The Olympus 35RC, a sweet little rangefinder (1970)

The Olympus 35RC is deceptively similar to other cameras of the early 1970s, at first glance. It has a 40mm 2.8 lens and as such is similar to a Ricoh 500G, several Konica and Minolta models (those were two separate companies back then), and a plethora of zone focus cameras. But, the 35RC has full manual override of all settings and that quickly made it a beloved photographers camera. A position it has kept for decades.

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The Ricoh Caddy half frame camera is quite a handful

The Ricoh Caddy was Ricoh’s most accomplished half frame camera ever. Not that they built so many, but they got it right pretty quick. It has full manual settings, a Tomioka lens and the ergonomics are truly excellent. And to boot, it fits in your jeans pocket. Although it should be treated with a bit more respect because of what it is and what it delivers!

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Berlin Flower

And now for something completely different.

Een snipper video van wat beelden en filmfragmenten die ik vorig jaar in Berlijn op straat schoot.

Eigenlijk gewoon meer een leukigheidje…


Geschoten met een Sony A7 en Canon FD 50mm 1.2L op converter.

The CooperCam, a self-built sliding box camera

So what do you do when you get bored while recovering from a burn out? And you want to take it slow?

In my case, I built a camera by myself. And called it the CooperCam, since my family name translates to Cooper in English.

It took some thinking, some simple parts from the local home depot warehouse, some dumb luck and an old brass barrel lens that I’d found online for petty cash. 

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Priceless fun with cheap gear: the Zenit 3M

While I truly enjoy my screw mount Leicas, it took me a long time to find their SLR counterpart. While essentially it really shouldn’t have been that hard, once you think about it.

I know Leica built some truly terrific early Leicaflexes, but they are more related to the M series rangefinders than to the earlier screw mount cameras.

Same time,  the Russians copied the early Leica II and went on from there to produce a Single Lens Reflex camera. Enter the Zenit line of SLR cameras from the early 1960s! Incredible fun for petty cash!

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