A folding, medium format camera from Germany from the 1950s.
This is a late 1960s rangefinder camera from the German firm of Voigtländer – who were owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung. This camera very much resembles my Zeiss Ikon Contessa LKE although it has fewer features. The camera itself has the name Voigtländer on it in a couple of places but the instruction sheetContinue reading “Voigtländer Vitoret DR”
An excellent 35mm fixed lens rangefinder camera from East Germany.
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”
This is a sturdy, well-made camera from Vivitar. It was not made by Vivitar but is a rebadged Cosina 35 and was available under several other camera marques as well – Cosina, GAF, Argus, Prinz, to name a few. It dates from the 1970s and some Interweb sites suggest 1976 – I cannot date itContinue reading “Vivitar 35EE”
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”
Voigtlander Vito automatic R – a 35mm film camera based on the Voigtlander Vito C
FED 35A or ФЭД 35A
a 35 mm rangefinder camera from the Soviet Union.
This camera was made by a German maker that I have never heard of before. This is not really any cause for concern as they bought in both the lens and the shutter from established suppliers – the lens from Ennna in Munich and the shutter from Gauthier in Calmbach. The maker is Montanus whoContinue reading “Montanus Rocca”
I have two other Franka cameras – both folding Solida cameras, models II and III. They are both medium format cameras. This is a Super-Frankarette, the name indicating a smaller camera. It is, in fact, a 35 mm camera which were still known as miniature cameras in the 1950s. The ‘Super’ part of the nameContinue reading “Franka Super-Frankarette”