Taron Marquis

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 Lordox 24×36

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”

Beier Beirette – 12/0705

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”

Carl Zeiss Werra mat

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”

Zeiss Ikon Ikonette 504/12

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”

May Fair folding camera

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”

Plaubel folder

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”