Directly from Japan… the Minolta Autocord.
It is beautiful, just beautiful.
Now, how to work this?
I’m very excited to see what you do with this. Load that bad boy up, I’m ready to see the “test” roll!
I just wasted two rolls of film to find out the shutter isn’t working.
Did you use JCH? Assume not as he would have checked that…unless it’s a little harder to do with these?
No, I dealt with the seller directly.
That’s the CDS version. I have the non-cds version – and also a rolleiflex 3.5F, Yashica 124G and a Flexarit VI – yes – I have a TLR problem… for your shutter – I had my Yashica serviced by Nippon Photo in NYC and it was a like a new camera when it came back form them. Cost me about $80 if memory serves me right.
That’s quite the list of cameras – you are definitely a TLR connoisseur ! There’s a gentleman in the US who services these for a little bit more than you paid. I’m debating whether to send the camera to him to him or to ship it back to Japan.
I was looking forward to photographing with it, so either way it’s a bit of a disappointment.
It is a lovely camera, I have one. Each time I get it out, it takes me half an hour to figure out how to use it! Last time, I discovered that if I put it on a monopod, it becomes MUCH easier to frame and focus.
Bad news about the shutter, specially for such a lovely looking camera. And coming from Japan, you can’t really send it back. A CLA, pronto! (is there anywhere near you that would do a repair without posting?)
I don’t know of any Canadian places to get it CLA’d but I have a contact in the US who has a solid reputation. I’m just mulling over my options right now…
That looks like such a sick cam how much??
How much?… You mean how sick? It’s dead.
Well, it looks nice anyway! In the mean time, how about buying a Lubitel? They’re cheap. I don’t know how good they are, though.
UPDATE: I decided to send the Autocord for a CLA, and was subsequently notified by the original seller of the camera that he will partially reimburse the purchase price.
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