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09-16-2015, 10:05 AM   #3346
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Hi Steve:

Sorry that I could not relocate the website that showed the 2-back set and the leather carry-car, which appeared to be in LN condition.

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No problem! I had a very interesting romp through the various Contarex resources on the Web. Very interesting and cool camera


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
No problem! I had a very interesting romp through the various Contarex resources on the Web. Very interesting and cool camera


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I remember very well when the Contarex was introduced. I went to the local camera store in Berkeley to see one. They had it in a special display case, as I remember resting on a red velvet cloth, looking like one of the Crown Jewels. Lenses for the Contarex were somewhat variable in quality. The 50mm f1.4 was marginal, easily the poorest of that design for any camera, but the lowly 50mm f2.8 Tessar was excellent. They made a 250 f4 that had a focusing wheel on the side you were supposed to rotate with your thumb while holding the lens via a special, supplied-with-lens rubberized grip threaded into the tripod foot. Above 250mm they offered a 500mm f4.5 Mirotar that even today sells used for $7000 and up (mostly up). There was a special macro-Tessar bellows lens that at the time was well regarded, It was probably a reversed Tessar design (other manufacturers made reverse-Tessar macro lenses, including Bausch & Lomb). About they same time Zeiss developed a truly legendary lens, the 15mm Hologon, even by today's standards an outstanding FF rectilinear wide angle. However, because it was a true WA design, not a reversed tele, it could not be mounted on any SLR, so it was issued attached permanently on its own body. This lens was later reissued in Leica bayonet and thread (M39) mounts.
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By the way, an old Contarex Super review from 1968. Note the Zeiss 50/2 Planar - it has the best scores I've seen in a lens of the era.


1968: Contarex Super / 50/2 Planar "Camera 35" rev

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With my Zenit recently deciding that it was going to be the arbiter of whether or not something was worth taking a picture of, I was in the market for a new m42-mount SLR. Checked the flea markets and second-hand shops & local for sale sites, but nearly everything was massively overpriced or of questionable condition.

Price and condition-wise, this was the best of the lot. Officially it's a GAF L-17, but it's mainly just a Chinon M-1 with the cheap-looking Chinon nameplate replaced with a gaudier GAF one.

On the other hand, it works—meter even seems accurate—and was cheap. So I can't really complain.

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Nice L-17. I didn't even know there were cameras with the GAF logo on them.
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This is one of my two main kits.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TheLens Quote
Nice L-17. I didn't even know there were cameras with the GAF logo on them.
There were about a dozen, IIRC. Most are, like the L-17, just rebadged Chinons, though a few other manufacturers made models for them as well.

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QuoteOriginally posted by chickentender Quote
Excellent! The Russians came for me this week as well!

A new-to-me Fed 2E with Industar61 and a Kiev 4M with Helios103.
Stop stoking my Fed 2D lust, you people! I don't even like 35mm that much, but that camera, sigh...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Archimedes the Dog Quote
Stop stoking my Fed 2E lust, you people! I don't even like 35mm that much, but that camera, sigh...
Yeah......... I'm afraid, in that way, we're not here to help. You must go it alone along the path of resistance.
(it's futile)
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This is one of my two main kits.
You go out with FOUR cameras?

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You go out with FOUR cameras?

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Sometimes 2, sometimes 6
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Yeah......... I'm afraid, in that way, we're not here to help. You must go it alone along the path of resistance.
(it's futile)
How much should one pay for a FED 2?
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QuoteOriginally posted by TheLens Quote
Nice L-17. I didn't even know there were cameras with the GAF logo on them.
That is how they were sold in the U.S. I don't remember the Cosina-labeled cameras, but the GAF versions were available from limited vendors by mail-order. I have never seen either in the wild or in a store.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonathan Mac Quote
You go out with FOUR cameras?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
Sometimes 2, sometimes 6
Loading film is soooo dull. The flow goes something like this:
  • Shoot (x36)
  • (to assistant) next camera
  • Shoot (x36)
  • (to assistant) next camera
  • Shoot (x36)
  • (to assistant) next camera
  • Shoot (x10)
  • (to assistant) swap back
  • Shoot (x10)
  • (to assistant) swap back
  • Shoot (x10)
  • (to assistant) lets drop this film off and get lunch
138 frames and no fiddling

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