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How did this note "19/65 21/90 22/130" help previous owner of this old Zenit 12XP film camera?

Those look like DIN speeds that match values on the GOST meter dial. GOST was the Soviet film speed standard; it was on the same scale as ASA speed, but 90% the value (so GOST 360 was equivalent to ...
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What is this called? Old film camera viewer?

It is called a slide viewer. Unlike photographic negatives, where the darkest parts of the image are lightest and vice-versa, photographic slide film produced a positive image directly on the film ...
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What to check when buying used and old film bodies?

I'm not too sure about your mount questions, but I do collect working vintage gear. Here's what I do and look for... If applicable, bring a battery - There's really no excuse not to bring a fresh ...
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What is a Nikon "LlBc" screw-on lens filter?

That's actually an L1BC filter (ell one bee cee). It's equivalent to a Skylight 1A, and is meant to cut UV with film. It's of very limited use with digital; primarily to reduce blue-channel ...
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Will an old film camera still work even when not used in a very long time?

Check the battery holder. If the old batteries have been taken out you might be fine. One of the risks with older equipment is battery corrosion. If the old batteries have not been taken out they may ...
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How did this note "19/65 21/90 22/130" help previous owner of this old Zenit 12XP film camera?

It's just a little conversion reference for film speeds – equating German DIN standard with Soviet GOST (ГОСТ) standard. See Table 1 in the Wikipedia article on 'Film Speed' for example film stocks.
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Will an old film camera still work even when not used in a very long time?

It might. It might not, it all depends on how the camera was used/abused, and how it was stored. Age can affect things like the light-tightness of rubber seals, sticky grease on aperture blades, and ...
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What is this called? Old film camera viewer?

That's a slide viewer - the "little white squares" are 35mm photographic slides. I have one just like the one in the picture - it's a nice way of checking slides before putting them into a projector ...
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What is this camera / Can I develop the film?

This is a 8mm movie camera made in Japan about 1956. That was about the date that home movies peaked. Like all 8mm cameras of that period, this camera was loaded with “double 8” film. This is actually ...
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Where can I find a manual for a vintage Coronet Captain box camera?

Online, your simplest and easiest options are to google on the name of the camera and "user manual", or to find out if the manufacturer still exists and has a website and look through their support/...
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Will an old film camera still work even when not used in a very long time?

The Olympus 35DC is a rangefinder with an automatic shutter (electronically controlled). I have a couple cameras which are quite similar--the Yashica Electro 35 GSN and the Canon Canonet G-III 17. ...
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Will an old film camera still work even when not used in a very long time?

It really depends on the individual camera and how it has been stored. Before sourcing a film to run through it, gently try the wind on feature and shutter to see if they work. If things are stiff do ...
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How do you know if an analog film camera is still working?

To render this answer more generally useful, I will first give some general tests to perform not specific to your particular model of camera: If the camera needs a battery, get one and pop it in. For ...
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Collodion / Wet Plate: How to guess the exposure time?

This material has super low sensitivity to light. Additionally, it has no sensitivity to red so you can use a safelight. Assume an ISO of 2. The sunny 16 rule of thumb is workable. This will be: ...
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How to perfectly overlap two photos?

The essence of the trick is to stand in exactly the same place. This may require some trial & error. Perspective will be your single biggest issue. You can only match perspective by observing from ...
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Will an old film camera still work even when not used in a very long time?

Where was it previously stored? Check its lens for signs of fungus and haze. Then, Make sure all the dials on the camera are not jammed. This includes the shutter speed dial and the ISO dial (if you ...
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Can I remove the lens on a Minolta Hi Matic 9 to add a zoom lens?

The Minolta Hi Matic 9 has a fixed 45mm lens. It is not possible to switch lenses. Source: oldcamerareview Lens variety and interchangeability – Nope, you won’t get that either. But, if you ...
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What was the price of a brand-new Praktica Super TL 1000?

I purchased my TL 1000 in 1980 from Dixon's and the basic price with the lens was £49.00, the same price as an Olympus trip back then. I may be a little late with this but it may help in the future. ...
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What was the price of a brand-new Praktica Super TL 1000?

I bought one today, and I kid you not, it still had its pricetag. R149 - that is South African Rand. In those days the ZAR was trading at R1 to the USD.
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How do I activate Depth of Field Preview on a Canon Eos 100?

Can someone either confirm it exists or tell me how? Page 61 of the EOS 100 user manual explains how to set the various custom functions. There's a list of 7 different settings you can turn on, and (...
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What is a Nikon "LlBc" screw-on lens filter?

It's likely that you're not reading the filter correctly. It's probably L1Bc. It's a skylight / UV filter used in the film days. It has a very slight pinkish cast. It has no value when used with ...
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Were "shutter speeds" for cameras really in the hours back in the day?

The claim is 'half true'. Very early photographs did take hours of exposure, but by the time the first portraits were being taken, that was down to 15 minutes or so. A long time to be sitting still, ...
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A spot on the lens inside the camera

Looks like fungus to me. You can try to clean it off but it may well have affected the coating and/or etched the glass. It looks like it's in the dead center of the rear element so it may affect ...
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What causes Haze in a Lens?

The most common causes of internal haze in lenses can be divided into three main areas: Surface contaminants. Oil, grease, heavy dust, or even a thumbprint left by a careless technician. Fungus. This ...
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Does my camera still work?

The camera itself would likely work, but after years of neglect the battery likely self-discharged to death and won't hold a charge. Some advanced chargers could manage to resuscitate it, but don't ...
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What is a Nikon "LlBc" screw-on lens filter?

The Nikon L1BC is a multicoated Skylight + UV filter. This filter is multicoated. The coat on lenses and filters mitigates reflections. Thus the filter passes more light than a non-coated filter. The ...
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What mm equivalent is my Kodak No. 31 Anastigmat F 4.5 5 1/2 inch lens?

The film back you are using absolutely matters, because this whole concept of "equivalence" is in reference to a given film or sensor size. You have a 3¼×2¼" mask, so that's the size of your ...
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Does the Pentacon Six TL have a built-in light meter?

The viewfinder on this camera is interchangeable. The waist-level (top-down) finder does not have metering. There are also non-metering prism finders, and version with a light meter built-in — the "...
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How can I remove the Timer lever on a Pentax ME Super?

Here you go... http://www.pickmycamera.net/service-pentax-mesuper/ According to the article they have a special tool to remove the timer lever
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What was the price of a brand-new Praktica Super TL 1000?

I have bought a Praktica super Tl1000 in 1980, and I have paid 14.000 pesetas (actually about 84 €). Great camera.
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