I've got a couple of these Tower/Yamato models with the Color-Luna lens, too. I know them inside-out because I had to take them completely apart in order to get them working. For a cheap camera, they have a pretty good, no-nonsense design. Got any test photos to show us?? I got a few nice images with mine.
How about the other cameras in your collection? Do you use them much? Looks like you have quite a few that are older than any I have. My oldest cameras are from around 1953.
Post by John Parry on Jul 31, 2006 15:48:31 GMT -5
Just like you I'm waiting to sell most of the cameras in my collection. I'm going to start next month.
A thought though - as film's cheap, and processing's cheap, why not shoot a roll from each, just so you can say you've shot with them. Then you'll get a better price, 'cause you'll be able to say "These were taken with that camera".
I'll jump in here with a couple of photos I got with my Tower. Mine looks identical to yours.
Steps leading up to Zi Shan temple, which is on the top of a small mountain in the northern part of Taipei, Taiwan. The walll is one section of what remains of a fortification built a couple of hundred years ago in more violent times.
Columns at the main entrance to Zi Shan temple, Taipei, Taiwan. (notice the watermelons on the vine)
I was just guessing distances. I could get sharper photos if I could guess a little more accurately. Lately, I have been carrying around an old German-made rangefinder unit that sits in the acessory shoe.
Now and then, I'm able to get a decent photo with a camera that's got a three-element lens, but usually the images seem much too soft. But, these were made for small snapshot prints, not big enlargements. I have a Beautyflex TLR (6x6) with a three-element (unit-focusing) Telmer lens, and the prints I've gotten with it look quite sharp, but that's a much bigger negative, of course.
Post by Dan Vincent on Jul 31, 2006 22:30:05 GMT -5
I'm impressed with your pictures from your Tower. -----------------------
The focus is done by a scale of feet from 3' to 40' and then Infinity.
I agree sample pictures might be nice but when I sell this camera I'll probably list it for 20 bucks and it would cost me a good portion of that to buy a film, have it developed and put on a disc so I could show the pictures here.
The camera is about 4-3/8" wide by 2-1/2" high. There is a slight dent in the top, just below the Tower letters but should tap out easily if the top was removed.
I doubt if a picture would add a dollar to the value of an inexpensive camera like this.
I'm reasonably confident this little Tower can take a picture, everything works but I have no way of measuring shutter speed.
Most of the users here tinker with their cameras so I'll leave the fine tuning to them.