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Yashica Camera

Yashica TL Electro-X

Opening a newly purchased vintage camera is enough to turn me in to a child at Christmas. The Yashica TL was absolutely no exception. Manufactured in 1968, it was ahead of its time and I still think it looks fabulous today.

It’s a 35mm SLR with an M42 mount and it is largely dependent on it’s battery. In the video below I take at look at it in more detail and hopefully explain why I love it so much.

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Lomo Camera

Lomo Lubitel 166B

I have been trying to track one of these down for quite a while. The trouble has been that they were either in a poor state of repair, or the seller was simply asking for too much.

Aimed at the amateur photographer, it is simple to operate and uses 120 medium format film. Instead of the more common Single Lens Reflex (SLR), these are Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) cameras, which can take a bit of getting used to, but they are great fun to use.

In this video I explore my 166B in more detail.

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Roll of Film

New Album – Film

I have created a new album today. The existing albums feature my digital work, but as I am now taking more and more photos on film, I thought it would be nice to feature some successes.* These are all taken on one of my vintage camera collection, which can mean a variance in quality. But I hope you like them. I’ll add more to the album as I progress with my learning. See the album by clicking here.

*I’ll keep the many failures to myself. 🙂

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Praktika Camera

Praktika MTL50

When it came to buying my first 35mm SLR for my vintage camera collection, there was only one choice for me. The most popular models among collectors include the Canon AE-1, Pentax K1000, Olympus OM-1 and, if you’re not short of piles of cash, the Leica M6. But I was keen to get the same model as the first SLR I owned back in 1985, the Praktica MTL50.

Fortunately, as they are not as popular, they have not held their value as well as the other models. So I was able to get one in great condition for a nice low price. All it needed was a new battery and it was ready to go.

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