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Old 05-23-2007   #26
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It's a pre-war Super Ikonta "C". It's the only camera I have that's 6x9 so when I want to play with the biggest negatives/transparencies I can, and the lighting is friendly, I use it.
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Old 05-24-2007   #27
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Here is a picture of my oldest camera:



A Kodak 3A pocket camera from 1907 complete with leather case and strap. The camera is in very much excellent condition and still has that "new bellows smell". Here are some photos I took with it recently (this year) on 120 film



Ilford Delta 100 with red filter



Kodak 100vs



Ilford Delta 100 with red filter



Fuji Reala



Fuji Reala (cropped)
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Old 05-24-2007   #28
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Aviotus, amazing shots The gothic script on brilliant finder is surprising.

My oldest is wartime Contax II. It was my main camera for about a year.
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Old 05-24-2007   #29
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Avotius I am really impressed by your post. Thank you for sharing!
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Old 05-24-2007   #31
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I suppose this is the oldest currently in use. Though, I do have a Rexoette box camera that saw action last week. This camera is by far my faivert. I fits like a glove. Found it for less than $50 (USD) at a local community thrift store. Adjusted the curtain roller tensions and glued down some lifting vulcanite. All is well.

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Old 05-24-2007   #32
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Fed 1b (the toliet seat model) '36 I think.
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FED-1 from 1935 Jay
Fed 1 from 1935 and 1936. Guys, I'm impressed. Do you have pictures of those cameras?

Avotius, I love your Kodak 3A. And what great pictures you made!!

The oldest camera I own and use (I've shot with it today) is a Leica III from 1935. Wonderful camera, more accurate than my M2, so easy to focus with. I gave it a Color Skopar to play with.

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Old 05-24-2007   #33
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Wonderful pics, guys!

@Wayne: Gosh, these cams are old! Great that you still use them!
@Avotius: What a nice camera! (And fantastic photos!)

My oldest camera is a Dehel - Demaria Fréres (4,5x6) from 1941 with a Demaria 4.5/75 lens:



And it still works well!
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Old 05-24-2007   #34
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It is a fed 1b I'll take a picture and post tomorrow, I'm suprised Jay does not have an earlier, my serial is 55xxx, Jay will tell me I'm wrong on date? It does need a hood.

Finding a photo it took involves loading it with film and taking film to mini lab, I know the last film it had was FP4 but the cassette is in a bag of other FP4s... the film was removed on the 12th May.

I like your III

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Old 05-24-2007   #35
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Avotius - thanks so much for sharing. What great photos!
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Old 05-24-2007   #36
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I use my old cameras. My oldest is probably 1910's??? The Korona-View 4x5. I'm not sure exactly how old it is, maybe even 1920's???

If that's not the oldest, possible my oldest usable one is the Zeiss Nettar 515, or the Leica Standard, 1930's cameras.
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I got my old camera from a really old relative named Fred...

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Old 05-24-2007   #38
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Here is a picture of my oldest camera...
Fantastic images from that old Kodak which is in amazing condition!

I've got an original Rolleiflex (circa 1928) which is probably my oldest camera. Will put some film through it soon, when I'm finished putting it back together...
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Old 05-25-2007   #39
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The oldest camera that I use is a Kodak 3A with 120 film but my pictures don't look like Avotius'. He has inspired me to put some color film through it and to take more pictures, those are great. I also have a #4 cartridge Kodak from before '07 but have not found a sheet film back or current 104 film, it does work though. Most of what I use is from the 30's to the 50's 645 folders or FSU 35mm.
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Old 05-25-2007   #40
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The oldest camera that I use is a Kodak 3A with 120 film but my pictures don't look like Avotius'. He has inspired me to put some color film through it and to take more pictures, those are great. I also have a #4 cartridge Kodak from before '07 but have not found a sheet film back or current 104 film, it does work though. Most of what I use is from the 30's to the 50's 645 folders or FSU 35mm.
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thanks a lot, the old kodak still has some life in it yet, just be sure to use a red filter or a polarizer (I just held it in front of the lens).

One question though, I never thought to accessorize my kodak, are you telling me that somewhere out there I might be able to find a back for this camera that would allow me to shoot 4x5 sheet film? if that is so I think im going to have a heart attack, I have been trying to figure out how to get this thing to do that for a while now
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Old 05-25-2007   #41
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The oldest camera that I have is probably my Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic, which had to have been made in 1915. (The original owner bought it for the Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.) I have a few Brownies that could be as old as 1901, but as "new" as the 1930s. The oldest one I've actually used is a 1931 Voigtländer Jubilar.
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Old 05-26-2007   #42
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My oldest is a Zeh Zeca from 1937. It's a folder that uses 9x12cm sheet film or glass plates. I've got some old plates too which I will get round to shooting once my Paterson Orbital arrives.

I shot these the other week with it (Efke 25)



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Old 05-26-2007   #43
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My oldest isn't anything special - a Zorki 1 from 1955 and I use it sometimes. For the fun of using a bottom loader...

my oldest lens is a Sonnar 5cm 1:2 from 1936. I haven't used it yet, but when I finish CLA on my Kiev I'm planning to try it...
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Old 05-26-2007   #44
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Oldest Camera

My main user is a Fed 2 from the late 50's. My oldest slr is a Petri Flex V from 1961 which has a really sharp lens. My oldest view camera is an Argus A from the late 1930's, I've put a couple rolls through it, it has an okay lens, but very flare prone.
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Agfa Box from around 1935. Works. Nice pics, but a bit to archaic.
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An inactive Argus AF with a light leak around the lens. Useable but it sits on a shelf. Sometime in the late 30's, like me.
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Avotius,
The 4x5 back is for the #4 Cartridge Kodak not the 3A Kodak. I do have a sheet film back for the 3A that Kodak made. It uses 3 1/4 by 5 1/4 sheet film in special holders. You insert a frame with a ground glass to focus and then replace it with a holder. The focus scale on some 3A's flips up to give the focus for the sheet film back. I don't use sheet film much but have cut down 4x5 to 3 1/4 x 5, it is so much easier to use 120 roll film. Did you build a new film gate for your camera? Once again nice work.
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Avotius, is that the standard aspect ratio for that camera or are those shots cropped? Fabulous shots...
My oldest camera is the Agfa Ambi Silette, doesn't get used much but will do now that its going to be my only film camera...
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Old 05-27-2007   #49
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I wonder if the new owner will be using this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6695739.stm

Just a mere $800,000...
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Old 05-27-2007   #50
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Incredible! Some guys have all the luck...
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