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07-14-2016, 11:14 AM   #4381
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
The Contax viewfinder/rangefinder is 2-3 notches above that in the Kiev...just a small warning...


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I'll admit I was less impressed with the post-war Contax viewfinders. The rangefinder patch was much smaller than the Kiev's.
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A couple o' scrappers.

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QuoteOriginally posted by chickentender Quote
A couple o' scrappers.
Talking about Kievs, I received my first "serious" 6x6 camera...an Ukranian coffee grinder:



For 200 euros I got this set...the nameplate is missing but the dates on magazines and body say 1995.

I think it's one of the first Kiev 88s modified to Pentacon mount, the shutter is cloth (not metal), the level to disengage the Biotar is completely new to me, it also came with the rare grip (that doesn't work as this is the first attempt to improve the ergonomics of the shutter release moving it on the side) and three magazines, one 6x6 and two I assume 6x4.5, one vertical and one horizontal.

I think it's the predecessor of the 88CM...now I want to play a little with it (it's hard for me to focus and compose without pentaprims) and parhaps if I like it I'll ship to Arax to have it rebuilt with titanium shutter, leather and all the bells and whistles they do.

I am happy because I am already hunting another Olympia Sonnar, the 180mm f2.8 for P6.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
Talking about Kievs, I received my first "serious" 6x6 camera...an Ukranian coffee grinder:



For 200 euros I got this set...the nameplate is missing but the dates on magazines and body say 1995.

I think it's one of the first Kiev 88s modified to Pentacon mount, the shutter is cloth (not metal), the level to disengage the Biotar is completely new to me, it also came with the rare grip (that doesn't work as this is the first attempt to improve the ergonomics of the shutter release moving it on the side) and three magazines, one 6x6 and two I assume 6x4.5, one vertical and one horizontal.

I think it's the predecessor of the 88CM...now I want to play a little with it (it's hard for me to focus and compose without pentaprims) and parhaps if I like it I'll ship to Arax to have it rebuilt with titanium shutter, leather and all the bells and whistles they do.

I am happy because I am already hunting another Olympia Sonnar, the 180mm f2.8 for P6.
I've looked at those a number of times and thought seriously about getting one but their reputation always has frightened me away. Plus, I figure the Pentacon Six TL and the FSU RFs I've accumulated is enough risk.

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Very pretty though and a bunch of fun I'd reckon.
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My workhorse soaking up some rays today. I can't stress how much I love this camera.

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My workhorse soaking up some rays today. I can't stress how much I love this camera.
It looks well-loved indeed! I love mine too, although it gets too little use.
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I brought the 4x5 out of hiding today. Dunno if I'll actually use it, but I hope so!





It's a Toko 4x5 field camera, with front rise and fall, swing and tilt, and rear shift, swing and tilt. It's got a geared focusing rail. The lenses are:

On camera: Schneider 210 f/6.1
Left: Rodenstock Grandagon 75mm f/6.8
Center: F/5.5 ancient meniscus lens in a Copal Press shutter (It's a very soft focus sort of deal wide open)
Right: Schneider Symmar Convertible 150 f/5.6/265 f/12


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07-22-2016, 05:56 PM   #4389
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QuoteOriginally posted by unixrevolution Quote
I brought the 4x5 out of hiding today. Dunno if I'll actually use it, but I hope so!
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Left: Rodenstock Grandagon 75mm f/6.8
Drooling on the 75mm, I REALLY want a good wide angle for my 4x5!

Of course if you are not shooting that kit, I can give you my address and some shipping funds! :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by 45 Mike Quote
Drooling on the 75mm, I REALLY want a good wide angle for my 4x5!

Of course if you are not shooting that kit, I can give you my address and some shipping funds! :-)
I may not use it often, but I do use it. I was just reffering to wether I'd use it on that day when It'd tagged along with me to work

The 75 is the most wonderful lens, and I actually gave up a Super Graphic to get the Toko, so I could use the 75 with movements. I gave up handheld shooting with my 4x5 field camera but that's what the Graflex is for
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New-to-me Mamiya C330 with Newer-to-me 180/4.5.
07-26-2016, 03:39 AM - 2 Likes   #4392
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My recent 6x7 acquisitions ... another non-MLU ...

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So, Jean, now you something for candid street photography.
BTW: Only once did I encounter someone using a 6X7, way back (1990's) on the Virgin Islands, a commercial photographer, on a beach, photographing one of two beautiful women standing in the water (they were changing outfits in a tiny tent), He had one assistant to hold a big oval reflector, and another to hand him a second 6X7 body and reload the first. What was the assignment? A magazine ad for perfume. All that trouble and expense, and a beautiful woman standing in gentle surf, to sell perfume???

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
So, Jean, now you something for candid street photography. ...
Yeah ... Stealth photography at its best and nothing compared to these guys at I picked up at my thrift store for 2€ each ... the 35/2.8 is really, really small ...

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Yes. Purchased one of those for my daughter (think it is still around the house somewhere - must look for it). Those clamshell all-auto 35mm cameras were really, well, nifty. Better protected in your pocket than most current retractable-lens P&S digitals, and they have a much larger "sensor"
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