Here are my 35mm cameras that I have in my collection.
From left to right: Kodak Retina IIc Rangefinder, Kodak Retina Reflex III SLR, Minolta SRT 101 SLR & Canon AE-l Program SLR.
This is a well made german camera with a Rodenstock Heligon 50mm f2.8 lens, Compur shutter with B-1/500s shutter speeds, self timer. The camera folds pretty compact but still has some heft to it. The shutter was sticking below 1/60s so I opened it up and oiled certain gears (but not the shutter leafs!). Works perfectly now.
Above: Retina IIc RF Fuji Acros 100 HC110 B
This is also a german SLR camera, very over-engineered. It can accept different lenses just like "modern" SLRs. Has Compur shutter with B-1/500s shutter speeds, self timer, 50mm Schneider Xenon f1.9 and 135mm Schneider f4. Overall the camera works great and the light meter works ok. These cameras including the Retina IIc RF are known to have problems with the shutter cocking rack... the teeth eventually wear out. Fortunately both cameras are still working ok.
Above: Retina Reflex III 50mm f1.9 Fuji Acros 100 HC110 B
This camera was my grandfather's since the 70's. It came with a very nice and fast 58mm f1.4 lens. Inside the prism was very dusty, which really bothered me since I wanted to shoot with it. I found the service manual and opened up the camera to find that the foam light seals were deteriorating and was the main source of the "dust". I cleaned and replaced the seals, the camera works and looks great (dispite the case looking beat-up)! I use this camera to shoot hand held night shots using Kodak Tri-x 400 pushed to 1200iso using Diafine (see link for photos). Not too grainy and is still able to hold midtones well!
From left to right: Zenitar 16mm fish-eye m42 screw mount (MC adapter attached), 135mm f2.8 MC Rokkor, Vivitar 28mm f2.8, 58mm f1.4 MC Rokkor (attached to camera), 55mm f1.7 MC Rokkor, Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 and Macro Rokkor 50mm f3.5
Above: Minolta SRT-101 58mm f1.4 Kodak Tri-x 400 @ 1200iso in Diafine
This was my first SLR and used it while taking photography in high school. Very nice camera body and lenses, the view finder is the clearest I have seen! Most of my 35mm night shots were taken with this camera.
From left to right: Canon 70-210mm f4, Canon 50mm f1.8 and Vivitar 28mm f2.8
Above: Canon AE-1 Program 28mm Vivitar Kodak Tmax 100 HC110 B
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