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10-25-2014, 11:08 PM   #2176
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
Beautifully made, this "Diamond" version, but my 9X6 Franka Folder is so much more user friendly.
I like my Yashica-D TLR, I find it very ergonomic and a joy to use. The controls are well placed and the fully manual operation gives me complete creative control. The 6x6 film format is somewhat awkward for me at times, but I get used to it and the choice of vertical or horizontal is no longer done at shutter time, but rather during post.

I really prefer the 6x9, and my Franka RolfixII works great for my b/w shots. I have shot color through it and it does fine with color as well, however for color, I use my Agfa Billy Record II, another 6x9 folder. The Franka is shedding some verdigris and occasionally that gets on the film. For b/w the resulting crud spots give the whole thing a somewhat nostalgic old time mood. It just happens and there it is.
On my color shots however i prefer the clean crisp non crudded results.

Have you ever wished for a 6x9 folder with a TTL focus and meter?? I think that would be wonderful. I think the Graflex model comes close, but it's not really a folder, and no meter that i know of.
Somewhere i saw mention of a 6x9 TLR, but the review was that it was a horrible monster of a camera. Oh well.
Hope you get good pics with the Diacord, post em when you do!

10-26-2014, 07:59 AM   #2177
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
Nice! This is one manufacturer I don't have, but I sure remember in the late seventies comparing my MX with the OM 10.
Sadly the Olympus lenses are not as versatile (usable) as the Pentax K or M42.
Yoshihisa Maitani (Olympus creator) was clearly an innovator and had always provided the smallest configuration without sacrificing robust quality.




The MX was the Pentax response to the OM-1 and delivered a dimensionally smaller full info viewfinder SLR.




The Zuiko OM lenses are adaptable to Canon EOS with focus verification.



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Another Olympus innovation was the off the film (OTF) metering introduced in the OM-2. The OM-2 used two sets of light measuring cels - CDS cels in the viewfinder and silicon cels in the mirror box after the mirror flips up. The LX advanced this by using only cels in the mirror box with a transmissive mirror allowing light to go through even when the mirror is down. The OM-4 used this configuration and added spot metering. All three will meter the scene in realtime, adjusting exposure time depending on the scene lighting. However, only the LX will meter for as long as it takes as the Olympus models have a time limit. And of course the LX has interchangeable viewfinders, MLU, range of shutter speeds even when batteries die and a few other features.

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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
Yoshihisa Maitani (Olympus creator) was clearly an innovator and had always provided the smallest configuration without sacrificing robust quality.
That is an informative set of picture comparisons you have here. Didn't know the Zuiko lenses could adapt to EOS Canon. (I don't think anything adapts to Nikon F)
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I've been enjoying using Zuiko and Nikkor lenses on my K-01 with the Adaptist PK+MM multi-mount. The Zuikos need no adaptation other than a piece of tape to hold down the stop-down button. You can get into the lens and disable the auto-aperture mechanism, but I prefer the tape so I can use the lenses on my OM-1 as well.



Nikkors require a little more work. The Nikkor-P 105mm f/2.5 below has 0.8mm-thick shims under the mount to make the mount flush with the rim of the aperture ring and also increase flange focal distance closer to that of Nikons.



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Here's one of the ZX crew...Hopefully I'll be able to replace the 7 w/a 60 before too long.
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QuoteOriginally posted by IHS Quote
Here's one of the ZX crew...Hopefully I'll be able to replace the 7 w/a 60 before too long.
Why would you want to replace the 7 with a 60?
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I think the L will do most anything the 7 will and I'd like to start playing around with mirror lock-up. See how I like it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
Yoshihisa Maitani (Olympus creator) was clearly an innovator and had always provided the smallest configuration without sacrificing robust quality.




The MX was the Pentax response to the OM-1 and delivered a dimensionally smaller full info viewfinder SLR.




The Zuiko OM lenses are adaptable to Canon EOS with focus verification.



---------- Post added 10-26-14 at 11:21 AM ----------

Another Olympus innovation was the off the film (OTF) metering introduced in the OM-2. The OM-2 used two sets of light measuring cels - CDS cels in the viewfinder and silicon cels in the mirror box after the mirror flips up. The LX advanced this by using only cels in the mirror box with a transmissive mirror allowing light to go through even when the mirror is down. The OM-4 used this configuration and added spot metering. All three will meter the scene in realtime, adjusting exposure time depending on the scene lighting. However, only the LX will meter for as long as it takes as the Olympus models have a time limit. And of course the LX has interchangeable viewfinders, MLU, range of shutter speeds even when batteries die and a few other features.
I would pay to take a look at your collection...

can I ask you, how much did you pay for the om3?

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I would pay to take a look at your collection...
can I ask you, how much did you pay for the om3?
These 35mm cameras don't take up much room.



I always thought about doing a rental service for these but I know what people do to rental cars and I want to keep these in working order!

Found this not too common Topcon Beseler B (about 1959?) that was sold as-is, non-working, parts only camera. It is in good cosmetic shape, lens and viewfinders are clean and clear, and everything seems to be working except the slow shutter speeds seem to drag. Perhaps a little exercise will get the old joints going . . .





It is an interchangeable viewfinder type released about the same as the Pentax K and before the Nikon F. It is bigger and heavier at 814g compared to the K @ 575g and F @ 694g, without lenses.




The Ricoh Singlex is still my heaviest at 826g.

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@LesDMess :a bit off-topic, but do you have a page where you post all the photos of your various bodies? With the schematic presentation and included scale, they would make a great reference resource!

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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
A bit off-topic, but do you have a page where you post all the photos of your various bodies? With the schematic presentation and include scale, they would make a great reference resource!
Agreed ... that would be great !!! Salut, J
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@LesDMess: A bit off-topic, but do you have a page where you post all the photos of your various bodies? With the schematic presentation and include scale, they would make a great reference resource!
I do not at this time. However, I have compiled these images by year. I have tried to make sure they are similarly sized. The bellows and motorized version are similarly sized among themselves. Please note that I have gotten rid of most of the ones without a gridded background for one reason or another.


Link to larger version of cameras by year -> http://www.fototime.com/61138CF006090B1/orig.jpg
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
Link to larger version of cameras by year
Thank you, most interesting collection.
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I think the L will do most anything the 7 will and I'd like to start playing around with mirror lock-up. See how I like it.
Ahh...
I didn't know the MZ-60 had MLU.
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