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Selecting and Using Classic Cameras [Paperback]

Michael Levy
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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (12 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584280549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584280545
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aimed at introducing the interested photographer to the charms and vagaries of classic cameras with a view toward using them - rather than collecting them - this book is the only one of its kind on the market. Exploring the history, design, availability, advantages and disadvantages of each camera, this book is a treasure for any photographer interested in mastering manual photography and exploring each aspect of image-making in a more thoughtful way.

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UNLIKE THE AUTOMOBILE-COLLECTING GAME, where well-established definitions of terms like "antique," "vintage" and "classic" cars exist, it is difficult to definitively state in terms of age alone what a classic camera is. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic cameras 13 Feb 2011
Not many books on this subject,so the ones that are about are good,as is this one ,written in the US but does cover german cameras well.alot of jap stuff as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars selecting and using classic cameras 3 Jan 2013
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hubby loved it ! this is for the older camera user who has not got to grips with digital camers
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3.0 out of 5 stars Selecting and Using Classic Cameras 26 Nov 2001
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Not as authoritative as other books on this subject, and I found too many personal assumptions that I had to disagree with. When I saw an opening page with a picture of a non-coupled rangefinder Argus model C identified as a "Argus C3", I was a bit disappointed. Also, the quality of the photos and the composition themselves is sorely lacking in a book by a fellow who obviously considers himself somewhat of an accomplished photographer. B&W photos often muddy, and poorly focused. That said, however, overall a fairly informative and entertaining read for the beginning camera collector, despite some errors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An easy introduction to classic cameras 7 Nov 2013
By wineprof - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent overview of working classic cameras. some classic cameras like the Kodak Bantam Special that do not readily have film available are only mentioned in passing. But it has very useful tips about quirks and problems of each model of the working classic cameras. One can decide which model to select based on these observations. I found that very useful.
Nice overview of camera collecting.
As a collector I find that when considering purchasing a classic camera, I return to this book for background on the camera under consideration. Finding it more useful than I originally thought. I upgraded my rating.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a great introduction to camera colection, especially if you don't have unlimited funds. 29 May 2013
By R. V. Clayton - Published on Amazon.com
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In plain language it tells you what to look for and what to avoid. Big names are covered
along with some more accessible equally interesting gems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOod book of info 28 Mar 2013
By CG Veach - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book for information relative to cameras, vintage collectors cameras and film cameras. The author was informative and the data and pictures were very helpful
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