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Some time last year someone gave me 4 of these old cameras. I had no use for them but they looked pretty and I thought maybe I could photograph them one day. They have been sat in a plastic bag ever since.
In the mean time my wife's Uncle passed away and on clearing his house there were an old camera amongst his belongings. Then the week before Christmas at our camera club I won a prize at the raffle and all that was left was this battered folding camera.
So this past week or so I tried to get some images. I wanted to shoot the folding camera really. As an after thought I took some of the others. Not sure if anyone from the lighting section pops in here but I got some great advice from the forum users there.
Anyways I took over a week or so things may look a bit different between the photos as I would change things and come back to them on another day.
Just thought I would post them here.


Gaz

Any feedback comments are more than welcomed.
Sorry there is so many. I just wanted to post them and finally put this little project to bed.

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wow
some old stuff there. probably older than me ;)

first two are my pick of the bunch, the only thing is the wood is a different colour in the first than it is in the second image, seems like a touch too much magenta possibly ???

I'm no expert and as you say I'm sure the guys with proper lighting experience will chirp in with comments
 
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some old stuff there. probably older than me
Never :)
Yes the wood is a different colour as I used a different softbox on that image. The guys with lighting experiance have put me straight on that.
The second image was the camera we found at my Wife's Uncles place. We think there is a film in that one.

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Nice work.

I'm not particularly fond of the floating/vanishing board. I think placing the cameras farther back to take advantage of the converging/leading lines would have helped. And maybe cropping to the bottom of the board. #3 is best in this regards (IMO) as it gets rid of the vanishing/leading lines aspect.
In several of the images the reflector is apparent... i.e. in the lens on #2.
 

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Very nice, I like this set up it really shows off the cameras very well. Now, what I suggest is that you turn them around and take some film shots of your digital gear. :D:film:
 
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I was selling cameras when the the Yashica Minster came out, it was easily the best in that range. We only had a small local shop come photographers, but we could not get enough of them, as soon as we got a delivery they sold out. They out sold the Olympus SP even though it was a far superior camera. They also out sold the canon QL range in our shop ( the Canon QL17 was also very good.)
the Konica C35 range was also extremely popular at that time. One lady bought one from us, left it on the roof of her car and drove off. she came back the next day for another.
 
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Thanks Steven.
And maybe cropping to the bottom of the board. #3 is best in this regards
I see what you mean. There was a wooden crate set back that was slightly visable when shots were taken but I darkened it down. Maybe overdone it.
In several of the images the reflector is apparent... i.e. in the lens on #2
Yep, should have done something with that in post if not able to when taking the shots.
Now, what I suggest is that you turn them around and take some film shots of your digital gear. :D:film:
"Yikes"
That would mean I would need to really know how to use a camera !!!

Thanks for the feedback.
I was selling cameras when the the Yashica Minster came out, it was easily the best in that range.
Hi Terry. Thats great to get some background on these cameras and bring back some memeries for you.
Lovely shots of old cameras. Are you going to put any film through them?
Hi David.
Thanks for the kind words.
I don't have any desire to use them though.
I guess thats a shame really !


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the boards are fine...you dont have to look at the end then
as for the cameras....dont think you will want to faff around with film now we have digital
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the lenses might be useful in a macro set up...with adaptors
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Never :)
Yes the wood is a different colour as I used a different softbox on that image. The guys with lighting experiance have put me straight on that.
The second image was the camera we found at my Wife's Uncles place. We think there is a film in that one.

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If there’s film still in them get them processed, there may be some long forgotten family photos in them.
 
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the lenses might be useful in a macro set up...with adaptors
Thanks Geof. Good to know.
If there’s film still in them get them processed, there may be some long forgotten family photos in them.
Thanks for the reply Nick.
I think thre is film in the 2nd camera down. That said It is at the begining of the roll and the camera may have been opened slightly so not sure it will have survived.
That said I know zero about film cameras.

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No 1 and No 7 for me - the other arrangements aren't so good, 3, 4, 5 & 6 are all really 'static' and in the single camera shots there's too much of the planking.

I might be inclined to lower your perspective for 4, 5 & 6 and get in a bit closer to the camera so it filled the frame. Or maybe put a little something in front of it - maybe a roll of film, as this might make it a less static image and add to the story.

I'm very much enjoying watching how you progress with these images, more please :)
 
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Hi Maria. I think you have a soft spot for that camera :)
Your points are so valid. I did realise when posting these that my pov was different on some and the lower ones seem to look better. The roll of film is a neat idea. Didnt think of that.
I have a nieghbour whom has a small collection of more modern cameras ( Basically he never sells or throws them away ) they my be worth photographing them in this same set up. Maybe try and keep things in the same pov next time !

The modern point n shoot stuff ain't really pretty though.

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@cargo They are good. Good enough for a history book on cameras, good enough for one of those websites that is about old cameras, for Pinterest, DeviantArt, etc., and anything like that. You ask Google about Nikon D2 and you end up finding 8 million results about it, but ask Google about Minolta SR-2 and you get something like 5,000 results! It's not old cameras' fault they were made before the Internet, but it is good that there are people like you who find old cameras, take photos of them, and upload to the Internet.

Here's another suggestion for old cameras: Use them as props. For example, book a model, have him/her wear outfits that is common to when those cameras were made, and use the camera as a prop. A 1950s reporter for example.

Very good to see old cameras being showcased, to me it is good enough for a camera history book.
 
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My late father had one of those in picture 1, I think it is still in my sisters house. Those were the days when "watch they birdy" expression was often used. I never did see any birdie as the photo was taken, a big disappointment for a young lad.
Nice to see those photos thank you
 
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All very usable cameras. I have a Zorki 4 and a Yashica Minister III both of which get regular use. I wouldn't use the Agfa folder purely on cost grounds - 8 shots to a roll of film!
 
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They are good. Good enough for a history book on cameras, good enough for one of those websites that is about old cameras, for Pinterest, DeviantArt, etc
Hiya. Thanks for the feedback. That was nice to read. I see what you mean regarding using then as a prop.
Happy you liked the images.
:) That made me laugh :)
Thanks for stopping by.
All very usable cameras
Hi John. I'll take yor word for that.
Had a look at you website. You sure do have some old cameras !

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I wouldn't use the Agfa folder purely on cost grounds - 8 shots to a roll of film!
Never mind the cost, feel the quality! ;)

Taken with a 1950s Ensign Selfix 820 folding camera, which also delivers 8 shots to a roll of film, on Ilford XP2 400 ISO film (home scanned using an Epson V600 flatbed scanner, not a high-resolution professional-quality film lab scan). Click on the image to view full size in Flickr, walk into the photo and have a look around.

 
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