We inherited this Italian Rectaflex 35mm SLR film camera from Lynn’s Grandfather. They were introduced in 1949, and the company went out of business by 1955. It was one of the first SLRs to have a pentaprism.
Well this is quite a bit different from what I normally photograph and post about. But in order to keep learning, it’s good to occasionally stretch your skills, move outside the box, and try something you haven’t done. And as your intrepid Central Florida Photo Ops reporter, I have an obligation to report on more than just the landscape and wildlife opportunities in the Central Florida Area. Right?
So last Saturday, I found myself at the American Photo Magazine Model Shoot Workshop at the Marriott World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The magazine organizes the event, hires models, brings lighting equipment and sets the whole thing up for you. You just need to show up with your camera and plenty of memory cards.
I acquired another “new” camera. This one is an Olympus Pen FT, from around 1966.
This one came with tripod, case, and several backs including the ground glass and film holders. The lens is clear and the shutter seems to work fine too, although the rubber pneumatic shutter release has hardened over the years. All in all it looks to be in very good shape given its age, and I might experiment a bit more with it.