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Rich Silfver
12-06-2003, 16:30
Found, bid, won and paid...for three more cameras now in transit to me... :-)

Camera #1: Olympus 35ECR

E.Zuiko lens (5 elements), 42/2.8
Condition seems to be ok - but there are not that many ECR's out there so I wanted 'any' to check it out closer.

(ECR = Electronically controlled rangefinder)

Price paid: $13.50

(actual photo):

Rich Silfver
12-06-2003, 16:34
Camera #2: Olympus 35EC

Same lens: e.zuiko in 42/2.8 (same lens that also ended up on the RC cameras).

Limited controls when it comes to exposure settings - pretty much a point and shoot.

Price paid: $19.50

(Not a photo of the actual camera)

Rich Silfver
12-06-2003, 16:39
Camera #3: Zeiss Ikomatic A

This sounds - and looks - like a great, fun little camera.
It takes 126 film and has a selenium meter. The lens is a 45/6.3 Citar lens (introduced in 1965 and only ran for two years..).

Price paid: $9.05

back alley
12-06-2003, 16:54
...and christmas comes early...

joe

SolaresLarrave
12-08-2003, 15:41
Sounds like the party just begun... Where are you going to find 126 film now?

wierdcollector
12-08-2003, 18:45
I have an ECR myself and I think you'll like it. Also have the Zeiss Ikomatic A, F and CF. The only real difference is one has a hot shoe, one takes flash bulbs and one uses flash cubes. (and has woodgrain front on the camera). All fun and funky, I'm hope you find the film to use them,(it's still around but pricey) and I for one would love to see any shots from either the Zeiss or your Olympus's. P.S. If you like 126, it might be worth your while to pick up a Kodak Instamatic 500 just for a chance to use the Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar f2.8/33mm. They're plentiful and cheap. I picked up both of mine for $10.00 Can. each.

Rich Silfver
12-08-2003, 20:18
Alredy have the Kodak Instamatic 500 - GREAT lens. Got it for maybe 15 dollars in almost mint condition. Square negatives.

I get the 126 film from frugalphotographer.com

Rich Silfver
12-11-2003, 20:27
Hey, Curt - question on the Zeiss Ikomatic:

Just got it today and not sure if it works as it should...

1) When you adance the lever there is a little black pin in the inside of the camera that doesn't move to the right to cock the shutter. I'm not sure if that is because there is no film in it. Should it do that even without film? (If i manually move the pin to the right the shutter fires).

2) I can only set the lens in two setting (one of the two dots at the bottom between the flash and the 'A'. It appears as if one of them keeps the shutter open longer than the other.
Is that all the setting there is?

3) In the viewfinder I can see a round area at the bottom where I imaging that the lens setting may be displayed but it's empty. Should there be anything there..?

4) It has a selenium meter in it but i'm not seeing any red/green light indicating exposure. Does that require a film for it to work?

Well the seller will refund my $9.05 and I get to keep the camera.

If it's a complete dud I'll drill it up and use it as a pencil holder on my desk as it's sort of pretty and square. Could be fun.

wierdcollector
12-12-2003, 07:43
Hello, sorry to take so long to answer your questions. First, 126 cameras have that small pin you see to cock the shutter and yes, it is activated by the perforations in the edge of the film when the film is advanced. Therefore, no film, no cocked shutter unless you flip the pin gently to the right.
Secondly, yes, there are only two settings on this camera for shutter speed; A for auto, and the flash symbol for your hot shoe activated flash. I believe the speeds are approx. 1/125 or so for auto and 1/60 or so for flash, but I could be off on this.
Third, the round area in the bottom of your viewfinder should be clear if you have enough light for shooting in auto, or red if flash use is indicated. I cheated here a bit: since I haven't used them in a great while and curiosity got the best of me, I pried off the small metal plate riveted on over the meter area in the camera back and this is how I saw it to work. It won't affect the photos or the camera's value much so I thought , what the heck.
Lastly, there is no green light or any other to indicate exposure because as I said, that is indicated by the round window in your viewfinder. Just in case you're curious as well, the Ikomatic F looks identical with the only changes being a flip open flash area with reflector for flash bulbs, no A or flash speed settings on the lens and inside the covered area over the meter has a battery compartment to take a 15 volt battery to operate the flash. The Ikomatic CF has a woodgrain front rather than vinyl, has a sun symbol and a flash symbol for speed settings on the lens and has a battery compartment to accept the same 15 volt battery to power the flash cube socket on top.
As far as it being a dud, even if the meter doesn't still work, (and in all honesty, 75 % of all meters on early cameras don't work any more anyway) the camera will still function perfectly well, you'll just have to know on your own when to change to the flash setting on the lens and use your flash. The camera still works hunky dory. Hope this helps you and have a Merry Christmas. Curt in Canada

Rich Silfver
12-12-2003, 07:52
Curt, thanks a bunch for that info. I have some 126 film in the refrigerator. Think I'll take it out this weekend and see how it all works out. :-)

glykogen
08-31-2006, 19:22
Camera #3: Zeiss Ikomatic A

This sounds - and looks - like a great, fun little camera.
It takes 126 film and has a selenium meter. The lens is a 45/6.3 Citar lens (introduced in 1965 and only ran for two years..).

Price paid: $9.05





What type of film does this camera use?
Do you know of any stores that sell that type of film?

SolaresLarrave
08-31-2006, 19:48
This is Richard, back in the times when his avatar had a sign above that said "The Devil Shoots an SLR", and some time after he posted one of his celebrated "Family Pictures" with all his Oly's in it (now that I remember, he was an Olymblad for a while).

BTW, Glykogen, the answer to your questions is right here in this thread: the camera takes 126 film, which can be found at the frugalphotographer.com.

And, speaking of new purchases... <ehem> a nice, mint, new Nikon MB-16 grip/battery pack for my Nikon F100 SLR. Won and paid for it yesterday. Price? $51 (shipping included). Nice, huh? ;)

Rich Silfver
08-31-2006, 23:45
Speaking of 126 film - in San Francisco there are actually two-three places that still develops and prints 126 film. Pretty neat.

Glykogen, I replied to your PM with some film info. Good luck !

kuvvy
09-01-2006, 08:15
I have an ECR too and the quality of the lens (same as the RC) is excellent. It's nice to use and has exposure lock via the shutter button. I actually have an old photo mag which shows an ad for the camera in which Olympus claim the camera will do long exposures via the electronic shutter.

Check out this link to my Olympus Compacts gallery to see some examples taken with the ECR.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=5299


Paul

agi
09-05-2006, 20:25
Speaking of 126 film - in San Francisco there are actually two-three places that still develops and prints 126 film. Pretty neat.

Glykogen, I replied to your PM with some film info. Good luck !

Hey Rich,

Can you let me know where they still develop 126 film here in the City? I have an old Kodak Instamatic that my mom use to shoot with in the 70's I want to try out. I'm also in the City.

Thanks!

Rich Silfver
09-05-2006, 20:38
Hmm...it was on the lower part of Polk street somewhere. It was a few years ago..but if I drive past it again I'll remember and let you know.

I do remember I found them just by looking through the local yellow pages.

thelovecollect
09-05-2006, 20:46
Hmm...it was on the lower part of Polk street somewhere

i use to live near polk st., there was a really good oyster bar there..forget the name..

Rich Silfver
09-05-2006, 20:53
i use to live near polk st., there was a really good oyster bar there..forget the name..

You may be thinking about Swann's Oyster Depot on Polk?

thelovecollect
09-05-2006, 20:54
You may be thinking about Swann's Oyster Depot on Polk?

oh yeah, next to see's candyshop..:D

agi
09-05-2006, 21:25
Yellow pages? What the heck is that? :)

It's United Photo on 143 Polk Street...got it right from the yellow pages as you said. 120 is still mentioned.

Thanks!

Rich Silfver
09-05-2006, 22:06
Yellow pages? What the heck is that? :)

It's United Photo on 143 Polk Street...got it right from the yellow pages as you said. 120 is still mentioned.

Thanks!

Did they mention 126 as well?

Wayne R. Scott
09-06-2006, 05:42
Gentlemen,

I have a question regarding batteries that you are using in the ECR? What are you using?

Wayne

agi
09-06-2006, 07:45
Did they mention 126 as well?

Duh, stupid me...I just saw 120. I'll have to call.

kuvvy
09-06-2006, 08:04
Gentlemen,

I have a question regarding batteries that you are using in the ECR? What are you using?

Wayne


Wayne regarding the batteries I have 2 x A640 cells in mine. Have only shot neg film but the results have been excellent. See my previous post for a link to some of my pix.


Paul