My latest acquisitions

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  1. tempra

    tempra TPF Noob!

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    This morning I went to a car boot sale, spotted an old praktica on a stall and tried to haggle with him - he wanted £25 which was never going to happen, wlaked around a bit and found a carboard box with a few cameras and other bits and pieces in it.

    Haggled a bit and got the lot for £30.

    Here is the line-up, from left to right:
    Ilford Super Sporti 120 film, bit rough but working - still had film in it

    Kodak Retinette 35mm - seems to be working ok

    Voigtlander Vito CD 35mm - spotless, looks feels and sounds good - I also got a proximeter for this - I think that they are used for making it into a rangefinder

    Konica auto S2 rangefinder 35mm - generally works ok till my nephew 'played around' with the settings, and it appears to be a bit jammed

    Praktica Nova B - the mirrir is a bit sticky and the 50mm lens is no good, but I have a good identical one on the other Praktica, plus a prakticar 28mm lens and a no name lens which I think is 28mm

    On top of that, there is a little flash unit, and a really old fold out reflector type flash that looks like it's never been used, a Knight lightmeter that needs batteries, a 3x converter for m42 thread, a g-clamp type tripod and a lttle telescopic tripod that extends to about three feet - I wouldn;t put any weight on it though!

    Here's a pic of the cams :mrgreen:

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    They all have their original cases as well.

    Any ideas as to actual value of them would be appreciated, but I'd like to get the Konica working - it's wound on, but the shutter isn't releasing, off I go and play - that'll teach the wife not to go away for the weekend without me ;)
     
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    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    Sounds like a good find....
     
  3. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'd say you 'stole' the lot, at only £30 !! Congrats. The Konica and the Voigtländer are the more interesting cameras.
     
  4. tempra

    tempra TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for that Mitica, a little further information for you.

    The retinette is an 022 I believe, well it looks like this one here and has the same lens / shutter combo http://licm.org.uk/livingImage/Retinette022.html

    The Konica appears to have a stuck aperture, the shutter opens ok, but the aperture blades remain closed. Everything else appears to work fine, it needs a battery so the meter isn't working or the AV mode, and the plastic battery cap has seen some action over the years and is a bit worn and chipped.
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That kind of Retinette was made between 1954-1958 and in good condition will fetch anywhere between $40 to $75.

    I'm not sure about the Konica but it does sound like the battery just died on you. Put a new battery in and see if the aperture blades come back to life. I'm thinking that the camera has an auto-exposure mode (varying the aperture while you choose the speed) and last time when was triggered it consumed the little 'juice' that was left in that poor old battery. Let me know if that fixes it. If not, we'll try something else.

    Good luck.
     
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    Very nice find! The Voigtlander in particular is nice. Does it have a Color Skopar lens? And does it require film in the camera before the shutter fires? Got to admit the first time I tried using my Vito I couldn't work out why it wouldn't fire... I actually started to take it apart before I even considered loading a film :er:
     
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    tempra TPF Noob!

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    It's the later model, it has a Lanthar f2.8 50mm lens and a pronto shutter. It will fire without film however after a bit more investigation, the shutter sticks open at 1/30th or B setting, only resetting when you wind it on - seems fine on all of the other speeds though, very strange
     
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    I think it's the battery on the S2. I looked at one on a car boot a few weeks ago and it had exactly the same problem.

    Lol
     
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    Hmm, interesting. My very first ever SLR (which I still have, somewhere) was a camera very similar indeed to the one on the right, and my father has one of those Retinettes (either that or a sister model - a Retinette from the second half of the 1950s, in any case, complete with original case and accessories, which he used as his main camera right up until 2001 when my mother and I bought him a Canon EOS for his birthday).
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    A bit late, but what's a "car boot sale"?:er:
     
  11. Don Simon

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    A car boot sale is traditionally one in which people gather in a field or other large open space and sell their things they no longer want or need, or that they think is worth some cash, from the boot (or trunk) of their car or set up a table. The nature and quality of items obviously varies widely. The term is a fairly broad one and can be applied to any similar event. I guess the equivalent over there would be a "yard sale", but on a larger scale. Basically it's just a low-tech Ebay...
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    Like a swap-meet! I love those things!:heart:
     

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