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07-28-2013, 06:28 AM   #526
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QuoteOriginally posted by fmatlock Quote
Leica IIIf with Summitar Lens
Lovely. I was reading a bit about these. They look as if they would feel beautiful in the hand. although require a lot of knob twiddling to set up for a shot. This seems a common trait with many European cameras, although the later German Retinas and Retinettes simplified matters (I have a dozen of these - they are less expensive than the Leika)

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There are always the Russian copies (Zorki, FED)...
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As a man of a certain...hairstyle...the Balda Baldessa is one of my favourite cameras.
Do you know what year that model was released?

I acquired a Balda Baldamatic I - released 1959, to get a perspective on the original Asahi Pentax.



If you can imagine, Pentax was committed to the SLR design - starting with the Asahiflex, while most releases then were rangefinders - Leica, Leica clones and various other models.

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Mine is the 1a, and I think also around 1959. It's a nice looking, solid little camera. I've put a roll through it, and the shots had a nice feel.

QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess;2464r488:
Do you know what year that model was released?

I acquired a Balda Baldamatic I - released 1959, to get a perspective on the original Asahi Pentax.



If you can imagine, Pentax was committed to the SLR design - starting with the Asahiflex, while most releases then were rangefinders - Leica, Leica clones and various other models.

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My latest babies. They have rekindled my interest in film - I have many rolls (35mm and 120) that have been in my freezer for years. Now's the time to thaw them out, I reckon.
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My latest babies. They have rekindled my interest in film - I have many rolls (35mm and 120) that have been in my freezer for years. Now's the time to thaw them out, I reckon.
At least the 35mm films . . .

Those lenses look very nice too!
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And my Sigma DP1x




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Nice - I'm very tempted to buy the 43mm Limited. I've lusted after it for years. I also have a scarcely used Bronica ETRSi hanging around, bough new about 15 years ago. I think the 120s should have a trip out of the freezer too!

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So folding cameras are my addiction. This No 1 Autographic Kodak Special was made with the Cooke lens in 1915 and 1916 only. Everything seems to work, though I had to put in a ruby window as it was missing. There's film in it now.






I took these with a FA 24-90 kit lens (came with the ZX-L) to try it out -- not bad on a K-x


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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
So folding cameras are my addiction. This No 1 Autographic Kodak Special was made with the Cooke lens in 1915 and 1916 only. Everything seems to work, though I had to put in a ruby window as it was missing. There's film in it now.






I took these with a FA 24-90 kit lens (came with the ZX-L) to try it out -- not bad on a K-x


Yay for film in it! Cameras are for taking pictures
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Some digital porn from me...I know..Erik and digital? Huh? But I have my reasons. This is my NEX5N with viewfinder, mounting a 50mm f/1.4 SMC Takumar on a Lens Turbo.

It makes clean images well into the High ISO range. The Lens Turbo is a backward teleconverter...it makes images sharper, brighter, and smaller, so it conforms the 35mm image circle to the APS-C Format, which essentially means I get my full frame focal lengths back. It also preserves the full frame DOF characteristics. Additionally, because it's concentrating light, it's making the CoC smaller for sharper images, and it's packing more light onto the sensor..which means at f/1.4, I'm getting exposures as if I'm actually mounting an F/1.0...and it works that way on all lenses at all apertures.

This, combined with Focus Peaking, on such a small body...This camera is essentially cheating. I adore it. All my FF Pentax lenses with aperture rings work on it beautifully.







In the second one you can see one of my LX's with a 28-70 F/2.8 mounted
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That does sound like a free lunch and more! But the most impressive thing -- how'd you get the view finder to wear out the paint like that? Uber-cool!
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So folding cameras are my addiction. This No 1 Autographic Kodak Special was made with the Cooke lens in 1915 and 1916 only. Everything seems to work, though I had to put in a ruby window as it was missing. There's film in it now.
I want a folder too as I don't have one . . . nor a TLR . . . or for that matter a large format either! Better get busy!
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That does sound like a free lunch and more! But the most impressive thing -- how'd you get the view finder to wear out the paint like that? Uber-cool!
It really is. I got a chance to shoot with it in the way-dark at a family gathering, and it was phenomenal. I was getting 1/80 at night with very little illumination. I'm kinda convinced that between the speed booster, adapter compatability, the ISO performance, and the EVF/flippy screen that:

A. Sony made an absolute masterpiece that they didn't realize was more than just a point and shoot/DSLR compromise,

B. An NEX is THE way to shoot Pentax Full Frame lenses digitally.

Am I done with Pentax DSLRs? I still want a K-5 because the only complaint I have about the NEX is that it doesn't do any flash sync whatsoever with the EVF in place, and only a poppy-uppy type flash with one installed. There's no sync port, not even a popup flash. Also, the NEX isn't weather sealed, and weather sealing is hard to give up once you've had it.

As for the brassing...All Sony EVFs start out silver. The previous owner of my camera and VF combo painted it black for street shooting...and it's just been wearint off naturally since. I'm convinced the paint job is why I got it so cheap
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
So folding cameras are my addiction. This No 1 Autographic Kodak Special was made with the Cooke lens in 1915 and 1916 only. Everything seems to work, though I had to put in a ruby window as it was missing. There's film in it now.
By the way, I used your suggestion to reset the infinity focus on my Franka Rollfix, and the pictures are now clear and sharp, thank you.
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