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11-22-2014, 06:28 AM   #2401
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Caffenol process? Nice! We were just talking about that over here.

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Thanks! I found the manual on Graflex.org and skimmed through it and I am confident that I have things lubed and adjusted correctly. The FP shutter just needed some light oil and some exercise and works wonderful now. The front shutter was even easier. Most of the problem was a bad cocking gate, and gummy shutter blades.
I took two test shots with it last nite. The film holders actually gave me more trouble than the camera. I had never loaded film in a holder. Had no idea that the end flipped up, and wasted two sheets trying to get the film to fit lengthwise, before I found something online that shows that end piece flipped up to load film.

I may have some Portra 160 and Vericolor to play with soon as well. The 21 sheets of b/w 100 I have now will last me a long time if I start playing with paper negs.
I was going to take some "after" shots today, but got busy with other stuff, besides the weather turned crappy and I didn't want to shoot indoors. sigh.

one of the two test shots last nite:


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Caffenol process? Nice! We were just talking about that over here.
Thanks for the link ! J
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Caffenol process? Nice! We were just talking about that over here.
Yep, All I use is the caffenol for b/w films and when i get my paper, i will use it on the paper negs and prints as well.

BTW, I just scored 100 sheets of color 4x5 vericolor for $20! LOL
The Portra went for almost $50, and I didn't get it, but the Vericolor sold with one bid, 50 sheets per box, two boxes.
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Went up to a camera fair near Leeds today with 120 in hand, came back with these and 10 change.

Exacta Varex IIa. In lovely condition with a spotless Pancolar 2/50, it's really really gorgeous.



Super A with A50/1.7, I've been wanting both this camera and this lens for quite a while, so the two in great condition for 55 was a great deal.



Fujica Drive. I love little half-frame cameras and spring-wind mechanisms. The guy threw it in cheap with the Super A and I couldn't resist.



There was a black SPF too (discussed at length before in this thread), the guy wanted 70 for it. I tried to part-ex the lovely Pancolar 1.8/50 that cost me 80 a few weeks ago with it, but he didn't want it - 'I've got too many of those already'. Alright for some I suppose

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That Super A was a good catch. I have a rough but functional one which doesn't get as much use as it should.

I'm keeping my eyes open for a "European Camera of the Year" version and the matching 49mm lens cap. Chances of my finding a complete boxed set for a price I can afford are nil, but if I can snag a clean body, strap and cap I can reassemble the set as the other components are standard.
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Exacta Varex IIa. In lovely condition with a spotless Pancolar 2/50, it's really really gorgeous.
Nice IIa! Handling is strange, but the cameras have a certain "feel". The Pancolar is a real gem mechanically and optically. How is the shutter? I have been tempted to get a Varex, but have not found any that did not need work ($$).


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Went up to a camera fair near Leeds today with 120 in hand, came back with these and 10 change.
Exacta Varex IIa. In lovely condition with a spotless Pancolar 2/50, it's really really gorgeous.
Looks like a great score as I've been on the lookout for one in decent enough shape to experience!
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Bonjour,

I went to the Tours' annual expo and swap today. Only a hour north of me and well worth the effort.

It was a bit less populated with vendors this year, but I still scored some nice gear that I will share later.

Here's some images for fun. Hope you like these snaps!

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WOW...I hope they don't have an ATM machine in there! I wouldn't trust myself!!!
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WOW...I hope they don't have an ATM machine in there! I wouldn't trust myself!!!
Ha! Nope, no ATM's nearby and I left my checkbook in the car on pupose.

Pulled out 200 cash in Poitiers and only spent just over half of that. So, I was a good boy ...
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Ha! Nope, no ATM's nearby and I left my checkbook in the car on pupose.
Pulled out 200 cash in Poitiers and only spent just over half of that. So, I was a good boy ...
Just like in Las Vegas casinos, no ATM machines within so many feet of slot machine . . .
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Two low budget scores from Tours ... I am a sucker for some German gear. The Praktica works and came with a good battery.

I paid "full price" for these, but when I came back the same seller gave me a 2€ discount on a Canon FD 135/3.5 ... only 10€ for that lens. Ha!




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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Two low budget scores form Tours ... I am a sucker for some German gear. The Praktica works and came with a good battery.

I paid "full price" for these, but when I came back the same seller gave me a 2 discount on a Canon FD 135/3.5 ... only 10 for that lens. Ha!


Nice looking Praktica.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Two low budget scores form Tours ... I am a sucker for some German gear. The Praktica works and came with a good battery.

I paid "full price" for these, but when I came back the same seller gave me a 2 discount on a Canon FD 135/3.5 ... only 10 for that lens. Ha!
This maybe a little late but here is the handy checklist from the Dec 1970 Modern Photography magazine for you to use as a buying guide for your Praktica super TL . . .

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Two low budget scores form Tours ... I am a sucker for some German gear. The Praktica works and came with a good battery.

I paid "full price" for these, but when I came back the same seller gave me a 2 discount on a Canon FD 135/3.5 ... only 10 for that lens. Ha!


I keep meaning to buy some Pentacon Electric lenses for my Praktica LLC. Which was bought from a junk shop along with its mouldy CZJ 50/2.8, a Zenit 12XP with very broken electrics, and a Helios 135/2.8. The only part of the bundle I couldn't fully repair was the Zenit, which fires but doesn't meter. The Helios is a very nifty lens and the CZJ is pretty decent despite the inevitable dust after its cleaning. Not bad for 13!

I picked up these two lenses for 1 (the pair) along with an old flashgun in another junk shop last year. The Hanimex 28mm is very soft (I understand that there's a common fault with these lenses, but can't find what I need to tighten) but the Kennex 135mm is brilliant:



These Hanimex 28s were made by Tokina, and I've seen them with at least one other name attached.
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