I'm in the process of selling off a number of cameras;
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as I simply don't use them enough and they are much too good to be sitting around on a shelf. These are the cameras that have taken many of the photos featured on this blog and even though it will be hard to let some of them go I am hoping that they will go to people that will appreciate them and put them to better use than what I have lately.
I am going through boxes to match up cases, caps, etc to the cameras and should be able to start selling them off within a few days.
All cameras are in great working order (meters, etc) as well as cosmetic condition.
A month ago I happened to stumble upon a Graphics 35 camera at an outdoor junk/garage sale (see blog-post about the camera here). Its rather unique push-focusing mechanism and classic looks intrigued me and it was not long until I was the happy owner of a mint copy of this odd camera. Heck, it even came in the original box from the 50's along with all possible accessories - all in unused condition. Things couldn't be better. But, then I decided to...use it.
This is a horrible camera. There is no way around it. It sucks.
Let's see, what didn't I like; a) Weight. It's heavy. It weighs more than my Leica M3, b) Focusing. My initial fascination with the very unique focusing system quickly turned into frustration over what in reality was a rather poor ergonomic design choice. c) Viewfinder. One small window for rangefinder focusing and a slightly larger viewfinder for composition. The focusing window is potentially the smallest one I have ever seen and is even further reducing the pleasure of using this camera. d) Shutter speed range. Fastest shutter speed is 1/300. Enough said. e) The shutter. After advancing the film the shutter needs to be manually cocked. Something I kept forgetting and caused me to miss the shot I had intended to take. In addition to this the shutter release is located on the front of the camera and, this is ingenious..., is a lever that you pull to the right. So after you have focused the shot you move your finger down to the lever and pull it outwards, to the right. Fantastic. f) Film frame counter. It's manual in that you have to set it to the number of frames of the film. Minor inconvenience taking the above into consideraration.
What did I like; a) The lens. The camera I got has the slower f/3.5 lens but it performed fairly well in a number of situations both inside as well as outside. It was the one really positive surprise. b) Hm. Nothing else really.
Below are some sample photos taken with the camera that shows that it does have the ability to render light and dark onto a strip of film.
Away it goes Now, I'm sure that different people 'bond' differently with different cameras so it may well be that there is someone out there that would love to own - and use - this rather unique piece of... so I'm more than willing to sell mine to anyone that think that they can give it a good home.
The camera came is in near un-used condition (wonder why...) after having had two rolls of film through it. It comes with the original colourful paper box, original flash, leather case, wrist strap and shoulder strap. All in mintish condition. I paid about $60 for the whole package including shipping and would be more than happy to let someone else suffer with it for the same price.