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Vintage 35mm Film SLR camera.... Help and Advice needed

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Vintage 35mm Film SLR camera.... Help and Advice needed

Exakta RTL1000 35mm Film SLR camera and three lenses. plus instruction books, etc....
http://www.nemosphotography.blogspot.com/
I have given as much info as I can find on it, on the writeup on my blogsite.... Have you any idea where I can get a valuation on it? and possibly sell it?  any offers? ? ?
any advice you can give would be appreciated.
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Midnight_Caller
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Re: Vintage 35mm Film SLR camera.... Help and Advice needed

You would be lucky to get £20 to £30 on eBay for that camera.
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Gerry,
It will be another 20 days until this auction finishes, but it may be interesting to watch!
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/EXAKTA-RTL-1000-50mm-f2-8-Domiplan-METERING-PRISM-/160473366436?pt=UK_Photogra...
A quick scout around Google, seems to show mostly American interest. Models with a metal shutter seem more valuable; the rubberized cloth ones perish and allow pinholes of light through. I'd recommend evaluating  the Soligor lenses separately.
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@ Pierre...... thanks for the linky..... have read it but it does not give any "specific" value type info.....
@johpal..... Yes, I have that one bookmarked to keep an eye on..... I notice it is at £49.99 BUY IT NOW price.... so maybe it won`t sell at all, or only for that amount.... would like to find more info on the lenses.... as IF I could find an adapter for attaching them to a modern(ish) DSLR I think it would be a nice way for me to get into that side of Photography.... They look really clean and clear, and on the camera they focus very nicely....
The one I have, has a metal (sounding) shutter.... sounds more like a pair of iron gates closing ! ! ... very clunky and very loud.....
Thanks for this so far......
any more advice / info would be appreciated....
thanks 
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My older brother had an Exakta I can only assume it was the model being discussed here.
At the time it was one of the earliest "almost budget of the day" SLR's there were others about but were hideously expensive (Zeiss Contarex for instance) My brothers' didn't have the optional extra penta-prism, but focused directly on the ground-glass screen inside the camera by looking down into it that had a number of pop-up screens to shade from unwanted glare (a bit like the better known Rollei TLR's of the day)
It didn't feature an instant-return-mirror and had to be "cocked" after each exposure by winding the film on before being able to see anything on the focusing screen. General advice was if the camera was not to be used again for a while, don't wind-on as this would put the shutter springs under tension and probably stretch them to the point that shutter speeds would deteriorate dramatically if left for long periods in the "cocked" state.
I would guess my brothers' had the cloth shutter. I can only recall that my brother got rid of it as soon as the much more advanced (and cheaper) Praktica SLR's became available. I could be very wrong about this as it was a long time ago, but I think it was fitted with a screw lens (ala Pentax) so if wasn't already the Pentax size, there are probably adaptor rings around for it. The available lenses were probably its best feature, being far better quality than the camera they fitted.
I wasn't even in my teens when this was going on, I was under strict orders not to touch!!
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From what I have found out so far, the Exakta factory was "aligned" to Practika and the RTL1000 was a pre cursor to the Practika range (early 70`s ? ? )  the lenses on this particular model are "twist and clip" with a release lever on the r/h side as you look at the front of the camera.....  They appear to be very very good glass. and were , as you say, before their time with the Exakta camera...
It is a very heavy camera, compared to my Panasonic FZ28, and the long lens weighs almost as much as the camera body.... !.
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I was using a Praktica in the mid-sixties and a Pentax K1000 by 1969. The camera you are discussing is probably  mid- to late-fifties; a very early SLR.
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A postscript: Ebay seems to have a range of adapters to allow the lenses to be fitted to modern cameras but priced £30 - £70 and with the loss of many features (AF, metering and programmed exposures) would, IMHO, make it something aimed squarely at the enthusiast.
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@ Johpal  Thanks for the correction in the spelling, and the dating of the camera..... I thought, when I was typing that, that Petlew was older than my date indicated ! ! !....  Cheesy
As for the adapters, I think I will have to go to a specialist camera shop, to ask advice on the exact type of adapter needed... IF.... I were to go the DSLR route !...as there are quite a few variations on how lenses are attached to camera bodies, and each needs it`s own type of adapter....  (pity they didn`t come up with the USB idea ! ! ! )
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and dont look at the thread/socket.  fell into that trap a long time ago, the Pratica and Leica have the same thread, but a different lens to film depth
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Yeah! I'm older than I feel. Like many my first SLR was a Praktica Nova with a f2.8 Domiplan. A much better camera (poor man's Pentax Spotmatic) than it was given credit for -while it was working- quite a reversal for the Exa/Praktica ethos...a moderate camera body with a lousy lens (original expletive deleted before the mods did)
But to return to the Exakta; I don't remember, but was this the only SLR model available in the 50s/60's under the Exakta brand I wonder? I think there may have been a TLR...
There was (and may still be) a camera shop (that's not really a grand enough description for this outlet) called Wallace Heaton who, produced a product manual called "The Wallace Heaton Blue Book" which described most of the worlds available photographic "gear" I can recall that the Exakta was in it.
Edit: I know that Pentax (screw) and Praktica used the same lens screw size but I always thought the Leica was smaller, rather thought you could get a leica to Pentax adaptor, but not the other way round. But could easily be wrong...I could never afford a Leica.
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Still got my old Praktica SLR, with through lens metering, that I bought back in 1969 - we were going to Canada, on holiday and I fancied something better than my Kodak Retinette that I got for my 21st back in 1956.
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Blimey! you're even older than I am, with a better memory as well. Yes the Praktica Nova had "match needle" TTL metering. I used it until the Pentax ME Super came along, which for its time was extremely advanced. A very fine camera, still got it, a slightly unusual black body one.
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@shutter. you might be interested in this link. If you scroll down you'll find an Exakta guide:
http://www.marriottworld.com/stock/bookstock.htm
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