Holly Berries – Tuesday

Wandering around the front yard yesterday, the stark contrast between the deep red of the berries and the vivid greens of the leaves caught my eye. Shot with my Samsung Galaxy S8+ with only a touch of post-production on my part. What I like best is that the image doesn’t look digital – it has some texture and depth not often seen with the eye etching resolution of DSLRs.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+ set at 16:9 and 9.1 MP

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

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Chris ^.^

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Hi! Mickey Mouse by Fujifilm – 1996

New arrival at our store! Straight from a collector in Japan – this cool little compact P&S from Fujifilm.

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These are nearly impossible to find outside of Japan as they were only licensed by the Walt Disney Company to Fuji Photo Co., Ltd. with the Fujifilm brand on it. This one was sold at the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo.

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More to come on this one soon – we have the original box and all papers and it’s never been used!

Thanks for your visit!

Be sure to stop by https://www.ccstudio2380.com

Chris ^.^

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Our Camera Store – www.ccstudio2380.com

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We feature a nice selection of super hard to find vintage film cameras, modern classics, and unique accessories. We’re running a special sale for our readers this month – check it out!

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 If you’ve ever wanted to get into or return to film photography then here’s a great chance to purchase quality cameras that have been fully tested and are guaranteed to work right out of the box!

Don’t take chances with suspect quality cameras from unknown sellers – Carol and I have been involved in photography for over 45 years and have been active buyers and sellers of photo gear for over 20 years.

We ship super fast and secure… often the same day as your purchase!

If you’ve got a special request drop us a note at chriscarol@ccstudio2380.com

Thanks for stopping by!

C&C ^.^

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Kodak Brownie 127 Starlet

We enjoy reading her posts – she always introduces us to cameras that we would normally not even consider.

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This was one of the 3 cameras I bought in Hong Kong. This cute little thing was sitting on a shelf, in a small shop, at the very top of Sim City. I had given up buying a camera while on holiday, they all seemed overpriced. This one was just $20HK, even if it was overpriced, it was still a good price for a holiday treat. Inside the shop, a man was taking apart and Olympus Trip. I watched him a while then I went back to the shelf. I looked at the other cameras and decided to buy two. I will talk about the other one in another post.

This one is a 127mm camera. It is my first 127 camera, but not my first bakelite. I had read how to load 35mm film onto the cassette and really wanted to try that. When I asked to…

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Always a Favorite – Asahi Pentax H2

Always a favorite with us the Asahi Pentax H2 – we like the clean lines and simple straightforward design. The H2 uses M42 mount lenses but can’t use all of the M42’s out there. Some Yashica and Fujinon M42 mounts aren’t always a good fit.

Here’s one from around mid-1960 

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If you can find a nice working H2 or S2 then we highly recommend it for your collection. They’re as manual as they come – no built-in exposure meter and a top shutter speed of only 1/500th of a second but their classic design win the day out in the field.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit our online store at https://www.ccstudio2380.com

C&C ^.^

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Happy FUNday!

The end of a long work week (for some) and the start of a busy and fun weekend (for some). We hope to get out and about this weekend for some picture taking as we’ve got two cameras loaded with film and ready to go.

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Ash in the studio having some fun!

The two film cameras we’re looking to use this weekend? How about a c1956 Nicca S-3 rangefinder and a 1998 Yashica-Kyocera Profile 4000ix APS camera! The Nicca has some Fujicolor 800 loaded and the Yashica has Fujifilm 200 expired APS film.

We’ll post our pics as soon as we can.

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The Fujifilm 200 APS film cartridge being loaded in the Yashica Profile.

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The decidedly weird Yashica Profile.

Thanks for stopping by!

C&C ^.^

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1822 U.S. Silver Half Dollar

Occasionally we run across a silver 50 cent piece with a hole punched through the top near the edge. Most collectors turn their noses up to collecting these coins as they are considered damaged. We consider them to be desirable little time machines. Here’s why.

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1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar – 13 Stars

First off, these coins were hand struck at the Philadelphia Mint. Hand struck means that a Mint worker (usually women) would load the silver planchet into the die and then turn a wheel that would strike the dies together producing the coin you see above. This totally manual process produced coins that for the most part, were never exactly the same.

What makes holed coins interesting to us (and many others) is that they were holed for a very important purpose – they’d be worn like a necklace and kept hidden from view. In the 1820s, fifty cents in silver could buy some much-needed supplies in an emergency and see the bearer through some desperate times. Furthermore, a coin or coins strung around the neck were less likely to be lost through a hole in a pocket (if they even had pockets).

If you look closely at the hole you can see some bits of fabric (or leather) and dirt in it. Another neat part of the coin is that when the hole was punched it displaced the rim just a bit as the silver deformed (top edge). The coin is well worn on the obverse (the date side) but in the recessed areas, there’s still a trace of the original mint toning which shows as a faint bluish-purple color. Miss Liberty has lost the details of her gown and her bust blends with her clothing. Her cap still shows a strong “Liberty” and there are still some separate strands of her hair and curls showing.  One star (upper right) has its center points still visible.

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1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar Reverse

Here on the reverse of the coin things get interesting. Look closely at the hole – the flattened area around the hole shows that it was punched through and then flattened. This shows that it was punched and not drilled. This side of the coin is more worn than the front which indicates that it rubbed against the clothes or chest of the wearer. There’s still a trace of the colorful toning here and there on the coins surfaces.

These coins were minted between 1807-1839 and contain 90% silver and have a diameter of 32.5mm and weighed (when new) 13.48g. The 1822 coin had a reported mintage of 1,559,000 coins which when you think about the size of the country at that time is quite a few coins for circulation.

Some history of this coin series: Partway through 1807, the Draped Bust series was replaced by U.S. Mint Engraver John Reich’s Capped Bust design. This series shows Liberty donning a cloth cap on her head. The reverse once again displays a smaller eagle, with a shield. Until 1836, the edge featured the denomination, once again inscribed as FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR. Partway through 1836, the coin’s edge was changed to a simpler reeded style. This style remained until the end of the Capped Bust series in 1839.

Another reason that we like these holed coins is that you can only imagine who might have worn it back in the 1820s, 1830s and beyond. Where did this coin travel? Was it around a soldier’s neck during the Civil War? How about in the wild frontier of a pioneer? The possibilities are endless.

Current silver melt value for this coin is less than $7 – numismatically it’s worth way more to a collector but with limitations. We’ve known collectors that collect only holed 50 cent pieces since he found them much more interesting than pristine, mint state coins of the same period (and way more affordable too!).

For more about our coinage, you can visit here.

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Thanks for your visit and go check out some of our countries early coinage. You may find that collecting a few early examples is a great way to own a bit of our history. These coins (even those with no holes) are actually quite affordable in circulated condition.

Chris

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WPC – Weathered

I find my photography tends to skew towards – weathered “things”, natural and man-made. Here’s a small sample –

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Iron, Rust, Wood

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Mossy Post

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Sun Blasted Train

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“I see a red door and I want it painted black”

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Weathered Bricks – Fujica GS 690 on Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100

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Rock On my Weathered Friend

Many thanks to the fine City of Fernandina Beach, Florida – Amelia Island, for providing such a rich palette of weathered things for me to photograph. All of these images were taken within a 3 block area of the Historic District downtown.

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris

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