Looking through vintage glass – fun with classic lenses.

Maidenhair ferns at f2.8 – soft non-distracting background

This stunning image (above) was taken through a lens that was made in Japan in the 1950s. What I love about using these well-cared for bits of photographic history is that they produce a level of clarity and sharpness but without the razor sharp and sometimes unnatural look you get with today’s best digital cameras and modern lenses. In my opinion, vintage glass mounted on a mirrorless digital camera is the best of both worlds.

Japanese garden lantern shot at around f8 – nearly perfect focus of the entire roof
Azalea blossoms shot at about one meter at f4 – soft circular highlights and gorgeous bokeh
Shot at 135mm at f5.6 – here the background is not pleasing as the sky is bright blue and cloudless – see image below
Better – shot at f16-f22
Nice separation and spot on focus of the top of the flagpole – 135mm at f8
Fujifilm X-A10 digital mirrorless camera with Fotodiox M42-FX adapter. The T-mount is changeable and in this case I’ve mounted an M42 screw-in adapter. M42 bodies are typically found on older Yashica, Pentax, Fujica, and many other 35mm SLR cameras.

Let me introduce the star of this post. A wonderful 135mm short telephoto lens made by Sankor for Spiratone. It’s a fast f2.8 lens of a sonnar design with multi-coated surfaces (Tc).

If you own or have been thinking of purchasing a digital mirrorless camera then definitely look into shooting with these classic lenses. I think you’ll find its an interesting diversion from the world of autofocus (and image stabilized) modern lenses. It tends to slow you down and makes you appreciate the photographic process.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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SUNday Spotlight – I have Nikon gear in my shop!

Lots of recent Nikon items have been listed in my shop – if you’re a Nikon collector or are looking for some neat gear please check my shop out at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Nikon F3 genuine leather semi-soft field case.
Nikon Nikkor AI 50mm f1.4 lens.
Nikon FM 10 35mm SLR.
Nikon N60 35mm SLR with zoom lens.
Nikon D80 DSLR.
Nikon F mount Tamron zoom telephoto AF lens.
Classic Tamrac Expedition 5 Pro camera and lens backpack.

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Friday Fotos! – you’ve been warned!

Nikon Nikkor AI 50mm f1.4 lens test on Nikon D800.
Nothing yet. Lens test Nikon Nikkor AI 50mm f1.4 on Nikon D800.
32MP bricks with a lens from 1978.

I recently acquired a few cameras and lenses from a good friend who lives on Long Island. Some of her gear has been sitting around unused for a while so I like to test and inspect (and clean) them. The results with the Nikon Nikkor AI 50mm f1.4 lens are very pleasant. Now to test the Nikon FM10 and Nikon N75 that she also sent. It’s always great fun to “play” with new to me gear.

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Canon F-1 Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics Edition

A very highly collectible version of the famous Canon F-1 (1971-1981).

This camera was built by Canon in February 1980 which is when the Olympics were being held in upstate New York. The Canon NFD 50mm f1.2 lens is from February 1981.

As Carol and I continue to downsize our camera collection we’re offering this wonderful camera for purchase. It’s fully functional and ready to be a highlight in the next collectors collection.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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Mystery Meter by Yashica

My friend Graham has a wonderful collection of Yashica and Contax cameras, lenses and gear. His Flickr page can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/164456136@N06/

Recently Graham acquired a previously unknown exposure meter from what appears to be the 1960s.

***News Flash*** Please see new information at the end of this post!

Graham’s beautiful mystery meter shown mounted on a Yashica YE
Top view
Front view of the meter shown mounted on a Yashica Reflex 35 J

Although this meter has a shoe for mounting on a camera’s accessory shoe its long strap indicates that it also was designed to be worn around the neck and used as a hand held meter. It’s a CdS meter which requires a 1.3 v battery. Graham states the meter is fully functional!

My question to my readers. Has anyone seen a meter like this with Yashica markings? It has no model number and we haven’t found it in any sales brochure from that era. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Another view of this lovely meter and camera

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

All images curtesy of Graham Buxton-Smither.

***New Info***

It appears that this Yashica branded meter is the same as a Kuribayashi Petri ELEX model M-302.

ELEX branded exposure meter

Modern Marvel – Canon’s little digital IXY

2003 seems like a lifetime ago with what all that’s happened since then. In the field of electronics, specifically digital photography, the changes and advancements have been monumental.

Take this groundbreaking digital camera from Canon. Released towards the end of 2003, the Canon IXY Digital L as it was known in Japan (Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH here in the US) listed at an amazingly high price of $349! For that amount of money you got a sharp fixed 6.4mm f/2.8 Canon lens and 4.1 megapixels. The images were recorded on a standard SD card (only the second Canon digital to do that) hence the US name ‘SD10’.

Canon’s ultracompact digital beauty.

This tiny camera was offered in four colors – this one is Piano Black.
Bright and sharp 1.5 inch LCD screen. Here’s an example of a near macro shot of my keyboard.
Every version of this camera carries the same model number – PC1060. A pocket-friendly 3/4 inch profile with the lens retracted.
Now this is tiny!

What surprises me the most about this camera is the quality of the images. It’s amazing what 4 MP can do with a tiny CCD sensor and high-quality Canon optics. Here’s a few samples below.

A high-contrast scene was still rendered correctly albeit with a rather slow autofocus.
The Canon 6.4mm lens gives a nice 39mm equivalent in 35mm.
Talk about a dusty keyboard! Close-up shot with auto flash. Not bad for such a tiny camera.

If you like collecting older digital cameras then this one is a must. I’m not quite sure how I ended up with the Japanese market model vice the common US model. In markets outside Japan and the US the camera is known as the Digital IXUS i.

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SUNday Spotlight – Olympus Classic

One of the most popular 35mm SLR cameras – ever.

Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko MC Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 made between 1979-1987.

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Nikon’s Gem of a Lens – f/1.4 50mm AI

Nikon Nikkor lenses have been praised since the dawn of time (a slight exaggeration) and in some cases rightly so. This Nikkor lens is right up there in its reputation as a fast quality lens that’s as relevant today as when it was made.

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI lens made between 1977 to 1981. Don’t confuse this with the later AIS lens which immediately followed this lens.

It takes 52mm filters and caps, has a seven blade aperture, features seven elements in six groups, close focusses to 1.5 feet, and weighs in at 255 grams. It uses the famous Nikon F-mount.

Here I’ve included a nice B+W 52E 010 1X filter for protection. The lens is of course made in Japan.

This lens functions perfectly and the front and rear elements are clean and clear but there is some dust specs inside and some light haze. In my test shots with my Nikon D800 the lens performed well with the imperfections not visible in the final images.

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Another Yashica Sailor Boy

Here’s another look at this post about Yashica’s Sailor Boy.

Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris

Those of you who follow this blog know that our main collecting passion lies with most everything from Yashica. The Yashica TL Electro X was my first 35mm SLR and since then my collection of all things Yashica has grown substantially.

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On the left is the original Yashica Sailor Boy (1962) – to the right is the Wee Willie Winkie version from around 1966 or so. Yashica has never officially named these guys so we’re assigning them names just to make identification easier.

Recently this version popped up for sale in Japan and although we didn’t purchase him I’d like to at least show another side of this collectible figurine.

YSB 35

All three of these versions were made in Japan by Modern Plastics during the 1960s. The football guy wearing number 35 was more than likely promoting Yashica’s line of 35mm cameras but little else is know about him. He is…

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Chasing Classic Cameras 2020

2020 was a pretty dynamic year as far as our camera collection was concerned. Lots of outgoing cameras and lenses and a few (well more than a few) additions. Here’s my top 6 new members of the hoard.

An eclectic mix of cameras presented in no particular order.

Canon EOS-1N RS. The Superman of Canon’s 35mm SLR film cameras. This one is from about 1998. The high-speed motor drive is built-in and at its fastest its capable of shooting 10 fps! Here it has a gorgeous Canon EF AF 50mm f1.4 USM lens mounted.
Zeiss Ikon Contax IIIa from 1951 is a 35mm interchangeable lens rangefinder film camera. A fully operational Contax IIIa from early 1951. Here it’s pictured with the exposure meter flap in the closed position. The Carl Zeiss Sonnar f/1.5 50mm lens is in excellent condition as is the camera. Even the exposure meter is working!
The last in the long line of Leica L39 (LSM) interchangeable lens rangefinder cameras. This is the famous Leica IIIg with the Leicavit winder attached. The lens is a wonderful and sharp Ernst Leitz Summaron f3.5 35mm wide-angle lens.
I didn’t need to add this full-frame monster to my collection but when the opportunity came along to own it I couldn’t pass. At 36 MP it will laser etch your eyes with it’s resolution. Here it’s got a sharp AF Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens. The only downside to this camera is no built-in image stabilization so you need a tripod (at least I do) for any shot with a lens over 135mm.
My favorite Yashica hands down. This classic 35mm SLR film camera is in mint condition and came with its original box. From May 1970.
Yashica-Nicca YF – August 1959. Mated with a sharp Yashinon f1.8 5cm lens. This Yashica is a 35mm interchangeable lens film camera that uses L39 (LSM) lenses.

Believe it or not but there’s a few more not listed here. I’ll blog about those soon. There were many more outgoing cameras in our collection in 2020 which is always a good thing. You can’t keep them all.

Thanks for stopping by and a big thanks to all of my new followers that joined the blog in 2020. Also a very big thanks to all of my followers since day one back in 2015. I couldn’t have ever imagined over 700 followers in my wildest dreams. Thanks!!! – Chris

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