About the subjects

Most of these items came from online auction sites. Since these have become popular over the years the access to dumped cameras has been huge … though it did not help to have all of those pickers/antique shows on TV to jack the prices up.

I do recommend visiting your local Thrift store. Not only can you find some really low priced items you can give to those Organizations.

Yashica-Mat (66)yashicamat

Made by Yashica – 1957+
Twin lens reflex
Yashinon 80mm f/3.5 taking lens – four element triplet
Yashinon 80mm f/3.2 viewing lens
Copal MXV shutter
120 (6×6) film format

The image shows it paired with the Yashica-A, which is an earlier model. Yashicas are the intro TLRs as they are generally found cheap (except for the 124G).

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Minolta-35minolta35skinned

Made by Chiyoda Kogaku
Model II version A – 1953+
Coupled rangefinder
Interchangeable universal (Leica) screw lens mount
35mm film format

This is one of lesser known Leica rangefinder clones. It is not often found in working condition due to the shutter material that was used.

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Minolta Semi-PSONY DSC

Made by Chiyoda Kogaku – 1951+
Pocket folding
Promar SII 75mm f/3.5 lens
Konan-Flicker shutter
120 (6×6) film format

Medium format pocket folders are a great way of cheaply getting into larger format shooting. Focusing is done by guessing range to subject.

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Ricoh Diacord GSONY DSC

Made by Ricoh – 1958+
Twin lens reflex
Ricoh 80mm f/3.5 taking lens – three elements
Rikenon 80mm f/3.5 viewing lens – four elements in three groups
Citizen MV shutter
120 (6×6) film format

In my search for “the next best thing to a Rolleiflex” I encountered the Diacord. The Diacord and the Minolta Autocord lenses are praised by many TLR users.

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Leica IIFLeicaIIF

Made by Ernst Leitz Wetzlar – 1951+
Coupled rangefinder
Interchangeable Leica screw lens mount
35mm film format

This is the first Leica I had owned. Decades ago I wanted to own a Leica, but at that time it was an M series. The Barnack type Leicas are extremely small cameras, especially with a collapsible 50mm lens.

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Minolta AutocordSONY DSC

Made by Chiyoda Kogaku
“Export” model – 1958
LMX model – 1958
Twin lens reflex
Rokkor 75mm f/3.2 viewing lens
Rokkor 75mm f/3.5 taking lens – four element Tessar type
Seikosha MX shutter
LMX has selenium meter

This TLR is the next best thing to a Rolleiflex. It appears that people have woken up from Rollei fever and have caused auction prices on this camera to skyrocket. Sadly many are found with the focus knob broken off.

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Minolta Maxxum 9000

Made by Minolta – 1985+
Autofocus SLR
Interchangeable Minolta A mount
35mm film format

This was the second AF model introduced by Minolta. I love the feel of this camera as it has the classic physical shape, and it also has manual winding. This is a great manual focus film camera to use with current Sony A mount full frame lenses coupled with the split screen type PM.

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Canon IIF

Made by Canon – 1952+
Coupled rangefinder
Interchangeable universal (Leica) screw lens mount
Copy of the Barnack design

Most of these were sold through military postal exchanges, so they are commonly seen with the E-P markings starting in 1954.

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Canon IVSB

Made by Canon – 1952+
Coupled rangefinder
Interchangeable universal (Leica) screw lens mount
Copy of the Barnack design

One of the most popular versions of Canon’s rangefinders

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Canon P (Populaire)SONY DSC

Made by Canon – 1958+
Coupled rangefinder
Interchangeable universal (Leica) screw lens mount
35mm film format
Selenium meter

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Canon 7

Made by Canon – 1961
Coupled rangefinder
Interchangeable universal (Leica) screw lens mount
35mm film format

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Canon rangefinder lenses

Made by Canon – 1947+
Leica thread mount (M39)

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Ricoh wide 2.4RicohWide24 (2)

Made by Riken Optical – 1958
Coupled rangefinder
Ricoh-S Kominar 35mm f/2.4 lens
Seikosha MXL shutter
35mm film format

 

And there are many more subjects involved in this blog … actually now that I look back on this list, some of these don’t appear in this blog. I blame laziness. Sometimes I take stuff apart without documenting it or I just got bored with it.

I really wish Goodwill in Canada had an online auction like the US.


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