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08-05-2015, 01:27 PM - 1 Like   #3181
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New acquisitions. Traded for the F2, free 50, 28, and 200 from my brother in law's father's kit. 85mm for portraits. Additionally, four third party lenses from the $5 grab baskets at our local brick and mortar. First roll of Ilford B/W in the chamber.

Soligor Tele-Auto 135mm 3.5
Vivitar 75-205mm f3.5-4.5 Macro Focusing
Vivitar 200mm f3.5 (oily blades but otherwise spotless)
Vivitar Series 1 70-210 f3.5 Macro Focusing (like new)


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Retina 1 (Model 148) 1939. Just before the war. Kodak Ektar f3.5 (Premium lens of it's day) The 1934 model was the first camera to use the disposable 35mm cartridge we still use today.
After a clean-up shown below:

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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
Retina 1 (Model 148) 1939. Just before the war. Kodak Ektar f3.5 (Premium lens of it's day) The 1934 model was the first camera to use the disposable 35mm cartridge we still use today.
FYI: The name "Ektar" was used by Kodak for what they regarded as their premium-grade lenses, but depending on focal length, the actual design of the lens (number of elements in how many groups) varied widely. The f3.5 Ektar used on the early Retina cameras was a Tessar design ("Tessar" is only applied to a particular 4-element design lens). Well-made Tessar lenses give excellent results over a wide range of image and film sizes, and very good results if reversed for macro photography at greater than 1:1. "Macro Tessars" with a reversed sequence of lenses were made by several lens manufacturers, usually in simple barrel mounts.

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Deconstructed M2 and VM 35/f2.5 Color Skopar, shot with a GR



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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
FYI: The name "Ektar" was used by Kodak for what they regarded as their premium-grade lenses, but depending on focal length, the actual design of the lens (number of elements in how many groups) varied widely. The f3.5 Ektar used on the early Retina cameras was a Tessar design ("Tessar" is only applied to a particular 4-element design lens). Well-made Tessar lenses give excellent results over a wide range of image and film sizes, and very good results if reversed for macro photography at greater than 1:1. "Macro Tessars" with a reversed sequence of lenses were made my several lens manufacturers, usually in simple barrel mounts.
Yes I agree the Tessars do a fine job, The Schneider Xenar is also of that design, and as an example of how good that lens is, here is an indicative shot I took in New Zealand with a Retina 1B. Check the details in the original size on Flicker if you wish.


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Traded for the F2
The F2 is the high water mark for solid quality, a camera built to a standard, not a price.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
The F2 is the high water mark for solid quality, a camera built to a standard, not a price.
Coff coff... if I may...I've two F2s and althought they are high quality I think the old Canon F-1 is built better, it's also quieter and smoother in the operation.

Also the humble Nikkormat oozes quality and feels more solid than the F2, probably because it's made (carved from?) in one piece.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
Coff coff... if I may...I've two F2s and althought they are high quality I think the old Canon F-1 is built better, it's also quieter and smoother in the operation.

Also the humble Nikkormat oozes quality and feels more solid than the F2, probably because it's made (carved from?) in one piece.
I agree the Nikkormat is probably as well made as the F2. I have a couple of FT2s and love them. I can't comment on the Canon F-1 as I have not seen one, but I take your word on it being as good as you say it is.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
I agree the Nikkormat is probably as well made as the F2. I have a couple of FT2s and love them. I can't comment on the Canon F-1 as I have not seen one, but I take your word on it being as good as you say it is.
I agree Arnold and Cuthbert, having traded in a well used Nikkormat FTN and a my wife's Nikon FG for the F2. I bought the Nikkormat for my sister in the 80's and she used it up. Never ventured towards the Canons during the early 70's as our Navy Photography Mates would come in the Galley using Nikons and Pentax and had a phrase about "Cannons." For a vintage
user I was looking for something to contrast with my original 1971 Spotmatic II kit. As for film use, whatever anyone is happy with the results using, go for it. I sorta like getting like new third party lenses for $5 each.

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Sometimes "well built" and/ or "solid" really mean only "big and heavy." There's no evaluating such things and shutter & meter accuracy, reliability and durability by simply hefting a camera, throwing the rapid wind lever, and listening to the mirror flap and shutter click. Doing so is rather like slamming the doors, kicking the tires, and peering without comprehension at the cat's-cradle of tubes and wires under the hood. Mercedes look wonderful, but their reliability based on owner experience is nowhere as good as the homely Scion.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
The F2 is the high water mark for solid quality, a camera built to a standard, not a price.
Not much to complain about the F2 . . . but . . . if you don't like the look of the photomic viewfinder, the plain viewfinder does not have a meter.

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OK, after i got my niece her IKON 4.5x6 folder, i almost immediately wished that I had one for myself.

Today, i was banging around on an auction site, and found THIS!
Zenobia 120 Film Bellows Folding Camera Case 75mm Daiichi Lens Japan | eBay

I have seen these IKON copies going for upwards of $200 or more, a tessar lens, and a rapid shutter with pc and cable release.
Holy cow, I'm sweating.

I can pull the shutter, yank the glass, clean and relube the shutter and have a pristine and gorgeous pocket folder, YAY!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
Me...want...one.
PM me? I have a Very nice ST35/2 and OEM hood in cases.
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Nothing special ... just realized that I have acquired three SMC Tak 50/1.4. Maybe should sell one or two and buy some body caps

Plus a double set SP F, but the one on the right is meter inoperative.

The middle one has been CLA'd by Eric. Works great and the ES is being film tested now.

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Today I received two cool lenses, unfortunately both slightly affected by fungus but I got them for a decent price, if I shoot and the pics are nice I'll keep them.

The first is a S-M-C Tak 50 mm macro with original box and papers.



Here on the SPF with the "barrel" extended:





Here you can find the fungus spot, that I hope I can clean.



The second is the mkII variant of the classic Canon FD 35 mm f2 superthorium, chrome nose, it's actually so dark that seeing through the finder it doesn't look like a warming filter but a proper yellow one.



Here you see the fungus on the concave element:



The pics of the Super A are on another thread.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
Not much to complain about the F2 . . . but . . . if you don't like the look of the photomic viewfinder, the plain viewfinder does not have a meter.
Nice F2's. I have a pair-one chrome and one black. My DE-1 finder is black.

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