Here is a quick tip list
on letters for the HELP! desk:
Check The Ads
Thanks for taking the time to send us the lead as to where you have been able to purchase accessories to use with your Sunpak 544 flash unit. We are always pleased to hear from readers who are pleased with any of our advertisers. We will forward your suggestions to Mr. Russell.
TLR Film Wind
that's a difficult TLR question to answer. I really don't
have any idea how many turns it would take to advance the film the proper
distance for the next exposure as I have never used this TLR and my
Rolleicord IV has internal measuring of the film advance distance. Your
older camera should allow you to advance the film with the camera back
open. If so, you could load an expendable roll of film and then make
a pencil mark on the paper backing at the bottom of the mask opening.
Now wind the film forward until it just clears the top of the opening.
Keep track of how many turns of the winding knob it takes to advance
the film past the mask. Just to be safe, you might want to add a half
turn extra. This might give you only 9 or 10 exposures per roll, instead
of the normal 12 square exposures, but at least you should not have
any overlapping. If any reader has a better technique or method of estimating
the number of turns and lets us know, we will pass on the suggestion
A. My files show the following address for Minox Processing Laboratories: 250 Meacham Ave., Elmont, NY 11003; (516) 437-5750; fax: (516) 775-8924; www.minoxlab.com. And yes, the company is still in business. In fact, when I visited their website in mid-February, they were advertising "Winter Specials 2004." However, it's nice having options so you might also want to contact another subminiature processing facility, which is: MicroTec Industries, PO Box 9424, San Diego, CA 92169; (619) 278-8626. You can also obtain general information about subminiature items by going to this website www.subclub.org which lists places offering 16mm processing, film slitters, instruction books, and camera sales.
Looking at the two machine prints with a loupe I really could not see
much difference in the grain myself. You obviously had the
A. I remember the Welt/Safe-Lock brand of tripods and have used them myself. The firm was purchased several decades ago and tripods were still manufactured for a while by Da-Lite Screen Company Inc. in Warsaw, Indiana. When I called them recently, I found that while they do have some parts still available, the tripods have been discontinued. I guess you will have to shop your area dealers to find a similar currently available tripod. There are many dozens of brands and models available for you to choose from--but not this particular brand or model.
A. Sorry, but without providing the exact name or model number, or even mentioning the specific type of instant film it takes, it would be impossible to determine the value today of your Polaroid camera. This firm, and most other photo firms, produced many hundreds of different products through the decades. Even the year does not help much, because the camera may have been produced a few years before it was purchased in 1961. We ask that all such inquiries be as detailed and specific about the product as possible so we have something specific to research in our various camera reference books. Most Polaroid cameras from that era, just like 8mm and other sizes of amateur movie cameras of that time, have minimum value today since they were produced in large quantities and are not particularly rare now.
Mamiya 6 For Sale
A. There were at least 13 different models of Mamiya 6 cameras produced from 1940 until 1958 according to one reference book. Without knowing exactly which model you own, it is difficult to determine the value of your horizontal, folding-bed 6x6cm camera. Most models described in my McKeown's Price Guide to Antique & Classic Cameras 2001-2002 show a current price between $100 and $180. But, as to providing you with a link to a possible buyer of your camera, the best I can suggest is to run an ad in our Medium Format For Sale classified section. Be sure to more fully specify the exact model you own when seeking a buyer.
Have The Item, Now
A. Sorry, but the dozen or so reference books I have just don't list many slide projectors. Besides, this is a brand I'm not familiar with, probably one made in Europe where use of transparency film for slides is still much more common than it is in the US these days. I really don't have any suggestions where you might try to find information on this product. If one of our alert readers happens to know of this brand, and the age of your Astron X-35 projector, we will forward the information to you.
Manual Plus Bulb
problem with suggesting specific cameras is sometimes the model name
is different outside the U.S.A. If the camera brand is the same it may
have a different model name in Germany or elsewhere. You don't
say whether you want an SLR camera that takes interchangeable lenses,
or just a fixed lens camera. There are literally hundreds of cameras
that fit your needs, but I'll confine my suggestions to a few
I have personal experience with.
Flash And Super Graphic
you have discovered, syncing an old Super Graphic for use with flash
is tedious. These cameras were made from 1958-1973 when electronic flash
was still relatively new and flash bulbs were still the main source
of synchronized artificial lighting. First, check the shutter on your
camera lens. Does it have an M-X sync switch? If so, it can be adapted
for use with either flash bulbs (M) or electronic flash (X).
Digital And Film
A. It is my understanding that neither digital cameras nor digital memory cards used for capturing images are affected by airport security machines. But, films can be adversely affected. Films faster than ISO 400 are particularly vulnerable and repeatedly passing them through security (as might happen when you change planes several times) can be accumulative and build up fogging on any speed film. I always place my extra film in a see-through, zip-open type food storage bag so I can pull them all out of my gadget bag in one group and then request a hand check of the film. They might want to open one or more of the film boxes, but I have never been refused when asking for hand checking of film outside the security machines.
Film Loading Problem
A. No, the film that remained inside the film cassette should not have been adversely affected by the light and you should be able to use the remainder of the 36-exposure roll safely. Just reload the film normally and be sure to advance the film to frame 8 or 10 to wind a bit past the leader end that got fogged when you had to open the camera back in a lighted room. I'm assuming your camera has conventional winding that pulls the film from the cassette and has to be rewound back into the cassette after exposing the last picture. If you have one of the cameras that uses film pre-wind (that is, the film is advanced to the end of the roll before taking the first picture, and is safely back inside the cassette immediately after exposing the last picture) there might be more harmful fogging of the unexposed film on the take-up spool when the back was accidentally opened. But, if only a short bit of film leader was visible when you had to open the back, then the rest of the roll of film should be OK to use.
A. Your DeJur Citation 8mm spool camera with an interchangeable single lens mount, was actually introduced in 1950. My 11th Edition of McKeown's Price Guide to Antique & Classic Cameras, 2001-2002 shows a price of $20-$30 for your camera. Mass produced 8mm cameras just are not particularly collectable today, thus the relatively low pricing.
I found the DFR bulb listed in my Photo and AV Lamp catalog from Bulbman.
Your friend can contact Bulbman at (800) 648-1163 to order this replacement
bulb for his old Kodak Cavalcade slide projector. They have six stores,
mostly west of the Mississippi, but the toll-free 800 number is the
easiest way to order any of their replacement lamps and bulbs. In addition
to the AV bulbs, they also list many flash tubes, video lights, and
photofloods. An AV lamp cross-reference lists the product name and the
bulb needed for that unit. I don't know if this was the advertiser
you had seen, but it's a prime source for replacement lamps for
older products today.
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