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Classic Compacts article

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by gray1720, Jan 26, 2022.

  1. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    So... who's got some of them? I have four* - five if two Trip 35s count as two seperate ones - and I bet I know who has a Vito B... Personally I was delighted to see the Ricoh 500ME - very plastic, until you get it up to your eye, when you really appreciate that lightness - and I'd never seen that clockwork winder before!

    * though the Retinette has snuffed it
     
  2. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Are we counting non-auto-everythings here?

    S
     
  3. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Well, the suggestion in the article was "take the battery out", so I think you are OK...
     
  4. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    To me, the last series of folding Retinas were the ultimate compacts. I was very fond of my 1B (019) which was a very pleasant camera to use.

    Retina1Bopen.jpg
     
  5. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    I've bought, repaired and sold a couple of Trip 35s - they sell for silly money here. Does a Werra 1e class as a compact?
     
  6. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    A couple of Canon, a Vito II or several, a Petri Colour 35, Retina II & III, Pentax Q,

    Wouldn't class the Werra ss a compact, just a cracking little series.

    S
     
  7. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Hard to say with the Werra - the flat-top Werra 1 is *very* compact, the later ones, especially with interchangeable lenses, less so - but, as Steve says, great cameras whatever you call them.

    Trip 35s make silly money everywhere now - I think my two both cost less than £10, and needed sticky apertures sorting, but that was 10-12 years ago.

    The other one I have is the Oly35RC.
     
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  8. zx9r

    zx9r Well-Known Member

    ^^^^ The one with the rangefinder, sort of a proto XA ?
    If so a fine camera, but so too were the similar cameras from Yashica, Minolta, Canon etc.
     
  9. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

  10. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Can't get much smaller - and disconcertingly like a Werra that's been washed too hot! I was looking at the first pic trying to work out why the Werra looked wrong...
     
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  11. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Minox?
     
  12. zx9r

    zx9r Well-Known Member

    I thought " Oh a Leica CL" :)
     
  13. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    True - the Minox 35 was *really* pushing the limits of 35mm film
    (waits for someone to come up with something smaller)
     
  14. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    I don't give the B35 as much use as it deserves, but what I do love is that it is perfectly suited to a left eye shooter. Would prefer metric distances above the lens rather than beneath but hey-ho.
     
  15. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    What I'm doing wrong is I always stick the wrong film in. Should really use a faster film enabling a wider aperture/more DoF and use more like a snapper. Got a few frames of Provia 100 to use up and then it'll be HP5+ methinks.
     
  16. zx9r

    zx9r Well-Known Member

    IMG_5406v800.jpg

    My XA still sees a bit of action, last outing for it was this morning.
     
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  17. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Great camera. My XA cost £20 (IIRC) about 15 years ago, when film was (supposedly ;)) dead in the water. These days, they seem to fetch well over £100. :eek:

    I also have the XA2, which - in many ways - I actually prefer.
     
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  18. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    [Helpful - but perhaps slightly pedantic - alert ;)] I think you meant "narrower aperture".
     
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  19. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Serves me right for changing my phrase mid-sentence, meant wider DoF but edited it poorly.
     
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  20. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    :oops: Easily done!
     
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