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|Cosina Hi-Lite EC SLR with Ross No. 6 Symmetrical|
Antique cameras may be charming collectibles. But light-tightness, shutter reliability, and smoothness of other mechanics are some conditions needed to revive these items for practical photography. The availabilitiy of appropriate film might be another issue, when no rollfilm back fits as replacement for the original film plate holders of an antique camera. An alternate approach to nostalgic photographing can be the Antique camera simulator. That's a construction based on a modern type SLR and an old type lens or lens/shutter unit. Finding a way to combine modern camera and old lens is a combination of luck and intuition. An old focusable view camera lens might fit on a lens tube extension for the camera, and a way might be found to mount it on this base. The more common non-focusable old lenses might be mounted in a similar way, but onto a macro bellows for the camera, or a special tube-in-tube construction might be tinkered of appropriate plastic tubes. Of course in most cases the mounting of an antique lens onto a SLR for 35mm film means using just a part of the image size available with the lens. But this is the central part of the lense's image plane. In most cases this is the part of the image which is projected quite sharp, undistorted and color corrected. Thus the usage of old quality lenses might result in images of surprising fine quality.
| Pentax SLR with B&L Rapid|
Rectilinear in Ball Bearing Shutter
on home-constructed focusing facility
| Minolta XD SLR with Goerz Doppel-Anastigmat |
in Automat shutter on Novoflex macro bellows
| Minolta SLR with Rectilineaire Extra Rapide |
on extension tubes