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In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 11:16:02 BDT
Hi Steve
I have an idea the one I saw had some kind of pillar which made it rise - whether it was hydraulic or a screw jack I don't know.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2013 09:37:46 BDT
Steve James says:
Hi Graham,

Thanks, a pillar is certainly a better idea than the sliding expansion bracket design as far as safety is concerned. My friend has contacted a couple of local suppliers to her, and they have arranged for her to see a couple of demonstrations. They are all quite expensive though and she doubts that there would be any help to purchase, although there must be some second hand suppliers I should imagine.

Posted on 24 May 2013 11:47:03 BDT
Steve James says:
Hi folks,

Sorry this is a bit long, but it is a true cautionary tale!

In the late 60's an uncle of mine worked at a foundry in the Midlands, he was a chemist and also Works Photographer.

One particular day, he was called out to an accident, which he photographed on a 120 Rolleiflex. He then went into the darkroom to process the film.

He unloaded the camera got out the developing tank, switched the light off and unglued the little piece of tape on the roll film. It was at that point he realised he hadn't got the spiral out of the dryer! So to keep the film together and stop it unrolling, he just stuck it in his pocket. switched the light back on and got the spiral out of the drying cupboard.

He switched the light back off again, and at that exact point he sneezed and grabbed for his pocket, pulling his handkerchief out! He then heard something hit the floor and roll away.

Realising it must be the film, he started a systematic search of a 10ft x 12 ft darkroom, with benches around the walls, which had a shelf about six inches above floor level. So he was crawling around the floor reaching under these benches desperately trying to find the film.

After what turned out in the end to be roughly an hour, he felt a cylindrical object which he realised was the packet of Polo Mints he also had in his pocket, and the film was still safely there beneath his handkerchief!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2013 19:17:48 BDT

Posted on 27 May 2013 00:44:59 BDT
Zelazowa says:
An advert for a £6 Nikon 35mm camera recently posted contains the following line:

'For some reason, students of photography in particular, are being encouraged to use film.'

Beats me...?!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 10:27:56 BDT
T.J.Byford says:

Was Homer Simpson responsible for the ad? That would make sense.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 12:50:24 BDT
who couldn't resist this:
"camera in used cosmetic condition - dent to back side on bottom - usage wear to edges - light seals in rear completely deteriated!
camera is in full working order including meter
bad scratches to front element - oily front element - fungus inside lens - dust specks inside lens"

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 12:52:54 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Hi, Dr. A.

If the price was right, could be a good candidate for lomography, possibly?

Posted on 27 May 2013 13:48:14 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
And for all those who failed their GCE Geography exam, how about this?

"We cannot ship anything to either North or South America. This means we cannot ship to the US."

This is from a genuine ad currently on ebay.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 22:24:16 BDT
Merkins aren't known for their grasp of geography so maybe not so bad.
Your theory about lomography may be true since that duff camera has 8 bids!!!!

Posted on 28 May 2013 01:23:46 BDT
Zelazowa says:

As the great Homer Simpson once said:

'Every time I learn something new it pushes some old stuff out of my brain!'

This has also always been my worry too!

Posted on 30 May 2013 14:54:52 BDT
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Posted on 30 May 2013 15:09:09 BDT
Leica M3 for sale. Scratched and Dented top plate, otherwise mint.

Posted on 2 Jun 2013 01:15:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jun 2013 01:38:29 BDT
Zelazowa says:
An aqualung has been suggested as a possible solution to ventilation issues where it is not possible to fit ducts and convert your flat in to a darkroom. A very amusing comment! Just in case here's a link...

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2013 01:48:54 BDT
I think it might need to be larger to fit a bloke.

Posted on 2 Jun 2013 01:52:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jun 2013 02:01:48 BDT
Zelazowa says:
A very little bloke?
Just in case though.....
That should help with all sizes irrespective of gender.

Posted on 2 Jun 2013 02:21:23 BDT
Zelazowa says:
Merkin... now there's a word with myriad meanings.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2013 02:28:11 BDT
Merkin as in "American" and also means a pubic wig. rather fitting I'd say.

Posted on 2 Jun 2013 13:24:34 BDT
Zelazowa says:
Yes I remember a certain Mr President was proud to be a merkin.....

Posted on 4 Jun 2013 15:06:36 BDT
Zelazowa says:
'This is Ricoh GR1s Silver camera with GR 28mm f/2.8 lens.

This body has no wound and no dirt, it is so beautiful body.
It is hard to sometimes watch a counter display a little.
The lens is very clean. The shutter and a flash bulb and the focus act smoothly.
The photograph is very splendid image.
This camera gets wonderful photos fantastically.'

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2013 15:08:55 BDT
T.J.Byford says:

I'd bet this is from Japan. Reads like the old camera manuals we got in the 1960's.

Posted on 4 Jun 2013 15:24:27 BDT
Zelazowa says:

Yes that's right, it's a Japanese advert which in a way is superbly descriptive and captures what a lot of photographers feel about this camera.
As the advertiser sort of says, the counter display does pose problems on these cameras and can fade away.
Apparently there are known film transport issues also.

Very splendid images and getting wonderful photos fantastically... no higher praise for a camera!

Posted on 5 Jun 2013 15:54:29 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Today I received my last ebay success: an Olympus 110 Superzoom 35mm camera, all for 98p. It is in near mint condition.

It is fully auto re exposure, but has several user definable options in other areas. It is described by Oly as a point and shoot, but frankly apart from having no user intervention for exposure and DX cassettes being essential, it is a very well spec'd camera for June 1992. It even has spot metering. On a point and shoot? And a nice touch you don't often see a viewfinder dioptre adjustment. Just waiting for the batteries to come from The Small Battery Company.

But the reason for posting here rather than the film only forum is the following extract from the original 12 page sales promotional booklet the seller sent as well as the full user manual:

"If the camera is exposed to seawater, mud, or beverages, clean it with a damp cloth and wipe dry". Beverages? I should add that one of the camera's features is weatherproofing. Rain OK, but not dunking or washing under the tap.


In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 16:02:48 BDT
chris says:
Z, I bet the seller words up his mixed admiring the beauty of the GR1s :(

Posted on 8 Jun 2013 12:38:06 BDT
Zelazowa says:
'This classic camera is offered in cosmetic condition'
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