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Seth, Thank you very much. It looks like I will need a great deal of luck. Take care, Mike ----- Original Message ----- From: "Seth Rosner" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: "Leica Users Group" <email@example.com> Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 9:12 AM Subject: Re: [Leica] So.. what is the deal with Alpa Cameras? > Mike: > > You are well-informed: because the flange-to-film distance of the Alpa > 35mm camera is the shorteset of any SLR camera, lenses made for virtually > any other SLR can be adapted to the Alpa. Some adapters are very rare and > therefore very expensive when you can find them. I have one of the > Leicaflex-to-Alpa adapters that I was lucky enough to find some years ago, > virtually LNIB. > > Before that on-line auction place became so prolific, Karl Heitz and his > company, Heitz Service Corporation, who had been the sole importers of > Alpa cameras, lenses and accessories from 1949, was a good source for used > Alpas, since he was so well-known in the small Alpa world. Anyone wishing > to sell would sell to him. > > eB** caused his supply to dry up and became the principal source for Alpa > gear. Since total production of these hand-made, precision cameras during > the entire almost half-century history of 35mm Alpa was around 64,000 > cameras (phenomenal, eh? 1,400 cameras a year?), there are not very many > out there. > > See www.karlheitz.com > > Sad to say, Karl Heitz died three months ago in his mid-90's !! after a > six month illness. He had been active running his company until his death. > The company is now in liquidation but alas, there are no Alpa cameras or > lenses in inventory. > > One caution: if you find an Alpa you want to buy on that site, ask for a > clear description of its condition, i.e. meter, shutter, mirror, lens > focus and diaphragm rings all functioning properly, and mirror, prism, > viewfinder and lens glass all clear and free from scratches, fungus, dust, > haze, separation etc., and insist that seller assure you in writing of > your right to inspect, have tested and return for full refund if it is not > as described. > > During the last four or five years, I have bought seven Alpas on that site > and have had to return four of them for refund after having done just what > I suggest above. And one of the three I retained required a $450. service > of which the seller agreed to pay half in lieu of giving me a refund. > > Good luck. > > Seth > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Michael J Herring" <firstname.lastname@example.org> > To: "Leica Users Group" <email@example.com> > Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 4:59 AM > Subject: Re: [Leica] So.. what is the deal with Alpa Cameras? > > >> Seth, >> >> Do you know of any place where you can find these late model Alpa 35mm >> SLR >> cameras? I have been told it is rather easy to adapt other optics to >> them. >> I live in New Jersey. >> Thanks, >> Mike >> ----- Original Message ----- >> From: "Seth Rosner" <firstname.lastname@example.org> >> To: "Leica Users Group" <email@example.com> >> Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 11:31 PM >> Subject: Re: [Leica] So.. what is the deal with Alpa Cameras? >> >> >>> Aha! >>> >>> Eric, this very high quality MF camera is the successor to a line of >> very >>> high quality Swiss 35mm cameras whose prodution started in the 1940's by >> a >>> company called Pignons, S.A. in Ballaigues, Suisse, that also >> manufactured >>> parts, gears, levers etc. for the top-line Swiss watch manufacturers. >> They >>> were very quirky; early models were rangefinders, next lines featured >> both >>> rangefinder and reflex focusing in the same camera (!!!)and the final >>> models were strictly SLRs. Alpa made no lenses. They were furnished in >>> Alpa mount by Kern, Schneider-Kreuznach, Angenieux, Kilfitt. >>> >>> Their quirkiness made them relatively uinsuitable for what our group >> terms >>> photjournailsm or street photography as they are slow and >> counterintuitive >>> (e.g. the film advance-shutter cock lever protrudes from the front of >> the >>> camera and is drawn clockwise toward the rear!!!) Thus it is very slow >> and >>> deliberate in operation and was used more by scientists, laboratory and >>> research people than by PJ's. >>> >>> Tom Abrahamssen, who used to collect them, describes having disassembled >> a >>> very early model of which he said the shutter mechanism and gear train >> for >>> the delayed action release were like the inside of a Patek Philippe or >>> Rolex watch while the rest of the camera looked like it came from a >> Soviet >>> tractor factory! Later models are magnificently made, rivaling even >>> contemporaneous Leitz and Zeiss production. >>> >>> Take a look at the history that I believe is on the Alpa website. Capaul >>> and Weber are a Swiss couple who bought the Alpa name and mark from the >>> receiver in bankruptcy in about 1990 and proceeded to design and >>> manufacture this current Alpa camera that is built to space station >>> quality levels, nothing automatic whatever. They too do not make lenses >>> which are still produced for the Alpa by some of the world's finest >> optics >>> manufacturers. >>> >>> I have had several Alpa's and 50mm lenses recently and still have a >>> collector camera/lens combo like-new in box. >>> >>> Seth >>> >>> ----- Original Message ----- >>> From: "eric" <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>> To: "LUG" <email@example.com> >>> Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 6:36 PM >>> Subject: [Leica] So.. what is the deal with Alpa Cameras? >>> >>> >>> http://www.alpa.ch/ >>> Do pros really use these? Or just former sultans? >>> Are these even snobbier than Leicas? >>> >>> I stumbled into these cameras on a stroll of the net today and I am not >>> familiar with them. >>> >>> Eric >>> >>> _______________________________________________ >>> Leica Users Group. >>> See http://leica-users.org/mailman/listinfo/lug for more information >>> >>> >>> _______________________________________________ >>> Leica Users Group. >>> See http://leica-users.org/mailman/listinfo/lug for more information >> >> >> -- >> I am using the free version of SPAMfighter for private users. >> It has removed 367 spam emails to date. >> Paying users do not have this message in their emails. >> Try www.SPAMfighter.com for free now! >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Leica Users Group. >> See http://leica-users.org/mailman/listinfo/lug for more information >> > > > _______________________________________________ > Leica Users Group. > See http://leica-users.org/mailman/listinfo/lug for more information -- I am using the free version of SPAMfighter for private users. 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