Collecting and Using Classic SLRs

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It is one thing to collect single-lens reflex cameras, but quite another to usethem to take first-rate photographs. Now, with this authoritative guide to SLRs, experienced photographers and beginners alike can confidently do both. Ivor Matanle brings some forty years of experience to this exhaustive and practical book, which includes: descriptions and evaluations of the principal makes and models from the late nineteenth century to the 1980s; instructions on testing and checking for faults; pictures of classic ...
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Overview

It is one thing to collect single-lens reflex cameras, but quite another to usethem to take first-rate photographs. Now, with this authoritative guide to SLRs, experienced photographers and beginners alike can confidently do both. Ivor Matanle brings some forty years of experience to this exhaustive and practical book, which includes: descriptions and evaluations of the principal makes and models from the late nineteenth century to the 1980s; instructions on testing and checking for faults; pictures of classic cameras, lenses, and equipment; information on repairers and dealers; and listings of collectors' clubs and groups. Virtually all the book's photographs were taken with classic SLRs, and each picture is fully captioned with information about the camera and lens used to take the shot, together with details of the film, processing, and printing. Collecting and Using Classic SLRs will help expert and novice, collector and user, to learn more about the cameras they admire--and to enjoy them with greater understanding.
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This work offers a unique look at the single-lens reflex camera, popularly known as the SLR. Once disparaged as the "ugly duckling" of photography, SLRs gradually overtook the rangefinders and reflex cameras of the day to become the most popular type of camera for amateurs and professionals alike. Written in a lively style, this book provides a thorough overview of SLRs, including a fascinating history. Generously illustrated with 385 black-and-white photographs, the wide variety of SLR cameras manufactured in the past half century is well covered, along with examples of high-quality photographs made with the cameras. The appendixes include lists of booksellers, collectors' organizations, camera dealers, and other useful information. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries with photography collections.-Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500279014
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Ch. 1 The ugly duckling that became a swan 9
Ch. 2 How to buy an SLR without buying a dog 23
Ch. 3 Getting to grips with a left-handed East German 43
Ch. 4 Innovation and bargain prices from Eastern Europe 65
Ch. 5 How the West was lost - the 35mm focal-plane SLRs of post-war Western Europe 85
Ch. 6 When the world held its breath - and a Pentax 117
Ch. 7 Striking pictures with a blunt instrument 131
Ch. 8 How Canon moved from rangefinders to SLRs 147
Ch. 9 More stars from the East - and some also-rans 163
Ch. 10 Leaf shutters and just plain weird shutters 193
Ch. 11 The big guns 215
Ch. 12 Using the really old ones 241
App. 1 Books and directories 256
App. 2 Magazines and periodicals 257
App. 3 Photographic booksellers 257
App. 4 Photographic collectors' organizations 258
App. 5 Dealers in classic cameras 259
App. 6 Repairers and restorers of classic cameras 260
Index 261
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