Hello all! I’ve added a couple of very nice Nikons in my shop recently – both film and digital.
This Nikon D80 (pictured below) was recently purchased by me from the original local owner. They’ve kept in in excellent condition and I’ve fully tested it. The D80 was released in 2006 and features a 10.2 MP CCD imaging sensor in the DX format. It’s a true DSLR and uses all Nikon F-mount lenses.
The camera only has 8,475 shutter actuations which is considered to be about 18% of the cameras capability.
Test images (see below) with the Nikon D80 and AF Nikkor 28-80mm f3.5-5.6D lens.
If you’re a fan of Nikon and Nikkor lenses then these cameras are for you. I’ve been very impressed with the ruggedness of the N60 as it was built with a metal frame. The lens mount is a metal Nikon F-mount (not plastic).
The D80 is a joy to use as it doesn’t feel like a rock hanging around your neck. The color LCD screen is super bright and clear as is the optical viewfinderwhich features a diopter adjustment and padded eyepiece.
From 1952, a little known Japanese lens maker produced this super nice Leica screw mount telephoto lens. The Arco Colinar 13.5cm f/3.8 short telephoto.
It was one of the first lenses produced by this start-up company. The serial number, No. 27559 gives a clue as to when it was made. The ’27’ is the Showa year and when converted to our Western calendar is 1952 (27 + 25 = 52). The remaining numbers would indicate the number made up to that point. In this case, it is the 559th made.
I believe it is a chromed brass bodied lens as it weighs 615 grams. Lots of brass and glass in a small package.
Test image from about 10 feet at f/11.
Test image from about 15 feet at f/11.
The lens is designed for 35mm rangefinder cameras that use the Leica LTM/L39 screw mount – Leica, Nicca, Canon, Leotax to name just a few.
The lens was mounted on my Fujifilm X-A10 mirrorless digital camera using a Fotodiox M39-FX adapter. I’m very happy with the performance of this classic and a rather rare lens that’s still going strong after 68 years of service.
Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day! – Chris
Happy Sunday to all! Today’s spotlight falls on these two beautiful classics from Kodak. Both are from the early 1900s and they are fully operational.
Kodak No. 3-A Folding Brownie Camera Model A. This one is from the period 1909-1913.
The lens is made by Bausch & Lomb Optical Company and the shutter is adjustable for “T’, “B”, and “I”. This model uses 124 roll films.
Pictured below is No. 3 Folding Pocket Kodak Model H.
No. 3 Folding Pocket Kodak Model H from around 1910.
Bausch & Lomb Optical Company lens with aperture adjustments from f4 to f128 and shutter speeds of “T”, “B”, 1/25, 1/50, and 1/100 second.
The Kodak pictured above uses 118 roll films that are no longer made but both of these cameras can use modern 120 roll films with the use of adapters on the film spools.
The black bellows are original to this camera. Previous models had red bellows.
These cameras are from the collection of well-known New Mexico photographer and writer, Ken Cobean (Hial Kenyon Cobean, Jr.). His photographs and articles appeared in numerous publications including Life, Time, and other well-known magazines.
I attribute the excellent condition of these cameras to excellent care and a favorable environment of the Southwest United States.
Hello all! Happy Sunday and thanks for stopping by.
Before Yashica was Yashica they were Yashima and Yashima’s first camera was the oddly named Pigeonflex.
Proudly displaying 67 years of dirt, dust, soot, and grime. I’ve since cleaned it up (which was super fun) and as you see it here it was fully working! Credit goes to those talented craftspeople in Suwa, Nagano Prefecture, Japan those many decades ago.
I purchased this from a Japanese seller from Hokkaido, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Japan a few years back.
Yashima’s Pigeonflex Twin-lens Reflex (TLR)
A short two years later, this was the first camera from Yashima to carry the Yashica name – confused yet?
Happy Sunday all! In the spotlight today is my dad’s favorite camera and by default, my favorite. I have lots of great memories associated with using this camera. It’s one of the first cameras that my dad showed me how to use.
Pictured below is from a Polaroid brochure from 1953. The Pathfinder 110 is the first camera listed.
In 1953, $249.50 for a camera was big bucks (still is).
Thanks for stopping by – have a beautiful and safe day and be sure to stop by my camera shop hosted by Etsy at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris
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