Ricoh 800 EES
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And again a lovely Ricoh...
(Peter knows better, I repeat myself)
Peter Carly has a similar camera and he's driving me nuts with it!
The Germans invinted the Contax, the Sovjets stealed the factory after WWII and created this nice copy, Helios-103 mounted lens, compatible with Nikon S2, the Japanese copied the Contax. (cultural difference)
This "Made in U.S.A." from the 90's has one of the most ugly colorcombination : faded turquoise and grey white. The thing, is rather big and strongly build, it's probably designed for children with bad taste. Their parents, who have to buy the camera have the same taste.
This is the electric motordriven rotating lens camera. It can be seen as a further evolution of the Widelux or Russian Horizon. It makes panoramic pictures with a negative size of 24x65, with a 29mm lens. The slow speeds are limited to 1/30 at f4.5 what for a "Crazy Nightlife Photographer with the Horizon202" , like me, is a bit short. Strange feeling when you push the button and you nearly hear anything from the rotation, I asked myself if I made the picture, if I compare with the noisy Horizon. The negatives are a bit longer then the Russian and I feel a bit unconfortable with it. Very sharp lens.
Upgraded with flash and plastics from their classic small point to shoot cameras, this design has lost a lot of the charming metal bodies. The body is made by Konica, the lens is a Rikenon, similar of their previous cams. EFS means Electronic Flash System, not sure about this.
Modern Vintage? This camera dates from 1992, looks like a vintage folding but has some modern features : a coupled rangefinder, a release-button on top and a levelwinder, relatively cheap in comparasion with other similar modern vintages : Voigtlander Bessa, Fuji 645,...
I found this beauty on a fleamarket in Ostend, Belgium. The price was 60 Euro. Nothing wrong with the Jupiter 11, the Leica IIIc has a slow first curtain and a bit faulty slow speeds, but that's for later,... The strange thing is : this russian lens was made for a the early Zenit's with a M39 fitting before the got the M42 lensfitting. This lens works only at closer distance because the distance between film and lens is different between M39 and M42. So this combination only works for macro. Can you imagine the impossible work to get something macro sharp with this rangefindercombination! Anyway good lens, good camera, good price, happy me!
A rangefinder whitout a viewer? No.
A SLR whitout a pentaprism? Yes.
It's a SLR with a mirrorsystem, like the Pentina.
In the movie "Le Corniaud", the french actor Bourvil has this camera around his neck.
Bought for 5 Euro, Mariakerke, Belgium.
Before the LCA,...
And here we go again, what Lomo-Optics did with the Cosina CX, Lomography did the same with photography : stealing and copying the best part of it, for own benefit.
Bought for 2 Euro, Oostende, Belgium.
Toycamera, or low tech camera, this blue plastic has a bit of the Chinon's open-the-door-to-pop-up-the-lens thing. The previous owner has repaired the camera with nice blue electrical tape.
Bought for 1 Euro, Oostende, Belgium.
Found this bumpy old beauty, absolutely dirty in a pile of junk. It had a hard fall on the pentaprism, some plungeon in acid water, and some 20 years of cellar dust on it. I cleaned them up and this magnificent lens on a working body appears. The Cinderella Cam.
Bought for 3 Euro, Oostende, Belgium.
Rangefinder 1967, a big sized compact rangefinder, nice fast lens. Coupled CDS-meter. The plastic leatherette is hard to clean, dust gest stucked in the sproket, I use a toothbrush...
Bought for 3 Euro, Oostende, Belgium.
Around the 70's, smaller ragefinder with nice sharp and fast lens, notice that the camera'll not fire whitout battery, the timer-lever is down, and will be, untill I put a new battery, to activate the shutter.
Bought for 4 Euro, De Haan, Belgium.
Same chaping as Lomo LCA, Minox, Cosina CX, same style of plastic, feeling, use,...the flash is half so big as the camera.
Bought for 2 Euro, Koksijde, Belgium.
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This lovely and heavy slr is a Rollei made in Singapore, the lens is pretty the same as a Tessar and the name Ultron is still associated with Leica M lenses made by Voigtländer. Very nice bokeh with the Utron.
Bought for 10 Euro, Lille, France.
Magnificent design on this spring 8mm moviecamera. Zeiss Ikon Stutgart. The reseller told me that this camera was used in Belgian Congo colony years ago, sadly no films aviable to see what the cam had filmed.
Bought for 15 Euro, Brugge, Belgium.
Latest gem in mij collection, the little boy camed with a stuck shutter, the WD-40 helped a lot to make it working again. Funny wheel-shutter, turning around with the same speed, the interval between the 2 slices of the wheel determines the reel shutterspeed, unique system. Windingknop left front, speed setting right, diaphragma and distance on the lensbarrel. Halfframecamera, 72 shots on regular film. The lens is 35mm, so in halfframe 70mm. The calculation of exposure and speed is very complicated if you refer to the tables on the back. Common in the US, rare in Europe. Aluminium alloy of very poor quality. 1958.
Those Chinese, they copy everything even the worse things and they do not think too much to find a name for it !
Dana, the Diana-copy. The winder is placed on the opposite side as on the Diana and there is a level mechanisme for the shutter inside the body,...hm maybe a better copy then?
Rather rare and dull-looking Franka
The camera has 2 viewers, with a switch. One is for 4x4, the other for 6x6.
This camera resolves the problems of cropfactors by cutting of the neg, or is it a zoom,...troubles myself,...
This little boy is shaped like a tank, no-nonsense design with geometrics, build from heavy metal and bulletproof iron, the color is grey-green army like, and it could be maden in some arsenal from the former GDR at Meyer-Optic Gorlitz.
Probably the most ugly camera of my collection, took me 5 min to find out how you could use the motorized zoom. It has to make with ergonomics I think. There was a period that cameras had to look like camcorders to look modern, cyberpunked!
Rather uncommon camera and design, uses 110 film and 2 AAA batteries, pocketsized in plastic. Motorized filmtransport all automatic.
Vivitar doesn't make cameras, but resell some Japanese and Chinese made photographic equipment, under their own label.
This camera comes probably under other brandnames too.