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Testament – Agfa Silette

Agfa Silitte

As a New Year comes in I get mellow and like to reflect on the years gone by, and hopefully the ones to come. On my mind today is a question and a reflection.When is a camera more than a camera? What is any camera REALLY worth?Sometimes, and this may happen only once in your…

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What is Lens Fungus: – The Reason Why

How to manage fungus

What is Lens Fungus: – 2,400 Million years ago fungus developed.  Long before most life on the planet and it’s been going ever since. These days if you’re an avid photographer with a penchant for classic lenses you’re most likely to discover it in a lens and want to remove lens fungus quickly. So, what…

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Toy Story – Konica Pop Review

Konica Pop

Konica Pop Review: Dating from 1982 the Konica Pop is a classic budget point and shoot.  This one comes from 1985 or later as its shows the ‘Hexanon’ lens marking. The lens is stated as being a 36mm f4 and is of course fix focused.The specification for the shutter was 125th but I timed this…

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The Revenant – Minolta XG-1 Restoration

Minolta XG-1 Restoration

The Minolta XG-1 was the second in the XG series launched in 1977 as a budget camera to complement the top of the line XD series. Unlike its predecessor the SRT series, the XG series was all electronic. By the time the XG series came to market the SRT series was looking tired but would…

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Film Camera Buyers Guide

Film Camera Buyers Guide

If you have read the previous articles about buying cameras on eBay then this quick film camera buyers guide will give you the essentials for the most common cameras for sale. This film camera buyers guide is not fully comprehensive, doesn’t cover every 35mm SLR ever made but is based on hard-won experience of cameras…

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So You Want to Buy a Camera on eBay?

So you want to buy a camera on ebay

If you don’t want to be on the receiving end of a camera that looks like the one above then read on and learn how to buy a camera on eBay. A quick look on google will find you hundreds of similar articles. However, on close review, they all describe how to best shop on…

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eBay Ate My Camera – eBay is so bad for cameras

Junk cameras from eBay

If you are reading this, it’s maybe because like me you started looking for good quality, fully working cameras and finally got tired of being part of the eBay lottery. In this article, I’ll relate personal eBay buying and selling experiences as well as purchasing from online dealers and hope that readers will get some…

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Olympus OM-1 Prism Foam Removal

Olympus OM-1 Prism

The Olympus OM-1 like some other cameras from the golden age of Japanese film cameras were fitted with foam around the prism.  The foam was there to protect the prism but paradoxically in the long run the foam has done more damage to old cameras than just about anything else.  Cameras susceptible to this include…

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Canon FTb Review

Canon FTb

Noticeable by it’s Absence Of all the cameras being hyped by today’s uber-trendy wunderkinds on the web like the Canon AE-1, the Minolta X-700 and the Pentax K1000, the FTb is noticeable by its absence. But, it is the forgotten wonder from the days when stuff was built to last. Manufactured from metal hammered out…

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Canon FTb Prism Replacement

Canon FTb Prism Replacement

This guide will show you how to check for decaying foam in the Canon FTb prism and how to manage its replacement. If you’re considering buying a Canon FTb why not check out our dedicated review The Canon FTb is prone to deteriorating foam on its prism. The foam was installed by the factory in…

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