This is a folding camera from Zeiss Ikon. This camera is a direct descendent of the Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 35. The Ikonta 35 was introduced shortly after WWII and the design bifurcated into the Contessa and Contina lines. The Contessa was an Ikonta 35 with a coupled rangefinder and a coupled light meter – andContinue reading “Zeiss Ikon Contina II”
With the advent of 35mm SLR design in the late 1940s, it did not take long for both the German and Japanese camera industries to come up with the ubiquitous SLR design popular in the 1960s and 70s. This fundamental design did not change much until the introduction of micro-processors and electric motors in theContinue reading “Canon FTb”
The Photina range seems to have been modelled on the Voigtländer Brillant range. The first two Photina cameras were pseudo-TLRs – they look like a proper TLR camera but the upper lens is a static viewfinder (essentially a very large Brilliant finder). This Photina – the Reflex – is like the last Voigtländer Brillants inContinue reading “Photavit Photina Reflex”
Bestbeloved bought this camera new somewhere around 2000 – she cannot remember exactly when but the printed instructions are dated 1999 so not before then and she was using the camera in 2001. She remembers one problem, though – the long delay between pressing the shutter release button and the shutter actually firing. When BestbelovedContinue reading “Minolta Riva 90”
A folding plate camera from Hannover, Germany.
This is a simple folding camera from Houghton-Butcher in London. It is certainly small enough to fit in a pocket but is fairly heavy at 500g. It was available in a number of colours but mine is the black version. The body is painted with a crinkle finish paint – no leatherette here. Beneath theContinue reading “Ensign All Distance model No. 1”
An excellent 35mm fixed lens rangefinder camera from East Germany.
This LightOmatic III camera is an addition to my collection of 35mm rangefinder cameras. It is a fixed lens camera from Japan and is firmly from the same stable as the Yashicas (Minister III and Minister D), Petri 7s, Taron Auto EE, Mamiya EE, Minolta Uniomat. There is a consistent feel about these Japanese rangefindersContinue reading “Beauty LightOmatic III”
This is an innovative English camera – I nearly said British but it is clearly labelled ‘Made in England’. It has several features I have never seen before on another camera and do not expect to see again. The camera is called a Purma – there is no indication as to who made it. McKeown’sContinue reading “Puma Special”
I spent years resisting adding Kodaks to my collection for the simple reason that Kodak produced far too many cameras. Well, I bought one (Retina 1a (type 015)) and now I have four. This latest Kodak is a derivation of that Retina 1a and my Retinette (type 017) but is now a rigid camera ratherContinue reading “Kodak Retinette 1B (type 037)”