Mickey & Minnie by Fujifilm

Another neat find from our collection – this rather rare Mickey and Minnie Mouse APS camera by Fujifilm. From about 1999 or so, purchased at Tokyo Disneyland.

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This limited edition Mick & Min camera was only available for a limited time at Tokyo Disneyland. The camera inside the collectible tin has never been opened and is still loaded with Fujicolor APS color negative film. I believe my translation of the “40” means that there are about 40 flashes available with the cameras built-in flash. Chances are (although they may still be working) the batteries have long since expired.

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For more details on this wonderful Disney collectible, stop by our online store at https://www.ccstudio2380.com

While in our store, feel free to browse around and check out our many rather unique and classic cameras. We’re offering a 10% discount (Code YSB) on your total purchase (less shipping) if you purchased an item you saw on our blog!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Chris & Carol

Happy SUNday! Vintage Camera Edition

Happy SUNday y’all! Two new offerings in our online store – from our collection to yours!

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Nikon Nikkormat FT3 – as clean as new – it’s been fully tested and is ready to roll! Check it out in our online store for a super deal on the wonderful classic from Nikon.

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Asahi Pentax Spotmatic SP model – early first version of this super popular camera. I’ve replaced the light seals and mirror pad and it’s been detailed inside and out. 100% fully working and a joy to use. Available in our online store at a great price.

Visit our store at https://www.ccstudio2380.com for more pictures and a complete detailing of the specifications of each camera set. These are from our personal collection of classic film cameras and have never been offered for sale before. Our home is smoke and pet free and we always store and maintain our cameras and lenses properly.

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris and Carol

 

Vintage Glass – Vivitar FD 300mm f5.5 Telephoto Lens

Offered here is a very nice example of some early (1970s) Vivitar lens making.

This wonderful lens was made to some very high standards in Japan during the late 1970s. This manual focus telephoto is set up to mount to Canon (FD mount) film body cameras such as the AE-1, F-1, A-1 and the T Series of 35mm SLRs. This heavyweight lens (almost 2 pounds worth) of glass and brass was designed to compete with the best optics out there but at a reasonable price. This one owner lens is in mint new condition and functions like it too!

It’s easily adapted to most any digital camera body – this one is set to use on my Fujifilm X-A10. Of course, it’s able to use straight up on any Canon FD mount film body and most any vintage 35mm film cameras with an adapter.

It’s available for purchase from our online shop at https://www.ccstudio2380.com for a very reasonable price.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Chris

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Happy Earth Day 2018!

Celebrate the Earth and all of its creatures –

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collage mountains

collage coastline

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Do something nice for the Earth today!

Thanks, Chris and Carol

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Happy SUNday!

Our “stickered” Gremlin.

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Late 1970s AMC Gremlin

Have a beautiful weekend!

Chris & Carol ^.^

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The Curious Case of the Yashica ‘Olympic’* Camera

*No, not those Olympics.

New to us, this neat little Yashica L AF 35mm compact point and shoot film camera is from 1986 and sports an Olympic theme. In all the years that Carol and I have collected Yashica cameras we’ve never run across a Yashica that featured a logo not directly related to Yashica – until now.

We’re big fans of the L AF and we’ve reviewed it before. Field Test of the L AF

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We haven’t been able to find anything that relates to this logo – no other Yashica-Kyocera camera has one. And what exactly is “Camera America”? It looks like (somewhat) an official Olympic logo but without the 5 rings. Did Yashica-Kyocera invent it purely for a marketing campaign? The timing is off as the previous Olympics were held in Los Angeles in 1984 and the next wasn’t scheduled until 1988. Releasing an Olympic camera in 1986 just doesn’t make sense.

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The colors and fonts match in our opinion (see below) – the reds and golds match so it most likely was applied by the factory. As was typical with Yashica and Kyocera, no documentation exists for a “Camera America” version of anything nevermind an “Olympic Edition”.

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As we’ve said before the Yashica-Kyocera L AF is a low priced version of the more recognizable T* series of 35mm compacts and is a great camera for the money. If you run across one in working condition, by all means, give it a try.

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This one is a tad beat up and it hasn’t been tested yet but we expect it to do well. Once we squeeze some time out of our busy schedule we’ll have a go at it.

By the way, here’s a clip from the instruction booklet for the L AF – more than likely the date depicted matches the release date of the camera (or pretty close to it).

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A sticky 1986 Yashica-Kyocera case for the L AF

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Our first Yashica-Kyocera L AF

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The image was taken with the L AF on Fujicolor film

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The much more expensive version

Thanks for your visit. Have you ever seen an Olympic Yashica? Please share your comments if you have!

Chris and Carol ^.^

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Yashica Pentamatic S Sales Brochure

As was typical with Yashica sales material, this brochure is undated. Our best guess would put it around late 1961. It’s fairly complete with all of the major accessories and lenses that were available for the Pentamatic line of cameras – the original Pentamatic ’35’, the Pentamatic II, and the final camera the Pentamatic S.

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The Pentamatic S was available in the US but received only limited press – few advertisements and only 3 different brochures in English are known to exist.

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The Pentamatic S was made starting in August 1961. By that time, the Pentamatic family of cameras were starting to show their age and lack of sophistication and were already having trouble in the world marketplace.

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The Pentamatic is a well-made camera but was lacking in some important basics that were addressed with the S. Adding a coupled exposure meter and a self-timer were but a few steps Yashica took to make the camera more competitive. The original lens for the Pentamatic ’35’ was made by Tomioka Optical and the S went back to using it. The middle camera (Pentamatic II) was only released in Japan and was equipped with a Zunow made 5.8cm f1.7 lens.

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The first known advertisement for the new Pentamatic – Spring 1960. Take notice that the lens serial number 59100581 is very close to the serial number on the lens in this late 1961 brochure (59100521). The Yashica marketing team must have held onto some of the first lenses made for them by Tomioka.

Thanks for stopping by! If you want to add a truly unique camera to your collection take a look at the Yashica Pentamatic S – if you can find a nice, clean working model go for it!

Please check out our online shop at https://www.ccstudio2380.com for some neat vintage cameras and some brand new modern classics!

Chris

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Stamens – as seen by Fujifilm and Vivitar

Azalea stamens in the bright Florida sunlight.

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As taken. No post-production of the image.

Camera: Fujifilm X-A10 with Vivitar 70-150mm f3.8 close focusing auto zoom lens using Fotodiox Pro FD-FX adapter.

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This manual focus lens is from 1976 and is in excellent condition inside and out. Some of its most impressive features are the 15 elements in 10 groups, f3.8 to f22 aperture range, multicoated lens surfaces, and 16 inches minimum focusing distance at close focusing setting.

Length 112mm

Weight 550g

Mount Canon FD breech mount

This compact lens impresses with its ease of use and remarkable clarity and contrast. It’s relatively fast at f3.8. With the proper adapter for hybrid digital photography, it’s a clear winner.

Thanks for stopping by! This lens is available for purchase at https://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Classic Canon EF from 1977 – Sold!

Our lovely Canon EF is no longer available – thanks for looking!

This is one of our all-time favorite Canon cameras to use – the Canon EF 35mm SLR film camera. This beauty has just the right amount of brassing to add to its charm. It’s been fully checked out by us and everything works just as it should. The meter is spot on and despite the brassing (missing paint on the top plate) and some scratches on the bottom plate, the factory black retains its original satin luster.

It’s available for purchase direct from our collection here on our blog or it’s available in our online shop at https://www.ccstudio2380.com

 

Canon EF 35mm Film Camera

Fully checked out classic Canon EF with (2) new Energizer 1.5v batteries, Canon FD 50mm f1.8 SC lens, an expired roll of Fujicolor film, the original Canon body cap, and the Canon rear lens cap. This camera is guaranteed to be in super clean, fully working condition right out of the box. Add it to your collection or start shooting 35mm film again. It's a one owner camera that's ready for your next assignment. Visit our store for additional pictures of this Canon. The $175 includes FREE SHIPPING to the USA with insurance and tracking.

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Happy SUNday!

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The view through a Canon EF viewfinder.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

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