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Topcon IC-1 Auto

Topcon IC-1 There are phenomena that science is yet to address. Some items regenerate themselves once you are sure that there is no more. For example, we have a robotic vacuum that roams the house like a drunken goat, till it docks into its port. After each run, the canister …

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Topcon Uni

Topcon Uni About two weeks ago I had looked into A Topcon Unirex, and reminisced about the encounters I had with the equipment made by Topcon. Little did I know, but yesterday I paid a visit to the eye doctor, to find that all the mighty optical instruments he uses …

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Topcon Unirex

Topcon Unirex I first learned about the Topcon name in the early ’70s. Topcon and Nikon optical comparators were used in the tool shop to follow complex shapes.  Nikon had been a well-known brand, Topcon not so. Fast forward twenty years, fate brought theodolites my way, Topcon again. It took …

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Yashica TL-Electro

Yashica TL-Electro After looking into the Yashica Electro camera line, I pulled out a Yashica TL-Electro that has been humbly sitting on the shelf for several years. The camera has al the good reasons to be humble, being one of a large group of almost indistinguishable compact SLRs that were …

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Nikon EM

Nikon EM To build a new tech product it takes several factors. First, to define a need or use, thereafter technical capabilities, then cost constraints and design limitation. Need or use are defined by how the maker sees the market today and in the future. Technical capabilities are both external …

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KMZ Zenit C / S

KMZ Zenit C / S It is said that the Inuit have many words for snow, though it is a myth spread for a reason unbeknown. The English language, however, has plenty of words for stealing: Pilfer, swipe, thieve, purloin, plunder, ransack, pillage, loot, and many more.  All well describe …

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Topcon R

Topcon R Some two years ago I had my evening stroll at the avenue of online classifieds Kijiji for the enlighted, where I stumbled upon an ad for several old cameras. There was only a phone number to contact, so I texted a request for more information. The day after …

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Ricoh Singlex TLS

Ricoh Singlex TLS Ricoh Singlex TLS current value Ricoh Singlex TLS user Manual List number 4770 Brand Ricoh Format 35mm Model Singlex TLS Introduced 1967 AKA SEARS TLS; Focal 1000 TLX, Cavalier Country Japan Type SLR Body material Metal Mode Manual Weight 760 gr,  Body only Class average weight 580 …

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Ricoh 35 Flex

Ricoh 35 Flex Another honourable entrant to the same-name-not-same-camera list is the Ricoh 35 Flex. Born in 1963, the first SLR from Ricoh, it was equipped with an uncoupled selenium meter. A year later it saw a change to a CdS meter, under the same name. Rest features and appearance …

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Zeiss Contaflex

Zeiss Contaflex My stepfather was a professional photographer, as had his father before him, at the beginning of the last century. His father did mainly family and events photography, where during the war my stepfather served in the British Army in Egypt, decoding aerial photographs and drawing maps. After the …