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Old 03-17-2009   #81
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I've recently purchased a beat up Kodak Autographic Vest Pocket.
I've sealed all the pinholes (hopefully), cleaned the lenses and shutter,
cleaned the viewfinder.

And last week 2 rolls of Efke R100 127 film arrived.
Now all that remains is waiting for an opportunity to test the camera.
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Kodak Hawkette 2. It was my late fathers and I have two books full of photographs from it taken by him in India and Burma during WW 2. People,places and even some action shots. I have loaded it with 120 and have taken a few shots but am unsure as to which aperture it is using. It has three. These are set by puling or pushing a lever . The issue being that there is no indication on that lever as to which aperture is being chosen. A bit of trial and error should sort it out though.It was designed to use ASA 50.
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Old 03-17-2009   #83
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I have a "Kodak 35 RF" from the mid 40's. I've also got an Argus C3, which may or may not be older. I don't use either very often; the brick has a broken rangefinder, and the 35 RF tends to eat film.

The oldest camera I regularly use is my IIIf BD from 1951, usually with a summitar from 1950. The oldest lens I've got is a serenar 85/2 from 1949.
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My whole 'fleet' of semi-rejects is used

My oldest camera is however very young in this company, a 1963 Leica M2 with a DR Summicron from the same year.
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my 'Vintage' Selection ...a 1962 M2 and still Young & Growing Strong

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Old 03-17-2009   #87
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Old 03-17-2009   #89
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Well, the oldest camera I own is a 1912 Conley 4x5 (Model XVIa). Although I haven't used it yet, I believe I will be using it soon. The shutter is semi-functional (not all speeds) and the bellows have a couple small spots that need sealing.

I found this last month while my wife and I were in an antique store. She saw I wanted it and bought it for me for a first wedding anniversary gift.





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Old 03-17-2009   #90
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The oldest camera that I actually use is a 1955 Leica IIIf RD, with early 1946 50/f2 Summitar lens.






Here are a couple recent pictures taken of our greyhound with that camera, loaded with Tri-X.



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Old 03-17-2009   #91
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Old 03-17-2009   #92
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The oldest camera that I use is a 1956 Rolleiflex 2.8E. It's had a CLA by Ross Yerkes in Los Angeles a couple of years ago and the camera looks and works as if it were new. I also installed a Maxwell screen installed by Ross. It's much brighter than the original.

The camera was purchased new by Herbert (Bert) Burrows, a former CIA agent and a good friend. He either bought it in Germany or Singapore, I forget which, and I can't ask him as he passed away a few years ago. His widow knew I admired the camera and also that I would not only care for it but also use it, so she offered to sell it to me. I only had $125 with me at the time. She said that was good enough.

The second oldest camera that I use frequently is a well-worn black 1969 Asahi Pentax Spotmatic that I purchased new from Jack Stroebel at St. Louis Camera in 1971.
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Old 03-26-2009   #94
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my oldest camera is the pentax k1000 i learned on at 12 years of age. I still have it at 42 years of age. It works, I havent used it in years. I should.
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Old 03-26-2009   #95
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I checked yes... but then realized I was wrong.

I have my grandfathers mid 20's welta - which used an odd plate size. I don't use that one.
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Old 03-26-2009   #96
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my oldest one is a zorki 4 from 1968
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Old 03-26-2009   #97
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My oldest camera is a No. 3A Folding Brownie from about 1915. I haven't tried to modify it for 120 film, so I don't use it. I also have a No. 2 Box Brownie from the same era that I have used. The oldest cameras that get regular use are 1960's and 70's fixed lens rangefinders: Petri 7s, Yashica GSN, Olympus ECR.
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Old 03-26-2009   #98
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Pesphoto: Use that darned Pentax K1000. Those cameras love to be used, even slapped about. Also, love the Moriyama quote. Are any of his pictures available?
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Old 03-27-2009   #99
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Yes, but my oldest is an F3, so it's pretty modern compared to some of the stuff in this thread.
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Old 03-27-2009   #100
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My grandfather's old camera was recently found and given to me. It is a Kodak No. 2A, which likely dates from the late 20s. It has 4 shutter settings: T (press to open, press to close), B (open while pressed), "25" and "50." It takes 116 film, has a "ruby window" on the back, and features an iris (both the iris and shutter are in front of the glass element, which I assume is a single element) with settings of 1, 2, 3, and 4, corresponding to no system I know of, but which appear to be in roughly 1 stop ratios to one another. The rotating, plus-shaped waistlevel finder is fogged almost beyond visibility. The bellows lock into preset 8 ft or 100 ft focusing positions.

I've seen pictures of my father as a young man, taken 25 years into the camera's life, and that those pictures exist at all is, to me, a testament to my grandfather's skill as a photographer. With no meter (and I know he carried none), difficult orthochromatic films of the day, and arcane (to say the least) means of controlling exposure, I figure a person had to be serious about learning his stuff to use the thing. The difficulty of adapting it for use today has prevented me from doing so, so I keep it on display on a shelf as a tribute to my grandfather.
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Old 03-29-2009   #101
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Pesphoto: Use that darned Pentax K1000. Those cameras love to be used, even slapped about. Also, love the Moriyama quote. Are any of his pictures available?
You are right Ted, I should take it out and use it again.

Edit: SO hehe...I just went to look at my "K1000" , and this is will tell you how long it's been, turns out it is actually a Pentax Spotmatic 500. I just ordered a battery for it as it used to take mercuy's. SO i got one of these from Adorama.


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Old 03-30-2009   #102
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my oldest is an ICA Nixe, 1927-34 is the production dates on these. of course 122 isn't commonly available, so i load it with paper and try to snap a picture with it everyday. in practice, it comes out to maybe three a week.
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Using my 1936 Rolleicord I in the One Camera One Lens challenge. Didn't use it for ages because I had trouble winding the film on correctly but now I understand the routine its great.
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Old 03-30-2009   #104
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I use my oldest 35mm camera, a Black Leica III. Had Youxin Ye CLA it, use a Canon 35/2.8 on it with an external finder.
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Old 04-01-2009   #105
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Kodak Retina IIIC (type 028) 1957
Fully working and I'm currently using it everyday.

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Old 04-06-2009   #106
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I have a Fed 2 b Type 1, which I think may be older than my Leica M2, about 1957 or 58.

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Old 04-11-2009   #107
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Another Leica lllF BD with '38 Summar. Karona 5x7 & just received Century Universal 8x10 soon to be up and running... The Leica daily, Karona weekly.
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A Zorki 1d with a CV 25mm Snapshot Skopar and finder, and a Kiev IIa regularly, and occasionally, a Retina 1a and my original Pen FT. Couple of old Rolleicords that need re-assembly - if I ever get around to cutting new mirrors - plus there's a working Kodak Reflex II, (with it's armored leather case... really) and a Kodak 35 RF that haven't been used in years. Probably more stashed away somwhere... (Think Pentax, Konica, Oly) but now I'm afraid to look.
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My oldest is a Leica IIf.

According to the serial number it was born in the same month as me and myself, Feb. 1954 (wow, isn't that an old lady!!)

The old lady is a little slow, 2/3 of a stop across the whole range of shutter speeds. If I take account of that, she delivers very well exposed slides.
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Old 04-12-2009   #110
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My oldest camera is a 1956 Voigtlander Vito II, formerly my great-grandfathers.

I ended up with all the boxes and manuals as well. I see from the bottom of the box that he paid twenty-one pounds and ten shillings (Australian) for it.

I still use it too. Runs like a dream, yet it's never seen a repair bench.
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Old 04-12-2009   #111
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Leica II, 1932 vintage, with nickel Elmar 50/3.5 of the same era.
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My oldest is a FED 1 from 1939 which I've just put new curtains and half-mirror into. Works very nicely! I also have a 1946/7 Leica which sees regular use and several 50s FSUs which I use frequently. I use the older ones more than the newer ones...
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I'm pretty sure my VPK (~1920) is my oldest and it has film in it right now!

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Same here, though I'm more fond of the camera than the Elmar.
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Oldes I use is a 1930's Zeiss Super ikonta A folder. An absolute blast to use, sharp (uncoated) tessar, 645 that really does fit in my pocket.

Interesting that it's old enough that there were no numbers for 6x4.5 spacing on the backing paper for 120 at the time, so it has TWO red windows spaced apart on the back, both lining up w/ the 6x9 numbers. You put #1 in the first window, shoot, advance #1 to the second window, shoot, advance #2 to the first window, etc... through all 16 frames.

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My oldest camera is a Nagel Vollenda (1928). Haven't used it in over 30 years.
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I would use my 1931 Agfa Billy Optima, if I only could get hold of some film.... It seems, that it is a special deluxe version of the ordinary 6x9 Agfa Billy Folder and takes photos with 7.5 x 10.5cm on special Agfa "Optima" film that was discontinued already before WWII....
Nevertheless, it works very well.
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1931 RB Graflex 3x4 SLR, fully functional. With the 6-3/8 inch lens and a 6x9 rollfilm holder (equivalent to about 75-80mm in 35mm) it's a wonderful portrait camera.
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i have a no 1a pocket kodak. i've actually used the thing, albeit awkwardly since they don't make 118 film anymore and i had to shoehorn 120 in there. but it did actually work!

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It seems that my oldest camera is a Kodak box which I sometimes use for experimental work. My oldest serious camera is my Leica III F so be sure I use it, the second one is my FOCA (that I use whereas shutter need servicing) or my Isolette (that I currently try to repair).
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