Thanks Ron for reminding me about your website. The only 35mm Mamiya camera that I have is this DSX 1000 that I picked up, along with a Praktica IVF, in a junk (!) box at a camera fair when we had such events. It works perfectly well and is in nice condition.
For some reason I always wanted a Topcon , but too expensive compared to a Minolta SRT .
Dee's ruptively Gender indee'terminate . Autistic Glitch - cameras help contain and focus an out of phase world . Contax / Kiev surround and ground me in chaos . I may even take a photo or two with my several Digi-boxes . OOPs I stated Female , which was weird . I am actually XY , but my head does not recognise that 'frequency' so forgive me if I don't change it . Love puns - Miss-aligned etc LOL
Topcons and Kowas are on my watchlist for long time. But GAS was not strong enough to make me hunting for one of them.
But a few weeks ago a person I know offered a cheap bunch of cameras. Among them a Topcon IC-1 2nd model and a KOWA SE together with Canoen AE-1 and T50. All together for a price I could not resist.
I ordered the convolute together with a Flektogon 35 for my Exakta.
In parallel I found an eBay auction of 2 Topcons in Austria (IC-1 first version, and Uni) together with 28 and 135mm lens. I won the auction cheap because sold as broken.
The seller of the first packet sent me an email that he also found an Unirex and added it to the parcel :-)
Now I have 4 Topcons and one Kowa SE. The ebay Topcons work after cleaning and fitting new batteries, also the Unirex works but exposure meter seems to be off. I did not yet put a batterie in the KOWA SE but shutter works fine on all speeds.
I'm surprised about the the mechanical shutters of the KOWA and the Topcon Uni*. They run fine at all speeds after that long time, also self timer works.
Back to original topic: I'm still looking for an Olympus OM-4. prices are beyond my range now. But last week I overlooked an auction with a winning price below 50€,
I like to collect some old cameras and hunting binoculars. So recently i bought Kronos 20×60 Binoculars. It is really old and popular binoculars among militaries. They were high quality for their time — better than most optical instruments then being made by Western manufacturers. I decided to buy it after reading review here opticzoo.com/kronos-20x60-binoculars-review/
Post by yashica1943 on Jul 29, 2019 12:01:42 GMT -5
I used to have about 5 pairs of binoculars. Not as satisfying as 1970's cameras. Recently I found a perfect pair of 1950's Leica bins, about 10 x 50 in a charity shop for £10 - the sale helped fund part of my camera collection. They were quality optics. I see a lot of old binoculars in car boot sales. The most underrated cheaper models in my opinion are Greenkat. (I have had one new pair - regrettably sold, now have another used pair 40 years later.)
Post by yashica1943 on Jul 29, 2019 12:07:28 GMT -5
I have just read the article about Kronos binoculars. It mentions a yellow tint. I wondered if this is due to slight amount of radioactivity in the glass used. This is a feature of some quality camera lenses from the 1970's & 1980's?
I bought an original Pentacon 6, made in the first year. It had the original logo on it rather than the Erneman tower. It was lovely but was temperamental. It wound on 2 frames at a time and to put it bluntly a bloody awful camera to use. Two repair shops wouldn't touch it with a barge pole I eventually made an adaptor to use the prism on my Mamiya C33 and sold the camera listed with all its faults for what I paid. Should have gone for a Pentax instead.
The one I really missed out on was a bunch of ex-professional lenses. A colleague at work told me his next door neighbour had passed away and his widow wanted the room full of junk moved. Quote my pal: "Lots of big metal boxes with Canon written on them. Inside were these big grey/white lenses, one even had handles round it it was that big. I have a list that the old man wrote at home." We finished at 2pm and my mate promised to bring the lot round to the flat. The old lady just wanted rid of them. I told my mate they could be valuable and I would gladly take them from her, sell them and give her a good price. Perhaps keeping one one two for myself. At about 2.45 my mate rang to tell me his son had taken them to a second hand shop in the town. They guy had given him £300. The old lady was delighted. He brought the list in the next day. This lot was worth the price of a new car.
I noticed that Hnsz still wishes for a Hologon. I once found a new one on the shelf of the Leitz importer. They sold i cheap sinc no one had asked for it ever. I used it dor a while on my M3. Good external viewfinder,Perfecty free of distortion, and high contrast, but unsharp corners for landscape on Kodachrome slides , so I got rid of it in exchange for a decent sum + a very rare Alpa half-frame. No regrets, and I although a Hologon is nice for snapshots with Ilford XP or some other fast film which does camoufage unsharpness, I would not recommend it-