Hi, Jaybe, a Scot now living in France here. New to collecting. I have had a huge number of film cameras in my life and, like just about everyone, went digital and got rid of my 35mm and roll film cameras. I guess I am reliving my youth or something because I have developed an interest in the old technology again. In the last few months I have acquired a bit of an eclectic lot:
Yaschica Mat TLR Graflex Crown Graphic press camera Photax (35mm French Bakelite camera) Zeiss Ikon Contina L with Ikablitz 6 Flash
Looking forward to expanding this collection and learning about what others are collecting.
Welcome Jaybe, always nice to meet a new collector of anything. If you ever need any advice regarding cameras there are plenty of knowledgable people here who are always willing to help I look forward to hearing about and viewing your collection as it grows...
Thanks for the welcome. Looking forward to getting involved as my "collection" grows. I attach a snap of it as it stands.
Graflex Crown Graphic with original case, Polaroid back and roll film back. I have yet to put a film through it but will when I have a moment. It had a broken focus screen when I bought it. I got one on Ebay from the states so it is now in excellent condition.
The Yashica, I have put a roll through and all seems well with it.
The others, I haven't yet.
I tend to buy things that I find beautiful and or interesting. Hence there is no rationale to the collection as yet. I also have for anyone who may be interested in that sort of thing, a Paillard Bolex M8 standard 8 projector and the matching camera. These were the first pieces of classic technology that I bought and I did so because, in my opinion, the projector is just a beautiful piece of design. That purchase set me off down a rocky road that led to the cameras and also to classic hifi. Long may it continue - providing, of course, my wife continues to indulge my little hobbies.
As your in France try to aim to search out French Cameras, there were lots and they made good lenses as well, plus of course cheaper mass market cameras. Few French Cameras sold outside the home market, so makers are not that well known.