Post by yashica1943 on Feb 12, 2018 4:29:58 GMT -5
I am a big fan of Nikon, I have a mint FM2 and a FE that needs attention, and several lenses, both Nikon and Tamron adaptall. But have bad memories of the Nikon 501. I bought a good looking used one from a well known camera shop in the South of England, in about 1985 then went on a touring holiday in Scotland, my wife used the camera and put several rolls of film through it, including shots of the reindeer herd and it seemed to be working perfectly. When we arrived home there was not one exposure, all blank, the shutter was not working. I hadn't tested the camera before we went, assuming that a reputable shop wouldn't sell a defective item. We got our money back, but it didn't make up for the memories we lost.
working perfectly. When we arrived home there was not one exposure, all blank, the shutter was not working. I hadn't tested the camera before we went, assuming that a reputable shop wouldn't sell a defective item. We got our money back, but it didn't make up for the memories we lost.
Sorry to hear that. But I never go on a trip with an untested camera. Even if the camera worked before I do some basic testing without film before I put a new roll in and use it. No matter how old the camera is.
With old new to me cameras it is always exciting when the first roll is developed. Are the speeds accurate? Is the shutter speed or the exposure automatic accurate? Is the lens stop down working?
I have 2 F501, both have been cheap, both are working fine. One had corroded contacts in the battery chamber, but nothing seriously damaged.
But back to topic:
Times are changing and what was undesirable a few years ago is a looked for camera today. Olympus OM 10 and 20 are hard to find as a bargain nowadays.
Still undesirable are the Nikon F50, F60, F70 and others from that time. I have a F60. It is not a bad camera but still not one I like to use. I bought it only for the 2 zooms lenses that have been in the package. I ran one film through and now it sits in the storage.
Regarding Olympus: I now got an OM-101 bacause I wanted the 50mm f1.8 and the 70-210mm zoom to play with the OM-77. Last ordering was a cheap AF 50 f2 PF lens for the OM-101 to complete the camera with the right lens.
Absolutely undesirable are the IS series cameras from Olympus. I found a IS-2000 for 9€ and matching G-40 flash for 2.70€. A real P&S SLR, the start of the bridge camera area.
Maybe these are the most undesriable Olympus OM models
OM-10 and OM-101
Both cameras have been stripped to minimum for cost reasons. OM-10 has only AE mode OM-101 only P mode, no manual mode. With adding a little more money one could add manual mode by buying the matching manual adapters.
OM-101 PF and AF lenses do not have a focus ring, you have power focus control on the back of the camera body.
On the PF lens for OM-101 there is no aperture ring, If you want AE mode or set aperture in manual mode you need the "Manual Adapter 2" which provides controls to set shutter speed and aperture.
The PF lenses are stripped down AF lenses, with no electrical contacts.
Olympus learned the lession and dropped the OM 707 and 101 after they have been no success. But not only this, they dropped the whole OM series. no successor of OM-3 and OM-4, no up do date SLR with AF at all.
Instead they jumped into a new type of cameras. Fixed lens SLRs which became very successful, even in digital world - the bridge cameras.
It started with the IS-1000, followed by IS-2000, IS-3000 and finally IS-5000. This series featured everything a good SLR had to have. there was a cheaper series with 3 digit names too.
But now, 15 years later the IS series is undesired, the pirces are cheap to nothing. I got a IS-2000 a few weeks ago for 9€, the GN-40 flash for less than 5€. Today I picked up a nice looking IS-3000 for free. This one had even the panorama adapter and tool to insert it in its ever ready case.
OM-707 and IS-2000 side by side. Looking through the view finder shows that the IS-2000 electronics is derived from the OM-707, but has a lot more features.
The IS-2000 is handy but not light or small.
It has all modes you need and an informative display on the back.
There have been wide, Tele and Macro screw on lenses available. Like in the old days of fixed lens range finder cameras.
And there was the GN-40 flash with proprietary hot shoe, narrower than the standard. This flash can only be used on the IS series. It features all you need even high speed sync.
This Pentax P30n is the last of the P series, it is interesting as it is also the last with manual film transport so the LR44 batteries are only used for the meter and shutter, wich means theyll go a long way.over the years Pentax had lost some of its A brand shine and the all plastic P and later series didn't rank high on the desirability list
I sold a P30 with a 50mm lens for $100 last december. Bought it at a yard sale for $5. It was a great camera, put a couple of rolls of film through it and it worked a treat. Photos came up as well as I could have expected (Im a bit of a photography hack...) Great value cameras that are steadily finding their value.
I'm curious. What would be your choice of a "forgotten best body" for K-mount manual focus lenses, say the M-lens series? I saw the P30n mentioned above, but it has those suspicious contacts in the mount. Would a M-lens work in that body?