You never know what you’re gonna to get.
My last surprise was the Ricoh Wide.
The new surprise … to me it was just another broken camera that was able to pickup cheap and put back into working condition … was another Mamiya Six that I got last year.
Welllll, it appears that it was not just any Mamiya Six … it happened to be an uncommon version of the many variants that were made.
I like to make sure I describe my auctions accurately so I do a lot of searching on the web. I listed the camera as a IIa version and was questioned by Don@eastwestphoto … I did agree that it was unusual to be this version, and there was only one reference to a IIa by Dirk Spennemen but Don has not seen any other references that it did actually exist. After some discussion back and forth he figured out that I actually had a 1942 Mamiya Six IIa.
“Its a very late model lla = tear drop exposure counter, three screws in acc. shoe, f/22 on DOF scale, two strut rails, round front larger standard for a 00 shutter. Known lens & shutter of the period 1944, its a WW2 booty camera, they were never imported in the USA. Quite RARE ***** star rating in Sugiyama’s 1984 collectible Japanese camera book is for model ll, lla is even rarer! . I just found a reference to a model lla, I think maybe you are correct?”
Don has a new addition to his large Mamiya Six collection.
As expected, the number of visitors to my blog has been increasing since its start just some 4 years ago … so thanks for viewing my stuff (not that stuff). This year I actually got over 10,000 views. I don’t think I will be breaking any blog records with that, but it is nice that my efforts are not worthless.
As I briefly mentioned in a previous post … I am a little delayed in my new ones. I’ve run into some parts issues that have prevented me from posting, but they will be up soon (I hope) …
Made some errors on my mercury battery post … which is now corrected.
Blame the beer !!!
Hmm, was just hunting eBay for Minolta Autocords … I don’t know why I keep looking for these cameras … and I notice that the price has been really jacked up.
I just saw one that commented on a fugly one that it has great patina ? Really ? It really is need of a thorough CLA … and it has the classic bent focus knob … way too much $$$ for a starting price.
I wonder if this has anything to do with my blog … hmmm, maybe I am thinking too highly of myself … but I do constantly see that my Autocord posts are still the most actively viewed ones.
Yes, it is a great camera … but not worth that much (that some of these people are asking), its almost like Rollei prices.
FYI: for those that want a great TLR, you should hunt for a Ricoh Ricohmatic 225 … it has a great lens and can still be found cheap (most of the time). I still keep my eye out for one with the Color-Back 225 35mm film adapter kit.
When repairing more than one camera … remember which parts go with the right camera.
Back tracking numerous months … earlier this year I got a hold of a number of TLR’s. I started working on one, then set it aside and starting working on another … then left them for a bit.
When I came back to put back one camera I was stumped on how to put it back together … for some reason I could not get the front panel on … I logically tried to figure it out … I researched the web … I asked some questions … but for some reason it did not fit … then it occurred to me today, since I was working on similar cameras (both Yashica’s) that I put the wrong lens on the wrong camera !!!
Sooooo, note # x … keep different camera parts in separate areas so you do not mix them up.