot, sorry Rokinon

Some day that Super Tak hopes to go to sleep in the dcshooter magic tub, and wake up silver!

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QuoteOriginally posted by unixrevolution Quote
I love these camera fair pictures you keep posting!

The Electro 35 GSN is probably my top of the list for fixed-lens RF in 35mm. Mine was my first rangefinder, and I use it even in preference to my Leica depending on the situation. ...
Thanks unix ... looking forward to using my GSN. There's another swap this Sunday about 2 & 1/2 hours northwest of Poitiers; don't know yet if I am going to go. But I have booked a room for the Bičvres (Paris) swap/expo = Home

My biggest error of the Poitiers' swap is in the last photo I posted ... a nice ME-F w/out lens for only 50€ (and probably could have bargained the price down a few Euros and/or for a trade) ... I do not know why but I hesitated and when I came back by the seller's stand about 30 minutes later, it was gone ... Merde! Oh well, win some, loose some .. Salut, J

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Just got this today, mom brought it home from a yard sale for me. This is in near mint condition. She paid a whopping 25 cents for it! I cleaned out the dust, loaded it with Portra 160 and will develop first roll tomorrow!
I saw some website where a guy used one of these to take wedding pix! He said the aperture is about f=32 with a shutter rated at 1/50th but his was closer to 1/30th.
PHO-TAK Traveler 120, Synchro Flash. Uses 120 roll film on a curved film plane to deal with the pincushion of a meniscus 110mm Zellar lens. The box camera exposes a 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" frame in a body that is approx. 4" wide, 3 1/2" tall and 4 1/2" deep.
All metal construction, very well built, like a damn tank, and well engineered to make that neg size in that body!



04-26-2014, 05:33 AM   #1609
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I would have bought an A7 if I could have afforded it but I'm quite satisfied with the Fuji/Minolta kit:



Fuji X-E1 with iShoot L-plate/grip and gordy strap
Fuji 18-55/2.8-4
Minolta MD 24/2.8
Minolta MD 28/2.0
Minolta MD 35/1.8
Minolta MD 58/1.2
Vivitar/Tokina 90/2.5 Macro ("Bokina")
Minolta MC 135/2.8
Minolta MD 200/4.0
Minolta 2x TC 300-S

04-26-2014, 01:22 PM   #1610
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QuoteOriginally posted by jimr-pdx Quote
I just don't need to go wider with what I shoot, sorry Rokinon
My Rokinon Fisheye is in full sympathy with yours. While an excellent lens, it mostly sits on the shelf while the Zenitar gets to ride in the bag.


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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Try to get on the Sightseeing Screwmount list. It is a loaner SV that travels around the world from member to member for a week or two each, If it is still working That's where stevebrot and I 'discovered' the SV.

[EDIT: I checked the thread] PM Pioneer and cc: Blue. They'll get it to you - hasn't moved in quite a while and it just had a CLA..
Thanks so much for the suggestion! However, I'm afraid even several weeks would be stress rather than pleasure--I'm just too busy right now for these things. Perhaps some time later, if it is still working. Great idea nevertheless!
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QuoteOriginally posted by 45 Mike Quote
Just got this today, mom brought it home from a yard sale for me. This is in near mint condition. She paid a whopping 25 cents for it! I cleaned out the dust, loaded it with Portra 160 and will develop first roll tomorrow!
I saw some website where a guy used one of these to take wedding pix! He said the aperture is about f=32 with a shutter rated at 1/50th but his was closer to 1/30th.
PHO-TAK Traveler 120, Synchro Flash. Uses 120 roll film on a curved film plane to deal with the pincushion of a meniscus 110mm Zellar lens. The box camera exposes a 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" frame in a body that is approx. 4" wide, 3 1/2" tall and 4 1/2" deep.
All metal construction, very well built, like a damn tank, and well engineered to make that neg size in that body!



Here is a picture I took yesterday with this!


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Picked this beauty up today. Took it home for a scrubbing and could not resist snapping some photos.









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QuoteOriginally posted by 45 Mike Quote
Just got this today, mom brought it home from a yard sale for me. This is in near mint condition. She paid a whopping 25 cents for it! I cleaned out the dust, loaded it with Portra 160 and will develop first roll tomorrow!
I saw some website where a guy used one of these to take wedding pix! He said the aperture is about f=32 with a shutter rated at 1/50th but his was closer to 1/30th.
PHO-TAK Traveler 120, Synchro Flash. Uses 120 roll film on a curved film plane to deal with the pincushion of a meniscus 110mm Zellar lens. The box camera exposes a 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" frame in a body that is approx. 4" wide, 3 1/2" tall and 4 1/2" deep.
All metal construction, very well built, like a damn tank, and well engineered to make that neg size in that body
Very cute box and I'm suprised by that pic you took with it!
04-28-2014, 03:16 AM   #1617
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I got this camera a few days ago. It seems to work fine, I've replaced the mirror bumper but need to give it new seals too. It will probably become my de-facto travel 35mm SLR because it's so flexible.

I was disappointed to find out it has the ugly "ker-chunk" shutter sound of the P series cameras rather than the beautiful smooth "click" of the ME Super and K2


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04-28-2014, 11:55 AM   #1618
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonathan Mac Quote
I got this camera a few days ago. It seems to work fine, I've replaced the mirror bumper but need to give it new seals too. It will probably become my de-facto travel 35mm SLR because it's so flexible.

I was disappointed to find out it has the ugly "ker-chunk" shutter sound of the P series cameras rather than the beautiful smooth "click" of the ME Super and K2


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Looks really clean, I like the black version, mine is chrome. I need to do the bumper on it too. It is for sure not the stealthiest of cameras, but my favorite 35mm that I own so far.
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Here is some DIY gear. Yo Tuco's home made barn door tracker. Also known as a Haig or Scotch mount. This device will cancel out the diurnal motion of the earth for a short time. Long enough to do some astro-landscapes this summer.

In the northern hemisphere, aim it at the Pole Star to align the hinge with the axis of the Celestial Pole and rotate the dial every 15 seconds. It is specifically made for wide angle lenses and short tracking times. It utilizes that the fact the sin(angle) = angle in radians for angles less than 6 degrees for sub one-second arc of accuracy. It will get you times longer than the 500-Rule. That is, divide 500 by your focal length and that is how many seconds you can take a shot before stars streak in your picture for lenses less than 35mm if you didn't use any tracking.









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QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
Yo Tuco's home made barn door tracker.
Very neat.
What about adding a little micro robotic gearmotor?
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