Hexacon

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by TOC, Jun 4, 2011.

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    TOC Guest

    Well, the note says start with a first post, so here goes.
    First, this is NOT a solicitation to buy.

    Second, I am looking to find, cheap, a specific camera, and do not know
    where to start.
    Back in the early 1960's, I was a high school annual staff
    photographer.

    I had, for my daily use, a Hexacon with a British lens. The Hexacon
    label was glued on, not rivetted. We pried it off one day, and someone
    had used a dremel-like tool to grind off the identifiers, except we
    could see "east Germany" at the bottom.

    Horrible camera for candid shots in classrooms, as the moving shutter
    would wake the dead, and with the Brit lense, when you were on the ski
    slopes doing shots for the annual, F-22 racked it to a pinhole, and you
    had to sight over the top of the camera.

    Got added to with what I think I remember as a Minolta SR-1, with an
    additional telephoto, and a Rollie.

    Now that I am retired, actually disabled/retired, I would like to have a
    Hexacon like the one I had.
    I no longer have access to a darkroom, cannot "roll my own" film, don't
    have trays of developer and hypo fixer (did I remember that right?), nor
    enlarger, so operational may not be necessary, but anyone know where I
    can find such a thing?

    I don't do e-bay (hard anymore to see the screens), so anyone have any
    ideas, please let me know.

    Thanks a lot.

    Dave
     
    TOC, Jun 4, 2011
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    Rol_Lei Nut Guest

    O.K. Taking it at face value, did the lens have a screw or a bayonet mount?

    What was the british lens?

    Wind lever or knob advance?

    Did the mirror return instantly or did the viewfinder remain dark after
    the picture=

    Did it have a pentaprism or a waist level viewfinder?

    To change the shutter speeds, did you have to pull the speed dial up first?


    Google the Practika FX: it was common and often re-branded....
     
    Rol_Lei Nut, Jun 5, 2011
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    Apparently the camera is essentially a Contax D. See
    http://captjack.exaktaphile.com/praktina/Contax-Pentacon Cameras.htm
    Regards,

    Eric Stevens
     
    Eric Stevens, Jun 5, 2011
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    TOC Guest

    I think I did that right, answering in place. Can't figure out yet how
    to show the answer, but I'll figure it out! Thanks!
     
    TOC, Jun 5, 2011
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    Rol_Lei Nut Guest

    It could have been a Contax D, as per the other post/link, though it's
    likely that several Praktica/Contax models got re-branded by Hexacon.

    I've seen Praktica FX's re-branded in several ways (sometimes even with
    cardboard name plates!)
     
    Rol_Lei Nut, Jun 5, 2011
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  6. We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
    You don't need an actual darkroom nowadays.
    All I do is load film in a changing bag to a daylight reel tank and
    process in normal room light. Scan the negs in a suitable desktop
    scanner and then invert them in the pc; simple.
     
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Jun 17, 2011
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    Alan Browne Guest

    No need to "invert" them. The scanner s/w has settings for B&W, color
    negative and slide films - just select the right one.
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 17, 2011
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