New In the Shop – 10.10.2019

Lots of goodies were added to my camera shop this week as I continue to list items from my personal collection and some recent acquisitions from other collectors.

My shop is always open and can be found at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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The Sony tripod is in mint condition and it’s rather cool – it features a built-in remote control right in the handle! The Nikon F book is from 1971 and it’s also in mint condition – these are getting much harder to find this nice after all these years.

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The Fujifilm Fuji DL-7 is awesome as it’s still brand new in the box – never used! The Fuji Zoom Cardia is as close to an SLR slayer that you can get in a 35mm compact point and shoot camera. How about the Minolta Six medium format camera from around 1936! It’s the very first one to carry the Minolta name.

Lots more to see in the shop so pop on over to http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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New in the Shop – 9.28.2019

New in the shop this week at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Some awesome Asahi Pentax K-Mount lenses and other Pentax gear!

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Stop by the shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com for some great gear and some great deals! Everythings on sale at a 10% discount and I’m open to offers. Contact me at ccphotographyai@gmail.com

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Lots more in the shop and thanks for stopping by! – Chris

New In the Shop – 9.20.2019

Happy Friday everyone! Some interesting items have hit the shelves in the shop this week at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Now everything’s 10% off! Special sale through the end of September!

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Visit http://www.ccstudio2380.com and see 10% savings on everything!

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There’s many more items listed in my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – some with free USA shipping!

If you have a question about something or if you’d like a shipping quote please contact me at ccphotographyai@gmail.com

Thanks – Chris

In the Shop – Rare Fuji Photo & More!

New in the shop this week at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Stop by my camera and photo gear shop hosted by Etsy for some really interesting items. I ship almost anywhere in the world quickly and securely. Give my shop a look! Thanks

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If there’s something you don’t see that you have been looking for give me a shout – I may already have it in my collection or I know where to get it. Email me at ccphotographyai@gmail.com

Thanks, Chris

In the Shop – New this week

Some neat new items hit the shop this week and as always, every camera gets fully inspected, adjusted and cleaned by me. My cameras and photo gear are ready to be the centerpiece in your collection or ready to hit the streets for another exciting go at photography – guaranteed!

Here’s a small sample of what’s available at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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My camera shop is hosted by Etsy so I accept most types of payments and can ship your purchases to almost anywhere in the world.

Happy shopping! – Chris

In the Shop – new listings this week

I’ve listed some new and interesting cameras and photo gear in my shop this week (more to come this weekend so check back often). My shop is hosted by Etsy and can be found at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – since it’s hosted by Etsy I can accept pretty much any type of payment and I can send your purchases almost anywhere in the world… stop by and check it out! Thanks, Chris

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I’ve got lots more in the shop so stop on by. Everything is on sale at 10% off and many include free USA shipping.

Thanks – Chris

Please respect that all content, including photos and text, are the property of this blog and its owner, Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Yashica Sailor Boy, Yashica Chris.

Copyright © 2015-2019 Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Chris Whelan
All rights reserved.

 

In the Shop – new listings added this week

New in the shop this week is (as always) an interesting mix of classic cameras and vintage photo gear. Take a peek at some of what’s new at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Everything’s on sale at 10% off my already value priced items. I ship pretty much worldwide and typically get your item in the mail in one day or less.

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There’s many more items not shown so stop by http://www.ccstudio2380.com to see the entire inventory. 

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Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Please respect that all content, including photos and text, are the property of this blog and its owner, Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Yashica Sailor Boy, Yashica Chris.

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Minolta’s First 6×6 Camera – 1936

We were lucky enough to acquire this lovely camera from a local collector recently. Historically it’s a significant camera in the long history of Minolta as it’s the first camera they produced to use 120 roll film in the 6×6 cm format.

It’s also a groundbreaking camera that did not use traditional leather bellows or a metal body – the body and bellows are made of Bakelite which is an early plastic. I’ve read some conflicting information about the release date (some say as early as 1935) but it seems like November 1936 is where Minolta puts its introduction. Either way, it’s the oldest camera in our collection by a couple of years and the oldest Japanese camera we own by far.

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The Crown C shutter was made by Minolta (earlier names of the company apply) and features a leaf shutter with a top speed of only 1/150th of a second. Not fast by any stretch of the imagination. Couple that to a maximum aperture of f/5.6 and you’d better be taking pictures in bright sunlight and using fast film. But wait, in 1936 fast film would be ASA 25 – so break out the tripod.

Another interesting feature is the not yet standardized aperture scale – here we have f/5.6, 6.3, 9, 12.5, 18, and f/25

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The view from above shows the three Bakelite segments fully opened. In lieu of a fragile leather bellows, this seems like a great idea but obviously never caught on with Minolta or other manufacturers.

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I gave the camera a good cleaning inside and out but for the most part, it wasn’t really that dirty. The shutter sounds accurate and the aperture blades are behaving themselves – not bad for an eight-decade-old camera. It’s generally free of corrosion as the body is mostly Bakelite and the few metal pieces on the body are brass. The metal lens board is typically where some corrosion and paint loss would occur but this one is holding up well. The leatherette is starting to crack and peel but again, that’s to be expected.

We plan on shooting a roll of film with this soon. I do have to address some minor fungus filaments in the lenses but I’ve seen much worse in much newer lenses. I believe that I’ll be able to get the optics back to a good clarity with just a tad more cleaning.

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Advertisement from 1938

Notice the selling price of the f/5.6 was listed at ¥ 46.00 which in 1938 1 yen was worth about U.S. 30 cents. So this camera in USD would have been $13.80 – I used this site to see a historic yen rate chart.

By the way, a partial machine translation of the ad reads like this – “Minolta six card business roll film should also be considered as a popular version of so-called 6×6 cm camera to make a sheet of 12 6 cm square film, the machine depends on the Baby and the Vest. Made of Bakelite, which has already been tested, and fine-grained Moroccan leather, it has a fresh Western silver metal fittings, and the three-stage sliding-type rigid bellows made of stainless steel has durability for long-term use. The Corona f/5.6 and f/4.5 both offer excellent performance in landscapes and figures.” 

The Baby and Vest were two cameras that proceeded the Minolta Six. We think it’s a fantastic bit of design and engineering and we’re excited to add it to our collection.

Thanks for stopping by and remember that we’re still running a 15% off sale in our camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Chris

Please respect that all content, including photos and text, are the property of this blog and its owner, Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Yashica Sailor Boy, Yashica Chris.

Copyright © 2015-2019 Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Chris Whelan
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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