Kodak Brownie 127 Starlet

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

Camera Go Camera

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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Yashica Quick-Lite Electronic Flash

Hard to find Yashica accessory from the early 1960s

Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic

We’ve recently added this wonderful electronic flash unit to our collection. Many of the lesser known accessories from Yashica often go unnoticed and become a bit mysterious.

We were lucky to find an almost complete set from around 1962 or so (could be earlier). I believe we’re only missing the instruction booklet and a few minor (but desirable) plastic bags. The box and styrofoam inserts are in excellent condition. The flash works perfectly and more than likely is unused (as is often the case). Image number 3 is from a Japanese Yashica-Mat EM instruction booklet. There are some differences between ours and the one pictured. One has a coiled cord vice a straight cord and the attachment bar and knobs are black vice silver with gray knobs on ours.

20151218_112804_Richtone(HDR) Complete set from around 1962 (or a bit earlier). Takes 8 AA batteries to fire this thing up!

20151218_114542 PRO 40 Quick-Lite…

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Konica Kanpai

She’s always finding the coolest cameras! You must visit my friend’s blog “Camera Go Camera” for more of her great finds and reviews! Chris

Camera Go Camera

Holy Moly….trying not to say crap…Holy moly I love this little camera. I saw it in the junk bin and thought, “What is that button on the front? Why does it have a microphone picture?? Well, it’s only $3…pay and find out.” So I did….and the camera worked.

There is a viewfinder on the top of the camera as it is supposed to be used with a dedicated tripod…which was not with this example. It was originally released in 1991 and must have been quite a fun thing at the time. The microphone switch turns the camera’s voice-activated shutter on. It has 3 settings depending on how sensitive you want it to be. Of course, it does work in a conventional way, but where is the fun in that. The dedicated tripod activates another feature..the camera moves towards the sound. Without the dedicated tripod, this feature does not work. Apparently, there…

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An Interview with Paul Sokk – Site Author of the popular YashicaTLR.com

Another visit with Paul is in order.

Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic

Chances are you’ve visited Paul’s site and hadn’t known it. Thousands of collectors, online auction sellers and buyers and estate sale pickers gather valuable information about their vintage Yashica cameras from Paul’s well researched and easy to understand site. First appearing in late 2011, Paul describes his website as more of an e-book about Yashica. Paul traces Yashica’s humble beginnings from early 1950s upstart to become the worldwide leader in the manufacture of twin-lens reflex cameras by the end of that decade.

Paul calls the beautiful Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia his home – retiring after 35 years of Government service. He enjoys spending time with his family, photography and writing.

Paul's ViewAhh the joys of retirement… the Central Coast, NSW and a lovely sunset.

PaulPaul with one of his favorites. A prized Yashica Flex S from 1954.

I first met Paul via his website back in 2014. I…

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Olympus OMG (OM20)

Wonderful photography in our old neighborhood of Honmoku, Naka-ku, Yokohama. Thanks Peggy for such a great photo essay!

Camera Go Camera

I saw this camera online and thought OMG I have to have it. OMG, really how awesome is that. OMG was first used as an acronym over a hundred years ago in a letter to Winston Churchill. This camera is really the OM-20, but it was released in some markets as the OMG in 1983. It isn’t much different from the OM-10, but it does have a built-in manual adapter.

Finding an example released as OMG seemed to be impossible in Japan so I reached out to my Yashica friend in America and it seemed as soon as I asked, sourced, paid, it was here. It came with a Vivitar wide-angle lens, which was perfect as I have a few 50mm OM lenses… though not in Japan. It also came with a battery, even more awesome. The owner of the website has told me he used to live…

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Pentamatic S – 1961 to 1962

Updates to the Pentamatic Model S

Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic

The Pentamatic S… the last true Pentamatic in the short lived series of SLRs from Yashica. The Pentamatic II is the hardest to find from a collector’s standpoint as they were only available for sale in Japan with the S close behind.

dscf2832 The Pentamatic S. The last camera in the short lived Pentamatic series.

dscf2837Pentamatic cameras tend to have very well designed film paths and film chambers. We rarely find corrosion and the chambers are large and easy to keep clean. The Nicca inspired cloth focal-plane shutter in this example is super clean and shows no white mold spots.

The Pentamatic S pictured above, the serial number is NO. 140572. Our other S is NO. 140294. These numbers decode to… 1=1961, 4=April, and the last four digits equal the sequential production numbers. The S models were not produced in great numbers so it is possible that both of…

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Annie’s Turkey Chili: Best Chili I’ve Ever Had!

Looks like the perfect dish for when the weather turns a bit “chilly” and the family invades your hacienda for the holidays. ^.^
Be sure to check out A. JoAnn’s wonderful blog!

A. JoAnn

Feeding a crowd poses some challenges, but is also a lot of fun! Then, your 10 year-old nephew declares, “This is the best chili I ever had!” and you know that you’ve hit the jackpot (especially because his dad loves it, too.)

A beautiful serving bowl for the best chili, Uncommon Goods

My friend, Anne, taught me how to make this dish – right in the market, as she filled my cart with the ingredients I’d need.

unique serving pieces, Uncommon Goods

I doubled the recipe, since we had ten people visiting over the weekend. My husband and I also had a few bowls before company arrived. There was enough for everyone, plus a few bowls leftover. Easy and satisfying!

Annie’s “The Best Turkey Chili”


1 lb. lean, ground turkey

1 – 15 oz. can chili beans, undrained

1 – 15 oz. can three-bean blend, drained

1 – 15…

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Yashima-Yashica Rookie – 1956

A rather rare camera from Yashica that deserves another look.

Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic

We were finally able to assemble our Yashicaflex Rookie ‘stuff’ for some studio shots. We’re still missing some items to make the set complete but so far the collection is looking good.

014 The outer box (or shipping box) for the camera and its leather case is on the left. Of course the camera is in the center with the Rookie leather case to its right. The Rookie instruction booklet is in the lower right of this image and a colorful Rookie sales brochure is just below the lens cap. A warranty (service certificate) card identifying that this camera is a Yashicaflex Model R is just below the box and finally another sales brochure that features the Rookie is on top of the box.

018 Original 1956 sales brochure.

015 Sales brochure from 1956.

017 Certainly an entry level twin-lens reflex camera with some nice features.

016 The Rookie could take standard 6×6 cm images…

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