Monday, February 20, 2012

Old Camera's

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post.  I've had time to think about what to write, and this time I decided to look back, back to some of the camera's I now have on display.

The first is my Pentax ME Super.  I have owned several Pentax 35mm camera's over the years.  The 1st was a K1000.  I didn't really know anything about photography, but I was interested and really wanted a 35mm.  So, I saved some money, and bought the K1000 at JC Penny.

That was a long time ago.  I did my best to learn photography on my own and didn't do a bad job of it.
And during those early days in my photography obsession, I thought I need something a little more advanced than the K1000, so I bought the ME Super.

Here's one of my ME Super's with an autowinder.  I got it mostly for the grip since it was only good for about 2 frames per second.

I really loved this camera.  In fact, I loved it too much.  This ME Super is no longer functional.  I never mistreated it, I just wore it out.

So, now it sits on my shelf, a reminder of where my passion for photography began.

Next up, a medium format Yashica.  This is an interesting camera, and is not an SLR but a TLR (Twin Lens Reflex).  One of the other differences between this type of camera and a 35mm SLR is the type of shutter.  Most 35mm cameras use a Focal Plain Shutter, where the TLR uses a leaf shutter.  The Focal Plain clunks and makes noise, the leaf shutter makes a very small click.  A quiet shutter can be an advantage when needing to be stealthy (such as shooting a wedding).  The other advantage of this type of camera is that it's a medium format, using 120 film vs. 35mm.  The much larger negative has to potential to hold more detail and yield larger prints.

I have owned and used quite a few TLR's.  All 3 of them were Rolleiflex.  A friend of mine has a Yashica similar to the one in the photo.  I never actually used a Yashica.  This one was given to me by another friend.  It's in very good condition and if I wanted to put some 120 film in it, it would still work.

This particular Yashica has a light meter, something of a nice upgrade from the standard versions.  Only my most expensive Rolleiflex had a light meter.

Unfortunately, I don't have any of my old Rollei's.  It was short sighted of me to trade them for another camera, a Bronica.  At the time I was shooting weddings and the Bronica was easier to use, and offered options that the Rollei's just didn't have (like interchangeable lens).

So, I don't have my Rollei's, but I do have this Yashica to remind me of this wonderful style of camera.

One last camera to talk about in this post is what I called, my Precious.  It so happened that I was already using a digital SLR, the Canon 300D (Digital Rebel).  While I really liked this camera, I wanted a smaller digital camera for backup.  Just before we went on our annual Thanksgiving vacation to Bishop and the Eastern Sierra, I bought my Precious, a Canon SD700IS.  This little camera offered some nice features for the money, and decent quality for such a little package.  Besides a panorama function, the image stabilizer was the thing that sold me.

This little camera also saved me.  On this particular vacation, I had the misfortune to have my 300D stop working.  One of the main reason I go to the Eastern Sierra at this time of year is to make photos, and to have my main camera out of commission was a major problem, that is if I didn't have my Precious.  I used that little camera for the rest of my stay, and really loved using it.  Decent quality in a package that I could put in my pocket, I couldn't have asked for more!

My Precious sits on a shelf now.  Another unfortunate victim of being loved and used too much.  I used to take this camera with me on my bike, and dropped it once to often and it finally broke.  While there are much more advanced point and shoot camera's around now, I really miss My Precious.

That's it for now.  Perhaps you'd like to share some of the camera's you've used over the years.

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