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I was given this camera today by a man I know who has to be in his 70's. He said it was his first camera, and he wasn't sure if it still worked. It seems to be in great shape though. I have never heard of this type of camera, and I haven't taken it in to a shop yet to get checked out. The idea of having a vintage camera excites me though. Does anyone know anything about this brand of camera? I'm curious to see if I own a gem or not. It reads, "Taron" "Super LM" and "Robin"
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Mime: 28th Mar 2009 - 01:59 GMT
I suspect LM might stand for 'Light Matic" It looks like something a war photographer would have carted around with them. If there's nothing wrong with the lenses, I suspect it will probably still work.
Sean Hopkins: 10th Apr 2009 - 02:11 GMT
It works! Here are a few test shots I took. It's great cause this camera is from 1958 I found out, and it doesn't run on battery.
CartLegger: 10th Apr 2009 - 11:54 GMT
they look great Sean! If I took the batteries outa my Olympus OM-PC, it would not look anywhere near so good. In fact, it would not look like anything. So,nice camera! Have fun using it in Staten Island!
Howard: 27th Feb 2010 - 02:47 GMT
The Taron rangefinder was the first 35 MM camera I ever purchased. I was still in high school in 1959, and bought it for $32.00 in Peerless Camera on West 33 street, in Manhattan NYC.
I still have it and it still works perfectly after thousands of photos. It is still my sentimental favorite camera although I have owned and used - TLR, 6x6, and digital cameras through the years.
The only thing currently wrong (2010) is that due to a slip and drop in 2007, the spring that controls the return of the rangefinder focus has slipped.
I have used that camera so often over the 51 years that I can accurately focus it without the range finder by using the depth scale. I has become an extension of me.
The camera is a fine and precision instrument and the lense is great. The resoltion of the negatives and quality of the prints are as excellent as my Canon, Minolta, Yashica, Nikon and digital cameras.
Does anyone know where I can get the return spring repaired and focus mirrors realligned.
It is a great, basic, classic camera.
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