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Old 08-20-2004   #41
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I 'was' an Apple Newton user until the darn thing packed in, the local Mac tech flipped out when I bought in for repair two years ago. Strangely I got the same response from the service counter at Canon NZ when I bought my Canonet QL17 in for a service...

Old school 'tech rules (as the old geek saying goes).

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Wayne great shot!

Is it a IIa to the left and a IIIa to the right?

Nice! (love the hood on the Contax)
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Nice companions, Wayne! Richard, I believe you're right. Wayne, what is that finder & lens on the IIa? I have a Zeiss 21mm finder, but I don't recall that it has a shoe on top.
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The QL17, I love as it is small, sharp and very quiet. Good for existing light shots at a wedding were the Church does not allow flash shots during the ceremony. It reloads film much faster than the Contax cameras. The Contax are quiet also compared to the motor drive on my Nikon FHP's.

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Thanks, Wayne... I dug out my 21mm finder, and it does indeed have a shoe on top like yours. Body is black crinkle-finish with chrome stuff front/back, top/bottom. Yep, Zeiss IKON Stuttgart.

But I'd like to know what the eyepiece on yours is like. Mine is just round and chrome with threads around the outside as if something else should be there too.
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Thanks, Wayne... I dug out my 21mm finder, and it does indeed have a shoe on top like yours. Body is black crinkle-finish with chrome stuff front/back, top/bottom. Yep, Zeiss IKON Stuttgart.

But I'd like to know what the eyepiece on yours is like. Mine is just round and chrome with threads around the outside as if something else should be there too.
Doug,

My eye piece is exactly the same as yours. I have a Ziess Catalog from around 1956. I'll try to find it and see if I can solve the mystery threads on the eye piece.

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The IIa looks really nice with the external viewfinder...

I know I'm alone in the world on this but I still think the IIIa is a more attractive camera than the IIa (without the external viewfinder ).
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The IIa looks really nice with the external viewfinder...

I know I'm alone in the world on this but I still think the IIIa is a more attractive camera than the IIa (without the external viewfinder ).
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Doug,

The threads are for Eye Correction lens (spherical only) from +/- 0.5 to +/- 5.0 diopters in steps of 0.5 diopters each, for Contax and Contameter. (special order only together with prescription for eye used).

This is from December 1, 1957 Zeiss Ikon Catalog.

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Ok, I'm not too surprised. It could also have been for a rubber eyecup or just a soft protective rim to keep from scratching one's glasses. I'm still surprised there's not even a little thread-protecting bezel on there, which would look better. Anyway, thanks for the info!

Here's a shot of it so others here can see how it looks...
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Here's a Lynx 14 that I just got working. The shutter was stuck and the aperture wasn't working.
It took several days of applying lighter fluid with a q tip and disassembly of the lens to get at the lever that controls the aperture.

Turned out that the lever wasn't bent or broken, just out of place.

The meter appears to be a stop off, but the lens looks really good. I am looking forward to shooting a roll through it.

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I have a 35mm version of the 21mm viewfinder shown above. Mine was made for a Contax rangefinder, probably a Color Dial. It cam with a chrome bezel on the ocular threads, no diopter correction lens. Unfortunately it fell off one day and I lost it. I ended up making a small leather washer for it to keep from scratching my eyeglasses.

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Here's a Lynx 14 that I just got working. The shutter was stuck and the aperture wasn't working.
It took several days of applying lighter fluid with a q tip and disassembly of the lens to get at the lever that controls the aperture.

Turned out that the lever wasn't bent or broken, just out of place.

The meter appears to be a stop off, but the lens looks really good. I am looking forward to shooting a roll through it.

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Nice Lynx! We'll be looking forward to seeing some great photos you take with it!

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Jon, that's a beautiful one-eyed monster! I've been dreaming about one, but so far i have to survive with its smaller brothers(which are nice too!)...
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Thanks for the info, Paul! Now it appears all three of our finders are missing a little chrome bezel! I expect a machine shop could make something for that, if they have a thread tap for whatever thread that is on the finder.
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Old 08-26-2004   #56
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Jon - nice looking Lynx (and coffee mug)!
Congratulations - and let's see some shot!
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Bessa R2 & Starbucks

Gotta keep the camera and coffee ritual alive -- here is my latest ... Bessa R2 with 40mm Summicron ...
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Old 08-28-2004   #58
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Gene, beautiful camera and shot.
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Old 08-28-2004   #59
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very pretty! and the camera looks good too

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Here's my black beauty Yashica GT, sharing a cup with his friend Mickey
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Old 08-29-2004   #61
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H*, that's a great shot!
Beautiful camera as well.
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Richard,
Thanks. I have to admit the camera "taking" the pic wasn't an RF though. Nikon FE2, with 35mm f2.0 lens. I do like the GT for it's ease of use and good sharp pics though.
Funny story about the MM strap. I got it with a Nikon EM that was a POS, sold the EM for parts, but keep the COOL strap. Perfect companion for the GT.
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my canonet QL17, taken this weekend with my yashica lynx 14e:
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Hey - thanks for keeping the 'camera and coffee' tradition alive - and a great looking shot

(I think the camera-coffee combination is unique to this forum. I need to get a good one with a couple of Olympus RF cameras as well....).
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Beauty, Jazzguy! Another RFF 'glamour' shot! Nice looking cam.

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Here's my contribution. I had to do it since I'm a serious coffee addict :-)

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Holy crap that's nice Denis!!

Gorgeous...congrats!
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Gorgeous...congrats!
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You mean the photo or... ?
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The coffee cup, he loves coffee cups. He has a collection actually.
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Richard, thanks for starting this thread. It's been fun.

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Well, I guess it is my turn to contribute...so here we go.

These are a pair of Agfa Karat IV's, both with Solagon 50mm f2 lenses. I've torn them down and rebuilt them - both were non-working eBay finds with frozen shutters and non-working rangefinders. Now both have shutters that work, timing seems ok, and rangefinder/viewfinder cleaned up and clear / working again. I'm going out to take some photos with them today. No lens hoods - GASP! - because I haven't any for these little lenses.

I'm enclosing a link to a review I did recently on another Karat IV I have - this one with a lesser lens. Now I have two of the top dogs - hmmm. Whatever will I do with these?

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Nice ones, Bill!

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I hope that you found this evaluation useful and entertaining!
Loved your review -- it was both useful AND entertaining. Great work!

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Bill - loved the shot - LOVED the coffee mug!
Beatiful cameras. Must admit that folding cameras is one thing I've never gotten 'into' but I am constantly intrigued.

Thanks for keeping the thread alive!
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okay, not very artistic but...
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okay, not very artistic but...

So, I was at the Perth Fair (South of Ottawa, Canada), your typical North American Agricultural fair, shooting with my Zorki, and my mother plops this coffee down next to it. Naturally all I could think of was www.rangefinderforum.com, so I grabbed my wife's digital camera and shot this...

BTW, I was taking a picture of the vintage tractor pull and this guy (shaved head, in his 30s) says "Wow, don't see many like that anymore..." and I realized he was talking to me and had a Leicaflex around his neck. We joked about how it wasn't real photography unless your camera was all mechanical and you were using the Sunny 16 rule
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Good shot, vladhed! Thanks for keeping the tradition alive!

Just looking at that beauty, I can barely wait for my Zorki 4K to arrive. I had to send the first one back (jammed shutter).

Is it cheating if I use a light meter?

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Nice shot and story Vladhed, as in fact this is a capture of a true real 'coffee and camera' scene, not a studio setup

Gene, I guess it doesn't mind as long as it runs without batteries lol !
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My M3 got a play-buddy a few days ago - an Olympus 35LE.
It's a version of the more common 35LC (that I have...eh..three of) and I've been looking for a really nice one for almost a year.

This one is as pristine as they come. Looks nice and once I get an MR50 battery replacement I'll run a roll through it as well.
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Nice Oly, how does it compare with the RC or SP?

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Todd, not sure haven't gotten the battery for it yet
It's a 1.7 seven-element lens like the SP so I'm looking forward to trying it out.
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