Hello everybody!

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Richard Blount, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. I posted this greeting to Rec.Photo.misc and they recommend that I post this

    My name is Rich, and I am pretty new to taking photos other than with a
    "point and shoot" camera. I have received a large box of older camera
    equipment from my father who is no longer interested in photography as he
    was in his youth (he is now 83). Most of this stuff dates from the late '50s
    through the mid '70s. Having few means to buy new 'state of the art'
    equipment, I intuitively think this all-manual gear will help me learn more
    fundamentals of photography. (am also enrolling in a course at a local
    community school)

    The main two cameras, other than an old Poloroid 440 land-camera which I
    presume I will never in a million years find film for, is a Nikkormat model
    FT, and an older Zeiss Ikon Symbolica. There are a number of lenses for the
    Nikkormat, the primary one, (I presume) is a 50mm 1:1.4 Nikkor-S lens that
    Dad says is the one the camera came with.

    Checking out the Nikkormat, the shutter appears to work ok, except it sticks
    open at very low speeds. I presume that is from long storage. Is this a
    camera worth taking in for repairs, and for use as a beginning camera? Or
    has Digital photography come so far so as to render this stuff obsolete? I
    guess that amounts to a philosophical question of sorts doesn't it?

    Look forward to getting to know you all,
    Richard Blount, Nov 3, 2004
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  2. The Zeiss-Ikon Simbolica is pretty low end, I'd forget it.

    The Nikkormat is a nice camera which can give you as good (or better)
    results as any high tech plastic "wonder".

    Yours sounds like it needs a CLA (Clean Lube Adjust), which might not be
    worth the price. You could sound out local camera repairers for an estimate.
    You could also try using it as it is. If only the very slowest speeds
    stick and the others are o.k., that shouldn't be a major problem. Also,
    using it (giving the shutter some excercise) might even make the problem
    go away.
    Advice: Shoot some test rolls and see what comes out!

    Newer may be faster, easier and so on, but not necessarily better.

    Chris Loffredo, Nov 3, 2004
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  3. Richard Blount

    Mr Jessop Guest

    Do up the nikkormat and sell it. same for the zeiss. Practically
    Which side of the pond are you from?
    Mr Jessop, Nov 3, 2004
  4. I live in the US. In the State that proudly handed W the Presidency. :^)
    Richard Blount, Nov 4, 2004
  5. Richard Blount

    M E Guest

    Rich, visit the Classic Camera forum on photo.net. You'll find a lot of
    kindred spirits there.
    M E, Nov 4, 2004
  6. Richard Blount

    Sourish Basu Guest

    I'd give the Nikkormat a try before throwing it away. As for getting to
    know people in the group, I won't be very optimistic; hell, I have to hunt
    through tons of junk, personal flames and off-topic posts to find anything
    remotely photographic :))
    Sourish Basu, Nov 4, 2004
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