View Full Version : My "new" 35 ECR

09-22-2014, 22:08
Went to a camera swap meet on the weekend and picked this up:

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk13/mhainz/captured_by_snapseed_9_1_zps40e60789.jpg (http://s276.photobucket.com/user/mhainz/media/captured_by_snapseed_9_1_zps40e60789.jpg.html)

Didn't know anything about it at the time. (I actually went there looking for a little Minolta Himatic F or G). The guy I bought it off couldn't tell me if the meter worked or anything. It didn't have batteries so not even the film advance would work so I took a chance on it as I just loved the compact looks and feel.

Anyway I put a roll of TMax through it yesterday and I'm absolutely stoked that it all seems to work perfectly. I shot in various light; bright sun, open shade, backlit indoors etc and it seems to adapt quite well.

Here's a couple of shots:

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk13/mhainz/04a_zps1cfcf6bf.jpg (http://s276.photobucket.com/user/mhainz/media/04a_zps1cfcf6bf.jpg.html)

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk13/mhainz/02a_zps2bbcd6b8.jpg (http://s276.photobucket.com/user/mhainz/media/02a_zps2bbcd6b8.jpg.html)

I was particularly impressed the way it handled this shot. The sun was directly behind the chimney and its managed to give perfect shadow detail:
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk13/mhainz/03a_zps1c6a8db7.jpg (http://s276.photobucket.com/user/mhainz/media/03a_zps1c6a8db7.jpg.html)

So now I'm planning a cleanup, replacing the light seals, and I'll attempt to replace the peeling leatherette. Think it should look quite handsome in a nice dark navy blue?

Well I received my navy blue leatherette so I proceeded to strip the old stuff. You gotta love it when someone's used 2 part epoxy to stick down the lifting leatherette. Nearly had to break out the Dremel to remove the old gunk!
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk13/mhainz/DSC_5403a_zpsd4f99a34.jpg (http://s276.photobucket.com/user/mhainz/media/DSC_5403a_zpsd4f99a34.jpg.html)
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk13/mhainz/DSC_5404a_zps2b4edc35.jpg (http://s276.photobucket.com/user/mhainz/media/DSC_5404a_zps2b4edc35.jpg.html)

Made templates from the old stuff, first on pieces of paper to fine tune the fit and then went for it. Think I did ok for my first attempt at recovering a camera but I might redo the back door as I think it looks a bit rough.

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk13/mhainz/DSC_5409a_zpsd96827b3.jpg (http://s276.photobucket.com/user/mhainz/media/DSC_5409a_zpsd96827b3.jpg.html)
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk13/mhainz/DSC_5410a_zpsa3d3d9e6.jpg (http://s276.photobucket.com/user/mhainz/media/DSC_5410a_zpsa3d3d9e6.jpg.html)

All up I'm pretty happy with the way it looks in blue.

10-29-2014, 15:35
Looking good. The ECR is a beaut, so long as the electrics don't corrode.

news shooter
10-29-2014, 15:53
Looks great in that blue. Nice choice. Great job.
Photos are impressive.