Sunday, April 17, 2016

Toronto Camera Show - April 2016

I was looking forward to this show, but at the end, it was a huge disappointment.  Oh well, higher expectations would yield bigger disappointments.

I was hoping I could find some nice large aperture rangefinder cameras that I could get to play with, but all I got was a Canonet 19 and a Konica S2, both with a stuck aperture.  Not exactly a bargain at $15 each, but hopefully I can use them as practice pieces to fix the apertures.

Canonet 19 and Konica S2 with stuck apertures.

Picked up a Topcon Uni with a 35mm f3.5 UV and a 100mm f4 UV.  The 100mm f4 is the only reason I bought, since I already have a 35mm f3.5.  I did not know the 100mm f4 even existed.  I am not a big fan of UV Topcors but I could use the mount from the body to make an adapter for my A7.  $30 seems like an OK deal.

Topcon Uni with 100mm f4 and 35mmf 3.5.

I seem to have a couple of A. Schacht lenses so I picked up the 50mm f1.8 Edixa-S-Travelon-A to expand this new family :)  The lens has a slight dent on the rim, a small disappointment.  Hopefully it's not de-centered.  Way overpaid at $50.

A.Schacht 50mm f1.8 M42 Mount.

Lastly, a Russian Industar 75mm f3.5.  At first I didn't know it was an enlarging lens.  This lens has a very nice built-in hood that's not removable.  I like the focal length so why not.  $20.  Hopefully it will be a nice picture maker.

That's it.  In a way, I am glad I didn't spend too much money at the show.  On the other hand, I am disappointed that I didn't get anything interesting.

Another, larger camera show next month.  There is hoping, again :)


  1. I have recently adapted the Konica Hexanon 45mm f1.8 to Micro Four Thirds.
    The flange distance is so short that I had to shave away part of the rear of the lens and shorten the helicoid. A lot of grinding.
    Here is the back:

    1. That's a nice conversion. I am surprised you can even put a helicoid at the back ans still focus to infinity. I am hoping to re-use the original focusing mechanism but modify it to focus a bit closer. We will see :)

  2. Maybe I didn't express myself correctly: the helicoid is the actual one built in the lens. And you are right: the flange distance is about 18mm, therefore I needed to cut away the rear of the lens (where the helicoid is exposed) to make it fit on a Micro Four Thirds camera (flange distance 19.25mm). Maybe on the Sony you will have it easier with less cutting.

    1. here shown mounted on Oly E-M1:
      On a Sony you have a wider throat and possibly with a C-mount adapter as base you might require less cutting/adapting

    2. That's really nice. I have a few rangefinders waiting in the queue for conversion. Hopefully they will turn out usable and not become useless parts :)

  3. This show was a disappointment: $7 admission, fewer dealers than ever before and recycled over-priced merchandise from previous shows.

    I made an offers on two lenses (shift Nikkor, and Macro Takumar), but we could not agree on a price so I went on.

    I bought a rapid wind crank for my Hasselblad for $20 since the one I have is damaged and can't be repaired. So I guess it wasn't a total failure.

    1. I think it might have something to do with the weekend closure of the DVP. It was really an inconvenience for people living downtown going to the show. I agree with you that most vendors were commercial vendors selling stuff at sometimes over eBay prices. I think the next one hosted by Canadian Photographic Society next month is better.