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Just in case anyone is interested, I'm selling two of my cameras right now on eBay. They are the Yashica C twin lens reflex camera and a 1916 Ansco "Buster Brown" box camera. Both are restored. Depending on how well they do, I might sell some more there.

The Yashica was built to compete with the Rolleicord with the f/3.5 Tessar lens and it compares favorably with it. It is sharp as hell at f/8 and f/11, but if you get away from that, the sharpness falls off a little along the edges and in the corners, as it does with the Rolleicord. Depending on what you are shooting, this may or may not be an issue. It is also a relatively rare camera, when compared to the other Yashicas. You can probably find another one, if you look hard enough, but it will almost certainly not be in anything close to this good condition and it will need a CLA (that will cost from $130 to $185 ). This one is in as nearly new condition as makes no difference. tinyurl.com/knwmem5

The Ansco "Buster Brown" camera was built to compete with the early (pre-1930s) Kodak "Brownie" box cameras (the ones that take 120 film). The lens was better and it looked better by a quantum leap though. This is a really excellent alternative to a crappy Holga or other Lomography camera. It works perfectly and is ready to load and shoot. tinyurl.com/o5tqeog

I have a bunch of people watching both auctions, but no bids as yet. I think the guys who are watching it are all snipers, waiting for the last minute of the auctions to bid on them -- so no one can outbid them. This is your chance to get some really good cameras at an excellent price. They are cleaned, lubricated and adjusted, in addition to being restored, and everything on them functions just as it should.

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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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Just in case anyone is interested, I'm selling two of my cameras right now on eBay. They are the Yashica C twin lens reflex camera and a 1916 Ansco "Buster Brown" box camera. Both are restored. Depending on how well they do, I might sell some more there.

The Yashica was built to compete with the Rolleicord with the f/3.5 Tessar lens and it compares favorably with it. It is sharp as hell at f/8 and f/11, but if you get away from that, the sharpness falls off a little along the edges and in the corners, as it does with the Rolleicord. Depending on what you are shooting, this may or may not be an issue. It is also a relatively rare camera, when compared to the other Yashicas. You can probably find another one, if you look hard enough, but it will almost certainly not be in anything close to this good condition and it will need a CLA (that will cost from $130 to $185 ). This one is in as nearly new condition as makes no difference. tinyurl.com/knwmem5

The Ansco "Buster Brown" camera was built to compete with the early (pre-1930s) Kodak "Brownie" box cameras (the ones that take 120 film). The lens was better and it looked better by a quantum leap though. This is a really excellent alternative to a crappy Holga or other Lomography camera. It works perfectly and is ready to load and shoot. tinyurl.com/o5tqeog

I have a bunch of people watching both auctions, but no bids as yet. I think the guys who are watching it are all snipers, waiting for the last minute of the auctions to bid on them -- so no one can outbid them. This is your chance to get some really good cameras at an excellent price. They are cleaned, lubricated and adjusted, in addition to being restored, and everything on them functions just as it should.

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JustinMLindner Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  New member 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  New member 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 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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