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I can guess at Ringo's camera model but what about the lens ?
Old 09-11-2016   #1
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I can guess at Ringo's camera model but what about the lens ?

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Old 09-11-2016   #2
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looks like a 50 w/ hood

but i was too busy looking at the blonde with the rolleiflex
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Could be a Canon 50/1.5.

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looks like a 50 w/ hood

but i was too busy looking at the blonde with the rolleiflex
The camera looks to be an L2 or VL2 RF Canon but the lens looks more of a Contax/ Nikon mount via an adapter (Cooke Perkins?) but that lens looks larger than a typical f 1.5 Sonnar or Nikkor 5cm f1.4.. maybe a Zunow f1.1?

The blonde is hot French singer Sylvie Vartan ( and not her double or replacement), a supposed paramour of the original Paul McCartney back in January 1964 when the Beatles played the Olympia theatre n Paris France.
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Old 09-11-2016   #5
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The camera looks to be an L2 or VL2 RF Canon but the lens looks more of a Contax/ Nikon mount via an adapter (Cooke Perkins?) but that lens looks larger than a typical f 1.5 Sonnar or Nikkor 5cm f1.4.. maybe a Zunow f1.1?

The blonde is hot French singer Sylvie Vartan ( and not her double or replacement), a supposed paramour of the original Paul McCartney back in January 1964 when the Beatles played the Olympia theatre n Paris France.

there we go... the problem is you're paying more attention to the camera than the blonde
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there we go... the problem is you're paying more attention to the camera than the blonde
To be honest, I liked both
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Funny...she would have been 20 or so in the photo. Now she is 72. Shame we all get old.
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Contax Zunow.
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...The blonde is hot French singer Sylvie Vartan.
Sylvie is actually Bulgarian, she and her family left postwar Bulgaria for Paris in the early 1950's.
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Old 09-11-2016   #10
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Cameraquest shows an LTM Zunow 1.1, which would be more likely mounted on a Canon.

https://cameraquest.com/zunow.htm
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Interesting, I'd thought Ringo was a Pentaxian

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Not sure about his photography assets but he was a great drummer in his prime.
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In "A Hard Day's Night," Ringo goes off on his own after being picked on by bandmates & Paul's malicious 'grandad.' Watch the clip for his bit of street shooting with an SLR. Shortly after he sets it on a rock on the banks of a river for a Napoleanic selfie with a long cable release, and...

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What is it with vintage cameras and lovely women?...and why did I not know about it when I was young and single?
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Not sure about his photography assets but he was a great drummer in his prime.
He's still pretty good now.
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Interesting, I'd thought Ringo was a Pentaxian

They all went Nikon F by their 1st trip to India in 1966.
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Here's one of Sir Paul, a selfie with a rangefinder. Contax maybe? I'm not sure...any guesses?

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Looks like a Nikon M or S.

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Looks like a Nikon M or S.

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Yeah , most likely. Viewfinder window is too small for a Contax.
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Is this the same "bird" as in the OP's pic?



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Funny...she would have been 20 or so in the photo. Now she is 72. Shame we all get old.
Perhaps, but beautiful women often become beautiful older women.

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Here's one of Sir Paul, a selfie with a rangefinder. Contax maybe? I'm not sure...any guesses?

Fittingly, it looks like a Contax look-a-like, better known as a Nikon I or M or S.
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looks like a 50 w/ hood

but i was too busy looking at the blonde with the rolleiflex
I didn't realise she had a camera....
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I didn't realise she had a camera....
wait, was there a blonde in there?
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+1 for Ringo's playing today. He's still great - in his own distinctively Ringoesque way. Even better, he's played with Todd Rundgren!
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+1 for Ringo's playing today. He's still great - in his own distinctively Ringoesque way. Even better, he's played with Todd Rundgren!

I heard some sound engineer saying that you never really notice the great drummers. I also like Ringo a lot as a person.
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What is it with vintage cameras and lovely women?...and why did I not know about it when I was young and single?
In that photo the Rolleiflex wasn't a vintage camera.
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+1 for Ringo's playing today. He's still great - in his own distinctively Ringoesque way. Even better, he's played with Todd Rundgren!
I always liked the John Lennon quip when he was asked by a journalist if Ringo was the best drummer in the world, and Lennon said he wasn't even the best drummer in the Beatles!
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In that photo the Rolleiflex wasn't a vintage camera.
What is it with the Canon 1Dx MkII and lovely women?

Doesn't quite have the same ring to it...
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George and his Canon 7.



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My favorite pop/rock drummer, and I'm a drummer...

The 2nd camera looks like a Contax II or a Nikon.

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I always liked the John Lennon quip when he was asked by a journalist if Ringo was the best drummer in the world, and Lennon said he wasn't even the best drummer in the Beatles!
That quote is apochryphal, and belonged to a comedian.

The four beatles, and mike McCartney (brother), and eventually George Martin, thought all very highly of Ringo.
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Interesting, I'd thought Ringo was a Pentaxian

George is holding the Pentax, Ringo is reading!
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Maybe we should start a thread "celebrities and their cameras".

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Bonus points to whoever finds out what kind of camera original drummer Pete Best used...
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Funny...she would have been 20 or so in the photo. Now she is 72. Shame we all get old.
Hold your horses there!
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I could be wrong but I don't think its a Zunow, barrels don't seem to match.


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I could be wrong but I don't think its a Zunow, barrels don't seem to match.
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I say it does match the legendary Zunow speed lens, count the number of landings on the barrel and the illegible beauty ring script is very similar looking in length and style to what is on a Zunow f1.1 lens.

There were not too many all chrome finish super fast 50mm RF camera lenses to choose from back then,... or even in these present days to be honest.

Too bad we can't completely see the camera's bottom from the side to be sure it is not a trigger wind Canon model, and if it was, then the camera would be a Canon VT.
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I could be wrong but I don't think its a Zunow, barrels don't seem to match.
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All good fun. I like the competitive look she's giving Ringo here. Chrome versus black? SLR versus rangefinder? Girl versus boy?
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George is holding the Pentax, Ringo is reading!
I saw a recent (201x) interview on Ringo's last book (a photographs book). He mentioned he still kept his Nikon F and his (Nikkor) fisheye lens (unspecified) but that he did not keep the rest of the lenses.

George was the Pentaxian but I think I saw a pic where the rest of the Fab Four carried Pentax cameras.

Of course this is the mid-60s and the Spotmatic was highly rated as a lighter, smaller, and a bit more affordable alternative to the Nikon F.
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I saw a recent (201x) interview on Ringo's last book (a photographs book). He mentioned he still kept his Nikon F and his (Nikkor) fisheye lens (unspecified) but that he did not keep the rest of the lenses.

George was the Pentaxian but I think I saw a pic where the rest of the Fab Four carried Pentax cameras.

Of course this is the mid-60s and the Spotmatic was highly rated as a lighter, smaller, and a bit more affordable alternative to the Nikon F.
Wasn't the SV and HV still king in the western world at that time? Anyway, that wasn't the Spotmatic based on the round light meter on the pentaprism. I think I might have one of those at home. I am sure I have a couple of the rectangular light meters.
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