Gear Porn

tonyturley

Legend
Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
There she is. Sweet.
And with the real 12-60 too.
I had one with a G85. Was a really nice combo.

So, what ya think so far?
Very nice. I've had the camera about a week, but the PL 12-60 arrived this afternoon. I also once had a PL 12-60 + G85, but sold them when I got Fuji lust for an X-T2, which I ended up not keeping very long. Don't plan on repeating that error.
 

Mr_Flibble

Top Veteran
Aug 16, 2013
The Lowlands
Rick
Wow, somehow I knew nothing of this camera's existence till now. What a beautiful, quirky thing!
And they're actually quite capable cameras, once you get used to the winding/cocking mechanism :)
They do seem prone to getting dented though.


Another one from the collection;


Bell & Howell Eyemo 71-Z 35mm camera. Used by the USAAF as the A-4 Bombspotting camera.
with a B&H 10" f/4.5 Eymax lens, complete with Army-Navy stamp.
No plans to ever run film through it
 

ErichH

Veteran
Jun 11, 2020
And they're actually quite capable cameras, once you get used to the winding/cocking mechanism :)
They do seem prone to getting dented though.
Isn't that what shelling is supposed to do to you, and, by extension, your photographic equipment?
 

ErichH

Veteran
Jun 11, 2020
The denting was a reference to the Werra camera, which, as far as I know, isn't military issue ;)
Oh. I understand now what you were saying about cock'n wind. Really don't understand how they got the idea in the first place. But it looks, eh, fifties futuristic.
 

ErichH

Veteran
Jun 11, 2020
Getting kinky... the Canomatic, well known trash cam, complete with picture of one of the metal weights provided by its shady manufacturer to add heft to this free focus, auto zoom, color lens high tech wonder... and there are two more, smaller weights still left inside.

The "auto zoom" is brilliant, by the way. It's used to change the aperture between a fast f:6.3 and f:16, by using the small red "zoom buttons" on top of the grip. But the empty lens barrel still moves in and out.

The actual "optical lens f:6.3/50 mm" consists of a single plastic meniscus, recessed deep down inside the lens barrel. And it's both "free focus" and "focus free"! The last statement is probably closest to the truth. The self timer to the right of the lens is a nice touch.

The "mode dial" on the top is used to tell the motor drive, powered by two AA batteries, to wind or rewind the film. But most likely the film will have slipped off the take up spool.

One can still see these on auction sites, now and again, trying hard to impersonate real cameras.

Tailor made to make Granny buy a nice camera for her grandchildren.

The only thing I like about this camera is the dual viewfinder system. My favourite is the waist level finder.

And the grip is actually pretty comfortable.

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And here it is, with and without the weight of quality...

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Of course, it's got nothing at all to do with Canon.

Edit: come to think about it, the "auto zoom" actually serves as a variable lens hood!
 
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