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  1. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The sad part is someone bought the bell and howell after owning the Sears SLR. Why??

    If I've learned one thing, it's that heaviness isn't a very good indicator of something spitting out nice photos. Sometimes it's true, but other times it is not.

    If that camera works, I imagine it'd take nice photos though. What rebadged brand of camera is it?
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    OK, somehow the funny spelling might be missed. Here it is:


    Up for auction:
    Sears 120 50mm Camera, Strap, Case, 200 mm Lens, Flash
    Also Bowell Howell 28 MM Focus Free Camera W Strap Case. Please see photos for condition.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hey Mitica,

    I'm going to Kazakhstan next week. I'm hoping that I can find a used camera store or something. Can you recommend any good Russian camera brands to look out for? Isn't there a decent Leica clone made in Russia?
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Big Mike, that ought to be a great trip! Be safe there...

    As for Russian cameras, I assume you're talking about user cameras. There are a few, like the Zorkii series (Leica copies). The Zorkii 4 is a war horse if you remember to wind first and then set the shutter speed. The Kiev, a clone of the Contax, is also nice. In general, these cameras can be had for next to nothing on Ebay, all in good condition, so keep that in mind when you shop. The camera stores charge much more than these cameras are worth. For example I saw a nice Zorkii 4 while in Romania (about a month ago) going for something like $110.00, when you can get the same camera for less than $50 on Ebay. There's another thing, the lenses. They are good lenses since the Russians copied the Leitz and Zeiss design, but you have to find a good one by testing it for resolution, contrast, flatness of field (cell alignment) and so on. The usual ratio is about 1 in 10, in other words one good lens in ten. That's due to their way of producing them, without a good QC during those days.

    As for collecting cameras, there are a few rarities I'd like to own, such as the Sport camera, the very first 35mm SLR made in 1930. Also, the Narciss camera is a good find, a nicely made miniature camera. My guess is that you won't find these on the Russian photo market, but again, who knows...

    Good luck.
     
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    This is a rediculously stupid question...but is this a nice camera? I don't know a lot about film cameras. :-\ It's a good price though if it was decent enough for me to buy and practice film with.
     
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    The Bell & Howell NO :lol:, the Sear I believe was made by Pentax, it would make an OK student camera, think I may have one boxed up in the closed myself
     
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    man.... i'd buy it just to throw on my shelf of other useless cameras

    even though most of my old cameras... can still take good pictures.... they just dont make film for some of em
     
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    EBphotography TPF Junkie!

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    Obviously not they stupid one..:p I would buy it if my dad didn't have a Pentax K1000 with some really nice lenses. including a macro/telephoto 80-200mm. Yum.
     
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    Sears SLRs were usually made by Ricoh or Chinon.

    On the 'Russkys'; I would suggest the Fed 3, the Zorky 3C [3M] and the Kiev 4AM. The Jupiter 8 f2 [Helios f2 on the Kiev] will provide acceptable images. Anything over $US40 for a camera with case, take-up spool [check for this!] and lens cap is too much unless condition is ex+.
     
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    AFAIK, Sear's sold Pentax cameras bodies under the name "Tower". The camera in the picture looks to be aperture priority only. There is no shutter selection on the dial just Lock, Aperture, X sync. K1000 Pentax rebrand bodies are full manual with matched needle metering. Actually I did see a Pentax K1000 rebrand in which the matched needle meter was replaced by LED < * > meter display... very strange what you find a camera swaps.

    Later cameras from sears were from other manufacturers... so many cheaper camera bodies that adopted the K-mount.

    Funny too... some Bell+Howell cameras were also rebranded Canons too.
     
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    Strangely enough, I have one of those dorky little B+H's and have taken some amusing pictures with it.
     

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