On topic but off the wall question

Discussion in 'Photography' started by rfdjr1, Nov 1, 2011.

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    rfdjr1 Guest

    I've ben knocking my brains out trying to remember the make and model of a
    camera I once owned. It dates back to the late Sixties, since I bought it from
    the PX in Vietnam What I can remember about it was that it was very automatic
    for its day. It had a fixed lens, but I bought an accessorie kit which had a
    lens or two that actually screwed onto the fixed lens for telephoto or wide
    angle. Does this ring a bell with anyone? I want to say it was a Pentax, but I
    had a Pentax Spotmatic which I sold before I left Vietnam and bought this one,
    which is why maybe Pentax is stuck in my mind. Thanks for any help.
     
    rfdjr1, Nov 1, 2011
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    Chemiker Guest

    One camera that fits the description was the Kowa slr, which had the
    shutter in the lens. Std was a 50mm (+/-), and both tele and WA
    auxiliaries were available at a very attractive price. Sold in armed
    forces exchanges all over the world. It was about the size of the
    Pentax, but sold for much less.

    http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Kowa

    Alex
     
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    Robert Coe Guest

    I've ben knocking my brains out trying to remember the make and model of a
    : camera I once owned. It dates back to the late Sixties, since I bought it from
    : the PX in Vietnam What I can remember about it was that it was very automatic
    : for its day. It had a fixed lens, but I bought an accessorie kit which had a
    : lens or two that actually screwed onto the fixed lens for telephoto or wide
    : angle. Does this ring a bell with anyone? I want to say it was a Pentax, but I
    : had a Pentax Spotmatic which I sold before I left Vietnam and bought this one,
    : which is why maybe Pentax is stuck in my mind. Thanks for any help.

    A Kodak Retina?

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Nov 1, 2011
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    rfdjr1 Guest


    Thanks, but none of those ring a bell. Still trying to think of it.
     
    rfdjr1, Nov 1, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    Was it an SLR or a rangefinder?

    I still have my 1969 vintage Yashica Electro35G rangefinder, with the
    add on wide & tele screw on accessory lenses and hot-shoe VF for those
    lenses.
    < http://homepage.mac.com/lco/filechute/Yashika Electro35G.jpg >

    That was, still is a great camera.
     
    Savageduck, Nov 1, 2011
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    rfdjr1 Guest

    A rangefinder I believe.
     
    rfdjr1, Nov 1, 2011
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    rfdjr1 Guest

    I think I found the camera I had. I'm pretty sure now that it was a Yashica
    Electro 35. I found alist of all past camera brands and that one rang a bell. I
    did some more checking and found several on eBay with the screw on accessory
    lenses I remembered having. Thanks for the replies.
     
    rfdjr1, Nov 3, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    When you spoke of the screw on accessory lenses I was pretty sure that
    was what you were talking about. I was sure that the shot of mine would
    have rung a bell for you.
    < http://homepage.mac.com/lco/filechute/Yashika Electro35G.jpg >

    If you are planning on buying one of these from eBay there are a few
    things you need to know.
    the first is the original batteries are no longer available so you will
    need a battery conversion kit, or one should be included with the
    Electro 35 you buy. There are also several generations of the Electro
    35 and it is worth checking the real authority on the subject,
    Yashica-Guy.
    < http://www.yashica-guy.com/ >
     
    Savageduck, Nov 3, 2011
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    rfdjr1 Guest

    I thinkn what thrrew me was your pictures showed a black camera and I remember
    mine being silver, so I didn't catch it right away. And while I don't remember
    what it was, I recall that round attachment on the top. What is it anyway?

    Also, this was all just an exercise in trying to remember that old camera as I
    was taking stock of the other ones I currently own. I don't plan on buying one
    although they're abundant on eBay at decent prices. If I ever go back to film, I
    have a Nikon 6006 with several lenses sitting in a case in my closet. Another
    great old camera is my first real decent SLR, a Canon FTB which is also stored
    away. Pretty much all manual. But alas, I'm all digital now. I don't know why. I
    still don't see great quality on digital pictures once they're printed.
     
    rfdjr1, Nov 4, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    Yup! they had the two different finishes.

    That is the view finder for use with the accessory lenses. The crop
    lines for the wide and tele are shown in that VF. split-image range
    finding/focus is still done through the camera's VF.
    The Electro 35 was a surprisingly useful and robust RF camera, mine
    still works just fine, but like you, 99.99% of my work today is digital.

    As far as digital prints go, if produced on a good printer, they can
    exceed the quality of prints from 35mm negative film. Certainly I
    produce far superior digital prints on my Epson R2880 to anything I
    ever created in my darkroom days.
    I will qualify that statement by adding the caveat, that digital print
    quality is going to be dependent on camera type, sensor size, and post
    processing preparation.
     
    Savageduck, Nov 4, 2011
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