GAS strikes again

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by rogerwb, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. I had no intention of acquiring another camera when wifey and I went browsing through one of our favorite antique/flea market establishments. I came across a box of stuff that looked like it was a cleanout of a very old and long unused darkroom. Old chemicals in rusty cans and faded packaging, an Ansco tank, the usual junk.
    Perched above all this, was another of the multitude of Japanese leaf shutter rangefinders, that appeared to be in fantastic shape. I certainly didn't need another of those. My Konica S2 and a Yashica 5000e serve my needs there, but this one was one of those "wide" variants. Only 35mm variety wide, but I rationalized that it had the possibility of being a handy street shooter. Scale focus only but who needs precise focusing for shooting on the street with a 35mm lens ? The scale is in feet. The body was immaculate. One little pit on the bottom cover was/is the only thing approaching a defect. Full range of shutter speeds from 1 to 1/300th second, all working nicely, instead of the usual 1/25, 1/50,/1/100, 1/300 limited settings. It is the quietest leaf shutter I have ever heard. The final clincher was the bright line finder in which I can view the entire frame with my glasses on. How rare is that ? I can't even see the entire frame with my Leitz highly collectible, ridiculously expensive ISBLOO.
    The seller was having a 30% off sale that day so that was it.
    If needed, I do have a Prazisa rangefinder that slips into the accessory shoe. If the matching one shows up on the 'bay at a reasonable price, I'll likely get it. As shown in the picture, I already have a Walz meter that works.
    Now for some sunshine and a little warmth so I can do some shooting and post results. Thanks for looking.
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  3. And the top
  4. Congrats Rodger, it looks like a tidy little camera.
  5. Nice.
    Would tempt a saint, don't ya' know.
  6. Nice! I would have been tempted too.
  7. Just love those little Japanese P&S cameras of that era...I have a few Walz cameras and their quality is a cut above many of their contemporaries. They're probably better known for their meters. As you pointed out, a rangefinder is hardly necessary for this little camera. Great find; I'm looking forward to the pics.
  8. Very cute little camera, and I agree, you'll probably never need a rangefinder on it's 35mm lens. Set your aperture toF8, the distance to 15', and be there.
  9. There was a small photo shop in my neighborhood that carried Walz products in the late 1950s and early 1960s. I purchased a Walz Norwood Super Director incident light meter there around 1958 or 1959. This meter was built to a very high standard and it has served me well for over 50 years. It still works perfectly.
  10. Cool! Some of those 50s-era "wide" models are really fun to shoot with, if you're the type who appreciates the simplicity. I've gotten some of my all-time favorite shots with the Walz Wide. That's a very sharp lens.
    Among the other "wide" models I've used are the Minolta, the Olympus Wide E, and the Welmy. Did any of the 50s-era "wide" cameras have rangefinders??
  11. Did any of the 50s-era "wide" cameras have rangefinders?​
    Little or no need. Even when street shooting with my M3, I just align the infinity mark with f16 and fire at will.
    It's a sunny 50 degree F day in Maine and I just got back from shooting my last roll of drugstore Fuji 200. Pics coming soon.
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  13. Congrats.. That would entice me too! Despite New Years Resolutions!

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