Classic film cameras from my personal collection & photo apparatus for sale

A great chance to own one of the best film cameras, at an affordable price, that you will be using day in, day out! Click here to read all about it!



Hi, folks! Rather than just keeping adding to my posts here every time I decide to offer a camera for sale, I have left this page permanently as the first one you come to when you come to my blog; it shows you what I am offering for sale without you having to navigate all round the blog just to find out! Most of the items I was offering on here sold long ago, so at present, I am offering just one item for sale to you, and a superb one it is, too!

A new refinement to the blog is how you can make your purchases — you can either purchase your camera by emailing me directly on harsum888 at yahoo dot com, or leaving a comment here on this blog OR you can click on that photo of an Olympus 35SP camera, just on your right hand side of the blog here, right underneath the world map….that’ll take you to my store on Click any of the links on the main page that you come to when you search for my blog….any of those links will take you to my other stores online.

Anyway, besides buying a camera here, you’ll find some really great stuff to tickle your fancy, ranging from news or tidbits about famous photographers, unknown photographers, film and digital camera news, 35mm film reviews, and lots, lots more. I usually aim to post at least once a day, but failing that, depending upon what tasks the wife has lined up for me, at least once or twice a week!

Aside of that, I will also talk about film noir, writing, my other love, street photography, and also on the odd occasion, anything that really bugs me. We’re all allowed to rant and rave about things in this world!

I try and arrange regular street photography sessions here in Vancouver BC as well, so please do keep dropping in regularly. The most recent street shoot went really well and was enjoyed thoroughly by all concerned…thank you for attending!

Other than that, I hope you enjoy reading this blog, and in the fashion of that famous phrase “me casa, su casa”, this blog is my blog….and your blog; if you don’t like anything in it, or feel there’s something missing, well, please let me know by your comments. I’d really appreciate that.

Oh, and a very, very warm welcome to the blog!         🙂

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Spoke too soon….!

Hi guys!

Since my last post, all hell broke loose, and i ended up getting blasted by that thing that always gets most of us during these cold winter days…the FLU bug!

At least, that’s what it feels like, but this time around, the fever just wont go away.

I’be been taking pills, which I hate doing anyways, and when the pills kick in, the feverish feeling goes down, but after awhile, it’s back again.

I’ve been to see the doc who says it’s probably a viral infection and may take anywhere from a week to 20 days to fully go away. I thought What!! That means sitting around at home watching TV and endless hot drinks for ages and ages!

I’ve been off work for 2 weeks now and am due to go back tomorrow, but already I’m having serious doubts about that, as I’m again feeling down.

Que sera sera…we shall see tomorrow how I feel.

Meanwhile, what can say about photography? Well, early this morning as I walked my doggie, we had the first serious frost overnight, and I wished I’d brought my camera with me on my walk, as there were some seriously great shots that I could have taken! Damn!

Never mind, spring will be here soon with wonderful opportunities for photos!

See you again, soon!


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YashicaMat or Rolleiflex ?

Just replying to a reader who asks which is the better of the 2 medium format cameras!

Well, I would be diplomatic and say…both!

That’s to say, both cameras are able to give you fantastic photos, and at the end of the day, it comes down to your pocket and your preferences, really.

I have mentioned elsewhere in this blog, that I first caught the camera bug at a tender young age of around 6 or 7 years old. At that time, my dad had bought a used Yashicamat TLR camera from a gentleman who had just come back from a trip to India. Dad showed us some photos that the guy had taken with the camera, and I still remember some of those pics; clearly the man had travelled the length and breadth of India, as the photos showed pristine beaches lined with coconut groves in Kerala, South India, and huge mountains and valleys of Bhutan and Sikkim in the north.

Anyway, I was always looking at how dad used that camera and when I was about 10, he allowed me to take my first shots with it. I was hooked.

Fast forward to now, and I still have dad’s camera here near me on my desk as I type this, still fully working, would you believe! At the time, the camera was virtually new, which was way back in the 60s, so I would say it is around 50 years old at least!

However, during the years, I have also purchased, used and resold several Rolleiflex TLRs too., most of which have been even older than dad’s YashicaMat, but still churning out pristine shots.

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Without doubt, the Rolleiflex is the better made camera, with unbeatable lenses, but you do have to pay more for it.

Truth be told, I find very little difference in the build quality of the Rolleiflex compared to the YashicaMat….both are solid cameras. The catchet you are paying more for in the case of the Rolleiflex, is the cost of the better lenses and the name, I guess.

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It’s like comparing my trusty Honda Civic and a BMW….both cars take you from A to B, both are relatively nice to drive, but you pay for the privilege of driving the BMW. Funnily, enough, an ex-BMW salesman once told me that although the cost of BMWs is quite high anyway, BMW don’t make any money at all when you buy one….it’s only when it goes wrong, which is quite frequent, judging by all the complaints I listen to from BMW owners, it’s when it goes wrong that you pay through the nose for the spares…that’s when BMW make their money! And my Honda? Ok, so it’s not pristine, it’s over 20 years old but just keeps on going and going and going….I’ve only just changed the clutch recently, put new brake pads and a new half exhaust in the past few years. Aside of that, I change the oil every 6 months. Nothing else! It cost me around $500 many years ago, so I’m real cool about it! Now there’s a plug for Honda vehicles, if ever there was one!

So, coming back to the cameras….go for the one you can afford. Both will never let you down, both are capable of giving excellent results (by the way, I had a few photos published in a magazine some years ago, that I took with a YashicaMat, and you know what the editor asked me when I gave him the negatives? He said, were these taken by a Rolleiflex? You should’ve seen his face when I said they were taken with YashicaMat!

Nuff said! Go for it!



Rolleiflex photo courtesy

YashicaMat photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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Hello everyone!

Hello and a very very belated Happy New Year to all my friends and followers on here! Special mention for my long-term friend Marina!

Well, well….what a year 2019 has been! Ups and downs…that’s life.

I am still around as you can see, although you should all gather together and slap my hands as I failed miserably to uphold my promise of posting on here at least a few times a week!

So many things happen in all our lives, that even to find the time to sit down for a few minutes to just slow down and take a breather, is sometimes beyond us all….that’s how our lives have become….very very bad indeed.

Hopefully, and I say this with fingers crossed….2020 may see us all in a better light, so that we can all slow down just a little, even if it’s only to contemplate on how the day has been, or just to sit on the sofa in front of the TV and snooze away…something I find I am doing more regularly now!

Maybe it’s cos I’m not a spring chicken any more…!

So, we start the year afresh!

I will try to post on here as much as I can, photography related stuff as well as general interest items and the odd rant now and then!

To kick off, my first rant this year is about the news, which I haven’t yet confirmed, that Donald Trump is planning to repatriate as many Iranian-Americans as he can, due to the aftermath of the shooting up of that Iranian General.

Now come on….we all know the Iranian government isn’t made up of heavenly angels and neither, for that matter, is the US Govt.

But to impose such a blanket repatriation sweep on innocent hard working Iranian-Americans, who have been legal citizens of the USA for many many decades, and have contributed to American society, is plain mad, for want of a better word.

Both countries have nuclear capability as far as I know, so any war that takes place, is not going to be a one-sided affair. We don’t want to live in a world half destroyed by nuclear bombs.

Surely common sense must prevail here. Trump should stay within safe boundaries of behaviour and try to sort out his internal problems such as the on-going impeachment thing first, rather than shoot up foreign military generals or plan forced repatriation programmes.

To quote John Lennon:

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
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A new reader asks about the Olympus Trip 35!

Hi guys and girls!

Hope you are doing well? Amongst 100s of requests, I have had an email from the following person asking for advice about the Olympus Trip 35, a camera that is particularly close to my heart!

Here is what the email says:

Hello Jak!


I have recently gotten a Trip 35 and stumbled upon your WordPress blog while looking for advise and while I haven’t had the chance to shoot as much as you yet, I have a concern which I hope you could help me with!
You mentioned in a post that films with ISO 800 to 1600 would work well with the Trip, and as I have gotten my hands on the discontinued Fujifilm Natura 1600, I was wondering what would be the best way to make use of this film and if there are any recommendations for the settings before I shoot, or even tips of how I can fully make use of the Trip 35 for daily use!
Would be really glad to get some advise from you as I have not used a film camera in years.
Kind Regards
So in reply to you, Crystal, here is a link to my posts on this blog talking about using ISO 800 or ISO 1600 films with an Olympus Trip camera   >>
I am also offering brand new Olympus Trip covering kits and also 2 fully refurbished Olympus Trip 35 cameras with these new covers fitted, too….take a look >>
Once again, Crystal, thanks for your email and feel free to contact me again if you need any advice!
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Beautiful fully refurbished Olympus Trip 35 for sale! Complete with filter, lens cap and case!

Hi again folks!

I have just finished refurbing another beautiful Olympus Trip 35 for you!

Check it out on my Twitter here

Any questions or queries, feel free to drop me a message on that twitter account or here if you wish!


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Another beautiful Olympus Trip 35 for sale to you!

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all well and looking forward to another year of shooting film with your favorite vintage camera?

I certainly am!

But for you and anyone who is looking for a faultless film camera so simple that anybody can use it, you have come to the right place!

I am offering this Olympus Trip 35 camera to you….fully refurbished, with brand new lizard-effect covers in a spectacular bluish-green-turquoise tint.


Inside, I have carefully removed all traces of the old light seals, cleaned every surface meticulously, and applied a special light seal, which is 100% better than the original material, so good that these light seals will outlast you in longevity!



Please note that this pic has come out with a tint showing on the new covers…that is not the real color…just my shooting quality!




I am supplying the camera complete with a lens cap, brand new red filter for spectacular monochrome shots plus a generic carry case, plus a roll of film to get you started!

All for £74.99 UK/Europe or USD$112.00 postage included

Contact me  here by leaving a message/comment or email


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storm coming

Fabulous depiction as always, Marina! And a very warm Yasou, parakalo to you, too….long time since we spoke on here! Hope your life has gotten better and better!

Marina Kanavaki

Yes, you read that right!

After summer’s first warm days, a thunderstorm with high winds darkened our city sky!

Not complaining of course as I am very fond of rain [especially in summer!] – very spectacular from our top floor apartment!

So I grabbed the opportunity and here it is.

Storm Coming

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detail 1

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detail 2

storm coming det2 ©Marina Kanavaki

detail 3

storm coming det3 ©Marina Kanavaki

Technique: Watercolour

Original size: 26x35cm

from my watercolor series “Dreamscapes” *2014 © Marina Kanavaki

* Although this originated from a real storm and my window view, I have included it in my ‘Dreamscapes’ series as I perceived it as one.

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[museum quality printing and framing]

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Offering this lovely #OlympusTrip35!

Hiya folks!

Long time, no speaky! I apologize profusely for not posting on my blog for a very long time!

Usual excuses….no time!

I promise to try and post regularly if I can now, as I’m actively looking for another less demanding job, that offers 9 to 5 Mon to Fri working! That will allow me time to catch my breath and post stuff on here.

At present, I haven’t been that active on the photo front, as per my explanation, but I have taken a few rolls of #IlfordHP4 with this Olympus Trip I am offering for sale.

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Pics taken with this Olympus Trip 35 and Ilford HP4 film

It’s fully tested and the results can be seen above or on my eCrater page here

I’m asking just £48.99 for it, which will include a generic carrying case and FREE film too get you shooting the moment it arrives at your home!

Kindly message me here on this blog and I will tell you more about it!


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A very warm hello to you all…!

It’s been a very long time since I posted on here!

Apologies for that…life tends to get so busy, sometimes we don’t even have enough time to scratch our heads!

Fast forward to now….I can’t recall if I mentioned it last time, but due to personal reasons, I have had to move back to the UK, at least for awhile.

So it is on a rainy, dull and quite chilly Saturday morning that I am typing this, whilst sipping that world famous staple of English life…a cup of boiling tea!

As far as cameras are concerned, I have been unable to indulge in my pastime for a long time, again due to pressures of work etc.

I do hope to get back to it soon though!

Today is also #WorldBookDay apparently, or so #Twitter says……. !

As you may recall, books have always been my other favorite pastime, so I am again endorsing it by saying we should all read at least 1 book a year, if at all possible!

Last time I counted, I have read approx 60 or so books in 18 months…..yes, I know….crazy!

I also need to thin out my collection of film cameras soon too…so watch this space for good, solid working vintage cameras I will be offering!

Until then, take care and be good!


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Today is…#WorldPhotoDay !!

Hi everyone!

Today is World Photo Day…how very fitting for our hobby!

So let’s not forget film and film cameras.

Yes, use digital, but don’t forget to use film, too.

As always, I carry my favorite camera, an Olympus Trip 35 loaded with good quality film, usually HP4, ready for shooting at a minute’s notice!



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