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What to do with an old film camera?

Over the years, I've progressively inherited 4 different cameras from my father, the last one is a DSLR, so the three others are pretty much unused now. I can't bring myself to throw them away, but I'...
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Was there a film camera that was silent?

With digital cameras, when there is no mirror, an electronic shutter can be used to more or less eliminate any moving mechanical parts. That way, a camera makes little or no noise, making it useful ...
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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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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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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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What are battery replacement options for the Olympus OM-1?

A friend of mine gave me a beautiful OM-1 with some lenses. The only caveat is that I don't have any batteries for it. The camera takes mercury batteries. I was wondering if there are any options to ...
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Where is the best place to get my beloved Rollei serviced?

My father gave me a old MF Rollei a few years ago. I've taken it everywhere I travel and gotten some great shots out of it. I know film is much more expensive and quickly going out of "style" as the ...
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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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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 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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Could I do glass plate photography myself domestically?

Hi I recently came across the works of an old photographer named Jean Gilletta. He worked in Nice, France around the turn of the 20th century. A lot of his works are still in pristine condition ...
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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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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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What should one look for when buying a used film camera?

I'm planning to buy a used Nikon F5. I have no experience with a film camera and I want to know what all should one be careful of before buying a used film camera and more specifically a Nikon F5.
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How to remove mold from an antique camera box?

I have a Kodak No. 2 Bulls-Eye, Model D. antique camera from around 1897. When I opened it up I discovered that there are spots of mold on the black interior box inside the camera body. I am concerned ...
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Upgrade from D3100 to D90

I have had a Nikon D3100 for some time and I think that it's time to upgrade :) I have looked at Nikon DSLRs (because I have Nikon lenses) and I need help. Firstly I thought about D5100, but it ...
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Which Polaroid camera is used in the Instagram logo?

Below is the logo of the app "Instagram". Does anybody know which Polaroid camera they used for 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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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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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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Are the two generations of Canon PowerShot S100 related?

Looking around for an answer to another question, I noticed that the brand new successor to Canon PowerShot S95, S100, shares model number with PowerShot S100 from 2000. Is this intentional (e.g. the ...
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Servicing a Voigtlander Bessa from 1929 - how to open the lens assembly?

I recently acquired a Voigtlander Bessa from 1929. It works but there's a dead insect into the lens assembly (between the glasses) and some fungus/dust. I'm trying to open it to remove the insect and ...
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What was the price of a brand-new Praktica Super TL 1000?

I've recently found a Praktica Super TL 1000 in a second-hand shop and bought it for a small amount of money. The light sensor doesn't work but with some tuning of the manual settings I'm getting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where do I find replacement parts for Agfa Billy Record cameras, from the 30s and 40s?

I have an Agfa Billy Record 4.5 folding camera, which I believe to be from late 30s, and would like recommendations on the best online place to find replacement parts. Would anyone be able to help me? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the value and age of this pre-1967 Ricoh 35 mm camera? [closed]

I have a Ricoh 35 mm camera that has not been used since 1967. I am unable to find a value for it or an age. The body is stamped # 36530 and the lens is tagged # 70573. Can anybody help me determine ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I fix a stuck Rolleiflex Tessar 3.5 shutter?

I have owned this Rolleiflex for six years. Used it a lot in Switzerland to shoot film, all good. Then moved to Singapore (constantly moist) and after a year without shooting I decided to try again, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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