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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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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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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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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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Are the highlights in this photo a byproduct of the vintage lens or were water particles introduced during shooting?

The effect seen in this image is popular among garden photographers and most of the time vintage lenses are used. In this case the m42 helios-44m 58mm f2, a lens which i ordered and am anxiously ...
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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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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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Why the trend of faded vintage photography?

I know it has been years as I google on faded photography. However, none seems to mention about the hype of this effect. Does faded photography create positive moods? Photography having vibrant ...
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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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I keep getting out of focus shots on manual focus - Why?

First off, I'm deliberately referencing this question and have read both the original question and every answer, and I just wanna make sure to note that I know how to focus manually and am in fact ...
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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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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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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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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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Which workflow and processing to achieve Exposure-Fusion?

I know how to make HDR pictures, and I've seen a huge amount of HDR pictures. I dislike most of them. I heard about Exposure-Fusion, which seems to match my expectations. There is one photographer ...
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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 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 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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How can I view vintage medium-format negatives (from about 1950)?

I have been given a box of vintage negatives from my late Fathers estate. I believe they were taken in the '50s and the size is about 6 x 9.5 cm. Is there a piece of kit I could view these old ...
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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, 2, 3 and ...
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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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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 is the purpose of various lens markings on Vivitar 135mm f/2.5 lens with TX mount?

I was gifted some vintage gear. I'm estimating the Vivitar lens in question is from the mid-80's; I believe my relative bought it to supplement an Olympus OM-PC. This lens has color coding on the ...
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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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Live view underexposed Canon 7D with vintage zoom lens

This week I went out to shoot the moon. To compensate for my lack of a long zoom lens I used my dads old SOLIGOR ZOOM&MACRO 60-300/f4-5.6 lens for Nikon and a 2x Danubia teleconverter also for ...
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Olympus OM 10 alternative lenses to the original Zuiko 50mm [closed]

I've been using the Olympus OM 10 for a lil while with its Zuiko 50mm and I'm struggling to find new lenses for that (old) camera. Would you have any brand/model to recommend? I'm not particularly ...
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How to remove oil from aperture blades?

If you go on ebay or other second hand places, you'll see a fair amount of lenses that have oil on the aperture (particularly on older lenses). I've done some reading and it looks like this oil is ...
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Diagnose a damaged lens from focus test results

I have a lens that gives perfectly decent results at f/22 and f/32. Here's its capture of an ISO 12233 test chart: It's not the sharpest lens I own, but whaddaya want, it's a quarter century old ...
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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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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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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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How does one create this vintage look?

What program would I need or manual adjustments in order to create a photo like this? What is this filter called? I typically use Aperture as my editing program but would be open to using others.
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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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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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Can alignment of the bed rails of a Speed Graphic be repaired?

I own a Speed Graphic (not sure how old but anyways) that is in almost perfect condition (from a working point of view) the focal plane shutter works at all speeds, nothing is really damaged, etc, ...
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How do I use new Lomography 120 Film in a vintage Diana F Flash Camera?

I'm relatively new to film photography and have just recently returned to it after a few years of inactivity. I got a vintage point-and-shoot Diana F (the totally plastic one) and it takes 120 film. ...
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Is it possible this is sunlight?

Is this sunlight on his right shoulder? It doesn't seem like the angle is correct for this light to be sunlight.
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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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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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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 modify my NIkon D5500 so I can make a vintage lens auto focus?

I just bought a Nikon D5500 with 35mm f1.8. I also have a Nikkor 70-210mm AF (that doesn't focus automatically). I learned that using a TC-16A AF Teleconverter 1.6X might help but i was informed that ...
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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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How do I make my photos look like analog?

I'm in the middle of editing one of my projects. Unfortunately there are some photos that I would really love to edit to look like these ones but I can't figure out how to do that. Is there anybody ...
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What is the purpose of pre-focusing on a Canon AF35m ii?

I am HIGHLY confused as to what this means. The camera says to press the shutter once to prefocus & another time to take the actual shot . Why do i have to move after ive pressed the shutter ...
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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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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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Will an adapter with an EMF AF Confirm chip work with my vintage lens?

Just bought my first vintage lens on eBay, the the Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 and now I am looking for an adapter for it to mount it on my Canon 6D. I noticed that the EMF M42 adapters can be had with and ...
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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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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 ...