Camera Gear · Photography

Burke & James View Camera

I have now entered the domain of large format photography with the purchase of Burke & James Commercial View 4×5 camera.

The camera included two film casettes; a Riteway and a Fidelity Delux.

And, a box of expired ERA ISO 100/21˚ film (maybe 10 sheets).


The camera is not finished in the typically noted grey paint. This unit appears in a plain wood, yet finished with a clear varnish.

The objective is clear with no fungus. A few bit so small trash, but, those bits should be eaisly removed if I dissassemble the lens.

The lens is a Compur with the notation C.P. Goerz Berlin Dogmar 1:4.5 F=12.5cm on the element ring face.

The bellows appears to be whole, with no holes.

Now I need to get the unit in operation and take some photos.

Camera Gear · Camera Types · Medium Format Film · Photography · Yashica · Yashica-D

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My first medium format film camera. Took some time to figure out image composition using the view finder. However, the view finder does present a bright image.

A very fun camera to use. Here are two black and white shots from the first roll of film I ran through the camera. 

Service & Maintenance

I have replaced the seals on this camera. The original was a fiber string set into the lid seal labyrinth. I replaced that with a 2mm x 2mm length of foam in the appropriate places.

External Links



A very popular camera model amoung photography enthusiasts.

Camera Gear · Compact 135 Film · Mamiya · Photography · Point and Shoot

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Mamiya 135EF

A compact 135, point and shoot camera produced for Mamiya starting in 1979. There are some claims that Konica designed this camera.

I paid 60kr (€6.30, £0.60 or $7.20) on in Sweden.

Serial number 0058197.

Simple camera. Built-in flash. ASA 25 to 400.

Service & Maintenance

Very lo-mo. Very low tech. Plastic. Plastic. Plastic.

There is a seal at the film cover hinge that is still in excellent shape. No service needed.

External Links


  • none yet


  • no specific group for the Mamiya point-and-shoot cameras
135 · Camera Gear · Chinon · Chinon Genesis III · Photography

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Chinon Genesis III

Chinon designed a number of interesting cameras before they were, as I understand, purchased wholly by Kodak. I paid 249kr (€26.10, $29.80 or £23.00) on in Sweden.

Referred to as a 35mm “bridge camera” because it combined the features of a point-and-shoot with those of a zoom SLR.

Serial number 20027243.

This is one of several Chinon cameras that I occasionally use for film photography projects, which are typically urban explorations.

The Chinon Genesis III with its lens cap and flash up. 

One of the early macro zoom (38 – 110mm) cameras introduced to the market during the late 1980’s. This model was rebranded under a number of different names.

External Links

There were several generations of the Genesis model camera; Genesis (GS-7), Genesis II (GS-8), Genesis III (GS-9) and Genesis IV. These linked pages cover at least one of these models.



Camera Gear · Camera Types · Compact 135 Film · Film Photography · Olympus · Olympus Trip 35 · Photography · Projects

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Olympus Trip 35

Purchased on the Internet through in Sweden. 180kr (59kr shipping), which is about $21.50, €18.50 or £16.50.

Serial number 3479148 (notice the black shutter release).

The manufacturing code/date is found on the back side of the film pressure plate. K8-5; ‘K’ represents the factory, ‘8’ for the year (1988) and ‘5’ for the month (May) of manufacture.

I have a second Trip 35 camera. Serial number 3261650.

Manufacturing date, June 1979.

The externals on the first camera are in really good condition. There are no dings on the upper or lower covers. No scratches. The letherette is not peeling.

I added my own strap. I bought a lens cover separately on eBay from the UK ( on its way to me at the time of this writing).

The second camera has seen a number of photos and is worn. The anodize is showing through the ridges on the aperture ring an there are scratches on the bottom plate.


The camera is really easy to use. With the built in selenium photocell enabled light metering, exposure setting is a breeze if you want to set the aperature, where a small red flag shows up in the viewfinder if there is too little light when you depress the shutter release. 

Otherwise, use “A” for automatic. In this case, I have noticed that the metering is over sensitive.

Four focusing settings; a head and shoulders to indicate 1 metre, two figures to indicate 1.5 metres, three figures to indicate 3 metres and mountain peaks to indicate infinity.


Both of the cameras need light seals, which have become gooey after 30 – 50 years of use. 

Here is an instruction (and another instruction) on how to replace the seals, which are identified and shown.

I have a small supply of seal foam from some other camera projects, so I cut my own to fit. 

After one attempt to fit the small thin seals with their sticky, into the body labarynth, I decided to not use seals with sticky. 

After cleaning. 

Now with the seals in place. 

External Links

There were a lot of these cameras manufactured. Some say nearly 10,000,000 between 1967 and 1988. Many users have made their own webpages that present various technical information and opinions about the camera.

Dating your camera is described on these pages,




Chinon · Compact 135 Film · Film Photography · Fujifilm · Monami · Superia X-Tra · Uncategorized · Urban Photography

Chinon Monami : Fujifilm

Presously, I described the results of shooting an expired roll of film found in an older Chinon Monami 35mm compact camera. Chinon Monami : shooting expired film.

So, this time I ran som fresh film to see if I could catch some nice images. I loaded some Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400 135/36.

Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400Compact camera
covered sculpture

A shot of the sculpture at Sergelstorget that is currently covered for renovation.

Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400Compact camera
Klippbacken Park basking in the setting sun

The local park is still covered with some snow.

Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400Compact camera
Södertälje Police Station
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just a lamp


Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400Compact camera
blur on the yellow handle (depth of field)

Taking shots on the train is always a risk; you’re in a closed space and it’s not public.

Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400Compact camera
Filipstadsbacken, right
Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400Compact camera
Filipstadsbacken, left

And one of my favorite topics; Filipstadsbacken. Left and right, in front of the house.

Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400
Compact camera

Shots using the flash were less than appealing.

Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400
Compact camera

And, shots in natural indoor lighting did not make the grade, with a shutter speed fixed at 1/125 of a second.

All-in-all, I’m happy with what the camera can do. I’ll have to do some controlled experiments with the flash to learn how it is best utilized. Outdoor shots are good quality, even with subdued light or grey skies.

I also like using the Fijufilm Superia product. I don’t often have to do any color adjusting in dyalight shots. In this series the only shot that got colors adjusted was the Klippbacken Park shot.