The technical stuff:
Type: Single Lens Reflex
Lens: Obtained as a body only but I have
a nice 28mm Vivitar wide angle f2.8
Shutter: Manual or Automatic Aperture
priority 1 sec - 1000th
This is a manual or automatic camera with TTL meter and
speed readout. I
picked it up as a body only, in need of repair, with a broken door hinge.
It would appear to have been made by Cosina, the similarity between this
body and the C1 is a dead giveaway. The hinge has been "fixed"
for now and I am looking forward to taking it out for a test drive. It
takes standard PK mount lenses and I have a few of them, including the
Cosina which would be a good candidate, it is shown here with a Vivitar
28mm super wide angle which I felt to be a good match.
the event when I took it for it's first outing I used neither of these.
The Cosina lens is not a PKA and I wanted a lens with a good stretch. For
a standard lens I chose the Chinon, which is a PKA, but this turned out to
be a poor choice. When I bought the camera I also bought a Soligor 28 -
200mm which was probably fitted to the camera but separated for sale, so I
took this for it's versatility. I had to take a trip to Southampton and
thinking I might get some shots of boats at sea the long lens would be
handy, how wrong could I be. However, I did get a couple of shots of a
small marina. After the disappointment of Southampton and with a camera
full of film I decided to stop off in Winchester on the way back. This
made up for the earlier disappointment, even the sky cleared, leaving me
with a deep blue sky, enhanced by the polarizing filter I had fitted. Down
to business, the camera handled really well but that's about it. The
metering was at least 2 stops high, leaving me with massively overexposed
pictures. This was a shame because if I had known I could have cranked the
speed up to account for using the long lens hand held. The lens choices
were completely wrong, the Chinon was definitely not the sharpest lens in
the box and the Soligor, although quite sharp, suffered from a lack of
perspective control at all lengths. I expected some barreling at the 28mm
end but this was apparent right up to the long end. All of the Winchester
shots were with the Soligor. The irony of the day was that I had, as my
backup, a small Yashica Microtec 70 which my son borrowed in Winchester
and he returned better shots from that. Incidentally the camera back was
fine and it doesn't appear to leak light, which was my biggest worry.