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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 31125 forum posts United Kingdom192 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2013 - 11:04 PM

Was having a scout around online earlier....Zorki 4 plus 50mm lenses go for anything between 5 and 50. Olympus Trips are less than 30 and 35EC and 35SPs vary wildly up to a couple of hundred, as they are strangely sought after. Most other makes are under 50 and can be had cheap as chips.
Personally, I'd look around charity shops and car boot fairs first, but make sure the shutter and aperture work ok, and the light seals aren't sticky and beginning to deteriorate. Battery compartments are another place to check, and some use mercury batteries that are harder to replace (but not mpossible, by any means).

If testing Olympus cameras, they can meter from the film plane, and won't work unless you put a bit of paper in the film gate, so don't discount it straight away if it doesn't seem to be working.

Whatever you choose to do, it can become a bug that causes you to accumulate cameras, each one having it's own quirks and foibles. Good luck!

Nick

Last Modified By Sooty_1 at 26 Feb 2013 - 11:06 PM
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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1214393 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 12:12 AM


Quote: Personally, I'd look around charity shops and car boot fairs first, but make sure the shutter and aperture work ok, and the light seals aren't sticky and beginning to deteriorate

Its almost always the case, unless you find something that has replaced seals, but there dead easy to renew yourself.

You can buy kits or do what I did with an old Ricoh, double sided tape and a little felt Smile


Quote: and some use mercury batteries that are harder to replace (but not mpossible, by any means

A lot of these use the comonly available wein cells, or brass battery adapters that will hold smaller batteries.


Quote: If testing Olympus cameras, they can meter from the film plane

Only with the OM series SLR`s.

pcheywood
pcheywood  81300 forum posts England
27 Feb 2013 - 6:06 AM

If you fancy small, smart, sharp, and pocketable have a look at the Olympus XA (not XA 1/2/3).

Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 31125 forum posts United Kingdom192 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2013 - 11:35 AM


Quote: Only with the OM series SLR`s.

And the Trips, and the 35 series, which lock if the meter decides the exposure is out of limits. The white paper can fool it into thinking the meter reading is fine.

Nick_Hilton
28 Feb 2013 - 1:35 PM

Thanks for all the advice

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1214393 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2013 - 4:37 PM


Quote: And the Trips, and the 35 series, which lock if the meter decides the exposure is out of limits. The white paper can fool it into thinking the meter reading is fine

No nothing in the trip or 35 I can assure you Smile

Neither meter through the lens, the 35`s have a meter totally separate from the lens, the trips have a meter on the outside of the lens.

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 28 Feb 2013 - 4:38 PM
Nick_Hilton
28 Feb 2013 - 4:40 PM

Paul - is there nothing about photography you don't know. Your just a brain on legs almost Wink

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1214393 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2013 - 4:58 PM

I repair and recondition old camera`s from time to time Smile

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 28 Feb 2013 - 4:58 PM
Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4395 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2013 - 7:37 PM

Nick.....if you're still looking for a 35mm rangefinder......I've just seen in my local newspaper, a Ricoh 500 ME, with case & flash
being advertised for 7 !!!!!!!! .......I repeat SEVEN POUNDS !!.......tel. 01785 613405........Smile

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