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Ciro Flex in blue by FallisPhoto
Ciro Flex in blue
This is a Ciro Flex TLR (twin lens reflex) camera. It has been repainted, covered in blue leatherette, cleaned, lubricated, adjusted for accuracy and, of course, polished within an inch of its life. When I bought it, it was missing some leatherette, and since I was going to have to releather it anyway, and it wouldn't be original after that, I figured I would have some fun with it and decided to do it in blue. I think it came out beautifully. Oh yeah, it had a broken mirror, so I replaced that too.
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Kodak Retina 1b by FallisPhoto
Kodak Retina 1b
This is a Kodak Retina 1b. it has been cleaned, lubed, adjusted and has had the utter hell polished out of it, in preparation for resale.
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Another FED3 by FallisPhoto
Another FED3
Yes, I have restored yet another Russian rangefinder camera. This one has an Industar 61 lens (one of the better options). The Industar 51 and the Jupiter 9 lenses were other good options. Yes, it has interchangeable lenses. The books say that this was supposed to be covered in vulcanized rubber, but in fact it was covered I something very much like painted and texturized Bondo. It was a serious pain to get it off. Anyway, now it has an embossed leatherette.
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Minolta 16 by FallisPhoto
Minolta 16
The name is Bond, James Bond. I was releasing my inner Bond when I bought this one. Yeah, its a spy camera and I can't look at it without the James Bond theme music running through my head. There was a guy selling 16mm Minolta cartridges online at the time and I figured "what the hell." Of course he stopped selling film and I wound up stuck with the camera. Well, it was fun while it lasted.
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Charles S. Fallis
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United States
Current Residence: darkroom
Favourite photographer: Jerry Uelsmann and J.K Potter
Favourite style of art: surreal nudes (darkroom manipulations)
Personal Quote: "Great photos are created, not captured." -- Ansel Adams
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Apertures and f/stops are not quite the same thing. An aperture is the size of the hole that the light passes through in order to expose the film. It is not complicated. f/stops are a set of standardized numbers used in mathematical formulas that are used to determine the size of the aperture. The "f" in f/stop is the focal length of the lens. Thus, if you have a 22mm lens, and you are shooting at f/2, then 22/2 = 11mm, which is the size of the aperture. If you are shooting at f/22, then 22/22 = 1mm, which will be the size of the aperture. Each progressive aperture, going from the largest number (let's say 22) to the smallest (let's say 2) admits twice the light into the camera that the preceding number does.

Shutter speeds are set up the same way. Starting from the fastest shutter speed (let's say 1/1000th second) and going to the slowest (let's say 30 seconds; but there really isn't a limit to how slow you can go -- some people with film cameras have used shutter speeds of a year or more), each progressive shutter speed admits twice the light into the camera as the preceding one.

Because they are set up this way, it allows you to use what are called "equivalent exposures." Let's say that your camera's meter is recommending an exposure of 1/125th second at f/11. Well, you decide that you want a little less depth of field than this. Depth of field is what the aperture controls and it is the amount of space in front of and behind the subject of the photo that will be in focus. To get less depth of field, you'd switch from f/11 to f/8; this admits twice as much light into the camera and without making an adjustment, your photo will be overexposed. To compensate for this, you switch from 1/125th second to 1/250th second, reducing the light by half (back to its previous level). Now you have an equivalent exposure that has the depth of field that you want. Simple.

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JustinMLindner Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I followed you on ebay so I can keep an eye on what cameras you have available.  The 3 on there now look pretty cool, definitely have an antique look to them 
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Four of them are on there now. All are Kodak Retinas and all of them date from the very early 40 and 50s (yes, at least one was made in Nazi Germany). Three of them are rangefinders and one is a ranging camera. A rangefinder tells you the distance to the subject very precisely. Rangefinders focus more precisely than any other kind of camera. With a ranging camera, you don't get that. You estimate the distance to the subject and rely on depth of field (area in front of and behind the subject that is in reasonably sharp focus) to compensate for error. Anyway, those are vintage, not antique. Antiques are 100+ years old (I have a few).
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JustinMLindner Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
oh I only saw 3.  The Nazi Germany thing doesn't phase me, I'd love to get my hands on a German Mauser from that era so I really don't mind. they had good engineers so I don't feel bad about wanting stuff they built. 

would those work for school? 
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
It would depend on what the course requirements are. Those are rangefinder cameras. If the course requirements say you have to have an SLR, as some do, then they won't work.

Oh hell,  just remembered that one of them, the Kodak Retina Reflex III, is an SLR (of sorts). Technically, it would fulfill your course requirements, but it would be way behind the capabilities of every other camera in the class. You really want a Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Yashica, Minolta, Olympus or something similar if you are taking this course seriously.
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TLO-Photography Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday Charles!! :D
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Thank you, I guess. I wasn't really looking forward to 60 though.
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TLO-Photography Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You can't stop time! Enjoy every day! :D
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Well, I am on the right side of the grass still, at least for a little while longer.
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anorexianevrosa Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Airborne Happy Birthday dear!Airborne I love deviantART! 
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Oh, God. Not another one. Well, thanks, I guess.
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