Dating and identifying cameras

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  1. webestang64

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    Your Contaflex was made in the 1950s. A manual is easy to find via Google.
     
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    I have a Contaflex, I got it at an area camera store that was going out of business. Something jammed and I was thinking it might only be good for parts but for some unknown reason when I got it out not too long ago the shutter was releasing OK again. I've read that they can be temperamental...

    It's basically an early SLR that didn't yet have interchangeable lenses. Mine is the #I - same model as yours it looks like. I think it was made starting in '53 but don't know offhand for how long or when model II was made, and I haven't run across anything on the serial numbers.

    There is a Teleskop attachment which was a forerunner of telephoto lenses; I finally found one with the bracket that's needed to attach it to the front of the camera. Zeiss has been known for their lenses so you could probably get some nice photos with it. (edit - In general I tend to find a camera can work better at faster shutter speeds rather than slow or bulb settings so I usually don't use the slower speeds, but it depends I think on the camera's age and condition, and that's just my experience YMMV.)

    You may have already found these sites, they're ones I've used as resources and both have links to Mike Butkus' website of old manuals (he buys and scans them and you can make a contribution for a copy if you want).
    contaflex I
    Zeiss Ikon Contaflex I

    If you're completely new to film you might want to look at Film Photography Project | An Internet Radio Show & On-Line Resource for Film Shooters Worldwide - they have at least one video on how to load film for people who have never used a film camera before, and they have a fairly active Flickr discussion group if you have questions.
     
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    I recently found this kodak home-field kit but i can't find much information at all on it so i thought looking here might help. here are a few pictures.
    $277.jpg $279.jpg $265.jpg $266.jpg $270.jpg $272.jpg $275.jpg $279.jpg
     
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    That box was made for the US Army/Navy Signal Corp. in 1943 for developing/printing in the field.
    Came with a custom Army/Navy labelled Kodak 35 camera kit.
     
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    What would you want to date a camera? :confused: :biglaugh:
     
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    I once dated a Miranda.
     
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    If you set the shutter speed to 1/5000th is that "Speed Dating?" :lmao:
     
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    ^^^ Darn nice find ! I would like to have this to.
     
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    Hi. I was wondering if someone could help me identify the following Minolta camera. I don't know anything about it except that these pictures were taken in 1972, so I'm guessing the camera was made in the late 60s or early 70s. It'd be great if someone could figure out what model it is. I already tried looking on Google but I didn't find any exact matches, only similar looking ones.

    http://i.imgur.com/uvoE5xG.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/RVN1wyi.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/fG3bvLR.jpg
     
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    Sage, that's a Minolta SRT of some sort. I can't tell the exact model, but definitely an SRT.
     
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