GAS GAS: Please Share your Latest Acquisitions Big and Small

The last thing I picked up was a truly mint condition Yashica LM TLR. It’s a huge physical upgrade from my old YashicaFlex C, and I love having a working light meter (I was using my phone or a meter in the shoe). I assume it will be a huge upgrade over the very, err, “vintage” look of the YashicaFlex: I haven’t gotten any film developed yet, but the lens setup should be much better, and it’s clean.

Sounds like a very cool camera.
It would be nice to see some photos of the camera - as well as some which you're going to take with it :2thumbs:
 
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 for Fujifilm.
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On and off over the years I've thought about getting an Olympus Stylus Tough, but the tiny sensor size put me off. Well, I'm still put off by that, but I decided to get one anyway! What could be a better chuck-in-your-bag camera than one which is built to take some abuse?

Other deciding factors for the TG-870 in particular were:

1. Zoom range from 21-105mm is wider than most compact cameras that aren't an action cam;
2. Tilt-forward LCD screen, unusual for a tough camera, and always useful for tricky angles;
3. Internally-zooming lens means it keeps the same profile regardless how far in you zoom;
4. Can't get away from it... Olympus' grainy film Art filter. With such a tiny sensor, my thought is that this can be a bit like shooting, say, black and white 110 film. It's never going to be great, but it'll be its own thing. Fingers crossed...
5. A higher resolution screen than most of its competitors, despite there being several generations released since this one in 2016.

It came in its original box with all the included gear, including a floating wrist strap for watery adventures. I immediately sat it out in the rain for this beauty shot!

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It takes truly awful photos, as expected, but see point 4 above...
 
Waited for months for one of these to show up somewhere....

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I have a Kodak Portable Miniature Enlarger in a case that was missing a lens and a focus helicoid. This would complete that set.
I already have a complete Miniature Enlarger that is sitting in my US Army portable darkroom set.
 
I have been eyeing the Wotancraft Mini Rider for some time. I was about to buy it some time ago but it was out of stock. After getting the Q3, I went and looked, it was currently in stock so 4 days later it is here. I wanted a small sling type bag to hold 2 bodies, either Leica or Olympus. I didn’t realize there is not the soft Velcro fabric lining throughout the bag, only one side and no padding on the bottom. Luckily I have plenty of bags with extra dividers so I found a fairly long one that covers the bottom, providing some needed padding. I had an extra Wotancraft divider which I attached to the one side and it wraps around one of the bodies. The Wotancraft dividers are pretty stiff so it works well. I can easily fit the Q3 and M11-P in the bag. I could probably squeeze an extra lens in if I wanted. It is a great looking bag and very well made. I opted for the leather and nylon canvas version. The canvas is said to be water repellent nylon. Overall I like the bag, a perfect size for what I intend to use it for and it is comfortable when loaded.

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Yesterday got delivered the last lens purchase for this year. I got lucky to notice a Olympus 30mm f 3.5 Macro on MPB for just 100 £. It didn't have the OEM box (which will nag my OCD until I will get one) but it came with a metal screw-in Chinese lens good and a plastic 3rd party front lens cap.
Still with it for the price.

I also got a used BL-X battery as one battery doesn't seem to last me enough, especially if I have "Night Vision" on whe ln I shoot macro as it seems to drain the battery quite fast. I checked the health of the battery in the Settings of OM-1 and it says it's 98% so that should last me a very long time (as in recharges). And I got it for 44 £ so not bad.
 
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Pentax came along, turns out the first pic was something lifted off the net, but the others pics, of the actual pack received did have a couple of discrepencies, so the lens recceveid was the 50mm f:2, not the 1.7 I expected and the was a small dent, with a chip of chrome missing, so is the drive cover underneath. Other than that nothing wrong with it, that I can see or feel, and as the price was rather reasonable at €60ish, it not something I am too bothered about.

When push came to show, it turns out that the model I got back when I started was the MG, not the ME Super, so how that came about I am not to sure of, but the haze of something like 40 years on, may have hampered and hazed my memory, as well as projected some old-time dreams. I wonder why my brother knew that, and I didnt recall it... :doh:

Also bought a few rolls of film to feed the film beasts, the ones on the bottom is probably close to what I used to shot back in the analog days, and that odd thing on top, I have no idea what is, but gave it a punt. Inside the Pentax is a roll of Ektar 100 which is currently being shot. The 24 picture FP4, I think will be dedicated to the Kodak Retinette, and one roll of something is going to go in the Leica IIIC, the others is just for "stock" purposes.

The Brick and Mortar I visited didnt have any 110, so the Voiglander will have to without, as of now.
 
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Pentax came along, turns out the first pic was something lifted off the net, but the others pics, of the actual pack received did have a couple of discrepencies, so the lens recceveid was the 50mm f:2, not the 1.7 I expected and the was a small dent, with a chip of chrome missing, so is the drive cover underneath. Other than that nothing wrong with it, that I can see or feel, and as the price was rather reasonable at €60ish, it not something I am too bothered about.

When push came to show, it turns out that the model I got back when I started was the MG, not the ME Super, so how that came about I am not to sure of, but the haze of something like 40 years on, may have hampered and hazed my memory, as well as projected some old-time dreams. I wonder why my brother knew that, and I didnt recall it... :doh:

Also bought a few rolls of film to feed the film beasts, the ones on the bottom is probably close to what I used to shot back in the analog days, and that odd thing on top, I have no idea what is, but gave it a punt. Inside the Pentax is a roll of Ektar 100 which is currently being shot. The 24 picture FP4, I think will be dedicated to the Kodak Retinette, and one roll of something is going to go in the Leica IIIC, the others is just for "stock" purposes.

The Brick and Mortar I visited didnt have any 110, so the Voiglander will have to without, as of now.
Good luck with finding any 110 film in any stores these days (which means that I think you won't). Lomography make a couple of decent films, though - even black and white (Orca).

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Good luck with finding any 110 film in any stores these days (which means that I think you won't). Lomography make a couple of decent films, though - even black and white (Orca).

M.
Oh, I have my eyes set on a film photography specialist store in downtown, Oslo (Oslo Foto). They stock several of the Lomography offerings and if all goes according to plan, I am heading downtown on Wednesday.

It is not a format I will do much with, but a roll through the Voigtlander to check it out is about what I plan for it and I am looking at the Pentax 110 offerings in the local classifieds with some interest and curiosity. :drinks:
 
It pours outside, and somewhat inside the local classifieds:
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This one popped up, the Pentax A 28 mm f:2.8, so made an offer at €50ish and snagged it. Not one I have had before and first foray into the "A" series Pentax lenses.

It leaves me wanting a 135 mm of sorts to mimic the FOVs I carried when I started out. Now that I don't trust my memory any longer in regards to what lenses and camera I had back then, I will blatantly disregard any idea of mimicking the set-up of yesteryear, but just do the FOVs which was 28/50/135 mm and call it a day. I did have a Vivitar flash with some sort of tilting mount, but then again so did most of us.
 
So, analog Pentax kit is reasonable complete for the time being, as a Makinon MC Macro 135mm f:2.8 showed up in the local classifieds for €28ish all in.

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Must admit that I have hardly noticed the brand before, but a quick check on the Pentax forum seems to point towards it being somewhat of a sleeper lens. Also a bit intrigued by what seems to be a decent macro function on it, with a separate focusing ring for the macro bit.

Anyhow, for the price paid, it really needs to be truly horrible if I am not getting my moneys worth out of it. Need to source both a front and an endcap as it comes without both of those.

This one I am looking forward to try on the digital ones, as well.
 
Since I got a Fuji X-A3 cheap - figured I would experiment with some cheap lenses. Good deals on Amazon Prime Day, so have a TTArtisan 27mm f/2.8 and Meike 55mm f/1.4 auto focus lenses on the way.

Will post my thoughts on them once I get chance to experiment some. Heard good things about both. The Meike I think will be the surprise hit...I have the 85mm f/1.8 for z-mount and it is way better than it has a right to be for the price.
 
I do wonder sometimes how much of the bad reputation 3rd party manufacturers have from the 50s to 2000 quality that, understandably, wasn't really that good. These days I doubt there are all that many that make insufficient quality lenses, be it Chinese, Japanese or German manufacturers (though Zeiss has stopped making consumer camera lenses a long time ago now).
 
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