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  1. xypex982

    xypex982 TPF Noob!

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    So I went to the local thrift store not expecting much because they haven't had anything worth while in so long, but I once did find a Cannon IVSB there so it does at times produce gold.

    So I walk in and see two Konicas one for two bucks, and the other for three bucks with a pristine case. The two dollar one is a rangefinder and I have been dying for one, but little did I know how valuable it is! Its a great condition Konica Auto S3, and wow I cant wait to use it. The other Konica is a C35 EF. I am so pumped about them! I just have to get a weincell and hope the light seals are still ok enough to keep light out. I plan on keeping the C35, but the S3 may just get me an iphone 3GS 32gb, and still leave me enough pocket change to get a Canonet QL17 GIII

    Excuse the quality the iphone cam sucks

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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Oh my! Great find! You'll love the quality of the pics on those two babies.
     
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    xypex982 TPF Noob!

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    Thanks man. I know im so excited, Ive only heard about how rare a s3 auto in the US is. I may just keep it since I think selling my old iphone will pretty much cover my 3gs anyways.

    Anyways back to camera talk.
    Any tips for a new rangefinder user?

    Any place where I can get a Weincell other than
    Micro-Tools
    they are all sold out of the one I need and idk how fast they get more stock, and im antsy to shoot already. I don't want to use hearing aid batteries and have to judge the asa settings and muddy up my results.

    Also how can I test my rangefinder, and the zone focus on the c35?

    How good is the c35? Im not a massive fan of zone focusing, I assume you use a smaller apature to compensate for a lack of skill or accurate focus?

    Lastly I really like that dinky lil vivitar flash, and used it on my AE-1 last night. Since it isn't synced to the camera and just fires when I use the shutter what is the max shutter speed I can use, and what do you think the power is so I can set that on the s3. I cant find any info on it.


    Hahaha sorry for all the questions im just so happy to have found an affordable rangefinder, and one that is apparently so good!
     
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    Weincells are zink-air hearing aid batteries. I use the much cheaper hearing aid batteries in my Gossen with more than acceptable results.
    http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-111.html

    Scotch Magic Tape across the film gate.
     
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    xypex982 TPF Noob!

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    Im kinda tired of jimmy rigging stuff for my cameras if I can do it properly at not much more cost. So Ill give the Weincell stock another week or so to restock. I just don't wanna do that guide and have pics come back that are not properly exposed and wonder if it is the meter or the battery.

    Thanks for the tape trick tip/
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Plenty of Wein cells on eBay.
     
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    xypex982 TPF Noob!

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    I didnt see and 675 Wein Cells on ebay and said forget it, so I ran down the street to CVS and got Duracell 675 1.4v hearing aid batteries. $7 for 6 and I have heard they do very well in the C35 and the S3. I was pleased to see my C35's meter immediately start working, but sadly the S3 is still unresponsive....

    Any tips on trying to get the s3 to work myself?
     
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    Maybe a battery issue? The zinc/airs are thinner and sometimes dont make contact. My Gossen needs a tiny shim of folded aluminum foil underneath so it contacts both top and bottom of the battery compartment.
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Define "unresponsive."
     
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    xypex982 TPF Noob!

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    Unresponsive as in when I put the battery in the needle in the viewfinder doesn't move, and looking at the lens the apature blades don't respond.

    I'll try the foil when I get home.
     
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    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    No fair man, stuff like this never happens to me!:grumpy:

    Really...that was a cool find!...

    J.:thumbup:
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Is the battery compartment clean? Does it look there's any corrosion from
    battery leakage in the past?
     

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