Sears 500

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    I went to the monthly local camera swap meet yesterday looking for a used camera I can get to shoot 120 film. I didn't find any that were priced reasonably. But tossed into a bin of old cameras I did find this old Sears 500 MX. I was excited because it's the first 35mm camera I got as a young teenager to shoot with. And on top of that, it only cost me $5 and it appears to be working fine. Now that was for the body only. I did have to pay $25 to get a matching Sears lens from another vendor, but still for $30 for some nostalgia that can actually still work felt like a good deal.

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    Looking down on the shutter speed dial you quickly see it's greatest limitation. Nope, no the max 1/500th of a sec, but that it's slower shutter speeds got skipped. It's Bulb, then 1/30th, then 1/60th. There is no 1/5th, 1/2, etc to help fill in the exposure gaps. So I only used mine for a couple of years if I remember right before getting a Minolta film body.

    Oh also, this uses the old screw mount. There are not a lot of those left around either. Almost all of old lenses at the swap meet are old bayonet mounts.
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    I did pick up one other 35mm film body/lens but I will share that later. For now, I was just super excited to have found this one, it's a pretty rare find. And who knows, maybe it was actually mine at one time. I still have no idea what my mom had done with mine, whether it was off to Goodwill, garage sale or trash can. :(
     
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    I used to have some screw mount lenses that needed an adapter to fit my FE Nikon.
     
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    Nice find although I can't say I would feel inspired to shoot much with it. Since you had one of these as a 35mm starter camera you may find more incentive to drop a roll in and start squeezing off some shots.

    I had screw mounts on my old Pentax Spotmatic but since the University of Utah Archaeological Center was still using thread mount Pentax for field cameras I donated my Pentax body with all of my lenses and screw mount accessories to them when I abandoned the screw mount camera body.
     
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    Yeah, I just remembered the home made macro bellows setup I made years ago that was centered around a screw mount 50mm lens.

    At these swap meets though, there is 100 bayonet Mount lenses for every screw mount. For as much as we used the screw mount Way back when, there just aren’t many around anymore.

    I am actually looking forward to shooting this camera. I can’t explain it, whether it’s just nostalgia or what. Part of it is I want to help build up the film section here too, but I am looking forward to it. I really think it will be fun to go do a little old school shooting. My intent is not to switch back to film, but simply during my trips to have 1 roll of film that I will shoot during the trip. So maybe 2 or 3 shots a day. I hope to still find a camera that uses 120 film, but for now 35mm will work.
     
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    Look around for an old twin lens reflex camera - they all used 120 film.
     
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    Be careful Jim. Next thing you know, you'll be looking for 120 film on Ebay!
     

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