So I figured I’d take another trip to the local charity shop to see what all the Christmas clear outs may have turned up. I ended up purchasing another three camera’s for my collection, and some interesting additions. Thankfully these things are so inexpensive (it’s just when I buy in bulk it all adds up)! Anyway, it all goes to a good cause i suppose..
Miranda Sensomat RE
This Japanese made SLR dates to around 1972 and seems to be in generally good condition.
It took me a while to figure out the interesting back plate locking mechanism (lift up the film rewind lever, depress the lock button AND slide the locking mechanism up) and discovered the view finder and prism is detachable!
All in all a very nice little camera. I’m looking forward to doing some restoration work and running a film through it.
Kodak Instamatic 33
An iconic and very popular plastic compact camera. These are very common, but I still wanted one and it cost next to nothing. Maybe it will help bring out my inner Lomographer, I understand you can still buy the Instamatic cartridges online.
The film cartridges were developed to ease the loading of film for users, and included the frame counter (reducing the costs of production of the actual camera) viewed through a window in the back plate.
Manufactured from 1968 – 1973, this particular one was made by the London based branch of Kodak. Not much to restore with this, but at least i can clean away some of the grime.
Whilst we are on the subject, check out this commercial for the Kodak Instamatic Flash Cube:
Agfa ISO-Rapid 1
Another interesting addition to the collection, and another dirt cheap, plastic point and shoot. This was manufacture by the German company, Agfa from 1968 and used the Agfa Rapid Film System developed in response to Kodak’s 126mm cartridge solution.
Patents prevented them using a similar cartridge so they developed a process whereby the film was loaded from one cartridge which fed through to a second empty cartridge as it was used. Once the film was ended, the cartridge containing the film would be shipped off for processing, and the now empty cartidge was swapped over ready to receive the next film being used.
Luckily for me, this camera came with an empty cartridge left inside. I now need to source another one from somewhere (they can be quite difficult to come by so it may be better to buy another similar system camera and look for a cartridge left in the body). The film used was standard 35mm and there are guides online on how to load the cartridge from a standard 35mm roll.