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Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book

Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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The good, the bad and the ugly
Old 05-06-2017   #1
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The good, the bad and the ugly

Three new pieces on the .eu site. The good: SOOZI the 90mm Summicron. The bad: Five Leicas, all in need or more or less repair. And the ugly? Well, it's hard to beat four non-functioning bayonet-mount Prakticas and eighteen lenses for them.

Any ideas on what to do with the Prakticas?

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Old 05-06-2017   #2
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In the trash can.

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Old 05-06-2017   #3
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Make 'em into door knobs and other household hardware.
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I'm sure the lenses for the Prakticas can be used with adaptors on multiple digital cameras, and therefore have value to someone. I'm with Chris on the Praktica bodies, they are probably worth more to an interior decorator than to a photographer.

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Those CZJ 35mm lenses have a bit of a following. Otherwise there's not much worth trying to sell in that lot.
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Best idea for the bodies so far: toys for her 9 year old half brother.

But I also like "doorknobs" and "interior decor".

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The BX20 isn't ugly at all
It feels cheap but looks good…
Get a screw driver and save the screws..
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I have font memories of Practika - shot loads of slides with a BMS throughout the 90's. Unfortunately, the B-series were completely unreliable and difficult to repair once the electronics failed (which was frequent). Lenses were much better though. I ended up throwing away mine.
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The BX20 isn't ugly at all
It feels cheap but looks good…
Get a screw driver and save the screws..
Another great suggestion. I have the screwdrivers... Yes, unless I can get the mirrors down, I'll do that.

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stick one of the non-functioning practikas in your bag. Next time you are shooting with a friend(s), pretend to get mad at your leica, swap the bodies and throw it into a lake or over a cliff.
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Dear Roger:
What would the aforementioned SRB adapter cost?
Under 50€: contact them for a free estimate. But the front glass really isn't pretty. Would probably work OK with the deepest possible hood.

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