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Praktica LB by TLO-Photography
Praktica LB
A well preserved copy of the Praktica that doesn't need batteries: the LB.

Selenium meter, and it works!
CZJ Pancolar 1.8/50, 8 blade version.
I see a red door.... by TLO-Photography
I see a red door....
....and i want it painted black!

Joking aside: WWII hospital bunker, situated in the forest in Burgh-Haamstede, Zeeland (NL).   

Konica Hexanon 2.8/24 lens on Sony ILCE-3000.
Infrared Sunflower by TLO-Photography
Infrared Sunflower
Sigma SD10 without hot-mirror, 2.8/17-70 lens with IR720 filter
Wind Surf by TLO-Photography
Wind Surf
A 200mtrs long sailyacht for 300 cruise-guests, making a stop in Vlissingen.
DF-300: the Chinese clone by TLO-Photography
DF-300: the Chinese clone
Got my hands on a Centon DF-300, complete with winder, unfortunately without a Centon branded lens.

Bought it as an addition to my Minolta collection, it is a Minolta licensed X-300 which was made in China.
Also sold as the Seagull DF-300, Safari DF-300 and Soligor SR-300md.…


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...back in february the developing lab lost one of my films. I shot that roll in a Leica Mini camera, which was given to me by a friend who thought it was broken. 
Well it was broken after all, although i managed to shoot a complete roll of film with it. I could not use the flash, that did not work, so every time i switched it on i had to set the flash in the off-mode, because the camera does not remember that and goes back to auto-flash each and every time it's not being used.... a bit annoying to be honest.

During the last 5 frames the thing kept flashing over and over again as soon as it had re-charged itself again, even when not in flash mode and even when not taking pictures. So yes, it's kaputt now! 

I was really looking forward to the results from this Minolta made Leica Mini, because i'd have to buy another one to shoot a roll again, but they never came, the roll is lost they said, we can't find it.

Today i walked in to pick up 2 other films, the girl at the counter looked at me and told me that unfortunately she'd only gotten one back from the lab.... oh no here we go again i thought... another missing roll!!

BUT: when i got home it seemed to be the long lost Kodak Gold 200 film that i shot with the Leica!! 

Really, after more than 5 months! Where has it been??

Who cares, it's here. And that Minolta Riva Mini is a very fine P&S camera! If you intend to buy one: go for the Minolta or Panasonic versions, they're cheaper than it's Leica sibling and they're just the same camera! 

I'll upload some shots from this roll this weekend!
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Radio
  • Reading: about film developing!
  • Playing: with cameras and lenses!
  • Eating: Pizza prosciutto
  • Drinking: Spa Rouge

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richardldixon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
thanks for the "Centon camera" fave :)
richardldixon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
thanks for the "Fave"
richardldixon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
thanks for the fave :)
FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Good photos. I particularly like #3, since it looks almost surreal. I am a fan of surrealism in photography.

Now you need to do something that many box camera owners have done before you: weld a washer to a 1/4 inch threaded nut and glue it to the bottom of the camera. Then you can mount it on a tripod and won't have to worry about the slow shutter speeds causing blurring.
TLO-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed, or use anything outside to put the camera on. 

I think i will try an AGFA Click II next. 
FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
The best box cameras have metal bodies, not cardboard. I'd suggest that you try a JEM Junior, a Zeiss Era Box or something like that for your next box camera. As for the Agfa Click II, back in the old times, Agfa used a cheap grease that had no galvanic resistance whatsoever, and it caused problems decades later. Cameras are made of dissimilar metals, and as you probably learned in grade school, when you have dissimilar metals in contact with one another, they react and produce a tiny electric charge. For example, back when they made pennies out of copper and dimes out of silver, you could stack them up and it would replace a 1.5 volt battery. Well, chromed brass also generates a small electrical charge; not much, but enough to cause a grease that has no galvanic resistance at all to polymerize. The result is that it forms molecular chains of something resembling plastic. In other words, it hardens and achieves the consistency of cold road tar. It is why Isolettes are so hard to restore. I don't know about the Agfa Click II, but I would avoid anything Agfa on general principals unless you KNOW that it doesn't have any of that grease in it.
TLO-Photography Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll have to go through my collection for all the cams that take 120 film, or are easily modified to take 120 (like some 620 models are).

The Click II is the "better" version of the Click, it has an f/8.8 lens and is all made of plastic. Takes 6x6 pics.

I have all 3: the Clack, Click and Click II. All 3 still work like they should.
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MT-Photografien Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
many thanks for watching :) (Smile) 
TLO-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The same to you! :)
MT-Photografien Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hug :) (Smile) 
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