Zoom Cardia 900 – SLR Slayer from Fuji

It’s available through my Etsy camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com or buy it direct here. Thanks – Chris

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Released in Japan in February 1990, this powerful (and not so little) point and shoot 35mm film camera was designed to bring all of the best auto features into one small package. It listed for ¥ 43,800 ($300 at that time) and compared to other P&S compacts of that period that wasn’t a bad price.

It’s a good looking camera in my opinion and its got some heft to it with all of the micromotors built-in and that big Fujinon zoom lens (400 grams with the CR-P2 battery installed).

DSCF9592 Excellent coverage from this sophisticated Fujinon zoom lens – wide-angle to a perfect portrait and short telephoto focal length.

The Cardia Zoom models are considered to be one of the best of the best in the compact 35mm film camera segment – certainly worthy of being called a Modern Classic!

Some of its impressive specs:

  • Fujinon Z 38-85mm f/3.8 (2.2x zoom)…

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Graflex Graphic 35 – The other camera made in Rochester

Call it space age or mid-century if you wish, the Graphic 35 is a love it or hate it design that was the style of the 1950s. The Graphic 35 featured push-button focusing – how modern was that!?

We think it’s a good looking camera given the era that it was designed in and compared to other cameras from the fifties, it’s rather slick.

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The two push-button focusing buttons are visible just above the lens on either side.

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It’s a coupled rangefinder – a separate viewfinder from the rangefinder.

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The camera was assembled in Rochester, New York with some components (lens and shutter) from West Germany – the 50mm lens is a three element design made by Rodenstock with the Graflar name and has a maximum aperture of f/3.5. The shutter is a Prontor-SVS model with a top speed of 1/300. Although I haven’t used this camera (yet) I’ve read that the lens is very capable in the f/8 and f/11 range but it wasn’t touted as a fast lens for low light or fast action photography. There was also an f/2.8 model.

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It looks like an interesting camera to use and from what I can gather with a fine grain film like Neopan 100 and bright sunlight it should produce some fine images.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit our camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com as we are running our big 15% off everything sale! ^.^

Chris

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Asahi Pentax H2 – a favorite that I just keep letting go!

Every time I find a good looking H2 I sell it! What’s up with that?

I’ve owned more than a few of these over the years – some worked flawlessly and more than a few had shutter lock-up problems. They accept M42 screw-in lenses (just like my Yashicas) and I certainly have plenty of lenses to choose from but there’s something about the Asahi Pentax SLRs that keeps me moving on from them.

I think they look great, they generally feel good in my hand, and people swear by them. So why do I keep hunting for them only to sell them off after a short while? I usually sell them for just about what I paid for them so it’s certainly not the profit angle.

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I think I know deep down what the reason is… I don’t need to start an Asahi Pentax collection and add to my already bursting at the seems camera collection. I’m not getting any younger so I should be selling, not buying!

Here are a few others that I no longer own –

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This one was still mint in its original box but I still let it go.

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A great camera that took giant negatives – I shot one roll and put it away. I sold this one about four years ago (it was so nice I was afraid to ding it).

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So when I’m bored I peek and poke around the Asahi Pentax aisles of my favorite auction sites – maybe I’ll stumble on a keeper one of these days, or maybe not. 

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Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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In the Shop – Fuji Smart Shot 35mm Camera Kit – Light Blue

In the shop today I’ve added a rather hard to find light blue version of this popular and fun Fuji camera. The Fuji Smart Shot was released in April 1994 for a selling price in Japan of ¥3,800

You can purchase this still new in its original box camera directly from here on this post by clicking on the PayPal button or over in my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Fuji Light Blue Smart Shot 35mm Compact Film Camera Kit with Fujinon f/8 35mm Lens, Film, Battery, Strap, Instructions

Super hard to find still new in its box, this Fuji light blue version of this popular and fun to use Fuji is unused and in mint condition. It comes complete with its original box (with packaging materials), an unused nylon strap, the instruction sheet, a roll of expired (07/2010) Fujicolor 100 film, and a new Fujifilm AA battery. The camera has been tested and works perfectly. I’ll ship this in the USA for FREE via USPS First Class Mail and worldwide with some exceptions – please ask for a quote first. Thanks, Chris

$68.75

a man, a watch, a camera

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Mr. David Yulee as seen in downtown Fernandina Beach

Yashica Pentamatic S 35mm SLR mated with the sharp 5.8cm f/1.7 lens which I believe was designed by Zunow. No direct written evidence to support that claim but the design cues are clearly more Zunow than Tomioka. The camera is from 1961 and the lens is from 1960.

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Yashica Pentamatic S with attached exposure meter.

Yashica’s first SLRs represented a steep learning curve for the company.

The original Pentamatic ’35’ was co-designed with Nicca Camera starting in 1958. The camera was groundbreaking for Yashica to be sure but a miss overall against the competition (think Nikon F). Yashica’s best was yet to come. I happen to appreciate the rock-solid construction of this often overlooked camera. The lens was only in production for six months and disappeared from Yashica’s lineup at the same time as Zunow’s demise (January 1961). It was the standard lens for the Pentamatic II. This was not the lens that was supplied with the S – Yashica went back to the 5.5cm, f/1.8

Shot with my Samsung Galaxy S4 – January 2015

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com for some great cameras and photo gear. – Chris

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In the Shop – Sigma Minolta AF Zoom Telephoto Lens (digital ready)

In the shop today we’re featuring a super nice Sigma-Minolta 60-200mm AF Zoom Lens set.

Sigma-Minolta AF Zoom Lens 60-200mm f/4-5.6 Telephoto Lens

More pictures and details at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

– Minolta “A” Mount
– SN 1016845
– the lens can be adapted for use on digital cameras (Sony)
– this is a high-quality lens built well
– perfect for everyday use
*The condition is overall outstanding with the optics being
super clean.
*Some minor specs of dust. No mold, no fungus, no cleaning marks
that I can see.
*The lens functions perfectly. The aperture blades are clean
and snappy, the lens mounts securely, the focus is smooth
and spot on.
*The set includes the original Sigma leather case, lens hood,
the original Sigma 52mm front lens cap, instructions, and a Sigma rear lens cap.
It’s a one owner lens that has never been offered for sale before.

I’ll mail this wonderful lens anywhere in the US via USPS Priority Mail for a flat $10.95 – I’ll mail it almost anywhere in the world where there’s tracking to your doorstep. Just message me for a quote. Thanks, Chris

 

Sigma-Minolta AF Zoom Telephoto Lens

Sigma-Minolta AF Zoom Lens 60-200mm f/4-5.6 Telephoto Lens with the original Sigma case, lens hood, instruction sheet, and the front and rear lens caps. It's a gorgeous lens set that's been super well cared for and it shows. It covers a nice range of focal lengths from 60-200mm. It mails anywhere in the US for just $10.95 via USPS Priority Mail. Mails worldwide with a few exceptions. Please contact for a shipping quote. Chris

$22.00

Fuji Discovery 900 Zoom Plus

Another listing from my online shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com, or it can be purchased “straight away” here in this post. I’m offering at a special discount here for my readers and followers. Pop on over to the shop for the details and then come back and buy it here. Thanks, Chris

Just SOLD! Thank you!

Still lots of neat stuff at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

NEW Fuji Discovery 900 Zoom Plus Compact 35mm Camera

New in its original box and straight from our collection of these "modern classics" is this wonderful (and quite sophisticated) compact point and shoot 35mm film camera from those talented folks at Fuji Photo. This one is a special presentation camera from 1993. I've completely tested it just short of running a roll of film through it, and because its still "new in the box" everything tested out just fine. These fun cameras are getting really hard to find still new so here's your chance to pretend it's the 1990s again. I'll ship almost anywhere in the world that has tracking to your door. Just ask me for a shipping quote before you hit the "BUY" button. Shipping in the US is a flat $10.95 for USPS Priority Mail. Thanks, Chris

$69.00

Hard workin’ F-1

“It’s been a hard day’s night…”

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Canon New F-1 (or F-1N)

Sometimes a well-used camera can feel just right in your hands – no worries about keeping it mint – just focus on getting the shot. This one has certainly earned its keep and rewarded me with its lovely patina. Showin’ a little brass!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Minolta XG-M 35mm SLR Set

I have this wonderful Minolta set available for purchase in my Etsy shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

The XG-M was introduced around 1981 and was Minolta’s best entry into the crowded aperture priority SLR market of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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This set includes the original Minolta MD 50mm f2 lens as well as a Minolta MD 28 f2.8 wide-angle lens and all that you see pictured above and below.

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It’s a great little camera set with a couple of really nice Minolta lenses. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Yashica’s First 35mm Cameras – 1958-59

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From a rather hard to find (OK, kinda rare) sales brochure (above) from late 1960 or early 1961.

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The Yashica 35 YK (identified here simply as the “K type”) is the least expensive of the cameras and was produced in large numbers starting in June 1959. The camera is marked with the “YK” on the front right of the body in gold while the top has Yashica engraved in it next to the serial number (pictured below).

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Yashica 35 K type – aka the YK

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The Yashica 35 (above) was the first 35mm rangefinder camera from Yashica. In this brochure, the marketing department has added an “S” as part of the description of the camera (f2.8 lens). It appears from my translation that the “S” may have to do with something about the lens – either a new coating or some other design feature(s) which makes it new. Of course, it may be simple marketing hype as the 35 was getting on in years by this time.

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The Yashica 35 Fair-Way (YF) is the only one in this series that was given a name that I’m aware of. It’s also the only one marked Yashica and Nicca. It was a transition camera as Yashica had just acquired Nicca in 1958. It’s one of the most expensive in this series to acquire as sellers recognize the relative rarity of the model especially in mint or excellent condition.

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Yashica’s first interchangeable lens 35mm rangefinder camera – basically a Nicca in Yashica cladding.

The Yashica 35 E type (above) is also known as the Yashica YE which is engraved in the top plate. Here again, it’s a case of the marketing department manipulating the name of the camera – either to make it appear as a new model of it may be that the Japanese market tends to simplify the names of cameras. I believe that the unifying theme here is that Yashica wanted each of these cameras to feel connected to one another. By using the common name Yashica 35 “X” type the cameras couldn’t be mistaken for anything but a 35mm camera from a company known for TLRs and 8mm movie cameras.

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My one and only Yashica YE

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com for some classic collectible cameras and photo gear. – Chris

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