Olympus Six

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by pennington, Mar 4, 2005.

  1. Hello all.
    This thing has been sitting on my desk for over a year now and I still can't figure out which model it is. I found it at a show under a dealers table in a junk box, I pulled it out and he snapped at me "20 bucks". So I handed him a twenty and walked off, slowly I realized I hadn't even looked at it yet. Yeah I got this disease pretty bad too. After taking a good look at it I was pretty happy with twenty bucks. Lens cleaned up real well except for some defects in the coating on the front, bellows is light tight, shutter nice and snappy at all speeds from one second to 1/200. Lens is a four element tessar type 75mm f/2.8. It also had the mask in it for 6/4.5.
    Now my real question is, Is this thing rare at all? I've searched the web and found very little info on these cemeras. Found a lot of web sites in languages other than hillbilly so they were no help.
    If anyone has one or can tell me where to look I would appreciate it. I'll post a couple of pics and see if that helps.
    And before you ask the answer is no. I'm afraid I haven't made the time to run any film through her yet.
  2. Here's the back.
  3. That's an Olympus Six IIIB. It's from around 1953. McKeown's lists the value at $180-$220. Not rare, but nice. Go use it.
  4. Ooops. It's actually an Olympus Chrome Six IIIB.
  5. Real handsome camera. I like the clean top-deck and square finder. Post some photos with it, if you get a chance.
  6. Nice camera. Looks like it has a nice clear lens.
  7. Thanks Gene, now I can sleep tonight. Don't know why it was buggin me so much. Hopefully I'll get off my sorry butt soon and try her out.
  8. That's a fast lens for a camera of that type!

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