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Hi Pan, were you a professional film shooter back in the day? Or just a collector of oldies? Nice collection by the way
Hi Lucien. No, just a cheapskate user who bought cameras in car boot sales when people were throwing them away for £5 to switch to digital. I was going to car boot sales with £20 budget for years. I never switched to digital, I grew up with film and I felt I missed the digital train.
 
Thank you for answering. I'm assuming your a Brit. because you mentioned 'car boot' which is a trunk in American English. And the pound sterling symbol. Don't you guys have flea markets and such like we do in North America? Even thrift stores like value village, salvation army.

They are in fantastic shape
 
Thank you for answering. I'm assuming your a Brit. because you mentioned 'car boot' which is a trunk in American English. And the pound sterling symbol. Don't you guys have flea markets and such like we do in North America? Even thrift stores like value village, salvation army.

They are in fantastic shape
I am Greek (Panagiotis) but I have been living in UK for almost 20years now.
Indeed, I try to find cameras in charity shops and car boot sales but recently I feel content with the cameras I have and I am not looking for more. Now I discovered another money sink to throw my money - watches! But this the topic for another thread.

were you a professional film shooter back in the day?
I wish I was. Unfortunately photography is low on my priority list - two small kids, full time job, house mortgage etc.. I only photograph during my holidays - like now

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Nice, thanks for the background info Pan. There is a section in the forum for General topics/watering hole kind of stuff

Check out Bill's pub section

 
I don't know how many I had over the years, i have sold some of these that I post on this thread - now i have about 25 or so.

I do develop my own films, I am a big fun of HC110 and I also have a darkroom in my garage but I haven't used it after the pandemic (I printed a lot during the lockdowns since I couldn't photograph much).

Top 3? Every day probably I would tell you a different 3 but if push comes to shove I would say: OM-2n, F4 and EOS5.

At least these are the ones that I will replace if they break.
 
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A few more - I have sold all these though.

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All of these are great - and I echo Chris in saying that the green Minolta is fantastic - but I have to say, the specifically 70s style of the Pentax MX just distills a certain something better than most cameras. the angular functionalism and elegant simplicity, I can't quite put my finger on why, but, I'm glad that I own one!
 
All of these are great - and I echo Chris in saying that the green Minolta is fantastic - but I have to say, the specifically 70s style of the Pentax MX just distills a certain something better than most cameras. the angular functionalism and elegant simplicity, I can't quite put my finger on why, but, I'm glad that I own one!
It is difficult to dislike the MX. It's greatest competitor is the original ME (Not super) which I also have. I ended up selling it as I was using the ME more.

Both Minoltas were great. The XD had a jewel-like quality but the shutter delay (final check system) was noticeable to me. The x700 must have the brightest and easier to focus viewfinder I've ever seen.

That green Minolta sure is pretty.
Thank you. Part of the original leatherette was missing so I decided to choose a new leatherette for it.
 
APS or 35mm? This look right up my alley ...

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35mm . It is called Fujifilm DL Super Mini or Tiara (in Japan). It has a killer 28mm lens (4 elements in 4 groups - two elements aspherical) but it has the bad habit of going to sleep very often and reset flash modes (uses flash way too often for my liking). I need to go and scan some of my negatives for samples. Prices are astronomical and not justified in my opinion.

Here is how it compares to other compacts (sizewise).
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