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10-22-2019, 07:14 PM - 7 Likes   #1
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The coolest vintage accessory: Mechanical timer

Hello,

I always wanted one of these. A vintage mechanical timer. It screws to the shutter button just like a cable release. Wind it up, start it and it will take the picture for you!
A very cool gadget from the 60's and 70's!

Here is a video of it at work:

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10-22-2019, 07:31 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by ismaelg Quote
A vintage mechanical timer.
same would love to get one!! very cool
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I've owned several and seen them sold in stores new. They are a bit of fun if they are new to you.
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Nice to have a little parking meter for your camera.

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https://www.pacificridgephotography.com/Photography/Gear/Asahi-Accessories/i-TqRHSGd/A

There is actually a Pentax one.
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My dad had one for his Kodak Retina Reflex S. I have no idea where it went; it doesn't seem to be among all the vintage camera gear I inherited from him.
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Included in one of my purchases was THE MOST ADVANCED "SELF-TIMER" IN PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY . . .

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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
Included in one of my purchases was THE MOST ADVANCED "SELF-TIMER" IN PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY . . .
I received the earlier version of that one in among a mixed lot of series VI filters a while back. Which, I suppose, means that mine's not the most advanced self-timer in photographic history.


(The main difference is that the earlier model doesn't have any time markings on it; you just have to guess. Though the instructions do suggest that a full wind is somewhere around 13 to 15 seconds.)

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This is cool, never seen this before
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Nice! I just sold one of these that was made custom for a Polaroid land camera (which didn't have a threaded shutter release). I got more money for the timer than I did for the camera!

There's something very satisfying in working with these old mechanical tools. The one I had just seemed so precisely made for such a minor task. It was finished in brushed nickle too.
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Cool, it shows how advanced the ME was with a built in timer and how we take some of these things for granted.
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Yup. They're nifty. I've 2 or 3 of them tucked here and there that I sometimes pull out for use on the SV and older folding MF cameras that are sans timer (or those that have timers that I don't trust to not jam). My most used cameras have their own working timers for the most part. I got one from my dad long ago and a couple others tucked away in pockets or boxes from when I used to buy camera lots for cheap.
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That is cool indeed, it looks like an impressive feat of mechanical engineering to get a timer and an actuator mechanism in such a tiny housing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ismaelg Quote
Hello,

I always wanted one of these. A vintage mechanical timer. It screws to the shutter button just like a cable release. Wind it up, start it and it will take the picture for you!
A very cool gadget from the 60's and 70's!
The 645 doesn't have a self timer, so I bought one of these in the late 80's and probably used it once. Nevertheless it is a cool little device from back when a mechanical solution was cheaper than an electronic one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kevin B123 Quote
Cool, it shows how advanced the ME was with a built in timer and how we take some of these things for granted.
The Pentax SV had a built-in self-timer. That model was introduced in 1962, 14 years earlier than the ME.

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