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SELF | NOV 28, 2010 | swampsniper

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

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: 1982; camera; sears

1 posted on 11/28/2010 9:27:55 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

How do you plug them into your computer though?


2 posted on 11/28/2010 9:34:50 AM PST by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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3 posted on 11/28/2010 9:35:34 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Sears marketed some interesting private-label stuff. In 1977 they made a video game system, called the Tele-Games Pinball Breakaway:


4 posted on 11/28/2010 9:39:32 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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. ;)


5 posted on 11/28/2010 9:40:53 AM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Stop in and look at Sears

Shop from the book at Sears

Pick up the phone and talk to Sears

'Cause Sears has everything!

6 posted on 11/28/2010 10:48:11 AM PST by Seven plus One
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I still have that Canon AE-1 and a bunch of lenses for it in a box somewhere


7 posted on 11/28/2010 11:30:58 AM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Domandred

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.


8 posted on 11/28/2010 11:33:23 AM PST by meyer (Hey Obama - It's the end of the world as you know it.... ..... and I feel fine!)
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To: Domandred

Dig them out and use them.


9 posted on 11/28/2010 11:52:42 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


10 posted on 11/28/2010 11:56:18 AM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: rdl6989

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.


11 posted on 11/28/2010 12:04:13 PM PST by bicyclerepair (CD-20, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
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To: rdl6989

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.


12 posted on 11/28/2010 12:05:14 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: bicyclerepair

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.


13 posted on 11/28/2010 12:08:45 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I still have my Minolta XG-M as well. For anyone that still enjoys shootinting the old Minolta cameras, I suggest you get it cleaned and reworked with new gaskets, as the gasket kits are starting to disappear (at least in my area.)

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...

Regards,
Raven6

14 posted on 11/28/2010 12:17:36 PM PST by Raven6 (The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.)
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To: Seven plus One

15 posted on 11/28/2010 12:20:43 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Just googled and found people have uploaded images of various past Sears catalog "Wish Books". Here is the 1980 version. Cool.
16 posted on 11/28/2010 12:21:27 PM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
This is my old Camera. Bought it at the Base PX in Iwakuni, Japan around 1970-1971 time frame.

Nikkormat FTn

An all-metal, mechanically (springs, gears, levers) controlled, manual focus SLR with match-needle exposure control.

Nikkormat

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17 posted on 11/28/2010 12:23:48 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Raven6

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.


18 posted on 11/28/2010 12:25:44 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I still have my K2 Pentax and a few lenses and filters etc. I hope I took the battery out of it.

I got rid of all the older screw mount equipment to a collector...

19 posted on 11/28/2010 12:54:49 PM PST by tubebender (If you can not read, this thread will tell you how to get help)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Here was the best thing of all in 1982.


20 posted on 11/28/2010 12:59:01 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

You got that right!


21 posted on 11/28/2010 1:27:35 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
As a less than neophyte, I usually admire your photos and then sit back and listen to what the pros have to say.
Today I will say that I inherited an old German camera from my father. It is a Contax but I can not find anything that resembles a model # There is a number on the flash mount that says X 777 but that may be a serial number. Is this anything worthwhile? My dad said it was a fine camera made after the war and was popular then.
22 posted on 11/28/2010 1:29:49 PM PST by rightly_dividing (1 Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Lots of good lenses still around for it. This is my baby, not quite as old, 1983.

MINOLTA XG-M, SIGMA 35-70

23 posted on 11/28/2010 1:30:16 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: rightly_dividing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contax


24 posted on 11/28/2010 1:35:44 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks, I was just looking at some sites about Contax as you posted.


25 posted on 11/28/2010 1:39:52 PM PST by rightly_dividing (1 Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: 6SJ7
Just googled and found people have uploaded images of various past Sears catalog "Wish Books". Here is the 1980 version. Cool.

Interesting!

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.

26 posted on 11/28/2010 1:51:57 PM PST by Drew68
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To: abb
You don't lose many arguments, do you?

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27 posted on 11/28/2010 4:02:44 PM PST by Cyber Ninja (Live and Let Live; is not working...)
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To: meyer; SWAMPSNIPER

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.


28 posted on 11/28/2010 6:50:32 PM PST by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

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.


29 posted on 11/28/2010 6:56:48 PM PST by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Erasmus

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.


30 posted on 11/28/2010 7:07:42 PM PST by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Erasmus

47th St. is famous for bait and switch and all kinds of flimflam.


31 posted on 11/28/2010 7:25:13 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: Erasmus
The FT QL, front view cropped a little too tight...

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.

32 posted on 11/28/2010 7:33:39 PM PST by meyer (Hey Obama - It's the end of the world as you know it.... ..... and I feel fine!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Check out the cool stuff in the Sears catalog from 1973!
33 posted on 11/28/2010 7:39:49 PM PST by Disambiguator
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34 posted on 11/28/2010 9:51:19 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Disambiguator

I went to your link, was that David Bowie?


35 posted on 11/28/2010 11:47:45 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 5 days away from outliving Curly Howard)
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To: Disambiguator

Nice, Lileks.


36 posted on 11/29/2010 12:14:31 AM PST by LayoutGuru2 (0BAMAC0RN)
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To: SamAdams76; Disambiguator

Bad Photoshop


37 posted on 11/29/2010 4:46:24 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: meyer

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.


38 posted on 12/04/2010 3:51:43 PM PST by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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