Man, this is a fun little camera!
I found this little camera in a
bargain store about seven
years ago. I didn't buy it at the time. I looked it over,
found it had some issues with it's inner self.
Mainly, the shutter was stuck and the rangefinder indicated
about six feet when focused at infinity. I don't know how far
infinity is, mind you, but I reckoned it was a fair piece more than six
It stayed in the store, and over the years I'd give it a glance each
stopped by. Finally, a couple of years ago, I asked the store
owner "how much"?
Another shopper hollered, "offer 'im six bucks", and before the owner
speak up I made the $6 offer. He said "seven!". I figured
for a dollar, we could
both feel like winners, so I paid my seven greenbacks and brought my
home. Later, looking it over, I found the price tag on it.
It read $35.00.
I guess the shop owner was tired of looking at it.
(In case you didn't notice, this really is a camera. Says so
right on top.)
It took me two years to fix it, mainly because I couldn't get the front
out to repair the shutter. I thought I was doing something
wrong. I'd come
back to it now and then, fiddle with it for a while, and return it to
what was now
a baggie full of parts.
Finally, I decided to put the muscle to it, figuring if I broke it,
what the heck, it
was broke when I got it. My troubles stemmed from the fact that
someone had put
the element in using Locktite. Hey, it's a camera...not a race
Once I got the shutter working, I cleaned the rangefinder and swapped
the six foot mark for infinity on the focus ring. Ready to go!
The back has a cool exposure estimator. You set the kind of
film you are using on one of the sliders, and with the other you set the
lighting conditions, then transfer the data to the lens and aperture.
The shutter only has four speeds from 1/25 to 1/300 +B, and the aperture
runs from f3.5 to f22. For a rangefinder it has an unusually
minimum focus of two feet. The lens is that great little Ektar
It's quite small, but everything is where it should be, making it fun
'Course, there's the styling thing too. Kind of a "Metal Man
Chrysler Building" thing. It's great.
I loaded up with Agfa APX 400 for it's first outing since being
When the film ran out, it got developed in Acufine and the negs were
printed on Agfa MC RC paper devved in Neutol.
Cemeteries attract a lot of people, photographers and otherwise.
is the Mt. Idaho cemetery, about six miles from where I live. I
know how long it's been here, but there are a lot of 100+ year old
Born in Ireland, ended up here in 1897.
Well, it's a Chevy.
This is called teasel, here abouts. It grows like a weed.
This old piece of tree has been resting on the hillside near my house
for many years. It changes a little every year, and one day it
gone. It's a "go-to" thing. I go to it when I don't have
Sometimes it helps.
Thanks for checking in on my Signet.
Now, go get one.
© 2005 Dean Williams