I have two of these Spartus Full Vues. I bought this one from a camera store in the Pacific Northwest. I took some pictures with it during the winter of 2004-2005.
This is Jefferson Mills in of course Jefferson Ohio. This feedmill has been run by the same family since the late 1880s.
This is the old Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Depot in Jefferson Ohio. The LS&MS later became the New York Central/Penn Central/Conrail. The line was partially abandoned in the late 1970s and is now run by the Ashtabula Carson & Jefferson Railroad.
I found this old shack out in the middle of nowhere, and it seemed odd all by itself.
This is one of Ashtabula County's 19 covered bridges.
This trainer is putting a horse thru some paces at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds in Jefferson. I took a simular picture with my Speedex posted in the Black & White area.
John, there is no focus, what you get is what you get. Mickey, I would rather use my antique cameras now and then than let them sit on a shelf. I made sure there were was nothing much modern in the photos to give the effect of old pictures. Guys, I posted these at Nelsonphoto and a guy says they are all blocky and compressed too much. I can see them fine, I didn't compress them at all, they are straight from the scanner except for a little cropping.
Randy, I have noticed in a few photos you have posted recently that there is some blockyness, or jpg artifacts. What resolution do you scan at? Try scanning at a higher resolution and see if that makes a difference.
Hi -- Please pardon the newbie-ish post. I recently rediscovered my love for photography through the use of a Holga and have begun accumulating older cameras for variety, this site looks like a great resource. I picked up a Spartus full-vue on ebay and unfortunately the mirror that reflects to the viewfinder is broken into two pieces and completely loose in its compartment. The camera is in pristine condition otherwise and I don't want it to just sit on the shelf. Does anyone have experience repairing such a camera and have an opinion on whether I should even bother trying? It doesn't seem like it will be the easiest thing to get open and of course I will probably need to cut glass to fit the space, and last time I checked I have no experience glass cutting... And I figure asking someone else to repair it will cost me much more than the camera's worth, if anyone out there regularly repairs these things.
Any friendly advice would be appreciated. Unfortunately I bought the camera as-is so can't get my money back (note to self: ). Thanks much,