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Does my camera still work?

I’ve left my camera untouched for years. as soon as i found it i order the charger online. i am currently charging it but it is not turning on. does it still work? ( it is an older kodak — easyshare ...
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Is this dust or fungus in the viewfinder?

Do you know if this is dust or fungus in the viewfinder? Purchased a used Canon EOS 1N in "mint" condition from eBay recently that had "no fungus" in the description. A flashlight ...
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Identify a manufacturer and year of manufacture of an old folding wooden camera

I would like to know what is the factory of this old folding wooden camera, and what is the probable year of production? From a photographer who uses this camera, I have learned that it is probably ...
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How did this note "19/65 21/90 22/130" help previous owner of this old Zenit 12XP film camera?

Camera info The camera in question is an old Zenit 12XP. It belonged to my passed-away father-in-law. It has shutter speed regulations: B, 30-X, 60, 125, 250, 500 "ГОСТ/ASA" (ISO): 16 * 32 * ...
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What causes Haze in a Lens?

What actually causes the Haze in old cameras ? recently I found a tlr Camera in my store room, it has little haze in it, Is it caused by lubricants in the internal mechanics or "inside the lens ...
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A spot on the lens inside the camera

Hello! Is there someone who has experience with this kind of "spot-on-the-lens" stuff? :) I bought a used 35 mm camera and discovered a "spot" on the lens inside. Of course, it ...
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How to perfectly overlap two photos?

I have some old postcards of a street and I would like to make the same photo nowadays. Of course, I will shot from the same place I thought the photo was shot, but I will use a different camera and ...
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Shooting mystery film found in 1930s camera

Recently I purchased a German fold-able camera which was produced in about early 1930s. Got it from camera collector who told me he never tried that camera. To my surprise when I got this camera home, ...
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Were "shutter speeds" for cameras really in the hours back in the day?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shutter_speed I can't find any mention of it here, but once I read in a printed comic book, where there was a page of "weird facts", that in the beginning of ...
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Collodion / Wet Plate: Why do I get milky or foggy results?

When I'm ending up with milky and foggy looking plates, have I developed it to long? I've noticed on one part, that didn't catch enough developer, that this area seemed to be fine. Maybe the reason is ...
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'Realist 45' film advance lever works more than once per exposure, is this wrong?

I recently got a Stereo Realist 45 Camera. Today while shooting I noticed that I can use the film advanced lever more than once before pressing the shutter release button. Obviously this is not good:...
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Collodion / Wet Plate: How to guess the exposure time?

How can I guesstimate the exposure time for a collodion wet plate? Any helpful hints? I have a lightmeter, a Sekonic 308, so I can take measurements. I know that the age of the collodion plays into ...
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What external flashes can I use with a Zenit 122?

I have a Zenit 122 camera, 3rd version (shown here) Can I put on it an external flash for digital Nikon reflex, for instance? If not, which kind of flash should I buy for it? Is there a flash ...
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How to focus old manual viewfinder cameras?

I recently got two really old cameras, and I'm lost. The cameras are an Agfa Silette, and a Welta Weltax. I expected the cameras to have a focusing mechanism similar to rangefinger cameras, or split-...
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How can I repair a Petri 1.9 Color Corrected Super with a stuck exposure counter?

I recently bought a Petri 1.9 Color Corrected Super which is almost fully-functional, except for the exposure counter. It is stuck between the position "S" and -2. Do you have any suggestions for ...
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What kind of built-in light meters in film cameras exist?

There are a number of light meters built into film cameras I am aware of. First there's selenium cell light meters, like on the below old Canonet. Later cadmium sulphide (CdS) photocells became more ...
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How do you know if an analog film camera is still working?

So my dad recently gave me his old film camera. I'm eager to use it but I'm scared that if i buy the battery and film, it won't work since it's quite old. I looked it up on the internet and only few ...
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What is this called? Old film camera viewer?

I don’t know what it is, but I found it at a thrift shop. You put the little white squares that are in the back into it, look through the lens and you can see the pictures. I found it super ...
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How do I activate Depth of Field Preview on a Canon Eos 100?

I have searched the internet for some time now, and have found multiple mentions of a "depth of field preview" function on the Canon EOS 100 (the analog one from 1991. I have used a Canon EOS 100 for ...
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How can I remove the Timer lever on a Pentax ME Super?

I'd like to carefully remove the Timer lever on my Pentax ME Super to give it a new skin. I have not been able to find help online. Someone suggested I use very small pliers, but that seems ...
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How to use Pentax A3000 in dim lighting?

My Pentax A3000 doesn't have shutter speed control, only ISO and a few modes, B (bulb), 60 for flash, program, and aperture. I keep it on program, but what should I do if I want to shoot in darker ...
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Where can I find a manual for a vintage Coronet Captain box camera?

I recently inherited a Coronet Captain box camera. Where could I find a manual or some instructions on its use?
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Does the Pentacon Six TL have a built-in light meter?

Does the Pentacon Six TL have a light meter built in? If not, how does one measure light with it?
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What to check when buying used and old film bodies? [duplicate]

I saw an ad on a local site for a Minolta XD11, seemingly body only. The listing claims manual exposure works but battery operation has not been tested. The price is dirt cheap. What do I check for, ...
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How to fit an action camera into antique (bellows) housing?

This summer, I'll be participating in a pioneer handcart trek, where everyone is encouraged to wear period clothing (mid 1800s). I'd like to add an antique camera to my costume, but make it ...
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What is a Nikon "LlBc" screw-on lens filter?

I'm digging through some old photo equipment that my grandfather recently gave to me. I just came across a 52mm Nikon lens filter, labeled 'LlBc' (that L L B C, but it's case sensitive). Does any one ...
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What is this camera / Can I develop the film?

I have this awesome-looking old film camera and I don't know anything about it: Can anybody possibly tell me something about it? I'm interested in the history of this cameras model as well as all the ...
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What mm equivalent is my Kodak No. 31 Anastigmat F 4.5 5 1/2 inch lens?

I just purchased an old large format Speed Graphic camera. It came with a Kodak No. 31 Anastigmat F 4.5 5½ inch lens on a Compur shutter. I was wondering what equivalent mm focal length of this lens ...
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Toma M900 Novacam I: My film winder does not advance film properly

I just bought an old Toma M900 Novacam I ( automatic point and shoot ) at a dollar store. Everything seems to be working find the first time I put batteries on it. However, when I tried to test the ...
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Will an old film camera still work even when not used in a very long time?

I found this really old Olympus 35DC in my grandparents' old house and I really want to use it but I don't know if it will still work because it hasn't been used for over years.
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LCD screen is black on Nikon FA

When I look through the view finder of my Nikon FA, I am unable to see the LCD screen on the upper left of the view finder. I've tried two sets of batteries. With both sets of batteries, the shutter ...
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Why do I get a light halo only on sunny exposures using my FED 2?

I recently bought a FED 2 and I got some weird results from my test roll. I've been taking pics in various conditions (inside and outside) and I do get a light halo on sunny outside pics (see below on ...
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Why does my Zorki 4 take blurred pics on infinity focus?

I've recently bought a Zorki 4 and the results I get from my test roll are quite disappointing. I've been calibrating the mirror, adjusting it for both infinity focus and close one (1 meter). Here is ...
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Can I remove the lens on a Minolta Hi Matic 9 to add a zoom lens?

I have a Minolta Hi Matic 9, made in 1956. Can the lens be removed in order to utilize a zoom lens.If so, which manufacturers would be possible choices?
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What is the precise model and background of this Kodak Six-20 camera with bellows?

I got this camera from my grand-mother who was French. I have been trying to identify it, although there seems to be a large amount of cameras from the same era that Kodak manufactured and that all ...
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Why do so many old cameras have camera lenses made in Japan?

I'm browsing what the world has to offer me when I want to buy old (circa ’70s or ’80s) camera, e.g., a Canon EX Auto QL. And I've noticed that most of them have ...
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How to restore and use my Yashica 35 G?

I have recently acquired a Yashica 35G, originally because I just thought it was pretty. Now that I've given it a good inspection though, I'm wondering if it might be usable. The mechanism checks out ...
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What kind of a Polaroid 600-camera is this?

Please help me with this! I know it's a Polaroid 600 'cause the model and the film it uses. It has a yellow "live for the moment" logo in front of the cam (see the pic) and behind the flashbar. Also ...
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Can I fix inaccurate (sticky!) shutter speed on Canon FTb?

I had a Canon FTb come in today and decided to test it out. When firing off a some shots, I felt the faster shutter speeds were accurate; however, I noticed that anything 1/4s or slower was ...
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Which cameras were used prior to Apollo 11?

Which cameras were used on the missions prior to Apollo 11 ? I know that the moon landings used Hasselblad medium format.
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Can anyone identify the silver rangefinder-style camera in this advertisement?

Is the camera depicted in this photo a real camera? Can you identify it?
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What battery can I use for an old Canon Ex EE (PX625 vs PX625A)?

I recently bought a Canon Ex EE (1967) but there isn't a battery. I read from the manual that it used PX625(1.35V) but there isn't any available now. I do not want to buy zinc-air cells. There are PX ...
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What vintage mechanical camera looks like the Fuji x20?

I'm looking for a mechanical vintage camera that also looks like the Fuji x20. I want the price to be below 100 euro. I looked on google for a decent full-mechincal and fully working vintage camera (...
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Why do I see no photos on my film?

I've got Smiena 8m. I have put ISO100 film in it and it appears that there are no photos on that film (I have checked it in /almost/ darkness). What might be the problem?
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How can I trigger an off-camera flash with a Polaroid SX 70 or a Yashica-Mat?

I am interested in shooting pictures with off camera flash. I have a Polaroid sx 70 and one medium format Yashica mat 124. I was wondering if is it feasbile to shoot with off camera flash with one of ...
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Weird sticky liquid on old tripod (+10 years)

I found my Dad's old tripod in the garage. It is more than 10 years old and it's still in perfect condition. The problem is that there is a weird sticky liquid all over the top of the tripod near the ...
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DSLR recommendation, question about old Canon 35mm film Camera & lenses [closed]

I'm in search of a new camera and I've been reading reviews, researching the last couple of weeks. The choice is daunting to say the least. There are so many models, types etc not to mention all the ...
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Where can I find B&W film for an Imperial Satellite 127 camera?

Recently I was given an Imperial Satellite 127 camera as a wedding/moving away gift. I was pretty excited about it since older cameras have always interested me, but I've not ever owned one. Also, I ...
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What camera defect would cause a shot to be exposed on one half of the frame and not the other?

I've posted before about my crazy old Canon Model 7 rangefinder camera that I got recently. After a brief episode with lens repair, I've gotten a few rolls developed, and some of the shots didn't come ...
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Which terms accurately describe the lens mount on a Canon 7?

I've gotten a used Canon Model 7 rangefinder camera from my grandfather. I'm given to understand that it's a reasonably cool old camera, and the 50mm/1.4 lens isn't too shabby either. I am ...
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