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Saturday, 06 September 2008


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This series is just great. I look forward to each new entry.

Thanks for doing this Mike. This has been a really enjoyable exercise and I enjoy seeing what people have done with it.

I hope to run a roll a film every month and see if I can't tame this wild little camera.

Really nice. I like both of them very much. One of the assignments during a photo course I did was to trust coincidence and technical failures. Just press the button of the camera whenever you felt like it. No focussing, framing or other adjustments. This resulted in a couple of very intriguing photos, but I like these better. These are a combination of purposeful photographing combined with coincidence and technical failure (and a camera with a soul).

I have this identical camera sitting on a shelf. I am the second owner (my step-father was the first).

Charlie, you're giving a new meaning to the phrase "ghost in the machine" :-)

Love the photo of your fiancee, even if it is a bit spooky!

I think that Gamma lab tech was onto something. That's clearly a burst of ectoplasm spewing from your fiancée. Personally, I'd dump her and make another choice (subject to the Kodak Junior Six-20 test, of course).

Anyway, that's a pretty darn kool camera, Charlie. A few years ago, just before Marshall Field's became Macy's, I came across a very similar camera in the State Street store's basement as part of a display of "old stuff". The shutter seemed to work, although probably not terribly accurately. But I couldn't find anyone who would sell it to me. The next day it was gone, probably on its way to Sawyer, Michigan before its trip back to Chicago, eh?

Thanks for sharing this.

A very similiar camera by kodak, the "Bantam", sits on a shelf at home. I am the second owner. My father, a WWII veteran was the first owner. Notice the OVF fastens to the top of the camera.

Thanks for stopping and commenting everyone.


I'm working on a new mate as we speak. Think of what our kids will be like! Might have to contact Harold Ramis and friends about this one.

Central Camera has a brand new one sitting in the window. The price tag is the original marked at $10.00

I had originally thought my problem was the shutter (not having owned a bellows cam) so it seems if I limit the time the cam is open it will reduce the leaking. That is sort of a pain in the butt.

Maybe I find exactly where it is and patch it.

In this one the camera was only open for a moment.


Fun stuff

If it's color negative film--chances are it's going to be hard to find any one with the older chemicals--Just have it processed in B&W chemistry--should work fine. Since the camera has light leaks now, it probable had them then. Running a B&W lab years age, we processed film that was over 30 years old from these old cameras--mostly fog but we did get some images. Lots of hidden fun and mystery.
Good Luck.

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