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My grandfathers cameras

 
 
Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 06:40 am
My mom and my uncle cleaned out several boxes of things that have been in the family for.. 60 (?) years? Maybe less in some cases.



I get the wonderful cameras.


I have had them for a few months now.. and with very little luck , I have vaguely identified a couple but not all
After I identify them, I want to use them Very Happy
Im sure these cameras are not extremely old, and most are .. at least what I can find.. for sale for under a hundred bucks or so..

But I am curious about their photo quality and if anyone knows anything about them?

No. I do not expect crisp shart, digital quality photos from them
Laughing
In fact I am looking for gritty if that makes sense


I also have a working keystone video camera with manual still in its original box that I want to pull out and try as well..



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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 06:42 am
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3188/2485672505_6000cc98de_b.jpg

a light meter...

dont think it works
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 06:44 am
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3132/2485670755_7582a7fc6b_b.jpg

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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 06:46 am
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2189/2486488832_9d2f4b34f4_b.jpg

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Izzie
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 06:49 am
Absolutely no idea about the cameras - BUT THEY LOOK FANTASTIC! Real treasures. Would love to see any pics you take with them and to hear what you think of the quality of the pics. Do you have a local photography store that could give you any advice?
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mismi
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 06:51 am
Those are awesome Shewolf - nostalgic -

I can't help you with what they are and how they work though....sorry ...they are great though.
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 06:53 am
Do they have red eye reduction? If not I would throw them away.
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Izzie
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 06:58 am
Found this

Kodak Flash Bantam
The Kodak Bantam cameras were small folding bellows cameras using 828 roll film manufactured over the years 1935 to 1953. Kodak continued the Bantam with the Bantam RF through 1957, but this camera is more like the Signet series. There were several models ranging from the simple f6.3 models with fixed focus and single speed shutter, up to the f4.5 and Flash Bantam models. The Flash Bantam has a four speed shutter and either the Anastigmat special or Anastar lens. The Anastigmat special on the camera shown here is a good performer and just about as good as the Ektar used on the Signet 35.

Although 828 film is no longer manufactured, it is possible to roll your own. If you are willing to do that, the small compact size makes this a fun camera to shoot with.

This camera was in excellent condition but with a sticky shutter. I cleaned the shutter and lens and the camera took very nice pictures. Be sure to check the bellows for light leaks if you intened to shoot film in the camera.


http://www.daniel.mitchell.name/cameras/index.php?page=fbantam&WEBMGR=4d89d711dc13cf31246d02170bcdfa92
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 06:58 am
they have the most advanced red eye reduction in the world.

Just close your eyes
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 06:59 am
Damn.
I dont know how to roll my own film..

and that was one of the ones I REALLY wanted to use Confused '

crap
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Izzie
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 07:10 am
and this is the Tower Camera


I spotted one that was unsual, and after seeing the "Tower" name on it, I knew right away that it had once been sold by Sears & Roebuck. I purchased it, and a while later, cleaned it off and shot a roll of Agfa APX with it.

The Tower 50 camera shown here was made by Iloca in Germany in 1956 for Sears. It features a 2.8 Cassar lens (I am assuming a Tessar-style), shutter speeds B- 1/200, and zone focus. It's actually a nice little camera to use. Iloca made a number of cameras for others (as well as under their own name), and Sears sold a variety of cameras with the Tower brand that were made by a variety of companies in Japan and Germany.
Here are a few shots from last June (I finally developed the film on Sunday).


http://randomphoto.blogspot.com/2007/02/tower-camera.html


(sorry if you already have this info Rolling Eyes
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 07:25 am
Those are cool! I love old cameras.

Rolling your own film is easy -- they make a little gizmo that you crank the film into empty spools with. Unfortunately 828 film is a whole different matter as it was a weird hybrid thing -- 35mm format but without sprockets and with a paper backing like 120mm film. With dedication you could probably find the parts to do it but you'd have a heck of a time finding anyone who could process it.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 07:29 am
or....possibly anyone who would sell it?
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 07:29 am
i found, in this box, 4 rolls of 620 b&w film


no idea how old.


possibly useless?
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 07:46 am
You'll probably be able to still use the camera that held the 620 film (I'm guessing that's the last camera in your series) because 620 is really what is now 120 film but with a different size spool.

The film is most likely bad but you can wind modern 120 film onto the old 620 spools and shoot away!
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 07:56 am
you mean that little pop out accordion camera?


right on.
Now THAT is a neat camera
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 08:01 am
I'm used a similar until a couple of years for black & white photos (roll film), until I changed it for my father's Contraflex.
(I'm now using my own old Nikon for that - would have tried to sell the old cameras on ebay - but since there are so many offers .... Sad )
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 08:04 am
I noticed that too.
I looked up their value based on only what information was on the cameras and it seems as though they are all over the place, and some people are selling them for 5.00 or cheaper.

Not that they are made of gold or anything.. but it is a bit disappointing.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 08:06 am
Izzie wrote:

(sorry if you already have this info


No actually I dont.

That is what I was looking for Wink

Photosamples, peoples opinion..

thank you Very Happy
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2008 08:06 am
Yeah, that one. I agree it is very cool.

But I'm just guessing based on the rounded finger grip thing above the lens. I'd take a roll of the 620 film you have and load it to see if it fits.

Then you can throw away the film and reload the spools with 120 film, load that up in your camera and get busy!

Make sure you can find someone to process it for you first, though. 120 film is not a rarity by any means but a lot of labs don't work with it anymore.
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