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My Shelf, all but four. To much camera's will kill you.

Buckshot asked to shoot your shelf, I did because he wanted to see how a Zeiss Ikon Tengor Box looks like. Well I am a bit ashamed. I never put all my camera's toghether and honestly I was a bit impressed and feeling of guilt came over me. It was not "woow look at all those camera's", but rather " Were did I get all that stuff?"

First off all, I never saw them all toghether. I keep a few on my shelf in the living room, a few are always in my camera bag, some a are in a vintage travelling case (the case literally travels through our house as it is always somewhere it shoudn’t be). Some camera’s are upstairs in a closet, some are in a wooden box in the baby’s room and some are in an another wooden box upstairs. So when I started gathering them toghether I already saw that there were a lot of camera’s. I know every camera I have and I use almost all of them, but seeing them all at the same time was strange. I was planning on doing a little story on every camera, but that’s impossible. So I decided to do a little highlightning of some camera’s.

Photo by gauthierdumonde

I will start with the ones that are not in the picture. The Minolta XG is a fine SLR. It is old but it works on contemporary batteries. So the lightmeter works fine. In the picture you also see a broken Minolta SRT 101 and a Minolta Hi-Matic 7 rangefinder. These work on mercury batteries, which are unavailable now. But you can use them without batteries. The Hi-Matic 7 is a highly recommendable rangfinder. It is made of metal and has a fine f/1.7 lens and it is cheap !

In my camera bag there were a few camera’s I forgot to include in the picture. A fuji GW690, that’s a pro rangefinder but a very funny one. It looks like a normal rangefinder, it takes a while to notice how big it is. I use it to shoot infrareds, because IR and rangefinders are a good combo. Also in the bag was Holga Stereo cam. That one will be the topic of my next blog entry. And a Halina Panorama. That’s a real crappy toy camera. I loaded it one year ago and i did not finish the roll yet.

So @buckshot the Zeiss Ikon Tengor Box, is the box next to the wall and next to the Kodak Hawkeye Model B box. I think everyone should have a box and you should not pay more then 5 euros for it. The Kodak is real crappy it has an aperture of f/11 and the shutter fires around 1/30th. So even with slow film you get easily overexposed pictures. The Zeiss Ikon has three aperture settings, up to f/25 and three focus settings (1m, 4-6m and far away).

@Nostalgina You see the Recesky next to my other TLR’s. You will have to wait for some results because the shutter doesn’t work properly. I tested it, worked fine, screwed the TLR toghether and then the shutter did not work anymore. Opened it, fixed the shutter, screwed it toghether and the shutter failed again. So now I am trying to make that shutter fire for more then ten times. Next to the Recesky you see a Yashica44 and a 1938 Rolleiflex. I did not try the Yashica because I can’t find any decent 127 film. Bluefire in Canada is out of stock and my lab won’t process any expired film anymore (they had to clean their machine after the processed one of my expired films.)

About the view camera’s. I was planning on using them before september with paper instead of film. So I have to hurry. Last week I tried the 9×12 Voigtlander with 6×9 rollfilm back. When you see the 9×12 frame and compare it to the 6×9 ‘crop’ you really want to shoot full frame. I have no results because I managed to break the ground glass before my first shot.

About the Hasselblads. I bought seven years ago a 1967 500C with a back and an 80mm lens for 300 euros. That’s less than a new LC-A. And trust me it is one of the finest pieces I have ever held in my hands. So if you have any money. Go look for an old Hassie it won’t dissapoint you !!!

Greetz Wouter, Walter, Gauthier

written by gauthierdumonde

24 comments

  1. upsi57

    upsi57

    Great collection!!!

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  2. dollymixture

    dollymixture

    This blog post makes me happy : )

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  3. gauthierdumonde

    gauthierdumonde

    @dollymixture You're welcome :) I took me a while but I found the Pentax auto 110 on the pic. The camera you thought me:) :)

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  4. gauthierdumonde

    gauthierdumonde

    @buckshot Luckily I understand a tiny bit of English, otherwise I had shot myself instead of my shelf. Headline: Buckshot asks fellow photographers to shoot themselves.

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  5. gauthierdumonde

    gauthierdumonde

    @Nostalgina You see the Recesky next to my other TLR’s. You will have to wait for some results because the shutter doesn’t work properly. I tested it, worked fine, screwed the TLR toghether and then the shutter did not work anymore. Opened it, fixed the shutter, screwed it toghether and the shutter failed again. So now I am trying to make that shutter fire for more then ten times.

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  6. gauthierdumonde

    gauthierdumonde

    @nostalgina You see the Recesky next to my other TLR’s. You will have to wait for some results because the shutter doesn’t work properly. I tested it, worked fine, screwed the TLR toghether and then the shutter did not work anymore. Opened it, fixed the shutter, screwed it toghether and the shutter failed again. So now I am trying to make that shutter fire for more then ten times.

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  7. buckshot

    buckshot

    @gauthierdumonde: OK, so I've been staring in rapture, in wonder and in total amazement at your 'shelf' picture for the past 15 minutes now, scrolling at maximum magnification down all eight (8!!!) rows of your glorious collection, examining every visible detail of those exquisite machines... and yes, I'm impressed, yes, I'm jealous as hell, yes, the bottle of Stoli is nearly empty, and yes, I'm crying... ;-) Absolutely stunning collection, my friend. Chapeau!

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  8. nostalgina

    nostalgina

    @gauthierdumonde: Wow, i am very impressed with your collection!
    I am sorry you've been having problems with the shutter on the recesky. I was playing with the shutter for quite some time before I built the rest around it. Is there problem with the spring?
    The only thing that does not work on mine is the 'counter', which shows you how far to wind after taking a picture. I think the film is not pressed hard enough against the little wheel that turns it. But I am not bothered too much about it, I googled it, and someone just said to count the 'clicks' when winding to about 8, and it has worked for me. I like playing with it. And I really like the picture it takes.
    Anyway, again, impressive shelf (shelves!) you have there!

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  9. stratski

    stratski

    Damn... I feel almost dirty, looking at this camera porn ;-) Great collection! What's that Moblex on the 3rd step? It looks like a medium format panorama camera, but is it?

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  10. gauthierdumonde

    gauthierdumonde

    @stratski it is a Noblex, made in Dresden Germany and it is a medium format panaroma camera. It is too big and too expensive. It has an angle of 146 degrees, so it beats the Horizon. It takes pics like this: http://www.lomograph(…)os/16830090

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  11. gauthierdumonde

    gauthierdumonde

    @nostalgina Noit is not a spring problem. The middle lever needs the right amount of tension, when you screw it too hard or too loose, the shutter does not work. When I give it the right amount of tension, the shutter works fine. But only for about fifty times, then the screw becomes loose. So I have to open the Recesky and tighten the screw. I had a great idea, that turned out in a disaster, after I put the right tension on the screw, I glued it. But I spilt some glue, so the shutter got completely stuck. I took it apart and cleansed all the parts. And I got another enlightning idea: I lubricated the whole thing for smoother shutter action. Now I can't get the spring back in because it jumps everywhere because of the oil..... Finally I will get it working... I can feel it :)

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  12. stratski

    stratski

    @gauthierdumonde: It's lovely. It reminds me of the "Widelux 1500":http://www.lomography.com/magazine/reviews/2012/05/11/widelux-1500-a-whole-lotta-camera I have on loan from a friend. That one is also too big and expensive.

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  13. gauthierdumonde

    gauthierdumonde

    @stratski yep. The Noblex is battery powered and you can ad a special motor for slow speeds. As far as I know it is considered more advanced. If you look carefully to the stairs-shelf pic you find an Hasselblad Xpan. That's the finet of them all, compact and wide. and a tiny expensive.

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  14. vino

    vino

    Yeah!!!! I´m not allone :) I also have many cameras and this blog makes me happy
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  15. koduckgirl

    koduckgirl

    I agree the more the merrier I want a Hasselblad so bad! The Moblex is amazing!! Cheers

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  16. ma-riechen

    ma-riechen

    WOW

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  17. 110isnotdead

    110isnotdead

    Im seriously drooling over your collection right now. Nice

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  18. don_abnormal

    don_abnormal

    you're crazy!! :D :D applause.
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  19. buckshot

    buckshot

    @don_abnormal: I've been telling him that for months, but it doesn't seem to help... In his latest blog post he's started attacking innocent old Polaroid cameras with a hammer and screwdriver. It's very sad, but I think we've lost him completely now... ;-)

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  20. don_abnormal

    don_abnormal

    @buckshot The most difficult thing was to advise people who are in love, just kidds @gauthierdumonde.he..he ... he.
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  21. gauthierdumonde

    gauthierdumonde

    @buckshot @don_abnormal I was not attacking a polaroid, I was building a Pinhole Polaroid. Because the Pola 100 EE was dead anyway. I was doubting to do a video on "shooting" unusal camera's... but my dad's gun does not work anymore.

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  22. antsanoora

    May I have a permition to steal a few pieces from your collection? :)
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  23. gauthierdumonde

    gauthierdumonde

    @antsanoora Follow my blog and you might get lucky. When I find camera's for a cheapo price I will be giving them away in exchange for some exposed and one unexposed roll. I am always scavenging for camera's so....

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  24. gauthierdumonde

    gauthierdumonde

    @antsanoora Follow my blog and you might get lucky. When I find camera's for a cheapo price I will be giving them away in exchange for some exposed and one unexposed roll. I am always scavenging for camera's so....

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