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1945 Kodak 35RF!!!
Old 08-08-2012   #1
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1945 Kodak 35RF!!!

Found this poor thing sitting in a camera shop for display purposes.....traded them a busted-up Minolta XE7 with a jammed shutter for it. Winning.

So far I'm certain everything works, I think 1/10 and 1/25 are a bit fast I need to check the shutter speeds tomorrow. It's MINTY.....but the lens is cloudy, not sure if it's the front or inside. Can I use standard glass cleaner on it? Otherwise, I love it. Test roll going in tomorrow if the shutter speeds check out. How do you rewind the film on it once it's all shot up?



The camera on the right came from the same shop a few months back, it's off to Mark Hama for a CLA and parallax adjustment soon. Use it a lot for landscapes, so infinity focus is pretty easy to find. Love the 1.4, it's got Portra 800 in it. 1/500 and f16 and it's still useless in Florida sun without an ND
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C6H126 ... glucose ? Nice find, BTW!
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Cute camera! Looking forward to see the results.
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Is this manual of any use?


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First, I use a blower to remove all loose dust, then I use lab/ commercial grade acetone on 2 Q-tips (one end dipped in cleaner, followed by other end dry) used in small circles w/ medium pressure.

Then I use a solution of 1 quart of distilled water and a couple of drops of dish washing detergent on 2 Q-tips (one end dipped in cleaner, followed by other end dry) the same way as above to clean all my lenses.
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I cleaned it with some foaming glass cleaner I've used with much success, most of the milky look is gone, but the other side of the element has some stuff on it still so we'll see how the test roll comes out.

Checked the shutter speeds. 50, 100 and 200 are spot on. 25 sometimes works and 10 is 200. B and T are fine, love the time function. The last camera I saw with that was a Nikon N6006, wished my 5D had it

I just loaded it with some Gold 200, will be using my Canon 5D as a light meter. The aperture blades are nice and clean and engage smoothly. Should have some results this weekend.
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Halfway through my roll, the Sunny 16 rule has been coming handy.
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