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Tokyo Koki Tele-Tokina 135mm f/2.8 preset lens: the old world of creamy blurred backgrounds

March 17, 2013  •  3 Comments
A couple days ago a preset lens fell on my lap. It came as one of three lenses included in a package with a Minolta X-700 camera. When that happened I didn't know that this was a preset lens, or even what a preset lens was. So I was surprised to find what I thought were two aperture rings instead of one – see the second photo. (Read more about pres...
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Early Mamiya Prismat with curved nameplate: lucking into rare

August 06, 2012  •  25 Comments
So there was this guy offering a 1960 Mamiya Prismat 35mm SLR camera for sale on Kijiji, asking for offers while claiming that the item usually went for $200-$600 in online auctions. Since I knew next to nothing about Mamiya, I jumped into Google but couldn't find any of those auctions. Similar Mamiya cameras were going for $55-$100, so I offered t...
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Colin Creevey's pick: the Argus C-3 Match-Matic

May 29, 2012  •  3 Comments
[Disclaimer: although the photos below are mine, the camera is not – it was in my possession for a short period and I had just enough time to shoot it... but not to clean it prior.] Something I would have never expected to learn about the camera I’ll blog about today is that its “family” of cameras (the C-3) is the best-selling 35mm ever. The C-...
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Kodak Brownie Target Six-20

April 19, 2012  •  4 Comments
I have two Kodak Brownie Target Six-20 cameras in my collection. One of them is in incredible shape (especially considering the age of the item), while the other is pretty banged-up (see it below). [Related note: For this blog, I’ve decided that I’ll photograph my few banged-up cameras on location, i.e. in some abandoned house.] The Brownie fa...
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Welcome to my vintage camera blog

April 02, 2012  •  4 Comments
A few months ago I started collecting vintage photo cameras, with the goal of using them as props when shooting my usual fare in abandoned properties. (A secondary idea was to eventually use them as props also in portraits... but who knows when I'm going to venture into portraiture, if ever.) I've always had an interest in industrial design, and it...
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