SR-T MC – a little gem from Minolta

Now, this is a good looking camera with a simple straightforward design. From what I’ve been able to glean, this model was made by Minolta for sale only at J.C. Penny and K-Mart department stores in the United States and only in a pro-black finish.

It’s fitted with a Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 55mm f/1.7 lens and the original metal lens cap.

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Made from 1973 to 1975 and it differentiated from the other Minolta’s made during the same period by the lack of a self-timer and the focusing screen had a microprism for focusing. I believe that they’re rather hard to find and somewhat rare in this nearly mint condition.

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I’ll have more about this camera soon as it’s undergoing testing before I list it for sale in my shop. Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Yashica’s Little Radio – still rockin’ at 60!

From 1959 – one of two transistor radios Yashica introduced in late 1959. This one, the YT-100 was priced at $34.95 which was big bucks back in the fifties!

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Works like a charm! 

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1950s tech from Yashica and proudly advertised that it was manufactured in Tokyo, Japan even though the camera factories were in Nagano Prefecture (Suwa and Shimosuwa). There’s a chance that Yashica assembled their electronics in Tokyo at an unknown to me factory or they simply wanted to flaunt their business and marketing headquarters which was in Tokyo. A cool little thing from a time long ago. Here’s the copy from an advertisement –

From Yashica’s ad for this radio in Life magazine – December 1959
6-Transistor Pocket-Portable Radio
“Powerful little receiver with built-in antenna and loudspeaker.
Fits pocket or purse. Works everywhere – indoors and outdoors;
brilliant, clear reception – superb tone. With battery,
carrying case and miniature earphone for private listening. $34.95″

A bit of marketing hype but hey they were proud of their radio!

By the way, if you get a chance to visit my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com you’ll see more pics of this amazing set.

Studio camera – Fujifilm X-A10 with Fujinon Aspherical Lens XC 16-50mm f/3.5

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Pentamatic vs. Pentamatic S – Yashica’s Heavyweights

It’s time to revisit this post as it introduces new readers to the “wonders” of the Pentamatic series of SLRs from Yashica. Chris

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The Pentamatic was Yashica’s first single-lens reflex (SLR) and was released in 1960 (May-June) timeframe. The Pentamatic S was released about mid to late 1961. Not much changed between the two – the S model added a built-in self-timer and most notably, a provision for mounting an exposure meter to the top right of the camera that coupled with the shutter speed dial. Other small changes were to add lugs for holding the neck strap (moving them from the extreme right and left sides of the body on the Pentamatic to a more typical front mounting on the S). Unseen from the exterior is a change to the focusing screen inside the pentaprism. The original fresnel screen in the Pentamatic was replaced with a split image screen in the model S. For me, that change makes the Pentamatic S much easier to focus and improves the brightness inside the viewfinder.

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A Flash from the Past

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I picked up a box full of these vintage light bulb sized flashbulbs the other day as part of a camera purchase (Graflex Super Speed Graphic 4×5). The seller of the camera added them in as an afterthought. Looking at the screw-in bases I wonder how many people have put these in a regular lamp socket “for fun”? Not recommended as it would more than likely cause the bulb to explode and trip the circuits in the house (if it didn’t burn it down first)!

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I’m thinking these things flash pretty brightly

Once I get the Graflex up and running I’ll probably give one of these a try. By the way, this batch is available in my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com if you’d like to add some vintage bulbs to your collection.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Happy SUNday!

They’re EVERYWHERE!

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Acme

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Bob’s

These things have been here for almost 2 years! Time to go.

Have a great day! – Chris

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Military Spec Speed Graphic 4×5 Large Format Camera – 1944

Beautiful Anniversary Speed Graphic by Graflex made in 1944 for the USAAF. All black edition of this classic camera. Considered to be the pre-eminent press camera of its era.

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It features a Kodak Supermatic leaf shutter to 1/400, a Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.7 lens, dual shutters with the inclusion of a rear focal plane shutter capable of a 1/1000 top speed! For the 1940s, this was the bang!

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This image is from the US Army technical manual for this camera. Of note, this version features an all blacked-out body and flash unit.

This camera is part of a complete set (film holders and Graflex flash units) all housed in a custom mahogany box made for the USAAF. I believe this set was specially designed for use by a General’s staff, the base or squadron commanding officer or by the public affairs office as it looks as though it led a pretty comfy life. It certainly doesn’t look like it bounced around in aircraft of the day.

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Inside of the custom wood box made by Graflex for the USAAF. Here we can see the stamped markings from the box lid (inside).

Everything looks to be in full working order right down to both shutters. It will be film tested soon by its owner after I finish my adjustments and finalize my detailing of such a fine machine.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Yashica Pentamatic – 1960

Gettin’ its 1960s groove on with a little bit of fun in the studio.

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Yashica ヤシカ Pentamatic ’35’

The Pentamatic was Yashica’s first 35mm single lens reflex (SLR) camera. For a company known for building quality twin lens reflex (TLR) cameras, it was a big step forward for them. It wouldn’t have been possible without the combined expertise of the engineers, designers, and craftspeople from Nicca Camera Company which Yashica had acquired in early 1958.

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The Pentamatic with its placement of the cold shoe on the camera’s left top plate moved this clip on exposure meter away from the shutter button and film advance lever. A much more convenient location.

It’s a uniquely beautiful camera with all sorts of interesting angles and that forward facing shutter release button. (see below) The cold shoe (accessory shoe) wasn’t mounted on top of the pentaprism as was common (well most SLRs didn’t have a cold or hot shoe yet) but instead was located on the upper left side of the camera and combined with the rewind lever. (see above)

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That wonderful shutter release button – right where your “trigger” finger wants to be when holding such a heavy camera.

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A crop of the full-page ad from the June 1960 issue of Modern Photography. Yashica’s first public advertisement of their new SLR.

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A complete set as it would have come from the factory with the exception of the lens. I swapped out the standard Tomioka made 5.5cm f/1.8 lens for this beauty.

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Earliest known sales brochure (from Japan) for the Pentamatic. We’re unsure of its exact month of issue but it appears to be at least from the first half of 1960 as it talks about the cooperation between the designers at Nicca and Yashica to bring this camera to market. Many thanks to my good friend Paul Sokk for the kind use of his brochure. For more from Paul, stop by his amazing site at http://www.yashicatlr.com

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully you’ve learned a bit more about this wonderful camera from Yashica. – Chris

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Beauty and the Beast

The Canon New F-1 and New F-1 AE ’84 Olympic

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The Canon New F-1 which was released in late 1981 replaced the original F-1 which made its appearance in 1971. This latest F-1 was a radical step forward for Canon’s professional camera as it incorporated many features into the camera that were previously only available as an accessory. The 1985 Los Angeles Olympics model followed in line with previous Olympic editions – 1976 Montreal and the 1980 Lake Placid.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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