This is another fixed lens rangefinder from Japan. It is my second Taron – the first is a Taron Auto EE . To be honest, Japanese rangefinders became much of a muchness during the 1960s and this camera is no exception. lens: Taronar focal length: 45 apertures: ƒ/1.8 to ƒ/16 focus range: 0.8 m to infinity lens fitting:Continue reading “Taron Marquis”
Leidolf from Wetzlar were a camera maker that have long intrigued me. When I have seen their cameras for sale they have either been too expensive or not working. This week I came across this Lordox in working condition for a reasonable amount. The early Leidolf cameras used 127 film and this camera was theContinue reading “Leidolf Lordox 24×36”
This is a simple compact camera from the old East Germany (technically, the German Democratic Republic or DDR). Outwardly, it is very similar to a Braun Paxette. My overall impression of this camera is of a nicely designed and made cheap camera. lens: Meyer-Optik Trioplan focal length: 45 mm apertures: ƒ/3.5 to ƒ/22 focus range: 1Continue reading “Beier Beirette – 12/0705”
English medium format folding camera from Houghton-Butcher.
This is a compact but heavy camera from Carl Zeiss. Zeiss is a well known name in optics – Carl Zeiss lenses and Zeiss Ikon cameras. I want to start with a little digression about the Zeiss companies. lens: Tessar focal length: 50 mm apertures: ƒ/2.8 to ƒ/22 focus range: 0.8 m to infinity lens fitting:Continue reading “Carl Zeiss Werra mat”
This is a very small folding camera from 1929. The maker is the renown Zeiss Ikon. This is one of the first cameras to be designed by Zeiss Ikon rather than being inherited from the companies that merged to become Zeiss Ikon in 1926. The camera is very much a pocket camera – or handbagContinue reading “Zeiss Ikon Ikonette 504/12”
This camera is a cheap offering from the early to mid 20th century. The camera was never offered for sale – it could only be obtained by saving coupons in packets of cigarettes. In order for the cigarette companies to do this without losing money, the camera had to be cheap, but not so cheapContinue reading “May Fair folding camera”
This is probably the newest camera in my collection. In fact, it is brand new and arrived still sealed in its original box. However, it was made in 2001 as far as I can tell. It is a very simple camera with an unorthodox shape. It is, basically, circular with a straight grip on theContinue reading “Fujifilm Nexia Q1”
A simple 127 roll film camera from Italy.
This is a dual-format folder from Germany. There is no name on this camera apart from the name “Plaubel A.G. Frankfurt a. M.” on the lens bezel. Plaubel are better known for their range of folding large format cameras – the Plaubel M. This camera is a run-of-the-mill medium format camera. The camera has aContinue reading “Plaubel folder”