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So, who has any of the British cameras in this week's AP?

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by gray1720, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    I think I have three of the models represented - a Purma Speed, a blue Ensign Ful-vue and an Ilford Advocate. The latter, sadly is broken, and likely to stay that way unless I find a donor.

    I fear I am unlikely ever to own a Wrayflex or a Witness!

    Anyone else?
  2. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I've not tried a Witness but I've handled both the earlier (mirror viewing) and later (pentaprism) versions of the Wrayflex. Neither impressed me and I had a Pentacon Fm at the time!
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  3. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    I've seen an Ilford Witness, but I wasn't allowed to touch it!

    If you want to try having a play with it yourself, it's currently on sale at the Real Camera Shop in Manchester for a very reasonable £12,000!!!

    Cheers, Jeff
  4. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    I have an Ensign Ful-vue.
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  5. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Fornicate me, that's pricey!
  6. William Parker

    William Parker Well-Known Member

    I have a Reid III. It's pic has already been posted on here.
  7. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    They know how to charge in that shop , and depending on your appearance the price can vary widely ( or wildly !).
    They have a lot of gear though .
  8. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    They also have a policy of only accepting card payments - both credit and debit cards - for amounts over £100. The last time I was there I was buying a Kodak Retina II which was priced at something like £65 but when I found I only had £60 cash in my wallet and offered to pay on my debit card I was smartly given my marching orders!

    Cheers, Jeff
  9. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    Whenever I've been in there it's always cash only regardless of the amount or you apperence .
    The few things I've bought of higher value has had me calling around to the cash machine near the bus station .
    Needless to say I don't like using those machines getting a large quantity of money out in a crowded area .
    I'm not sure if that banks there now though , so drawing money out would be a pain now .
    Almost like they don't want it .......

    The only place I tend to go on town is LCE on Cross street .
    They tend to have a reasonable range of used gear in , no film gear though , generally .
    A big bonus is I can look on their website to see what they have before I go .
    I've traded unused lenses and cameras with them quite often and happy with the deal I've done , and most importantly , walked away not feeling like I've been ripped off !
    Needless to say they take cards for any amount , what a novel idea !
    Just like a normal shop .
  10. ascu75

    ascu75 Well-Known Member

    I am unable to buy anymore camera's so now trawl eBay looking at cameras and saving pictures of things I woulld like then I can trll myself I actually have a Witnesss or eben several Liecas
  11. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    I've just treated myself to a "new" camera , a Kodak specialist model 2 .
    It's a half plate large format camera that also takes standard 7"x5" film holders .
    I think these were made in the u.k in the 50's .
    I look forward to using it in the next week or so .
    It'll be anyone's guess when I get to do some landscape shots with it though !
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  12. ascu75

    ascu75 Well-Known Member

    That sounds like fun, enjoy using it :rolleyes:

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