Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I wouldn't normally buy a camera like the Sears KS Super II on Ebay, however I noticed it had a couple of extra lens. One was a Sears 135mm f/2.8 and the other was the lens featured here. There also was the standard Sears f/2.0 lens. All three are decent lenses and the price for the whole package was under $20. So I put it on my watch list and was pleased to win the auction for slightly less than $20. I had been needing some K-mount lenses and I was very happy to get three new ones to try out for a low cost. I tend to think that if the Vivitar 24mm had been properly listed by itself that it would have gotten a better price than what I payed for all three lenses. Especially since I have since found out that the Tokina version of the Vivitar 24mm has a very good reputation.
I took these photos with my Pentax K1000 on Kentmere 400 film developed in Xtol. I think the Kentmere 400 does pretty well in Xtol. Still my next roll of bulk film is going to be some Ilford HP5. It doesn't cost a lot more than the Kentmere and from the single rolls I have used in the past the results of the HP5 is more what I am looking for in B&W. Still the Kentmere has come to earn some respect and I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying it out.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Lens: 35-70mm zoom, f/4.5-6.9
Automatic exposure with programmed shutter speeds: 1/5-1/400s on some models and up to 2 seconds or even B (bulb) on others.
Power: 3V lithium CR123A.
I believe this was the first zoom camera in the Olympus mju/Stylus series. This series was one of the most popular camera series of all time. Altogether more than 20 million were sold. Today the Olympus mju/Stylus series is unusual in that it is one of the few 1990's point and shoots for which there is still some demand. Probably the first in series non-zoom models are the most popular, however the zoom types have some fans.
Friday, November 23, 2012
35mm Auto focus & Auto exposure
Lens: Hexanon 38mm f/2.8, 4 elements in 3 groups
Shutter: Programmed Leaf shutter with 3 speeds - 1/60s, 1/125s & 1/250s
Exposure: Fully automatic - 25-400 ASA
The Konica C35 AF was the first auto focus camera. It worked well enough that a lot of them sold, even though at $283 it was fairly expensive. Within a year and a half Canon followed with its Sureshot auto focus camera. Today it is hard to find a camera without auto focus and it was the Konica C35 AF that started it all.
I have been doing this blog for about a year now and was surprised to see that I hadn't done a post about this camera before. Especially since I got this camera in a box with some other stuff at the same time that I was starting this blog. I can't honestly say that I would have sought this camera out. Still since it is very inexpensive in relationship to its place in photo history I think it is a nice addition to any frugal camera collection.
When it works the auto focus gives pretty good results with the Hexanon lens. Still a lot of time the focus isn't very good or not where I would have liked it to be.
Even though it was a ground-breaking camera, the Konica C35 AF is not collected much. A good example can easily be found for under $20. Because it has a good lens, is pretty quiet, and has auto focus and auto exposure some might find it good for street photography.
In 2008 Jason Schneider named the Konica C35 AF as one of his top twenty most historical cameras.
A post about the Konica C35 AF in ClassiCameras.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
One thing I have just realized about this sort of camera is that it is pretty hard to be disappointed in the results since my expectations at the start are so low.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
This is another camera that I have mostly because of the way it looks. I have only once gone to the trouble of making 620 film for it. Besides its looks, the Meteor is a solidly made camera. It was sold for $15 back in 1949. Like with a lot of cameras of this type it is hard to find the exact dates for when it was made. Some said it was as early as 1947 while others said 1949. Probably it stopped being made in the early 1950's since Universal Camera Corp. was having serious financial trouble by then.
Here are a few links for more details, pictures and opinions about the Meteor.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
For reasons that I can't currently explain the Pho-Tak Traveler is one of my favorite box cameras. When I decided that I would thin out my box cameras in favor of more classic SLRs, the Traveler was quickly included in the keep list. For me I think a lot of the Traveler's appeal is its heavy metal construction. I believe that in a pinch I could probably drive a nail or crack nuts with this camera. The Traveler weighs 504 grams which tops the 320 grams that the similarly sized Agfa Clack weighs.
For me the Traveler has more shelf appeal than it has appeal as a picture taker. So far I have only ran one or two rolls of film through it in a couple of years. Probably it is good for the Traveler that I have come to appreciate having a camera around just for its looks.
Below are a couple of links for some photos taken with the Pho-Tak Traveler.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Haven't had much new stuff to blog about in the last couple weeks. Since having some good luck at the Covered Bridge Festival I haven't come across much else. I have seen a lot of these Savoy cameras, however this is the first one that I came across with a flash attachment. More than likely I won't run any film through it since it takes 620 film and I have run out of the desire to re-spool 120 film to work for 620 cameras. Still it is kinda a interesting camera to look at. In its simple way I think is shows some of the spirit of the early space age.
That is it for now. Hopefully, I will think up some more things to post about.