Donating! Zeiss Ikon Contina Folding Camera.

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  1. waday

    waday Do one thing every day that scares you Supporting Member

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    @pixmedic , can I throw my name into the ring? At the eleventh hour?

    My current setup is an Olympus OMD EM-1 Mark 1. I moved from my Canon XSi to Olympus for a few reasons, but mainly because I wanted to recenter myself on taking a good image. I like the portability of the Olympus, the smallish size (even though the EM1 is still sizable), and that factored into me being able to take the camera with me when I might otherwise not.

    I've been interested in film photography for a long while, but have been hesitant to jump in. I would get bogged down by what lens to pick, what body to pick. This is a nice, neat package that doesn't require much thought with respect to specific equipment. I would get to focus directly on image taking, which is what I want.

    I do recognize that it is a "full manual" camera, and I have little experience with film. I've never really been one to take the easy road. :smile:


     
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    pixmedic The Mustached Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    there doesnt seem to be much interest, so 11th hour doesnt really matter too much.

    my warning about the "manual" aspect wasnt so much about shooting manual as it was about the controls all being on/around the lens instead of the button locations on more modern SLR cameras. also, its a rangefinder setup. you focus by setting the distance, not by looking through the lens and focusing on the subject. its kind of PITA, BUT...once you get it down i guess its not terrible. plus, this camera literally fits in a pocket.

    if you can get around all of those limitations (maybe differences is a better word?) then ill be happy to throw your name in the empty hat.
     
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    I was also hesitant to throw my name in for a few reasons. I've already been the recipient of your generosity several times and I don't want to be greedy. Also, I wanted to see if it could first go to someone else who wants it. I've also been in a bit of a photographic slump, so I felt guilty (but who knows, maybe this will be a spark of inspiration :) )

    Wade wants the Contina and I think it would be a great little camera for him to start playing with film.

    As for that Retina, just like Vintagesnaps, I have plenty of old cameras so I don't "need" it, but I can't bear to see it just go to waste. Plus, in that collection of mine, I do not have a 35mm folder, if you can imagine that ;) Buzz is also a tinkerer (and is also a big fan of folders,) so if the Retina needs a little cleaning or tuning up, he is willing and able to do so for me. (I might insist on learning how to it myself, however, while he looks over my shoulder and talks me through it.)

    Edit: So yes, I'm throwing my name in for the Retina.
     
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  4. waday

    waday Do one thing every day that scares you Supporting Member

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    Understood, and thank you for the forewarning. I have seen a few of these cameras... I actually bought a dirt-cheap, non-working (but pretty red and wood) Kodak purely for decoration in the house. It has the same, where the controls are around the lens. The shutter and aperture still "operate" (not well, and the bellows are a sad, terrible mess), so at least I can say that I've been exposed to how it shoots.

    I'd still very much like to throw my name into the hat.
     
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    pixmedic The Mustached Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    the light meter actually works on the retina. :allteeth:
     
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    pixmedic The Mustached Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    ideally, i would love for these cameras to go to homes where there is at least some chance of them being used again.
    I cannot vouch for the functionality of either camera as they have not been used in quite a while and have simply sat in a box.
    however, there really isnt much to go wrong. still, i figure its worth a fair warning to any interested parties.
    i suppose for the price, one cant really complain too much.
     
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    limr Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hey, an actual bell and/or whistle! It would be one of the rare cameras in my collection that has a light meter at all, much less a working one ;)
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    There is a greater chance that Leonore will use these cameras than I ...
    I really do want to take them apart :band: ... and then blog about it.
     
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    This is cool!
     
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    pixmedic The Mustached Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    would it help any if I hit one with a hammer first?
     
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    pixmedic The Mustached Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    well, its time to get these old clunkers outta here!

    @waday send me your info for the Contina.
    @limr ditto for the Retina III.

    unless for some reason you guys want to switch, but you can work that out betwixt yourselves.
    i probably wont be able to ship these out until after the hurricane. im on shift tomorrow and ill probably be mandatoried in over the weekend if we get hit hard.
     
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    Thank you for your awesome generosity!

    Please stay safe during the storm! My wife has lots of family down there, some in the keys, some in Miami, some north, some south.
     

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