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  • Mark's online museum for unwanted cameras.



    I don't sell anything in my collection. Objectives are to learn about different brands and models of old film cameras, and get some exercise wandering around taking pictures. Cameras are bought at auctions and thrift shops from $5 up. Most still work fine, and I fixed a few with minor issues. To save money I shoot and develop the cheapest black and white film (in coffee) and digitize everything myself. These pages are written with Pluma, a Linux text editor. The 35mm pics are all scanned with a Wolverine F2D 20 scanner I bought for $15 on Craigslist. The camera pics are all taken by my Sony DSC-H7 digital camera (found in a camera bag), with a $10 copy stand from Facebook Marketplace.

    Many of these cameras were hand-made, carefully chosen and expensive to buy. They were used to record the best moments of people's lives, many taken on trips to exotic locations. After buying a newer model most sat on shelves for decades until their owner passed on, and were donated (dumped) at Goodwill. (almost) Nobody else wants the ones I have, but they bring me great joy. I treat them like the treasure they are, zip-lock bagging each with a dessiccant pack. They all get used, as time and film budget allow. I keep logs of each shoot and all the work done on them, and it all ends up on this site so you can appreciate these fine machines. This also keeps me busy during retirement.
    Newest pics are at the bottom of each camera page.

    6-9-24: Collected 3 more 90's Minoltas and related stuff. Bought the Minolta Maxxum 450si because I already have a damaged 400si with a broken film door, and it came with a Quantaray 70-300mm A-mount lens. Surprised the camera works, and has an unusual panarama function, so I'll leave it intact. Turns out the lens I really wanted has scratches and fungus, but still appears to work also. Then I got a great deal on a Minolta Maxxum 7xi and a second Minolta Maxxum 7000i with 4 (unidentified) lenses, the release cable, and 2 flashes. Deal worked out to $6 and change per piece. So despite my best intentions I'm still collecting cameras, when the price is right. The prices at Goodwill are climbing beyond what I can afford, maybe there are other auctions.
    Disclaimer: I'm not an expert, everything I write here is just my opinion. Do not do what I do, or accept anything I write as fact. I'm not responsible for anything you do.
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