The Kodak 35RF

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  1. smithdan

    smithdan No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Called downright ugly by some, this overweight late 40's doorstop certainly looks as if it was designed by a committee.

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    But carefully dismantle this critter, clean it up real nice, stuff a roll of HP5 inside and with a bit of care and attention it comes up with this:

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    and these:

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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yup, ugly ... but the IQ looks pretty good.
    Any of these shot wide open ?
     
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    nope, all @ 8-11 and 1/100.
     
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    1 the best exposition) hipstacamera
     
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    I love the Kodak 35, I have three of them. butt ugly but loveable. Kodak wanted a camera to replace the Leicas this country was not getting because of world War II so they took a scale focus camera and added a rangefinder and enough knobs and projections and whatchamacallits for a witch's face. They say it offered more lenses than the Leica.
     
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    I took my little brother's Kodak 35 apart when I was a kid, and never could get it re-assembled 100 percent properly...
     
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    The Kodak "Anastar" is a very good lens. Comparable to Kodak's top of the line Ektars and the Zeiss Tessar lenses found on many German RF cameras of the era. The "L" in circle mark means the lens is "Luminized," Kodak's name for their lens coating process. So, it is coated -- another plus.
     
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    Had this one apart enough to clean the bleary (and really small) rangefinder stuff. Too scared to get more ambitious as it likes to eat sprocket holes as well. About time to take this one out again, surprisingly sharp lens for a mid grade Kodak.

    ..your post reminds me of this..

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    Billy gets a big $hitty on for his sister and trashes her Holiday.
     
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    Great, I'll treat it to a roll of colour next outing.
     
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    unpopular Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    it seems interesting that a clearly very capable camera such as this is delegated to "alternative techniques" by virtue of age alone....
     
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    smithdan No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'll take the blame for this.

    Started putting pix from my old crocks here because of the "using a classic film camera" line in the section description. After being corrected I have since posted stuff like this in"Collector's Corner". This was an old thread that got resurrected in late 2015.

    ..and yes, a very capable camera with a surprisingly sharp lens.
     
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    Back in 1959 I got my hands on a Kodak Ektra with 35, 50,&135mm lenses. The 50mm was a bit soft but the other two produced results similar to the Leica Summitar on my 3G. It had a curtain shutter which was a weak point. I have some slides made with it in the late fifties and will attempt to copy a couple and submit the results on this forum.
     

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