Kodak Retinette 1B (type 037)

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)”

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”

Iloca Quick B

Iloca were a German company producing cameras in the period after WWII. They were reasonably successful producing a variety of models over a number of years. They did not, of course, survive the advent of the Japanese camera makers. This model is a fixed lens 35mm rangefinder camera. It has no light meter but thisContinue reading “Iloca Quick B”

OPL FocaSport

This FocaSport (or Foca Sport) is a French camera made by OPL (Optiques et Précision de Levallois SA). As occasionally happens, the camera came with its original printed instruction manual – available as a download here. lens: Foca-Neoplar focal length: 45mm apertures: ƒ/3.5 to ƒ/16 focus range: 0.75 m to infinity lens fitting: fixed shutter: AtosContinue reading “OPL FocaSport”