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Date:2011-11-17 16:52
Subject:Hey Pucky!

Ising Pucky I

  • made by Ising, Germany, from 1950 to 1954
  • 6x6cm exposures on 120 film
  • lens: Achromat 80mm f/7.7 with aperture settings f/7.7, f/11 и f/16
  • focus: from 5 feet to infinity
  • shutter speeds B и I (~1/30 s.)

Some shots taken with outdated Agfa Portrait 160 >>Collapse )

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Date:2011-11-15 12:12
Subject:Black and shiny

Minolta Autopak 600-X
Minolta Autopak 600-X

more images of the camera and test roll pictures >>Collapse )

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Date:2008-07-06 13:35
Subject:LOMO Lubitel 166 Universal on Sale

I'm now also selling my LOMO Lubitel 166-U, if anyone wants to take a peek.


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Date:2008-06-22 03:04
Subject:Cameras for Sale

In case anyone's interested, I'm selling three of my old cameras on eBay.

My Polaroid Colorpack II Land Camera:

My Minolta Hi-Matic 11:

And my gorgeous Yashica-Mat TLR:

So, you know, if you're interested and you want to help me make rent, feel free to take a peek.


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Date:2008-06-20 23:55
Subject:Pentax Program Plus Manual


I picked up a Pentax Program Plus at a garage sale a little while ago, and the film advance lever doesn't film-advance. It clicks forward a bit and then stops. Now, since the Program Plus is an oddity to me in general (I've only done any serious shooting on my K-1000), I don't know if there's some sort of lock or something, or if the camera is actually just busted. So if anyone knows where I can track down the Program Plus' manual, that'd be infinitely helpful.


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Date:2008-02-03 20:48
Subject:Best one yet!!

Best daguerreotype I have done thus far

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Date:2008-01-16 21:58

My father, 18 years old

Suhumi 79

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Date:2007-12-05 15:49
Subject:Using the c1905 Kodak tank

Using the developing tank that Kodak came out with in 1905 is pretty easy, though there a couple things that need to be done first.
The old film carrying medium is a nitrocellulose base. As such it has become very brittle with age, and is useless.

Fortunately, Freestyle in Hollywood still has the old film sheaths that were common until the spools came along.

load the film per the instruction booklet and put on the lid.

Now, because the film sheath is about half the size of the original, lets light through and due to the size can wander off of plumb, the next step is best done in the dark.
Pour the developer into the tank, set the spool with the film (oh, the backing does not come off yet!) into the tank and put on the lid. I gave it a couple shakes to get the fluid through the layers of film. Then after the developing time rinse and fix. The end result

Pull the film and paper off the spool, then rinse the film again.
All done!
Hope you enjoyed it.

Having hard time cutting the images The lj-cut isn't working, so I shrank the images. Sorry if it causes headaches.

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Date:2007-12-04 02:19
Subject:My vintage darkroom

The darkroom is now running, but not quite finished. It is all c1905, and all Kodak. I'm trying to get what an amature photographer would have at the turn of the century. That plus the daguerreotypes will let me settle into a nice photography niche.

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Date:2007-11-08 12:46

I recently got a Praktica Nova 1 B as a gift. Can anyone recommend any places besides Ebay (preferably a physical store) where I can find lenses and filters to fit the camera? I know absolutely nothing at all about this (or how to work parts of the camera- it didn't come with a manual).

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Date:2007-10-17 19:00

My new toy just arrived from Russia:

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Date:2007-10-17 10:17
Subject:Box Brownie No 2 Portrait shots


I am hoping to soon embark on a 'session' and determine if my purchase actually works!

Part of my plan is to arrange for photos to be taken prior to an evening event, as i would like 'period' pictures of my outfit.

This is going to take place indoors, after sunset and with internal lighting only. (whereas for the rest of the trip i will be taking snapshots outside in the daytime)

I have had a look at a downloadable manual and the guide it gives is for natural lighting.

My question is, with modern film and internal artificial lighting, what sort of exposure should i aim for? Would the artificial lighting be deemed similar to daytime natural lighting in this case? I do hope to have a few shots taken with different settings, but would prefer to go into this with a good idea of what might be needed.


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Date:2007-09-28 09:52
Subject:royal 35le film?

i found an interesting camera in my grandmother's house yesterday, and i'd like to try using it. the only problem is that i have no idea what i'm doing! it's a royal 35le and it weighs as much as a car.

what kind of film would i use? thanks so much!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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Date:2007-09-24 00:21

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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Date:2007-08-15 19:39
Subject:Zenit-E and loading

I just got my Zenit-E in the mail today. I have sat down with it for two hours trying to figure out how to load the film and I just can't. I have looked at every online manual I could find and nothing helps.

There is a very thin metal strip on the spool take up but it's not on the side that I could stick the film into.. it faces the other direction (it's on left side). I tried to take some pics I don't know if they're much help but maybe? Does the spooll take up come out? Or what am I doing wrong? Please let me know if you can help!!! This is so frustrating! Thanks!

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Date:2007-08-10 20:00
Subject:Why did the Nazis make the best cameras?

And how does that make you feel?

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Date:2007-08-01 18:12
Subject:Petition deadline is August 3rd!!!!!!

The Mayor's office in New York City is seeking to instate a new rule that would require permits and proof of insurance for any group of 2 or more persons using a camera in a public area. The regulations would require that anyone using a tripod or shooting in one location for more than 30 minutes (including set-up and break down time) must obtain permits and show proof of insurance of at least 1 million dollars per occurrence. Read more about the new rules here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/film/html/news/080107_proposed_permit_rules.shtml

We all need to act now to fight these proposed regulations which will place absurd restrictions on the freedom to photograph in New York City's public spaces.

This affects not only professional photographers but the First Amendment rights of anyone with a camera to spontaneously document what happens on the streets of this city.

Due to pressure from advocacy groups, the Mayor's Office has agreed to extend the period that it will allow public commentary until August 3rd.

Picture New York has initiated an online petition opposing the new rules, which over 12,000 indidivuals have signed so far. The petition is closing on August 3rd. Please take a moment to sign if you have not already done so.

Link to the petition: http://www.pictureny.org/petition/index.php

You can also voice your concerns directly to:

Julianne Cho
Associate Commissioner
Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
1697 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

ph: 212.489.6710
fax: 212.307.6237

Thanks for your attention and please continue to spread the word about this important matter!

27 West 20th St., Suite 601 New York, NY 10011
p 212-807-0399 f 212-727-8120 e office@apany.com


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Date:2007-06-13 10:56
Subject:Box Brownie Question
Mood: worried

Hi new here.

i have just bought a Box Brownie no 2 model F camera. i have yet to try taking pictures with the camera..it literally just arrived! It should take 120 film, so that is esy enough to get hold of.

Looks like the lens and view finders need a clean, but the worry i have is the shutter.

When i move the lever up or down the shutter opens only breifly and i can't seem to get the lever to stay in the middle that I would have thought was needed for a longer exposure?

Any advice on how it should work? how to fix if it doesn't sound like it is working?



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Date:2007-05-05 13:26
Subject:Wondering about film

Hey guys! I just went through my collection of cameras the other night and found that I had a Kodak Pleaser. I was wondering if I can still get film to use with this camera. I know nothing about film for these types of cameras, so any help is greatly appreciated.

Also, I found a 110 cartridge with one of my other cameras. It was in a little box in the plastic bag. I don't remember if the bag was opened already or if I opened it...? Anyway, says something like develop by sometime in 1977. I was wondering what would happen if I tried to use it? Would the developed pictures just have some strange sort of coloring and such, or will it probably just not work at all?

Oh, also wondering if we have cameras to sell, if we're allowed to post those on here or if this group is not to be used for those kinds of things.

Thanks guys!

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Date:2007-04-26 23:25
Subject:polaroid cameras

is there a difference between a polaroid onestep camera and a polaroid onestep 1000 land camera? or is it the same cameras?  thank you :)

[edit]: my photo turns out completely brown. any idea whats the cause/ how to fix the problem?

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