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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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What vintage slide projector can I use to view 70mm formatted slides?

1960 Rollei camera, made slides which I would like to view but can't find the correct size format for purchasing a slide projector. *I've converted inches to mm: 2 3/4" = 69.85mm or 70mm *What ...
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metal slide binders

I recently purchased a box of glass slides and metal binders, also in the box were some very thin frames that when folded were the size of the the metal binder. I am trying to date them and determine ...
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Can I use a restored 55-year-old fixed-lens film camera without working aperture blades?

I have a Yashica Electro 35, which was inactive for 32(!) years. Now I have restored the camera perfectly, but there is a big problem: rust is on four of the five aperture blades. The rust granules ...
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Could someone help me identify what this piece of film might be used for

I worked at NASA for a number of years. This item was thrown away when NASA closed a photolab facility in the late 80's. I believe it's a piece of film showing the iconic "Blue Marble" ...
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Replacement for flash bulb

I have this cool dish shaped flash thingy. It's from before the dinosaurs so it takes flash bulbs that burn up in one go. I'm hoping I could modify it to a pure electric flash. I though some ...
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Help in identifying type film used that produced old black white negatives

I have found some very old, like late 1940s, black and white negatives. The size is 2 1/2 by 1 5/8ths. Can anyone tell me what film was used to produce these? Just along the edges of the negatives ...
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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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Is there a technical reason for modern on-camera flashes' flash duration?

While trying to work out fill-in flash semantics, it struck me that for the purpose of "overpowering the sun", a short flash duration is rather important since it allows you to open aperture ...
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Vintage lenses and teleconverter. Vintage TC native to lens or adapt lens to modern TC?

I own a fair amount of vintage lenses. Some of them I use on a crop body (a6000), with or without a focal reducer. I also use them adapted to full frame (a7). I love them on their native bodies, but ...
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What texture is used in this photo?

I want to know what texture is used in this photo. If you zoom in on the lighter parts of the photo, there seems to be some little tiny digital bubbles/circle type things (some type of grain or noise?)...
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What does make a vintage lens not sharp and can we fix it?

Situation I have this Takumar 200mm lens mounted on a Canon 60D with an m42 adapter. I really like the lens because of the bokeh it creates but the photos are so soft. I tried all the f numbers from 3....
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How do I check if a Canon IIIa is still in working condition?

I've never used a film camera before and don't know much about cameras in general so I wouldn't know how to check or anything.
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Canon eos rebel sl3 lens adapter

I am very new to photography so forgive me if I don’t use correct terminology. I just got a Canon EOS Rebel SL3. A friend of mine gifted me some vintage lenses. But I can’t figure out which adapter I ...
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An older Canon AT-1, is there any special cleaning kits or products that are recommended?

I am looking to clean up the body, lenses and the inner part of the camera. Does it matter if the camera is older for which products I use to clean it?
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Comparison between Nikon F - 301, F 55, F 50, and Canon A-1, t-80 [closed]

Can you give me a comparison (of performances, quality, and if you know of photos taken by you or people you know etc) between these cameras? Here some specifications: - F-301 - F 50 - F 55 - Canon ...
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Is it possible to use a follow focus to add AF to MF lenses?

I recently switched from a EOS 7D to a Sony a6400 and since I have to buy new lenses I saw the huge difference in price between compatible AF and manual focus lenses. I also stumbled upon this: ...
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Can the MTO-11 mirror lens be extended to 2000mm using an extension tube

In this link https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/ayone-knows-the-mc-mto11ca-10-1000-telephoto-lens_topic12136.html A poster claims that the 1000mm mto-11 can be extended to 2000mm by removing a stop and ...
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No1 Pocket Kodak aperture 1 to 4, f stop equivalent?

I have a lovely little No1 Pocket Kodak from about the 1920s or 30s. It is the bottom of the range model with the "Single lens". The aperture is not marked in f-numbers, but just labelled 1, ...
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How to identify the original manufacturer of lenses branded Soligor?

There are Soligor-branded lenses for which I wish to identify the manufacturer. I have read that Soligor encoded the manufacturer in the serial number, so in principle, I just need to find a list of ...
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Do vintage lenses meter on a Nikon DSLR?

I am keen on getting a Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Electric MC S 135mm f/3.5 lens but i'm wondering if this lens will meter on a DSLR, specifically Nikon D7100?
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Which modern lens can achieve this kind of depth of field?

Im interested in knowing why the depth of field(mostly the background blur)in the Old image is very different from the depth of field in the New image? More then DoF the blur in the Old image is ...
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What is the mount on this Elicar 85-205mm F3.8 lens?

What is the mount on this Elicar Auto Zoom lens , 85-205mm F3.8 No. 493302?
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How to identify the original manufacturer of lenses branded Focal (Kmart)?

There are Focal-branded lenses for which I wish to identify the manufacturer. I have read that Focal is the Kmart house brand for optical equipment (cameras, lenses, binoculars, etc). They also ...
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How to identify the original manufacturer of lenses branded Sears?

There are Sears-branded lenses for which I wish to identify the manufacturer. I have read that Sears encoded the manufacturer in the serial number, so in principle, I just need to find a list of ...
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How to identify the original manufacturer of lenses branded Vivitar?

There are Vivitar-branded lenses for which I wish to identify the manufacturer. I have read that Vivitar encoded the manufacturer in the serial number, so in principle, I just need to find a list of ...
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Which vintage lens mount is most suitable for EOS cameras? [duplicate]

I've been doing some research on vintage lenses to buy with the focal length of 24mm or 28mm as an alternative to the more expensive canon 24mm F2.8. Best options I found were the FD version of the ...
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Reason for dark areas/vignetting when shooting in bright light

I noticed some vignetting when I shoot in bright light, see below for an example: This usually occurs then I shoot with with a Sony DSLM (A7II or NEX3N) and a vintage (long focal length) lens. I can ...
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Focusing techniques with old folding camera (Agfa Isolette/Jsolette V)

I inherited one of these from my grandmother recently. Bought new in Romania in the 1930s or 1940s, can't remember. Anyway, I've been shooting all kinds of films with it, and have gotten ...
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Antique tripods with no leg spread stops - what is the reason and way to use?

I quite frequently encounter very old (1920s-1960s) tripods at yard sales, fleamarkets, estate sales... that have no leg spread limiting mechanism at all. These commonly have sharp-tipped feet also. ...
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What do these curved, color-coded lines mean on a vintage Nikkor lens?

This lens, a Nikkor 80-200 AIS, has some curved lines that are color coded to match the aperture ring. Originally I thought this was for focusing but playing around with it does not make it seem like ...
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What budget DSLR would give me metering with adapted vintage C/Y mount lenses?

Currently, I am using a Yashica FX-3 Super 2000, and over time I have acquired a reasonable set of vintage C/Y mount lenses. In particular, I have a ZEISS Tele-Tessar T* 300mm f/4 Lens, which I am ...
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Compatibility of modern shutter release cable with vintage Kodak No 1

I've inherited a vintage "No. 1 Pocket Kodak", a medium format folder from somewhere around 1930. The existing shutter release cable no longer works, as the braiding has split and the spring inside ...
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What lens mount does my Fujinon135 f/3.5 lens have?

What lens mount does this lens have? Also how cheap/easy would it be to buy/make an adapter to adapt this lens to Canon EF mount? in case you can't read it, it says EBC X-FUJINON-T and 1:3.5 f=135mm ...
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Are there strong visual clues as to whether a vintage lens is, or is compatible with, Nikon F mount?

I have a Nikon d7100, lens mount type F. I sometimes happen to be at a vintage / second hand market where there are some lenses that I'd like to try. I know autofocus and aperture might not work. ...
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Can fungi transfer from a vintage camera to different camera/lens if put together? [duplicate]

I’ve bought a vintage film camera, and it has slight fungi inside the lens, but almost unnoticeable. I’m not sure if I can put it into the dry cabinet where my DSLR and lenses are. Can they transfer ...
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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 can I mount a non-AI lens on a Nikon F4?

I can't figure out how I am supposed to mount a non-AI lens on a Nikon F4. I have read the instructions on MIR, but I can't figure out what they mean exactly. Remember to lift the meter coupling ...
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Blurry and vintage feel picture [closed]

How to take or edit picture like this?
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Why am I getting a brownish tinge using my Olympus film Pen FT lenses on my digital Pen-F?

I very recently bought an Olympus Pen-F digital body. The primary reason for this selection being my long-time satisfaction with my film Pen-FT, now with broken mirror return, for which I have a ...
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Is the 20mm f/3.5 AI-s NIKKOR focus well damped?

I have a 20mm f/4 AI-s. Personally I do not like the feel of the focus ring. It is not well damped and not silky smooth like my other AI-s lenses. It feels like my older non-AI lenses. I have no idea ...
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What is this Hermagis lens?

Going through my late dad's stuff, I found a bunch of vintage cameras (including a Lumicon Silver 8, a Kodak Six-20 Brownie C, and a Kodak Brownie Reflex). There is one piece of equipment I couldn't ...
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What's this style of pictures called?

This kind of photography, I know you must get really high professional questions but just check on this. This pic is not old. It's clicked last year. And I liked how old and smooth this picture looks ...
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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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How can I create a vintage 1990s Polaroid look from my DSLR?

For some time now, I have discovered a great difficulty with the fact of coming across a simple and vintage look and or style to my photos. I currently use a Canon Rebel T5i DSLR camera, and was ...
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Anyone with a Ricoh YF-20 please? [closed]

My cousin gave me a Ricoh YF-20 for my birthday and if anyone owns the same camera, can you help me to figure out this baby?
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What were long, flat point and shoot film cameras called?

How do you call that kind of cameras like below? I am trying to find what was my first camera (brand/model) but my memory is weak. All I can remember is that it had the same shape than the one on the ...
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Why is my Mamiya-Sekor E f/1.7 lens stuck at f/16 both on and off the camera?

I recently bought a Mamiya ZE Quartz with a Mamiya-Sekor E f/1.7 50mm lens that I recently found at an antique store. It's either been abused or been used a lot, but it's seen better days. For some ...
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Why did typical number of iris blades decrease from the 1950s to the 1970s and 80s?

I have in my collection a number of 1950s "silver" lenses, and they all have a high number of iris blades: 10, some even 12. On the other hand lenses from the end of manual focus era (late 1970s to ...
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Do defunct films formats really mean the pictures can never be seen?

In last week's issue of the New Yorker, Rebecca Mead wrote: The last facility that processed Kodachrome film, which many mid-century photographers used, ceased to do so in 2010. An undeveloped roll ...
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