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Posted on 11/28/2010 9:27:54 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
From the 1982 Sears catalog. A lot of this stuff is still around and still going strong, they really don't make them like they used to. I gave my 1983 Minolte XG-M a check last tonight, still in great shape, but I've worn out 3 digital cameras in the last 10 years. The XG-M was close to 300 bucks in 83 though, it would be expensive to make today
How do you plug them into your computer though?
Hi, Swampsniper. I thought of you yesterday. I was riding my bike under a railroad bridge and a humongous bird came blasting past me. It sailed on for a few hundred more yards and landed on the ground. When I got closer I saw that it was a huge red-tailed hawk, sitting there with its wings fully spread. It also had a live squirrel in its talons. I’m squeamish, so I averted my eyes. If it had been you, we would have had the most gorgeous pics by now. ;)
Stop in and look at Sears
Shop from the book at Sears
Pick up the phone and talk to Sears
'Cause Sears has everything!
I still have that Canon AE-1 and a bunch of lenses for it in a box somewhere
I have a Canon A-1, and an FT-QL, along with a few lenses in Canon’s old FD mount. Also have a film Elan II in the newer EOS mount system. Haven’t shot any of them in a few years. I might mess around with the A-1 some time. It is a very good camera.
Dig them out and use them.
I used to have a Pentax K100 which was one of the best cameras I ever owned. I use a Nikon N-80 now. One of these years I’m going to move up to a DSLR.
Minolta Maxxum AF, 1980, every option, works like new.
Canon A-1 w/extra lenses, works like new.
Recently used in Alaska (08). The film developer wrote on my envelopes that they were awesome pictures.
I love my DSLR but some variety is fun. My old Minolta is just a nice machine to use and pretty to look at. Many of the old lenses are works of art on their owm, beautiful machine work.
I just picked up an 80-200 f4 for the Minolta, 10 bucks, looks like new. It’s a nice cheap hobby if you know how to shop.
I have 3 Maxxum lenses I use on my Sony, a 35-70 f4, a 70-210 f4 and a 75-300 f4.5~5.6. Sharp, great colors and hard to wear out.
For all of the technology found in the newer digital SLRs, I still enjoy my old XG-M. Sure, our Nikon D-5000, is a great camera... But shooting with an old manual versus a new digital SLR is (to me) comparable to painting with oils on canvas versus using Microsoft's "Paintbrush". Using either you have to have an eye for what is visually pleasing, but you have to have a real "artist's hand" to be creative with the former...
An all-metal, mechanically (springs, gears, levers) controlled, manual focus SLR with match-needle exposure control.
You can get seal kits on Ebay. Mine are still in decent shape. High temperatures are hard on them, got to be careful about that.
I got rid of all the older screw mount equipment to a collector...
You got that right!
Thanks, I was just looking at some sites about Contax as you posted.
Here's a TV from that catalog:
That $669.95 would cost about $1778 today -about the same as a reasonably nice 50" HDTV. Of course, this Sears model would've been considered a very good TV as well back in 1980.
I had the pre-AE series Canons from 1967 to 1982: An FX and an FTbN.
While attending a convention in Manhattan in 1979, I walked into a camera store on or near 47th st. The Canon A-1 had been on my mind because it seemed to be a logical follow-on for me and the F series I already owned. I played with the A-1, and asked the young salesman how much. He said “X dollars” (I have long forgotten what X was). I said, “OK, here’s my MasterCard.” He took it back to the cash register and had a whispered conversation with a senior employee, maybe the manager.
He came back to me, all apologetic-like, and said, “I’m awful sorry—I made a mistake. My boss just told me that we can’t sell you this camera at anything less than (X+30) dollars.” I thought about it a moment and reached over the counter to snatch my credit card back, while saying “No thanks. Have a good day.” I turned away and walked straight out the door. I heard the sales guy call after me, but I couldn’t make out what he said. I was already at the door and didn’t look back.
Kept the F-series Canons for about 3 more years before selling them for two Olympus OM2ns and a Mamyia C330. These were all stolen a few years later.
After going without reflex cameras for a decade, I finally got back into them with the Canon EOS line, which coincidentally had been introduced the same year my Olympi and Mamiya were stolen. 2 film EOSes and 2 digital EOSes later, I’m still with that system.
Postscript: At the gun show today, a guy had a couple of old folding cameras, and also an Argus C3 with a bunch of lenses and other accessories. I had taken my first 35mm pix with my dad’s C3. If I hadn’t found a good C3 specimen on the web a year ago, I would have made the guy an offer.
A good friend of mine had an SRT-101 kit stolen by baggage handlers on a flight from Phoenix to Chicago. The airline, of course, offered him about fifty cents.
A great lesson I learned from that, and a rule I’ve follwed for forty years since: Don’t check yer cameras with the friggin’ airlines!!!
Anyway, he replaced the Minolta with a Nikkormat exactly like yours.
Post-post-script: There was a roll of Kodachrome 64 in that C3 when I got it, run almost completely through. Last week I mailed the roll off to Dwayne’s lab; it’ll be interesting what, if anything comes of those slides.
For those who don’t know, Dwayne’s photo service is the last remaining lab for Kodak-process slide film, and they’re shutting down that process at the end of the year.
47th St. is famous for bait and switch and all kinds of flimflam.
I was using the image to demonstrate aperture to somebody a couple of years ago. Here's the "stopped down" image for the uninitiated...
I "bought" (for a very small fee) the FT from my father around 1976 or so, after I got my first job. I shot many rolls of film through that camera. Mechanically, it still works fine. Can't get the mercury batteries any more, but you can get a reasonable facsimile (supposedly) to supply the meter.
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I went to your link, was that David Bowie?
Boy, that FT and lens look immaculate.
I think that when you get the replacement adapters (using, I think silver oxide cells), on some cameras it’s best to recalibrate the meter due to slight difference in the operating voltage.
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