Sunday, June 22, 2014

St. Lawrence Antique Market

The St. Lawrence Antique Market runs every Sunday (if you are a food lover, Saturday is Farmer's Market) and it draws huge number of people who are looking for unique stuff. Among the antique sellers, there are few who sell photographic equipment. No guarantee there are good deals on photo related stuff, but sometimes you can find some bargains. That's why it's fun to browse and you never know what might turn up. In warm days, the market extends to the outside, which makes browsing even more enjoyable.

Mural outside the market - Sony A7 & Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f2.8ZA. Click for larger.

Outside market - Sony A7 & Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f2.8ZA. Click for larger.

Today's find: Old classic SRT-101 with Rokkor-PF 58mm f1.4 [Stuck Aperture], $20. This PF 58mm f1.4 shares the same design as the well loved Rokkor-PF 58mm f1.2. It's a real beauty in terms of build and condition and produces nice pictures with pleasing bokeh, like the f1.2 version. I am hoping I can fix the stuck aperture.

Today's find: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 105mm f4.5. Not really a good deal at $40 but I like to try this Tessar. It has no scratches on the glass, which is amazing considering its age, and how worn out the outside of the lens is. Someone really did take care of this lens.

Today's find: Yashica-44 in exceptionally good condition. Never going to use it for film, but I will put it on the shelf for $35 :)  Comes complete with original case.  The shutter and self-timer work very nicely.


  1. Looks like i missed some good deals. Can't compkain tbough with my two SMC Takumars and the Pentax SP1000 i got on my final weekend there. Was great to catch up with you. That Yashica looks v.nice . you should shoot b&w film and do ddveloping yourself. Dont turn it into a dusty paperweight. :)

    1. Chester, it was wonderful to meet you again. It's been such a long time.

      Stuff at the antique market changes all the time. I biked there today and found found there was very little of photographic gear. I did score a Voigtlander folder 6x9cm, but the shutter is broken.

  2. HI,Yu-lin.Just wonder what different of Eiki Super-16 50mm f1.2 with kowa eiki 50mm f1.2 ?is it the same lens?

  3. Also the KOWA Super ProMinar 16 75mm f1.8 is same with your blog that 76mm f1.9?
    Do you know how the effect of KOWA Super ProMinar 16 75mm f1.8?

    1. I don't have the 75mm f1.8 so I can say. Sorry.