Bronica SQ-A with Zenzanon PS 110 mm f/4.5 1:1 Macro lens
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The "Working" Gear . . .
iPhone 6s November 2016: Yes, we have sunk this low ...
and it's doggone handy!!!
Apple iPhone 6S
12 Mpix
Lens: 5 element f/2.2
(29mm in 35mm equiv)
5x digital zoom; Image Stab.
Shutter: (yes!)
A small sampling
January 2014: With the A80
acting up, we acquired a
Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 IS
This is a 16 Mpix unit with image
stabilization which lacks some of
the advanced control knobs but
is super small for convenience
and being less than $100, it is
good for use in risky spots.
Lens: 5-40mm, f3.5 f/3.2 to f/6.9
(28 to 224 mm 35mm equivalent)
8x Optical Zoom
Shutter: 1 to 1/2000 sec
A small sampling
Canon G15 Oct. 2012: A "Pro" Point & Shoot!
Canon PowerShot G15
Can shoot raw mode
Lens: 6.1 - 30.5mm f/1.8 - 2.8
(28 - 140 35mm equiv)
5x optical zoom; Image Stab.
Shutter: 15 to 1/4000 sec
A small sampling
September 2010: the last model of TLR from this maker; 6x6 cm (2 1/4 x 2 1/4inch) negatives has joined the group,
a Yashica MAT 124G
1970 vintage twin lens reflex
Twelve 6x6 cm frames on 120 film
Lens: 80mm f3.5 4-element Yashinon
Shutter: Copal SV; 1/500 to 1 sec; & Bulb.
The built-in meter was non-functional
but now, in 2018, after a CLA
from Mark Hama, is working.
A small sampling
Yashica 124G
Ercona II October 2009: another folder to get a compact source of 6x9 cm (2 1/4 x 3 1/4inch) negatives has been added, a
Pentacon (Zeiss VEB) Ercona II
1952 vintage folding camera
Eight 6x9 cm frames on 120 film
(an East german Zeiss Ikonta)
Lens: 105mm f3.5 4-element Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar
Shutter: Tempor; 1/200 to 1 sec; & Bulb;
A small sampling
January 2008: in anticipation of an occasional need to travel with less bulk than the Bronica we added
a Voigtländer Perkeo II
1950s vintage folding camera
Twelve 6x6 cm frames on 120 film
Lens: 80mm f3.5 4-element Color-Skopar
Shutter: Prontor S; 1/300 to 1 sec; & Bulb;
A small sampling
Perkeo II
EOS 40D December 2007; Santa provided the latest addition to the "working" hardware:
Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR
Manual operation + Zillions of auto features!
Lens: Interchangeable EF/EF-S series (shown: Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM 16-elements in 13 groups)
Shutter: 1/8000 to 30 sec; & Bulb; X sync to 1/250
A small sampling
A 2006 addition to the "working" hardware:
Bronica SQ-A 6x6 cm SLR
All manual, square format on 120 roll film Cobbled together via eBay, July 2006
Lens: Interchangeable; shown
with Bronica Zenzanon PS
80mm f2.8 6-element
Shutter: In-lens, Seiko #0 electronic control,
8 sec - 1/500; Time; X sync to 1/500

See some samples
here & here.

Bronica SQ-A
Canon A-1 2004; Ye Olde Photographer's first foray into digital:
Canon PowerShot A80
4 mp digital, purchased new, 2004
Lens: 3x zoom
Shutter: Automatic
Can do manual functions
An extensive sampling of its work. Alas, in January 2014, the A80, used to document ceramics studio activities started displaying vertical smears in its LCD display. Photos already stored in the CF card Appeared OK, so the problem appears to be on the sensor side of things.
1981; A major upgrade at
the time: Canon A-1
Auto exposure; manual focus
Lens: Interchangeable FD series
(shown: Canon FD 50mm f1.4)
Shutter: Electronic 1 to 1/1000 sec; & Bulb;
A small sampling
Canon A-1

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In addition to the "currently used" cameras above, we have ...

The "Collection"

Some of the hardware from Ye Olde Photog's past

Shown approximately in the order acquired, oldest first. Y. O. P. still
owns all of these, and most still work but are not in regular use.

Brownie Kodak Brownie Target 620
My first camera!
Eight shots about 2.25 x 3.25 on 620 film
Acquired circa 1950
Not a lot of decisions to make in use!
Some recent samples found here
Argus C3
My second camera
The "Brick!" 35 mm; very manual
Lens: Argus 50 mm f/3.5 Coated Cintar
(interchanged with difficulty)
Shutter: Behind-the-lens;
1/10 to 1/300, bulb
Acquired circa 1957
Learned much about photography with this one; did my own developing and printing of B&W. Having recently discovered the Argus Collectors Group, I have run rolls of film through this guy for "Argus Day" starting in 2006.
Selected results found here
Argus C3
Konica FP Konica FP
My first "serious" camera; all mechanical; no meter. The lenses enjoyed an excellent reputation.
Lens: Interchangeable Konica Hexanon (52 mm f/1.4 shown)
Shutter: Copal Square metal focal plane (vertical travel);
speeds 1 - 1/1000, bulb
Purchased new in 1963.
A few vintage samples found here
Burke & James Press 4x5
Purchased used in mid 1960s to use for reducing small PC board negatives. Eventually couldn't resist temptation. In early 2005, made a lensboard with pinhole shutter.
Lens: Interchangeable; Kodak Anastigmat 127mm f/7.7 shown.
Shutter: Leaf in lens; 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, bulb and time
1940s vintage (35mm film can for size comparison!)
A few vintage samples found here
Minox B Minox B
Purchased in a weak moment of high disposable income. Never quite lived up to my expectations.
Lens: Minox Complan 15mm f3.5
Shutter: 1 - 1/1000, bulb and time
Purchased new circa 1965.
More found here
Flexaret 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 TLR
Snagged at a flea market for about $5; shutter was messed up; planned to use lens in 35mm enlarger. Ended up fixing shutter, not sure lens is coated. (Alas, after 25 years in a closet, the slow shutter speeds are now hanging a bit.)
Lens: Meopta 80mm f/3.5
Shutter: Prontor leaf; 1 - 1/200, bulb, time
Acquired circa 1975.
Some samples found here
Ektralite Kodak Ektralite 10
Purchased in 1988 when I suddenly found myself with a free evening in Arizona during a business trip. Shot two cartridges of color print film in and around South Mountain Park. The processor lost one - only time it's ever happened! Left me seriously bummed; haven't used it since.
Canon AE-1
A legend in its own time, a very affordable and popular camera. This one was my dad's and I have used it occasionally.
Lens: Interchangeable Canon FD series (50 mm f/1.8 shown)
Shutter: Horizontal focal plane; 1 - 1/1000, bulb
Approximately late 1970s vintage.
F-1 Canon F-1
I acquired this F-1 body from a friend to have a decent all mechanical 35 mm body compatible with my Canon FD lenses. While I've not done much with it, I did put some B&W through it during Argust 9th, 2009 and it does work.
Lens: Interchangeable Canon FD series (50 mm f/1.4 shown)
Shutter: Horizontal focal plane; 1 - 1/2000, bulb
Late 1970s vintage
(The "Old F-1" as opposed to F-1n, etc.)

Canon Elph Jr
Purchased new 2000
Lens: 4 element f/2.8; autofocus
Shutter: Automatic
Uses APS film cartridges
Compact, excellent value
A Note:
Yes, there is a predominance of Canon hardware here; often the subject of "religious" arguments, especially with regard to Nikon. My first Canon acquisition was the A-1. That selection was based on my cost/feature analysis at the time. Based on its excellent perfomance and service, I've continued with Canon. The A-1, Elph Jr, A80. EOS 40D, and most recently, the G15 were purchased new. The rest are adjudged desirable to own as they are compatible with my Canon FD lenses. I have 35-105, f/3.5; 35-70, f/3.5; 70-210, f/4; 50 mm f/1.8 and 50 mm f/1.4 in my FD series lenses. These are excellent Canon manual focus glass. Perhaps I'm a Luddite, but I am unexcited about auto-focus. But if anyone wants to donate a nice family of Nikon equipment, I have nothing against it! :-)

Last rev: DWT 24 April 2014