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  • While we have a tough time saying exactly why, we have no  trouble claiming that this is one of our favorite cameras we have been introduced to lately.  We were just a little bit sad when it sold the other day - we are going to miss it.⁠⠀
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For starters, the Exakta 66 (Vertical) is an odd duck of a camera, and we love odd things.  It was produced by Ihagee for only a short time in the early 1950s with only a few thousand apparently getting made.  Production hit several snags including conflicts within Ihagee as well as design flaws within the camera itself.  The Exakta 66 feels like a precursor camera... one that has not quite matured into what it could be.  Yet it works better than it kind of has any right to, especially given the age of this one. ⁠⠀
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The design of the camera has some really unique qualities that we found ourselves enamored by, such as a mechanical focal plane shutter capable of speeds between 12 seconds up to 1/1000th.  The Exakta 66 split these up between a slow speed dial and a high speed dial, with the slow speeds using the same mechanism as the self-timer to lock open the camera's Bulb mode while the timer counted out its longer exposures.  Also, the camera has a little pressure-sensitive pad for scribing notes.  You'd use a stylus to write down a small note and a rotating wiper could be used to wipe the pad clean, preparing it for another note.  Why didn't more cameras do this!  We loved drawing little doodles on the Exakta's pad while we had it.  We tested it with a roll of Bergger film and our reminder note was a little burger doodle.  We got a single test roll through this camera before it sold and if you swipe over, you can see some of the shots we made with it while it was in our shop.  Now we just have to hope we see another again soon!⁠⠀
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  • While we have a tough time saying exactly why, we have no trouble claiming that this is one of our favorite cameras we have been introduced to lately. We were just a little bit sad when it sold the other day - we are going to miss it.⁠⠀
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    For starters, the Exakta 66 (Vertical) is an odd duck of a camera, and we love odd things. It was produced by Ihagee for only a short time in the early 1950s with only a few thousand apparently getting made. Production hit several snags including conflicts within Ihagee as well as design flaws within the camera itself. The Exakta 66 feels like a precursor camera... one that has not quite matured into what it could be. Yet it works better than it kind of has any right to, especially given the age of this one. ⁠⠀
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    The design of the camera has some really unique qualities that we found ourselves enamored by, such as a mechanical focal plane shutter capable of speeds between 12 seconds up to 1/1000th. The Exakta 66 split these up between a slow speed dial and a high speed dial, with the slow speeds using the same mechanism as the self-timer to lock open the camera's Bulb mode while the timer counted out its longer exposures. Also, the camera has a little pressure-sensitive pad for scribing notes. You'd use a stylus to write down a small note and a rotating wiper could be used to wipe the pad clean, preparing it for another note. Why didn't more cameras do this! We loved drawing little doodles on the Exakta's pad while we had it. We tested it with a roll of Bergger film and our reminder note was a little burger doodle. We got a single test roll through this camera before it sold and if you swipe over, you can see some of the shots we made with it while it was in our shop. Now we just have to hope we see another again soon!⁠⠀
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  • 793 6 31 August, 2019
  • The Olympus OM10 is a nifty and inexpensive camera.  While we definitely prefer our OM-1 and OM-2 cameras, the 10 can be perfect for the photographer on a budget.  One thing to note about the OM10 - particularly for students, is that it is an aperture-priority "auto exposure" camera only.  There is no manual control of the shutter, a feature often required by photography instructors. ⁠⠀
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But wait!⁠⠀
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Olympus foresaw this concern and released a manual adapter for the camera.  This device mounts to the front of the camera and gives you a little shutter speed dial for manual control.  With this piece you can use the camera either in a full manual mode or the auto aperture-priority configuration.  If you are planning on getting an OM10 we definitely recommend tracking down one of these.  Lucky for you, we have this very accessory in inventory at the moment and we'll link it in our bio for you to easily procure and mod up your OM10.
  • The Olympus OM10 is a nifty and inexpensive camera. While we definitely prefer our OM-1 and OM-2 cameras, the 10 can be perfect for the photographer on a budget. One thing to note about the OM10 - particularly for students, is that it is an aperture-priority "auto exposure" camera only. There is no manual control of the shutter, a feature often required by photography instructors. ⁠⠀
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    But wait!⁠⠀
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    Olympus foresaw this concern and released a manual adapter for the camera. This device mounts to the front of the camera and gives you a little shutter speed dial for manual control. With this piece you can use the camera either in a full manual mode or the auto aperture-priority configuration. If you are planning on getting an OM10 we definitely recommend tracking down one of these. Lucky for you, we have this very accessory in inventory at the moment and we'll link it in our bio for you to easily procure and mod up your OM10.
  • 680 16 16 September, 2019

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