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I enjoy viewing all the old photos posted in the Old Drag Photos thread in TOBT. I was wondering what cameras were popular back then? I've thought of picking up a vintage film camera to try to authentically reproduce the look, rather than messing around with filters on digital files.
 

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Pentax Spotmatic was a nice camera with well regarded lenses: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentax_Spotmatic

Nikon F, F2, and Nikkormat: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_F https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_F2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikkormat

Even Hasselblad bodies are fairly inexpensive if you want to try medium format: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasselblad#H-System

I didn't keep up on Canon bodies back then, but here is a list from that time period: http://global.canon/en/c-museum/year_search.html?t=camera&s=film&s2=f&y1=1964&y2=1979&sort=old

Whatever body you choose to buy, be sure to shoot with lenses of that period. The lens gives the old "look" more than the film.
 

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I got started in the hobby as a graduate of the USAF school of photography. I was stationed in the far east, and bought my equipment while stationed in Japan. I've got a couple collections of the older film cameras. 2 Canon's w/ motor drives, tele and w/a lenses, filters, etc.
My aunt left me a collection of Leicaflex cameras, etc. She was a well known nature photog, specializing in insects such as moth's.
I tried to sell them, but found they were virtually worthless. I want to buy a newer, digital system.
I'm looking at the new Nikon line.
NE1 have suggestions???
 

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I still have my Olympus OM-2 I bought in 1978 while stationed in Korea. I need to get it to a camera shop for service and get back into film. That said, digital is much better, or we wouldn't be using it.
 

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Late 60s - early 70s I took some really sharp photos with a Kodak Retina IIIc, which has a really good lens for a rangefinder camera.
Then moved up to a Beseler Topcon 3D for my first SLR - great camera, no zoom lenses available. then moved to a Canon AE-1 Program, really nice camera, lots and lots of lenses available. If they appeal to you, look for an A1, that's the semi-pro version. I had an A1 and 2 AE-1s with lenses and motordrives, hauled it all to the tracks and shows and etc, so I could have different film and lenses ready at hand. Now I use my cellphone.
 

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I liked Olympus, but just like today, the lens is what made the photo. Depending on what you have for a DSLR, there is "all kinds of fun" adapting old lenses to digital cameras

The downside is that in many bodies, the metering is not accurate, you have to guess at settings or use an external light meter. You an also take a reading with your native electronic lens to get exposure, then swap to the vintage lens and duplicate the settings.

I forget........on Canon EF DSLR bodies, you can get adapters for Yashica / Contax, Olympus OM, Nikon, and Pentax both "screw mount" m42 as well as Pentax bayonet

Many of the old telephotos and other lenses had what is known as a 'T' mount which can be adapted

And Tamron made a line with interchangeable mounts in three series over the years, the later of which was "Adaptall" and "Adaptall II"

Here is a photo I took with my old Canon XT/ 350, with an old cheap lens off a Mamiya Sekor. This is actually a Sears branded lens made by Mamiya. I believe it's a 55mm f1.8 Click the link

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2415/2269089278_1e0db611d9_o.jpg





This one was taken using an Olympus OM 28mm, 2.8 at F16. Click the link for more resoloution

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3186/2834527369_02f1147769_o.jpg



What you CANNOT easily adapt to Canon EF bodies are the old Canon FD/FL film lenses. To focus to infinity, they must have a second lens in the adapter. This is because of the film/ sensor "register distance."
 

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This was taken with a Tamron Adaptall II SP 500mm "mirror" lens



https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2320/1898879100_84a4016664_o.jpg



My mirror lenses. Two on the outside are Sigma 600mm, both happened to be Minolta mount which cannot be adapted to Canon and focus. I did some mods to the lenses, removed the mounts, and converted one to screw mount the other to Canon EF. The center lens is the Tamron, photos above. After all that work, the results with the Sigs are dissappointing

 

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Some of the problem with using old cameras is just getting film you want, as well as batteries for the meter/ shutter system. Some of them used MERCURY batteries which are pretty much nonexistent, but there are people here and there who have found a work around
 

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Nice pictures and some clever engineering there. Perhaps someone has recent drag racing photos taken with classic film cameras they could post, or with taken with pre-digital lenses on digital bodies.
 
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