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One of my objectives is to collect Single Lens Reflex cameras that illustrate the SLR development but at the same time I can not resist acquiring other interesting cameras, not necessarily SLR, therefore you will also find a number of attractive miniature and other cameras in my collection.

I also have a small collection of Nikon lenses that you'll find at the bottom of the page.


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Manufacturer:Model Manufacture years Serial Number Date acquiredPrice PaidComments
0 : Latest addition camera  0 : Latest addition  1927 - Very nice red marbled Ruberg Futuro. The camera is very clean and comes with its leather pouch (inside some text mentioning the year 1928). Very simple camera with two diaphragm settings that are selected by pulling a small handle near the bottom of the lens. and two speed settings (T and I) selected by the small wheel on the lens. The lens is a Rodenstock Periskop f11 lens. The body of the camera is in metal and the lens is from Bakelite and has to be screwed out.The camera takes 3x4 or 4x6.5cm exposures on 127 film. Film format is selected by a handle at the bottom of the camera.
3 early reflex cameras: 3 Pre war cameras camera  3 early reflex cameras: 3 Pre war cameras  These three cameras illustrate the development of the SLR camera before WWII. The Ihagee Exakta A from 1933 is the first small focal plane plane SLR to be ever produced, The Exakta Kine from 1936 is the first 35 mm SLR camera and the Praktiflex from 1939 was a lower priced alternative to the Exakta Kine. The Exakta Kine was priced at 200 Reichsmark (with Exaktar 3,5/5,4 cm) while a 1939 Praktiflex with a 3,5/5 cm Schneider Kreuznach Xenar lens was priced at 98 Reichsmark.
6 early reflex cameras: 6 early postwar cameras camera  6 early reflex cameras: 6 early postwar cameras  These are 3 early postwar SLR cameras. The Contax D is, together with the Rectaflex considered one of the first SLR with penta prism. Both cameras were produced in the early 1950's. The Asahiflex I is from 1951 and the first Japanese 35 mm SLR.
9 early reflex cameras: 3 Japanese post war cameras camera  9 early reflex cameras: 3 Japanese post war cameras  The Nikon F from 1959 and the Canon F-1 from 1977 illustrate the dominance of the Japanese producers after WW II and the success with professional photographers for the 35 mm SLR. The Minolta SR-M from 1970 is the first 35 mm SLR with a built in motor drive.
Adox: Juka camera  Adox: Juka1950-1952  26 May 20161950 -- Just after WWII both Japan and Germany produced a range of miniature cameras. The Juka is a typical example and actually a close copy of the "Junka" which Adox produced in the 1930's. The camera uses proprietary paper backed rollfilm and takes 3X4 cm pictures. My camera still looks unused to me and has a black "hammered" metal surface. There is a film inside and the speeds still work. The bottom of the camera even has a tripod connection.
American Advertising: Cub camera  American Advertising: Cubc1940  30 April 20151940 -- This tiny plastic camera was sold in 1940 for 15 Cent to customers who also bought a carton of any Pepsodent product. It made 28×40mm exposures on type 828 film rolls. There is also a very similar looking camera with a white instead of a red winding knob which was marketed under the Scenex name and produced by Earl Products Co. (Chicago IL, USA), the same camera was also produced in the UK with the name "Snappy". The shutter of my camera does not work and the camera is warped so that it does not close properly. The camera has still the original box that was used to ship it.
Ansco: Memo (wood body) camera  Ansco: Memo (wood body)c1926  13 june 20141926 -- Early small 35 mm camera from around 1926, the shutter works but the film transport system is jammed.
Ansco: Semi Automatic camera  Ansco: Semi Automaticc1924 3743 23 May 20161924 -- this is a 1920's camera with a motor drive !!! It was one of the first automatic advance camera for paper-backed rollfilm. Ansco also introduced the "Automatic" one year earlier which therefore can be considered the first automatic advance camera for paper-backed rollfilm but none of these cameras were a big success which makes them rather hard to find today. It is not the first attempt to a motorized camera this was probably the "Le Pascal" box camera from the French company Japy 24 years earlier in 1900. Surprisingly enough, motorized film advance did not seem a feature that a lot of customers were expecting in a camera. In this camera, there is a spring motor that advances the film when one presses a lever on the left side of the camera. So taking a picture and moving the film to the next frame are still two separate actions. the camera is in quite nice cosmetic condition, the spring motor still operates and the shutter still fires all be it every time at the same speed.
Argus: Argus K camera  Argus: Argus K1939-1940 K2451 14 July 20141939 -- This camera is probably the rarest of the Argus models, around 1,800 were produced, the camera was sold for less than a year. The strange thing about this camera is the viewfinder which is near the bottom, not the top. The idea is that you use your forehead to steady the camera while aiming and shooting. Another feature is the coupled extinction exposure meter. You first select the time and then move a knob with diaphragm readings while looking at the subject through the meter tube, If there is enough light, there will be a light visible through the tube which extinguishes once the correct aperture is selected. The Model K was manufactured in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Daguerre process and very different from other Argus models. It was a complete failure in the market place and therefore this camera is now quite hard to find.
Asahi: Asahiflex I camera  Asahi: Asahiflex I1952-1953 27549 20 Sept 20141951 -- The Japanese are coming !! This is quite an important historical reflex camera in that it was the first Japanese 35 mm SLR reflex camera. Only some 7,500 cameras were produced and only for the Japanese market. The camera is certainly "inspired" by the Praktiflex from 1939. The lens is a Takumar 50 mm 3.5 with SN 28247
Asahi: Asahiflex IA camera  Asahi: Asahiflex IA1953-1954 34401 15 Jan 20151953 -- After its introduction, there were quite a number of changes to the design of the Asahiflex (this seems to have been the case with many of the first SLR reflexes - look for instance at the Exakta VP and Exakta Kine as well as the Praktiflex cameras). The quality of the chrome of this camera is better than that of my other Asahiflex cameras. The lens is a Takumar 50 mm 3.5 with SN 37622.
Asahi: Asahiflex IIA camera  Asahi: Asahiflex IIA1955 55958 15 Feb 20151955 -- Next iteration of the Asahiflex with a major improvement of the "quick return" mirror. The quick return mirror was introduced with the Asahiflex IIB which was produced between 1954 - 1956 the Asahiflex IIA was produced between 1955 - 1957. The main difference between both cameras is that the IIA has a slow speed dial (clearly visible on the front of the camera). The flash synchronization has F and X. My model has a 58 mm 2.4 Takumar with SN 76411. Many minor changes appear and one could probably have quite an extensive collection of only early Asahiflexes.
Asahi: Asahiflex IIA camera  Asahi: Asahiflex IIA1955 77383 15 March 20151955 -- Also an Asahiflex IIA - the difference with the other camera is that in this case the flash synchronization has FP and X markings. This model is also not working any more (the mirror is stuck, the shutter still fires). The lens is a 50 mm 3.5 takumar with SN 86184.
Asahi: Pentax Auto 110 camera  Asahi: Pentax Auto 1101979-1983 2057451 20121980 -- This is the smallest real SLR camera ever produced, an Auto 110 probably from around 1980. The camera uses 110 film cartridges. The Auto 110 was replaced around 1982 by the Auto 110 super. This camera can relatively frequently be seen on Ebay. My set (so far) consists of a winder and 2 lenses (24 mm 2.8 and 50 mm 2.8).
Asahi: Pentax ME F camera  Asahi: Pentax ME F1982 3964557 20111981 -- This Pentax ME F is the first mass market 35 mm SLR that could be fitted with an autofocus lens. Not many times can one buy really mint equipment, so I consider myself very lucky to have been able to buy the first autofocus zoom lens for a SLR on Ebay. I also have the box which still has the original price of 595 $. The camera and winder are not in mint condition but still quite presentable.
Asahi: Pentax SFX camera  Asahi: Pentax SFX1987-1989 3984651 20121987 -- First Autofocus SLR with built in Flash, was produced between 1987 and 1989. The serial numbers I have seen are in the 37XXXXX to 40XXXXX range so this is probably a model produced in 1988 or 89. In size it is very close to my current digital SLR (Nikon D90).
Automatic Radio: Tom Thumb Camera Radio camera  Automatic Radio: Tom Thumb Camera Radioc1948-1960s  24 Dec 20151940's -- The Tom Thumb is a combination of a radio and a camera. The front of the Radio-Camera folds forward and then reveals a radio based on four tubes. The camera is a simple bakelite twin reflex camera with two time settings (inst. and time) there is no distance setting or possibility to change the diaphragm.
Bell & Howell: Foton camera  Bell & Howell: Foton1948  19 August 20161948 -- This is really a classical beautifully designed camera and a proof that Americans could indeed build German quality cameras. The camera was priced at the time at 700 US$ so it is not a big surprise that it did not sell very well despite being a unique piece of engineering. The camera has a built in mechanical motor drive that has a speed of 6 fps !! (we are talking 1948 - it would take at least another 50 years for cameras to have built in motor drives as a standard). Around the camera a range of lenses and other accessories were designed making it a full system camera. The camera is quite hard to find.
Bentzin: Favorita Primar camera  Bentzin: Favorita Primarc1930  8 Oct 20141930 ? -- This camera does not really match 100% the description for the Bentzin Favorita. It is a double extension folding plate camera and on the back it says "BENTZIN PRIMAR". However the lens/shutter combination (normally compur shutter and Helioplan or Tessar) is a extra rapid aplanat Helios F1:8 13 cm and ICA written on the front. ICA was a producer of cameras that became part of Zeiss Ikon in 1926.
Bolsey: Bolsey C camera  Bolsey: Bolsey C1950-1956 157140 26 Sept 20161955 -- One of the very few 35mm TLR's and the only one with both rangefinder and viewfinder and also one of the smallest full frame 35mm cameras ever made. Wollensak Anastigmat 44mm f: 3.2 Taking and Viewing Lenses and Wollensak Synchro-Matic Shutter with Speeds from 1/10 sec. sec. to 1/200 sec. T.and B. My camera is in excellent condition and shows hardly any use. Although not that hard to find, these cameras are often heavily used.
Bolta (Photavit): Photavit III camera  Bolta (Photavit): Photavit III1946-1947 3105 5 Sept 20161948 - One of the smallest 35 mm cameras hardly taller than a 35 mm film cassette. The first of the Boltavit/Photavit range of cameras was produced in 1938 but this is a Photavit III which was introduced after WWII in 1946. My camera is probably from around 1948 based on the serial number of the Compur shutter (6337542). The Photavit uses a proprietary 35 mm film (my camera still has two original cartridges). The shutter fires but the shutter release on top of the camera is jammed. Cosmetic condition of the camera is very good, the lens is a Schneider Kreuznach Radionar 37.5 mm F: 3.5 with SN 1889556 which is also from 1948.
Camerette: Super-camera camera  Camerette: Super-camerac1935  Sept 20161930's - A Japanese simple box camera that used so ,called no-need-darkroom film. The film was sold in light-proof paper sheaths, with a sliding paper cover. The sheath was loaded into the camera, and the paper cover was slid out to take the picture, then put back before unloading the camera. After the exposure, the sheath was immersed in red-tinted developer fluid and opened again. Complete darkness was not required, because the developer fluid contained a desensitizing agent (source: Article by Yoshikawa Hayao in Asahi Camera May 1931, reproduced in Awano, pp.16–8 of Camera Collectors' News no.316).
Canon: Canon F-1 camera  Canon: Canon F-11971-1981 532635 1 March 20151977? -- The F1 was Canon's first professional SLR camera and positioned to compete with Nikon's F camera. Based on the features (for instance film reminder at the back) I believe my camera to be a F-1n. The date code is hard to read but I think it is R406 which would date the camera in 1977. This link provides information on how to determine the age of your canon camera. I think that my camera is still in a very clean condition including the bottom plate, a little bit of brassing and some small bumps on the prism but the inside is still extremely clean. I doubt that the camera has been used professionally.
Canon: Canon F-1N camera  Canon: Canon F-1N1981 154992 22 April 20171981 - This is the "New" Canon F1 introduced in 1981. The strange thing about my camera is that the lettering is in black. I don't think that the lettering has been removed so I believe this to be intentional by Canon but so far I have been unable to find a reference to this specific version.
Canon: Canon T70 camera  Canon: Canon T701984 1059699 20111981 -- A T70 fitted with Canons very first Autofocus lens, the canon zoom FD 35-70 mm 1:4 AF
Canon: Pellix (black) camera  Canon: Pellix (black)1965-1966 149984 22 April 20171965 - When Canon introduced the Pellix in 1965 it was considered a very advanced SLR camera and the first Canon camera with TTL. It uses a semi transparent FIXED mirror behind which a CDS cell can be moved to do a Through The Lens (TTL) light measurement by using the self timer lever on the right-hand side of the camera front. After only one year, there were a couple of minor modifications including a quick loading feature. These cameras are recognized by their QL logo on the front. The Pellix is not uncommon but quite sought after by collectors.
Carpentier, Jules: Photo-Jumelle camera  Carpentier, Jules: Photo-Jumellec1890s  26 April 20141890? -- This is not what it looks like - it is not a stereo camera. One of the lenses is for taking and the other for viewing. The camera is from the 1890's
Chinon: Chinon CE4 Memotron camera  Chinon: Chinon CE4 Memotron1979 368686 2014 - 20171979 -- It took me many months to cobble this camera together, it is probably the weirdest SLR of my collection and an example of the frantic technology explosion of the 1970's. The strange looking autofocus lens is a 35-70 mm f3.3 - 4.5 zoom with a standard K-mount with a built-in infrared autofocus system and motor, powered by three AAA batteries. It operates independently of the camera, so it can be fitted to any camera with a K bayonet. There is also the Power winder PW 545 which takes 4 AA batteries (winding speed is 0.5 sec) and the data back operating on a 9 V battery and of course the body itself that requires three small LR44 batteries. Definitely a Power house !! By the way, I also have the standard 50 mm Auto Chinon 1.9 lens but the autofocus zoom definitely gives the camera more character.
Chinon: Chinon CE4 Memotron camera  Chinon: Chinon CE4 Memotron1979  The back of the same camera (without Power winder). Showing a very sophisticated data back powered by a single 9 V battery. Traditional data backs automatically imprint date and time, but Chinon wanted to add more 'functionality': you can type a message up to 30 characters on its alphabetical keyboard and, with a series of switches and button presses, imprint it on the film with a dot-matrix light printer built into the pressure plate. No idea why anyone would like to have 30 Characters printed on its pictures but hey - if we have the technology, why not build it in.
Concava: Tessina 35 camera  Concava: Tessina 35c1957-1996 62877 2 Feb 2017The Tessina is really a "must have" camera for the serious collector. It is a miniature Twin Lens Reflex camera that produces 14x21mm images on 35 mm film with a built-in, spring motordrive. The camera is well built and has a unique design. This is the automatic version, there is also a standard version. The camera was produced for a very long time. My camera has serial number 62877. Most cameras that I have seen have 6 digit SN so I believe that this must be a rather early version. So far I have not been able to find a list with serial numbers, if you know of such a list I would be interested hearing from you. My camera comes with the original carry on case and has normal traces of use. Here is a link with lots of information on this interesting camera.
Continental: Insta-Load II camera  Continental: Insta-Load IIc1965  15 March 20161960's -- This US made camera is extremely hard to find and was only produced for a couple of years by the Chicago based Continental Camera company. The main feature of this unique camera is that you can either use the "drop-in" 126 cartridge or standard 127 roll film. I have not seen any other camera that has this feature. The roll film cost less and produced 16 half-frame pictures from an 8 frame roll. With the 126 cartridge you would get 12 full-frame pictures from every cartridge. My camera still has a (damaged) original blister package and one unopened cartridge. The camera looks hardly used and has another cartridge inside. I guess someone took a couple of pictures with it and then put it in a cupboard.
Coronet Camera: Midget black camera  Coronet Camera: Midget blackc1935-1936  5 Nov 20141935? -- The camera is from the mid 1930's and in very good condition, no oxidation and no damage to the Bakelite. The camera came with one original spool. These cameras are not that rare but often the front plate is very oxidized. Before I had one of these cameras I thought they were much bigger. As you can see on the picture the camera is about the size of a 35 mm film cartridge. The Midget sold for "$2.85 (including delivery) in the US in 1939".
Coronet Camera: Midget brown camera  Coronet Camera: Midget brownc1935-1936  14 July 20181935? - Another Coronet Midget in attractive brown bakelite. The bakelite is still intact the shutter fires but the back red window is missing. The camera came with its original leather pouch.
Coronet Camera: Midget red camera  Coronet Camera: Midget redc1935-1936  16 May 20151935? -- This is a reddish brown version of the Coronet Midget, I have seen many different hues of red and brownish red. Condition is not as good as my black camera but still quite presentable, the shutter fires, there is a small piece of bakelite chipped off the back.
Coronet Camera: Vogue camera  Coronet Camera: Voguec1936  23 Dec 20151936 -- Tiny bakelite folder camera from 1936. It requires special "Vogue 35" film for images of 3x5cm. The lens is a simple f/10 meniscus and there is no exposure adjustment besides a "Time" exposure option. The bakelite still looks quite nice and the camera snaps open easily. The brown coating on the bellows has deteriorated somewhat.
Ducati Mailand: Ducati Simplex camera  Ducati Mailand: Ducati Simplex1950s 15998 12 June 20171950's - exact production date seems to be uncertain. The camera produces 15 "half frame" (18*24 mm) pictures on a 35 mm mm which has to be loaded on proprietary cartridges. Shutter speeds are B 25 50 100 and 250. The lens is a fixed, uncoated, collapsible 35 mm f/3.5 Ducati Etar which can be focused to 1 m. My camera has a metal front plat while all other models that I have see are covered with dark grey which is also covering the rest of the body. It surprised me how small this camera really is. It also feels very solidly built. All shutter speeds on my camera still function properly and the camera still has an original cartridge inside.
Durst S A.: Duca camera  Durst S A.: Duca1946-1951  8 Sept 2016Late 1940's - Durst is an Italian company probably best known for its enlargers but the company also produced a range of cameras and currently focuses on producing and selling professional ink jet printers. The Duca is a uniquely styled metal camera that uses 35 mm film. The camera takes 12 24 by 36 mm pictures and uses 35 mm film cartridges (so called AGFA Karat cartridges). My camera is in a reasonable cosmetic condition with some rust specs visible on the film transport handle. The camera has two empty cartridges. The shutter can be cocked but does not fire properly any more.
Eho-Altissa: Eho Box (3x4, baby-box) camera  Eho-Altissa: Eho Box (3x4, baby-box)c1932-1939  20101934 -- Not surprisingly this camera is referred to as a Baby box it is much harder to find compared to the Zeiss Ikon Baby box. The camera weighs only about 180 g. It has a Duplar 1:11 lens and two shutter times (1/125 and B). The camera dates from 1934 and is still in excellent condition. It uses 127 film.
Eiko: Smarties camera  Eiko: Smartiesc1980s  14 April 20161990's ? -- Novelty camera, Smarties are quite popular coated chocolate sweets in Europe. Eiko produced a number of "can cameras" this Smarties camera is somewhat harder to find and quite colorful.
Eiko: Tire camera  Eiko: Tirec1977-1983  5 April 20161987 (?) -- Eiko was a Taiwanese producer of novelty cameras producing in the late 1970's through 2000, most of their production were "can cameras" such as for Coca Cola or Budweiser or other drinks and some paint companies as well as Duracell but they also produced this harder to find 'Tire camera' which uses 110 film cartridges. There is also a "Happy Clown" camera that was produced by Eiko. Not sure if the production date for my camera is right (source) The latest datable model that I could find is the Mil-Looney -Um 110 camera (obviously produced in 1999 for the year 2000) which can be found relatively easily on Ebay.
Eliott: V.P.Twin camera  Eliott: V.P.Twinc1935   May 20161935 - This is a small bakelite camera using 127 rollfilm to give 16 exposures each 1 5/8" x 1¼". The lens is a f12.5 bloomed British Optical Company (BOLCo) lens. The camera was sold in different colors (black, green, red or marbled brown). The camera is an example of the first VP Twin version which was produced between 1935 and 1940. A very similar model with a metal front plate was introduced after WWII in 1952. The Eliott plant was located very close to the Coronet plant (see above) and Eliott produced bakelite and plastic bodies and parts for many of the Coronet cameras, including the Midget and Vogue, BOLCo, a subsidiary of Eliott made many of the lenses. Coronet made the shutters and assembled the cameras. (source)
Ernemann: HEAG 0 A camera  Ernemann: HEAG 0 Ac1917-1922  20101917 -- The reason why I keep this camera is because it is really in mint condition, if you open box, you can still smell the varnish. Unbelievable that this camera is form just after World War I. I am sure that it has never been used to take pictures and has just been stored away for 100 years or so.
Ernemann: Unette (22x33) camera  Ernemann: Unette (22x33)1926  11 Dec 20141926 -- An early 35 mm camera. This small, quite sophisticated and not so common box camera used special nonperforated paper backed rolls of 35mm film. The exposure size is 22mm x 33mm. There is a much rarer version which was introduced in 1925 and has 18mm x 24mm exposures.
Expo Camera: Expo Watch camera  Expo Camera: Expo Watchc1905-1935  11 Feb 2017The Expo is a camera disguised as a watch. I have both the Expo watch as well as the Houghton Ticka which is exactly the same but has different engraving and was produced under licence in the UK in the period 1905-1914.
Fallowfield: CXR Stamp Camera camera  Fallowfield: CXR Stamp Camerac1890s  4 May 2017Around 1890 - A so called Postage Stamp camera which has 9 lenses and produces 9 images from one postcard sized picture. As this camera has no inscriptions it is somewhat difficult to identify. I bought it as a Holborn Postage Stamp Camera but believe it to be a Fallowfield based on the Collectiblend picture. These cameras were somewhat popular from the late 1880's through 1910. Probably the first company to produce these cameras was Hyatt who took a patent in 1885 and poduced several versions. Similar stamp cameras were sold by Sichel, J. Lancaster, Butcher and others. Here is an advertisement for a Hyatt Stamp Camera
Foxtechna: Lord Super camera  Foxtechna: Lord Superc1948  19 March 20171948 - Post war Czech camera from the late 1940's produced by Foxtechna. The body is in aluminium, the finishing is quite crude. Still I like the styling of this little camera there are two diaphragm settings (F16 and f11) and two time settings (B and M). The camera opens by removing the bottom/rear part of the camera and uses 127 film. The company Foxtechna was based in Bratislava and only operated for a couple of years from around 1947 to 1949/1950
Futura: Efka 24 camera  Futura: Efka 241947  16 Sept 20181947 - In 1947, Fritz Kuhnert designed and produced this camera under his own brand name. It is an easy to use, small viewfinder camera with quite some use of aluminum (as you can see in the picture). Shutter speed goes from 1 sec to 1/500, the lens is a 4 cm 2.8 lens (Elor). There is a small fold out "rapid winder". The film format is 24X24 mm. Fritz Kuhnert's company was later sold and renamed to Futura Kamerawerk GmbH but he continued to design high quality 35 mm Futura range finder cameras. The Efka 24 is quite rare and sought after.
Futura: Futura P camera  Futura: Futura P1952-1955 P 10931 29 July 20181952-1955 Futura Kamerawerk GmbH was operational between 1951 and 1956 and a producer of high quality 35 mm range finder cameras. The Futura P was the "economy" model with a Prontor - SV shutter. The other models (Futura Standard and Futura S) had the Synchro Compur shutter. Futura also offered a range of lenses to go with its cameras. My camera comes with the standard Futar, 3.5 45 mm. Other options for standard lenses were the Elor 2.8 50 mm, the Evar 2.0 50 mm or the powerful Frilon 1.5 50 mm. In addition, a wide angle Ampligon 4.5 35 mm and a fabulous (and still incredibly expensive) Frilon 1.5 70 mm as well as a Tele - Futar 3.8 75 mm and a Tele - Elor 5.6 90 mm were offered as Long Focus lenses. In 1952, a Futura P with 3.5 45 mm lens sold for 98.75 US$ while a Futura Standard with 1.5 50 mm was priced at 197.25 US$ "according to a price list in this link". The link also has an interesting historical discussion as to how prices dropped in 1956 when the company was close to bankruptcy. The cameras and lenses were solidly built. Unfortunately the company only existed for a couple of years.
Futura: Futura S (f1.5) camera  Futura: Futura S (f1.5)1952-1955 S 12252 29 Jan 20161952-1955 The Futura S was the top of the line camera with a Synchro compur shutter with speed range going from 500 to B. My camera came with the very fast 1.5 50 mm standard lens. Some sources indicate that only 9,000 cameras were produced between 1952 and 1955. In 1956 an improved version Futura SIII of which two variations exist were introduced as well as a Futura "Tower" which was marketed in the US by Sears Roebuck. The company closed down in 1956.
G.E.C.: Transistomatic camera  G.E.C.: Transistomaticc1964  16 May 20161964 - The G.E.C. Transistomatic Radio and Camera combination came out in 1964 and was manufactured in Great Britain. It is a combination of a G.E.Transistor radio and a Kodak Instamatic 100 Camera. Of the radio/camera combinations, it is one of the harder to find cameras.
Gallus: Derlux camera  Gallus: Derluxc1947-1952 4839 13 dec 20131947? -- Another camera with a quite unique design from the late 1940's early 1950's Aluminium body, has a depth of field scale on the back.
Gaumont: Stereo (Spido, metallic) camera  Gaumont: Stereo (Spido, metallic)c1906-1931 11549 29 June 20111920? -- A number of variations exist of this camera. This is a Model C camera from around 1920. Gaumont also produced wooden models.
GOMZ: S-13 (Aerial) camera  GOMZ: S-13 (Aerial)c1947-1970s 21p540 22 March 20151940's onwards -- This is actually a C-13 camera. There are two versions of this aerial camera, the C-13 which was used by the USSR and the S-13 which was the export model (used by other Warsaw pact countries). The camera is equipped with a fixed focus 100 mm f:6.3 lens. There are three aperture settings 6.3 9 and 12.5. Inside the camera there is a cassette holding 5.2 m of special aerial b/w 35 mm film. This was a fast (around 1000 ASA) film called A1000. The cassette has a permanently attached label for recording the Name, Excercise number and the date. Another model with a 300mm f/4.5 with aperture stops 4.5, 5.6, 8, 11, 16 also exists. The camera was was installed in Soviet and Soviet-Bloc fighters and helicopters to record a pilot's success with his machine gun and rocket fire. The camera was apparently produced for a very long time period from the 1940's and I could not find any list of serial numbers - anyone that can shed some light on the age of my camera is welcome to let me know. Here is a link with some more detail.
Hermagis: Velo Jumelle camera  Hermagis: Velo Jumellec1896-1898  15 Feb 20161897 -- Hermagis was a French lens and camera maker operating from the late 1850's to the early 1950's. The Vélo-Jumelle is quite a rare camera holding 18 6,5 cm by 9 cm plates. Shutter with variable speed from 1/20 to 1/200 sec. Hermagis claimed that the camera could take up to two pictures per second, the plates were stacked vertically in the camera and after each exposure were falling flat. A very novel feature is also that the shutter tensioning and plate changing mechanisms are coupled which prevents double exposure of the same plate, quite unique at that time !! A similar system was used in the Vélocigraphe which seems to be more common (at least the Vélocigraphe is offered more frequently on auctions and on Ebay). The Vélocigraphe was produced between 1892 and 1900 while the Vélo-Jumelle was only produced between 1897 and 1899. The main advantage of the Vélo Jumelle over the Vélocigraphe is that it is a much smaller and lighter (1.400 gr with 18 plates) camera. A description of this camera in Photo-Revue from 1897 lists a price of 180 French Francs. Another catalog from the same period lists 115 and 150 French Francs depending on the lens. The camera that I have does not have any plates and does not function any more but still looks in a very nice condition for its age, there are no indications on the lens.
Houghton: Ticka Watch camera  Houghton: Ticka Watch1905-1914  9 June 20151910 -- Camera disguised as a watch. The pictures are taken through the "winding stem", the winding knob serves as lens cap. The Ticka was produced between 1905 and 1914 under licence from the Expo Camera Co New York and is similar to the Expo Watch which was produced between 1905 and 1935. 25 exposures 16X22 mm on special cassette film. The lens is a fixed focus f16 30 mm lens. My camera is very complete and includes the view finder, lens cap and carrying pouch as well as a cassette, the original box and manual. I think it would be hard to find a similar complete set.
Hunter: Gilbert camera  Hunter: Gilbert1953  19 June 20171953 - Quite attractive English made camera from the 1950's. The viewfinder can be turned which makes it easy to take horizontal as well as vertical pictures. The camera uses 120 film and produces 6X9 photographs. There are two apertures called "sunny" and "dull" and two speeds "fast" and "slow" which can be set by two small sliders on top of the camera. The camera also has a double exposure prevention. If the camera hasn’t been fully wound, a red disc will appear when looking inside the lens of the camera. This turns to green when the photographer winds the camera and cocks the shutter. Originally, this camera sold for around 3 pound in 1953.
Hüttig: Trilby camera  Hüttig: Trilbyc1905-1907 209820 3 Oct 20151906 - A so called "detective" or falling plate camera.made by Hüttig and sold in Russia before the revolution. Many versions of the Trilby exist, initially produced by Hüttig and later, following the 1909 merger by ICA. This Hüttig is an early Trilby 33 which sold at 50 German Mark in 1916. The label on the front has the name of the shop/studio I.K.Gek (Иван Карлович Гекъ) in Moscow. This studio was operational during (1896?)1902-1918. The camera is still in a very nice condition with a front compartment that opens and reveals a nice mahogany interior. The camera had 12 numbered plates (Six are still in the camera). The lens is a Persicop Aplanat. The shutter can be released either by a lever at the side of the camera or using a rubber "pear" - on can see a small hole near the bottom on the right side of the camera where the pear could be connected. The large winding knob is used to set the distance.
Idam: Belco camera  Idam: Belcoc1951 2011 20111951 -- A simple metal cast camera from around 1951 made by the French company Idam. The camera uses 127 film
Ihagee: Duplex camera  Ihagee: Duplex1925-1933  29 Oct 2014A late 1920's folder camera from Ihagee, metal body. Ihagee is best known for its Exakta reflex cameras but they produced also a range of other types.
Ihagee: Exa I camera  Ihagee: Exa I1962-1964 148355 8 Sept 20121962 -- Exa I with Meritar 50 mm 2.9. The shutter does not fire properly but the camera looks in a very clean condition and came with its original box (worn) and manual.
Ihagee: Exakta 66 (vertical) (1948) camera  Ihagee: Exakta 66 (vertical) (1948)1953-1954 601453 4 March 20131953 -- Who needs a Hasselblad when you can have this camera hanging around your neck ? In my opinion this is one of the cameras with the nicest design ever made. Unfortunately the quality of the cameras was quite poor, Apparently only 7,500 were produced and quite a number were taken back by Ihagee and destroyed, so not that many cameras remained.
Ihagee: Exakta A (Original) black camera  Ihagee: Exakta A (Original) black1933-1938 406277 23 Jan 20151933 -- The first Exakta !! This is a historically important camera in that it is the first small focal plane plane SLR to be ever produced, the camera uses 127 roll film. This model then developed to the Exakta Kine in 1936 which is the first 35 mm SLR camera in the world. This Exakta model is often referred to as the VP or "Vest Pocket" and many different versions were produced between 1933 and about 1939 when the war started. My model is an early Vest Pocket Model A from 1933. There is no logo on the hood (only Ihagee name) and the red window on the back does not have a sliding cover which would indicate that the camera is from the first batches of cameras produced in 1933 (a later model, referred to as Model A Type 2 does have a sliding cover for the red window). Most cameras came with either a 7 cm 3.5 Exaktar or Tessar lens. This camera has a Schneider Xenar lens with SN 575974. The distance scale is in m and starting at 0.8.
Ihagee: Exakta A (Original) black camera  Ihagee: Exakta A (Original) black1933-1938 408573 16 March 20151933 -- This is my second Exakta A with serial number also in the 400000 range according to Peter Longden's book on Ihagee history: the Exakta range started with Serial number 400,000. However, Ihagee had no seperate serial number sets for each camera brand that it produced so it is difficult to estimate how many VP's were actually produced in 1933. This camera has the 'standard' Exaktar lens 7.5 cm 3.5 with serial number 601415. The distance scale is in m and starting at 1m.
Ihagee: Exakta A (Original) black camera  Ihagee: Exakta A (Original) black1933-1938 408775 24 Oct 20151934 -- The main modifications on this camera are lever winding instead of knob winding. The camera also has the Ihagee sun/moon logo on the hood. The red window at the back of the camera does not yet have a sliding window. The lens is interesting as it is a "fast" (at least for that time) Tessar 7cm 2.8 with serial number 1430763 from 1932/33 which is coated (probably later coated).
Ihagee: Exakta A (Original) black camera  Ihagee: Exakta A (Original) black1933-1938 403560 27 Oct 20161933 -- This is my third (and so far oldest) Exakta A with serial number in the 400000 range. The camera is in a poorer condition compared to the other two and has a CZJ Tessar lens 7 cm 3.5 with serial number 1369590 (therefore from 1932). The distance scale is in Meter (starting at 0.8 m) the diameter of the winding knob on this camera is smaller (22 mm instead of 27 mm) compared to the later models. A flash synchronization was added later.
Ihagee: Exakta Junior black camera  Ihagee: Exakta Junior black1934-1939 469929 24 Oct 20121936 - 1939 This is an Exakta Junior type 4.1 with lever wind knob and two-hole Vacublitz flash socket. This version was produced between 1936 and 1939. The lens is a 7.5 cm 1:3.5 Jhagee anastigmat. Compared to the VP (Vest Pocket) Exaktas, the Jr. Exaktas were lower priced cameras with fixed lenses and no slow speeds. Because they are less frequently found compared to the Exakta VP, prices are often higher.
Ihagee: Kine Exacta I (square viewfinder) (after war edition) camera  Ihagee: Kine Exacta I (square viewfinder) (after war edition)c1946 625096 20111947 -- Post war edition with Exacta written with C probably from around 1947. The lens is a very nice early coated Biotar 5.8 cm 1:2 T lens with SN 2826589
Ihagee: Kine Exakta I (round viewfinder) (before war edition) camera  Ihagee: Kine Exakta I (round viewfinder) (before war edition)1936 482519 May 20121936 -- This is one of the first 35 mm Reflex cameras ever produced. Its serial number indicates that it is indeed from the first batch of 1400 cameras produced in 1936 with a round magnifying glass. The lens is a Tessar 5cm 1:2,8 with serial number 1913803 which also dates it in 1936.
Ihagee: Kine Exakta I (round viewfinder) (before war edition) camera  Ihagee: Kine Exakta I (round viewfinder) (before war edition)1936 482191 18 Jan 20161936 -- Although this camera has a square magnifier, it has an earlier serial number compared to my other Exakta Kine from 1936. This camera was probably later modified by fitting a rectangular magnifier. The camera also has 3 synchronization holes and the lens is a 5 cm 3.5 Zeiss Tessar with SN 2666861 - dated 1940, an intriguing camera in my opinion.
Ihagee: Kine Exakta I (square viewfinder) (before war edition) camera  Ihagee: Kine Exakta I (square viewfinder) (before war edition)1937-1940s 547366 July 20111938 -- Pre war edition from around 1938 or 1939 with three synchronization holes in front of the camera. The lens is a Tessar 5 cm 2,8 with SN 2350776 from 1938.
Ihagee: Kine Exakta I (square viewfinder) (before war edition) camera  Ihagee: Kine Exakta I (square viewfinder) (before war edition)1937-1940s 518308 20121937 -- This camera is a version from 1937 with two synchronization holes and a square window. It is still in very nice condition and has the E. Ludwig Meritar 2.9 50 mm lens (SN 1328392) which was originally designed to go with the Exakta Kine. The camera also has a second number stamped in the leather on the bottom (725362) I have no idea what it means.
Ihagee: Night-Exakta camera  Ihagee: Night-Exakta1935-1939 No Serial n° 13 June 20151938 (?) - This is quite a unique camera, it is a late Night Exakta type 6. The camera has speed setting of 1/400 instead of 1/600, there is also no serial number on the body. The lens is a Zeiss Biotar 8cm f2 with Serial number 2075466 which dates it in 1937. The camera is in working condition.
Ihagee: Plan-Paff Reflex 3 camera  Ihagee: Plan-Paff Reflex 31921-1932 59370 18 Feb 20161925 (?) - This is not a box camera but actually a real reflex camera which was developed by Johan Steenbergen the owner of Ihagee. The camera itself is a wooden leather covered box. The shutter mechanism is very simple (a similar mechanism was later also used in the Exa reflex cameras). A hinged mirror is lowered by pressing a lever on the front of the camera. When pressing the release button on the side of the camera, the mirror rises and light can get through to the sensitive film. A second metal plate rises from the bottom cutting off the light again. The camera is very quiet only producing a very light plopping noise when the shutter is depressed (hence the name "Paff"). The camera was produced for about 10 years between 1922 and and 1932 and a number of versions exist a 4,5 cm X 6cm with fixed focus achromatic lens referred to as n°3 - my camera. Other versions have a fixed Trioplan 6.8 8 cm (N°4) or focusing trioplan 6.8 8 cm (4H) or also the larger 6.5X9cm with fixed focus achromatic lens (N°7) or focusing Trioplan (N°9)6.8 10.5 cm. My camera looks very clean with hardly any traces of use and still works. (The smaller cameras seem to fetch higher prices as opposed to the larger versions).
Ihagee Westberlin: Exakta Real camera  Ihagee Westberlin: Exakta Real1966  17 March 20181966 - The last reflex camera made by the man that was so influential for the development of the 35 mm reflex camera (and subsequent digital reflex cameras). After the second world war, the Ihagee factory which was located in Dresden (East Germany) continued to produce cameras. Ihagee owner Johan Steenbergen made many attempts to try to get his company back and move the production to West Germany. Therefore he created a new company Ihagee West which produced one camera in West Germany, the Exakta Real which was a commercial failure and therefore quite hard to find. Ihagee West still marketed a number of other cameras that were produced by other manufacturers. Ihagee West closed in 1976.
Ilford: Advocate (I) camera  Ilford: Advocate (I)c1949  1919 - 4527 30 June 20141950's -- Very clean example and in perfect working order of this beautiful 1950's camera. Enamelled body, was quite popular, specifically in the UK, often sold on Ebay but nearly always in very poor condition
Indra Camera: Indra Lux camera  Indra Camera: Indra Luxc1949  26 sept 20151949 -- nicely designed plastic camera from Germany. Pictures 4 x 4 cm on 127 film, lens: Optik-Rau in Wetzlar 7,7/5 cm, shutter M + Z (in need of servicing). Very hard to find camera. Marketed as unbreakable and apparently came with a one year insurance against theft and breakage. Indra Camera was only in business for a couple of months therefore this camera is very hard to find.
Ising: Puck camera  Ising: Puckc1948 7397 29 July 20161948 - early postwar German camera using 127 film. When I received the camera (which I bought on Ebay) it surprised me how small this camera is. Ising produced the Puck in several versions with different lens and shutter combinations. My camera has a Prontor II shutter and 5 cm 2.9 Steinheil cassar lens. The shutter still fires but always at the same speed. Cosmetically, the camera is still in very nice condition.
Isoplast: Filius camera  Isoplast: Filiusc1954  26 May 20161954 - The Filius is a not so common miniature camera produced by Isoplast and distributed by Kunik Walter (see further). Isoplast was a German plastic molder producing electrical sockets and plugs and who also developed a line of small plastic cameras during the mid 1950's (although this camera is often referred to as made out of Bakelite - to me it seems to be a thermoplastic material).The Filius is an exact copy of the Photo-ette which was produced in 1951 by Victory Mfg. Co. of Chicago.
Kalos: Kalos camera  Kalos: Kalos1950  19 March 20161950 -- The Kalos (Greek for Beautiful) is a rare miniature camera from the 1950's. It was built by Kalos Karlsruher-Camera Bau Otto Seidel KG (Kalos-Kamerabau) a German camera manufacturer that only produced this specific camera (several versions exist). The Kalos was distributed by Glock & Co. Glock is believed to be the oldest photographic distributor in Germany. The camera shop was located in Karlsruhe and was operating from 1861 until 2003 (six generations). Glock had the sole distribution rights for the Kalos which is probably the main reason why the camera is quite hard to find. The camera is quite sophisticated and uses unperforated 16mm paper backed film. Picture size is 9X12 mm. The body is from cast aluminium with a leather covering. The lens is a micro anastigmat f4.5, 2 cm lens. Shutter speeds are B, 1/30, 1/50 and 1/100 and there are 2 diaphragm settings (4.5 and 6.3). The camera was sold at the time (1950) for 36 DEM. My camera still has two spools inside and is in good working condition with different speeds still working.
Kambayashi: Homer Nr 1 camera  Kambayashi: Homer Nr 1c1960s  20121960 -- Camera made by Kambayashi. Grey metal color is most prominent, but apparently also black and brown versions exist. The lens is a Meniscus with 2 stops for sunny and cloudy weather indicated with red symbols above the lens. The shutter speed is fixed (1/50 second), fixed focus. A thumbwheel advances the film until the next frame number on paper backing is visible through a green window on the camera's back. the camera uses 17.5mm film typically used in HIT cameras.
Kemper: Kombi camera  Kemper: Kombic1892 28077 9 June 20151894 -- Tiny box camera. Takes 25 pictures on one film loading. Back then, the camera cost 3.50 $ and a roll of film 20 cents. Cost for developing was 15 cents and cost for printing one print 1 cent (Information from advertisement from that time).
Kiev Arsenal: John Player (Kiev 303) camera  Kiev Arsenal: John Player (Kiev 303)c1960s  11 Dec 20141980's? -- My camera is a metal camera (some models are plastic). The camera looks hardly used but the box is quite battered. There are different opinions as when these cameras were produced I found references on the internet varying from the 1960's to 2001. I have taken 1980's from the following web site.
Kiev Arsenal: Notebook (Kiev 303 Speccam N-B) camera  Kiev Arsenal: Notebook (Kiev 303 Speccam N-B)c1990s 0112 31 Oct 20161986? - some sources say that these cameras were made in a KGB workshop in 1986. 6 cameras are known, my camera has SN 0112 (other known serial numbers are 0117, 0119, 0121 0127 and 0131). The camera is a Kiev 303 camera using 16mm film in special cassettes (same as Minolta 16). The camera has been adapted to fit in a fancy notebook with dark red leather cover with gold trim and with pages and a pen to write notes with. The pen holder opens up the camera ready to shoot and the shutter release is under the note book pages. You can't set shutter speed, aperture or focus without removing the casing. The casing is fastened by a single screw. The camera is tensioned by sliding the golden “pencil”.
Kochmann: Korelle 4.5x6 camera  Kochmann: Korelle 4.5x61933 2573430 20131930's -- Kochmann is primarily known for its Reflex cameras which are often found on Ebay. the strut-folding models are less common. this camera is also from the 1930's and slightly different from the model shown in the Collectiblend database.
Kochmann: Reflex Korelle (Preproduction) camera  Kochmann: Reflex Korelle (Preproduction)1935 No Serial N° 14 April 20161935 -- Extremely rare preproduction model of the Reflex Korelle. The Kochmann Reflex Korelle was one of the first SLR reflex cameras for 6X6 cm pictures, taking 12 photos on one roll of 120 film. The shutter is a focal plane shutter. The shutter and mirror release are coupled whereby the mirror returns to its position after taking a picture. This was a very popular camera and several versions exist. The preproduction model distinguishes itself from the production model by its shutter up to the 1/1000 as opposed to 1/500 for the production model. Only a couple of preproduction cameras were produced, the exact number is not known. The lens is a Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 75/2.8, with SN 741731 which dates the lens in early 1935. I believe it would be very hard to find a similar camera.
Kochmann: Reflex Korelle (Preproduction) comparison camera  Kochmann: Reflex Korelle (Preproduction) comparison  This shows the main differences between my Preproduction model and Reflex Korelle II model. Top view: Speed settings go from 10 to 1000, the spool to wind the film is different, there is no window with film counter. Bottom view: Different tripod connector,different system to unlock the film spools so that they can be taken out of the camera. Back of the camera: two red film windows instead of one. The lens on the pre production model is a fixed lens, the lens on the other camera can be removed.
Kochmann: Reflex Korelle II camera  Kochmann: Reflex Korelle II1936-1939  20111936 -- This is a Korelle II which can be identified by the second dial on top of the camera to set the slow speeds and the self timer (under the shutter release). The lens is a 8 cm f2.8 Tessar with serial number 2,051,193 which dates it early 1937, I see no serial number on the camera. The shutter on my camera is very slow and although the camera has no major bumps or scratches it has obviously been heavily used.
Kodak Eastman: Autographic Special No.3A Model B camera  Kodak Eastman: Autographic Special No.3A Model B1914-1916  8 Oct 20141914-16 This is a historically interesting camera in that it is the first camera with a coupled rangefinder. My model has a Wollensack Optimo N°1A shutter and Bausch & Lomb Tessar lens.
Kodak Eastman: Cartridge Premo No.00 camera  Kodak Eastman: Cartridge Premo No.001916-1922  15 Sept 200161916 - Early 35 mm camera. Smallest Kodak box camera and made from wood and cardboard covered with leatherette. the camera used No. 35 rollfilm (unperforated paper backed 35 mm film). It measures only 5 cm by 6 cm by 7.5 cm. It has a simple rotary shutter and a meniscus lens (behind the shutter) there is no viewfinder. Instead, the top and one side of the camera have a X shape stamped into the leatherette to show the approximate angle of view. The camera was sold at 75 cents. Cosmetically this camera still look nice for being 100 years old. The shutter still operates and has a time setting and Instant (1/25th ?) settings (shutter is fired by the little handle at the top of the camera, time settings are set by moving the metal knob on the front of the camera up or down.
Kodak Eastman: Gift No.1A camera  Kodak Eastman: Gift No.1A1930-1931  26 oct 20131930/31 This camera in typical Art Deco style was designed by the Walter Dorwin Teague who designed a number of cameras for Kodak from the 1920's through the 1950's. My camera does not have the original box, the bellows are discolored but the outside still looks very attractive.
Kodak Eastman: Pocket Kodak Box camera  Kodak Eastman: Pocket Kodak Box1895-1900  22 dec 2013Early 1895 version of the Pocket Kodak box camera (first camera to use the 102 rollfilm). The camera is covered with red leather and comes with the original leather carrying box which has embossed on the top the name of the shop where the camera was sold. Surprisingly small camera ! (10 cm by 7.5 cm by 6 cm).
Kodak Eastman: Portrait Brownie No.2 camera  Kodak Eastman: Portrait Brownie No.21929-1934  20111930's -- Two colored Portrait Brownies N°2 from around 1930, made in the UK.
Kodak Eastman: Retina I (117) camera  Kodak Eastman: Retina I (117)1934-1935 445951 27 feb 20141934/35 Historically important camera as it was the first camera to use the 35 mm Daylight Loading Cartridge. This camera has a Schneider Xenar 5cm f/3.5 lens and a Compur shutter. It is very similar to the 118 model which was introduced shortly after. The quickest way to distinguish the 117 from the 118 is to look at the top of the camera. If you see a small knob next to the wind knob (the knob is used to release the wind knob after each exposure) then it is a 117. The 118 has a small lever at the back to release the wind knob after each picture,
Konishiroku (Konica): Konica FS 1 camera  Konishiroku (Konica): Konica FS 1c1979-1983 154994 20111979 -- First SLR with built in motor drive from. The lens is a 50 mm Konica Hexanon AR 1.7. Surprisingly how small this camera is with its built in drive.
Kowa: Ramera (KTC-62) camera  Kowa: Ramera (KTC-62)1959 21317 31 July 20151959 -- A rare combination of a transistor radio (still working) and a small camera. The Camera accepts 16mm film cartridges for 10 X14mm images and is actually a Minolta 16 with Prominer (Minolta) coated f:3.5 23 mm lens and shutter with speeds from 1/50 to 1/200 sec. & B. diaphragm stops from 3.5 to f:11. The radio is a six transistor 1 diode with large permanent dynamic type speaker by KOWA (one of the first Japanese transistor radio manufacturers). The same camera was also marketed by Bell under the Kamra brand name.
Krasnogorsk: F-21 (KGB-camera) camera  Krasnogorsk: F-21 (KGB-camera)1951-1980s T80134 20111950's - 1980's And from how this camera looks - it is obvious that it has taken quite a lot of pictures. With the camera is a cable release with a button behind which the camera can be concealed. Obviously one needs to wear one of these heavy Russian coats to properly hide the camera.
Krasnogorsk: Horizon Panoramic (Gorizont, Horizont, Revue) camera  Krasnogorsk: Horizon Panoramic (Gorizont, Horizont, Revue)1967-1973 7205201 20111972 -- Russian made Panoramic camera. Based on serial number this camera is from 1972 (First two digits indicate the year).
Kunik Walter: Ompex camera  Kunik Walter: Ompex1960  20121960? -- camera produced for Kunik Walter -shutter speed 1/50 with a very strange label around the lens -- F=25 / x2 RJ OMPEX 1:9. The camera is basically the same as the Petie and exists in a red or black body and gold with green or pink crackle effect enamel. It is not clear if this camera was also produced as of 1956 or later.
Kunik Walter: Ompex Gold camera  Kunik Walter: Ompex Gold1960  17 March 20181960? -- Ompex with golden crackle effect body and golden bottom and top plate.
Kunik Walter: Petie Gold camera  Kunik Walter: Petie Goldc1956  17 March 20181956 -- Petie with enamelled green/gold body and golden bottom and top plate.
Kunik Walter: Petie I camera  Kunik Walter: Petie Ic1956  26 Sept 20151956 -- Camera with one shutter speed 1/50 and 16 exposures of each 14X14 mm on 16 mm film. f9 25 mm lens. I also have the case. This camera was originally sold for 14,70 DEM (about 3.75USD at the time).
Kunik Walter: Petie Vanity (leather, brown) camera  Kunik Walter: Petie Vanity (leather, brown)c1956  28 Oct 20161956 -- A number of different housings exist for the Petie camera,such as a a lighter and a music box as well as this vanity case which, in addition to the camera houses a a tube for lipstick and another for extra rolls of film. A small button that, when pressed, reveals the powder compact section. The door of the powder compact section is housing a mirror. The camera has not been used in my opinion, there is a film still inserted in the camera and a spare unused film roll is included in the tube. This vanity camera is quite rare but can be found in many different versions (black, red, green or blue enamel with chrome or gold/gilt metal trim as well as leather finished in different colors, black, green orange, brown.
Kunik Walter: Petitax camera  Kunik Walter: Petitax1962  17 March 20181962? -- This camera is very similar to the Petie I camera but has a 25 mm f:11 lens. The shutter speed is the same at 1/50 and the camera also uses the same film format. It is not clear if this camera was also produced as of 1956 or later.
Kunik Walter: Tuxi camera  Kunik Walter: Tuxic1956  6 March 20151956 -- Postwar German camera from around 1956. Similar to Petie but with a better lens and flash synchronisation socket it has B (bulb) and M (1/50) settings. The lens is an achromatic Roeschlein 25mm f7.7. My camera also still has an original film in it. A good site for identifying sub miniature cameras is submin.com.
Kunik Walter: Tuximat camera  Kunik Walter: Tuximat1959  3 June 20161959 -- One of the more advanced cameras distributed by Kunik (according to McKeown's the Kunik cameras were produced by different camera makers and Kunik was only distributing them). The camera is similar to the Tuxi but has a built in light meter. (not surprisingly not functioning any more on my camera). I also have an original film box for this camera.
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939-1946, black body, black leather) camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939-1946, black body, black leather)1939-1940 9732 15 Jan 20161941-1942 -- Black first generation Version 9 Praktiflex from WWII. Some 1,500 series 9 cameras were produced (from approx SN 9000-10500). During the war a large number of different versions and relatively small numbers were produced of the Praktiflex camera which makes it interesting collecting them. The leather of the camera is still in very good condition. The camera also operates correctly, unfortunately the black paint has worn off which makes the camera to look in a poorer state than he really is. The lens is a Schneider Xenar 5 cm 2.8 with SN 1771571 which dates the lens at early 1942 or late 1941. The camera was modified later by adding a flash contact (quite a number of praktiflex cameras were modified). these are some interesting web sites Mike's Praktica collection and Photographica
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939-1946, chrome body, black leather) camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939-1946, chrome body, black leather)1939-1940 6507 10 July 20161940 -- First generation Praktiflex version 6 with straps on the body. this version was produced from April to December 1940, with a total of 3,500-4,000 cameras being produced. The leatherette is still in very nice condition and has a unique "ostrich" structure. The F3.5 5cm Zeiss Tessar lens (an upgrade from the standard Xenar) with SN 2543000 (produced in 1939) is in excellent condition, it is fungus free and scratch free and the optics are clean, there are just some small dust particles inside. The lens is also protected by an original B+W 32 filter in good condition.
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939-1946, chrome body, black leather) camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939-1946, chrome body, black leather)1939-1940 9032 23 July 20161940 -- First generation Praktiflex version 6 with straps on the body. The strange thing about this camera is the Serial number 9032 - Most Version 6 cameras are in the range 3800 - 7500 with the Version 9 starting at somewhere in the 8900 to 9000 range (source: Photographica and also the reference book from Alexander Schulz on Praktiflex. The version 6 is the only version that has the (patented) special straps on the body. Unfortunately the camera was damaged when shipped to me, the mirror fell off and broke and the shutter does not wind the curtains. Cosmetically, the camera is still in reasonable shape. The lens is a simple anastigmat Victar 5 cm 2.9 without any serial number.
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939-1946, gray body, red leather) camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939-1946, gray body, red leather)1939-1940 4991 10 March 20131940 -- First generation Praktiflex version 6 with straps on the body. The Praktiflex was a lower priced alternative to the Exakta Kine. The Exakta Kine was priced at 200 Reichsmark (with Exaktar 3,5/5,4 cm) while a 1939 Praktiflex with a 3,5/5 cm Schneider Kreuznach Xenar lens was priced at 98 Reichsmark (Source Alexander Schulz: Praktiflex book). My camera is a special version from 1940, apparently the German National Socialist government ordered some 150 cameras with brown leather covering and grey plating (source Alexander Schulz's book on Praktiflex). Known serial numbers were between 4042 and 4907 but in between different models were produced as well (4121 for instance has red leather). My camera has n° 4991 and is still in close to new condition. The lens is a Schneider - Kreuznach Xenar 5 cm 2.8 with SN 1609188.
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939, v3) camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939, v3)1939 1057 14 July 20161939 - This is a historically important camera as it is a very early first generation Praktiflex (Version 3). Version 1 and 2 are basically pre production cameras. The version 3 was the first production model and produced between August and November 1939, in total some 900 cameras were produced, the production range starts at 1000 or 1001 and this camera is 1057 - so really one of the first Praktiflex cameras. These cameras were very solidly built, most of the Praktiflex cameras that I have still operate and this one is no exception. Cosmetically also in reasonably good shape. The lens is the standard Victar 5 cm 3.5 with SN 443249
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939, v4) camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939, v4)1939 2335 5 July 20161939 -- First generation Praktiflex version 4. The easiest way to differentiate this camera from the version 3 is by looking at the position of the frame counter which is now located under the film advance button. There is also a red B time setting on the speed dial instead of a black B time setting for the version 3 camera (although some version 3 cameras have a red B). In total some 500 version 4 cameras were produced (from around SN 2100 to SN 2600 - source: Photographica) so this is not a very common camera. The camera still functions and the speeds sound accurate to me. The leather shows quite some scrubbing and there are a few "Zeiss bumps" at the back of the camera. The camera has also later been modified with a flash synchronization connection. The lens is a Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 5 cm 2.8 with SN 1609206 which dates it in Sept 1939. All in all an interesting historical camera.
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939, v5) camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939, v5) 2770 24 June 20171939 -- First generation Praktiflex version 5. Frame counter is still under the film advance button. The easiest way to distinguish the camera from the V4 camera is to look at the rewind button which has a much smaller diameter (14 mm instead of 24 mm for the V3 and V4 cameras). Some 900 v5 cameras were produced. The lens on this camera is a 5 cm Tessar 2.8 with SN 2541698 which dates the lens also in 1939.
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939, v5) Brown leather camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939, v5) Brown leather 2965 2 Nov 20171939 -- First generation Praktiflex version 5. This is probably one of the first colored versions that KW produced. According to Alexander Schulz's book "Praktiflex" (ISBN 3-89506-231-3), page 22 the range of colored cameras is estimated to fall within SN 3000 and SN 5500. My camera has a SN 2965. I bought the camera on Ebay from a collector who obtained the camera from the first owner who lived in Hungary.
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939, v5) Brown leather camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1939, v5) Brown leather 3421 24 Dec 20171939 -- First generation Praktiflex version 5. In somewhat battered condition and covered with a very dark brown leather. The lens is a Victar 5 cm 2.8 with SN 503902. The camera still functions
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1946) camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1946)1946-1948 29195 7 Oct 20151945/1946 Praktiflex from the first generation, version 12 with Victar 50/2.9 without serial number. The main difference with version 11 is that this camera has a sign on the back of the camera which reads " KAMERA WERKSTÄTTEN NIEDERSEDLITZ - DRESDEN" my camera has a black painted front plate, there are also cameras with a chrome plated front plate.
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1946) camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1946)1946-1948 23978 8 sept 20141945 -- Praktiflex 1st generation Version 11 from around 1945/46 with Victar 50/2.9, Ser. No. 3170829. Most Praktiflex cameras from this period look quite battered, probably because of the use of lower quality materials because of the war situation in Germany. My camera is no exception but still works.
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1946) camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktiflex (1946)1946-1948 5524 10 June 20171945/1946 Praktiflex from the first generation, version 12. The strange thing about this camera is the serial number 5524 which would date the camera before the war, the other features of the camera like the sign on the back with " KAMERA WERKSTÄTTEN NIEDERSEDLITZ - DRESDEN" all point to a later version 12 camera. The other interesting thing is the lens, which is an Exaktar 5.4 cm lens with bayonet mount !! The Exaktar is the standard lens fitted on the Exakta Kine. The Praktiflex normally has a thread mount. So obviously this camera was modified to have this lens fitted.
KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktina FX camera  KW (KameraWerkstatten): Praktina FX1953-1958 71104 24 August 20141956 - The first "system" SLR with full interchangeability of lenses, finders, focusing screens, camera backs and motor/winder. It is also the first SLR camera with a "Semi-Automatic" Internal Aperture Controlled Diaphragm. This camera is a version FX-A type 6 probably from around 1956 and comes with an eye level finder with lightmeter, winder and Sonnar 135/4 lens. A very good web site to identify Praktina cameras is on Praktina.com
Leitz: M3 chrome Double Stroke camera  Leitz: M3 chrome Double Stroke1954-1966 800865 19821956 -- Leica M3 - This is the first camera of my collection, a friend of mine had it and wanted a much simpler camera to use so he agreed for me to buy him a new simple to use range finder in exchange for his Leica. The camera has a Summicron 5 Cm 1:2 lens with serial number 1325662.
Logitech: Fotoman camera  Logitech: Fotoman1991 FAL24920759 18 Feb 20181991 - Logitech Fotoman FM1. This is the first mass produced digital camera. Logitech bought the rights from Dycam who had marketed the Dycam model 1 also in 1991. Fuji had created a digital camera as early as 1988, but it was never commercially available. The Dycam 1 had a grey body while the Fotoman has a white body color. The images are 8-bit (256-level) greyscale at 376x240 pixels, the camera can store 32 images compressed in its 1Mb of RAM. Later models were upgraded to 376x284 pixels. The memory is volatile, which means that, when the batteries run down or are removed, the pictures are lost. The camera was sold at a relatively high price of 995 USD therefore this camera is quite hard to find. Only real estate agents or other professions that needed quick pictures and accepted the low resolution were interested in the Fotoman 1. The camera connects to a PC running Microsoft Windows 3.0 or 3.1 via a cable to the serial port for uploading. The lens is a fixed focus 8.5 mm f4.5 lens which results in a picture equivalent taken with a 55 mm lens on a 35mm format camera, the shutter goes from 1/25 to 1/1000s, and there is a built-in flash. The CCD sensor is rated at ~200 ISO. ‘Here is an original 1993 review of this camera’ ‘and this is a very good link to the development of digital cameras’
M.I.O.M.: Photax (original) camera  M.I.O.M.: Photax (original)c1937  7 January 20161937 -- The first Photax from M.I.O.M. also completely made out of Bakelite apart from the metal ring which one has to turn to put the lens in place. Later models were completely in Bakelite and had a more original streamlined design but this version is much harder to find. The camera also comes with quite a unique carrying case which has a Bakelite front and leather back.
M.I.O.M.: Photax IV camera  M.I.O.M.: Photax IVc1951-1961  18 January 20161950's Many different versions of the Photax exist. This is a later version with flash synchronization and small metal cap to protect the lens instead of the large bakelite protection cap.
Mackenstein: Strut Folding Camera camera  Mackenstein: Strut Folding Camerac1884  26 Sept 20151884 -- So far the oldest camera in my collection probably from around 1884. This is a very early camera from Mackenstein, a Paris based producer of cameras who was active from the mid to late 1880's until around 1940 The camera is a so called "Strut folding camera" and when collapsed is very flat - an extremely portable camera for the 1880's. This type of camera was initially patented by the Belgian Dr. Ernest Candèze (1827-1908) and produced by Deyrolle (Paris) in 1875/1876. Similar cameras were produced by H.S. Arwin, Paris in 1889 (Photo-Sport Dubroni), a nearly exact copy is the Bardelli Alpina also from 1884 and possibly also produced by Mackenstein. This is the only Mackenstein Strut Folding camera that I have seen so far, if you have a similar camera or if you have a catalog describing this camera then I would be interested in hearing from you. The external silk tissue has deteriorated but the internal tissue (yellow on the outside black on the inside) is still original and not torn. The lens has no markings, the plate size is 13X19 cm. There is a mark on the inside which reads “collection Roux” again if there is someone that can shed some light on this I would be interested hearing from you.
Mamiya: Mamiya-6 IV camera  Mamiya: Mamiya-6 IV1947-1952  3 Oct 20161947 - Although the range of Mamiya-6 cameras ran from 1947 to 1952 there are some 12 sub types. This is a rare original Mamiya-6 Model IV from 1947. The Original Post WW II model with Automatic Film Counter). The camera was designed by Seichi Mamiya. It produces 6X6 cm pictures and uses 120 film . Serial n° is 37248. The lens is a Takatiho Zuiko (Olympus Original Name} Coated Lens with Serial n° 35196 and the shutter a Seikosha-Rapid (Compur-Rapid Type) shutter with speeds from 1 sec. to 1/500 and B. The camera has a combined coupled rangefinder/viewfinder and Automatic Film Advance/Counter ( the Very First Japanese Folding camera with this possibility). The camera is in very nice condition and still working. The camera has the Attractive Blind Stamped Mamiya-6 logo on the front cover and is blind stamped Mamyia-6 on the back. The Mamiya-6 cameras were designed just prior to WWII. They were produced with the highest precision construction. They are considered the best Japanese Folding cameras and comparable to the best German ones. There is a unique Internal "Rack and Pignon" focusing system where the Lens and mount are stationary and only the film plane advances or retracts. this system is believed to be more accurate than the Zeiss Super Ikonta cameras where only the front element moves. The camera also has its original Brown leather case in very good condition. The bottom of the camera has a CPO stamp. This was the stamp of the Central Purchasing Office established by Gen. MacArthur to assist the Japanese to recover their industrial production. The CPO provided raw materials and distributed the finished products subject to rigorous inspections and quality controls. This Mamiya-6 had a higher quality chrome finish, finer leather bellows and covering than subsequent cameras. Evidently, an effort was made to assure that the first Post WWII cameras would pass the inspection. These first Mamiya-6 cameras were sold exclusively at U.S. Military Post Exchanges and are very rare.
Manhattan Optical: Wizard Pocket No.1 camera  Manhattan Optical: Wizard Pocket No.1c1900s  18 Nov 20131900 -- Also not a reflex camera but such a beauty, the camera is from around 1900 and in extremely nice condition, I even still have the original box which has the name of the camera on it.
Mentor Goltz & Breutmann: Mentor Reflex (1913, Klapp, Folding) camera  Mentor Goltz & Breutmann: Mentor Reflex (1913, Klapp, Folding)c1913-1925  G.B. 1119 24 March 20161913 -- A folding reflex camera made by Goltz & Breutmann OHG Fabrik für photographische Apparate. A German camera manufacturer that was founded in 1898 in Berlin, later moved to Dresden and was after the war incorporated in VEB Pentacon in 1980. Goltz & Breutmann sold their cameras under the Mentor trade name and between the two world wars were quite well known producers of SLR cameras. The lens is a early Zeiss Tessar 135 mm 1 : 4.5 with SN 174414 which dates the lens in 1912.
Meopta: Mikroma camera  Meopta: Mikroma1949  11 Feb 20171949 -- first version of the Czech made Meopta Mikroma sub miniature camera. Compared to my other sub miniature cameras, this camera is quite heavy. It is also a very sophisticated cameras it is possible to set distance and aperture (3.5 to 16) as well as the speed (200 - B). Film is transported by a lever at the back of the camera which at the same time operates the shutter, clever system.
Meopta: Mikroma II 'World Expo' camera  Meopta: Mikroma II 'World Expo'1958  7 Dec 2017 1958 - Special edition of the Mikroma II only produced for the Brussels World expo in 1958. The Mikroma II was introduced around 1957. The main differences with the Mikroma I are the release button on top of the camera that now fires the shutter (film loading is still done using a level at the back of the camera) there is a flash connector on top of the camera and the fastest speed is 400 instead of 200. My camera has never been used in my opinion. The beautiful gold colored leather covering is intact and the camera also came with a very nice green colored leather carrying bag.
Meopta: Mikroma II (colored) camera  Meopta: Mikroma II (colored)1959  9 Jan 20181959 - Green Microma II, blue, brown and beige versions also exist (see for instance ). Camera looks very clean outside as well as inside. The shutter can be cocked and released but the shutter always stays open.
Minolta: Minolta 16 MG camera  Minolta: Minolta 16 MG1966-1971 180851 17 Oct 20161970's - The Minolta 16 range of cameras were very popular sub miniature cameras produced between 1955 and 1974. The Minolta MG is a quite small sophisticated and very well built version. An important advantage is also that the camera does not need batteries to operate. It measures 102.5 x 24 x 39.5 mm and weighs 156g. There is a built in selenium meter with a matched needle system, with a coupled aperture-shutter arrangement (still working on this camera). The shutter is variable from 1/30 to 1/250 s. The lens is a Rokkor 20mm four element f2.8 lens and there is a built-in sliding close-up lens, set to 1.2m. The ASA settings go from ASA 25 - 400. The MG is much smaller than the 16EE, 16EEII, 16P and 16Ps cameras. There is a flash switch on the back of the camera that sets the shutter at 1/30. The camera lacks a flash shoe adapter but an accessory flashgun was available that screwed into the tripod socket of the camera.
Minolta: Minolta 7000 AF camera  Minolta: Minolta 7000 AF1985 42024418 20111985 -- First SLR with integrated autofocus and motorised film advance enabling the use of non motorised AF lenses. The lens is a Maxxum AF 35-70 mm 1:4 zoom. The Minolta/Maxxum 7000 was a phenomenal sales success that catapulted Minolta into the technological forefront. It was subsequently followed by other 35mm AF SLRS such as the Nikon N2020 (1986) and later ('87) by the Canon EOS 650 (with AF motors in the lenses) and the Pentax SF-1 (with built-in pop-up flash). Today, virtually every 35mm and digital SLR has autofocus capability, a clear indication of the Minolta 7000's significant influence on the photo industry.
Minolta: Minolta SR-M camera  Minolta: Minolta SR-M1970 1002402 26 Feb 20151970 -- this is a hard to find, historically important SLR camera in that it is the first SLR with a built in motor drive. The motor drive enables single or continuous motorised use, with the continuous drive at a rate of 3 frames per second. The camera requires eight AA batteries which are stored in the attached handgrip. The handgrip has a shutter release. Strangely enough, the camera does not have a built in light meter (contrary to the SRT from which this camera is derived). The rationale for this is that CdS meters are slow to react to sudden changes in light levels. While later silicon meters are able to reassess the meter reading in the instant between exposures, a CdS meter does not measure correctly for subsequent frames due to the mirror blackout that occurs at the moment of exposure. The SR-M was designed for professional use, but was not really a big success which is the reason why these cameras are hard to find and often in very poor condition because of their professional use. My camera is still in fairly good shape, the black finish does not show any brassing but there is a dent and a scratch on the prism.
Minolta: Minoltaflex camera  Minolta: Minoltaflex1936  21 January 20161936 -- This is apparently NOT the first Japanese built Twin Reflex camera, according to Camerapedia it is the SECOND Japanese TLR "The Minoltaflex is often wrongly presented as the first twin-lens reflex camera sold in Japan;[3] it was actually the second, released some months after the Prince Flex by Neumann & Heilemann. It is likely that the Minoltaflex prototypes came first, and it is said that the announce of the Prince Flex was precipitated by the news that the Minolta camera would be released soon." The camera definitely was "inspired" by the Rolleicord.
Minox: Minox TLX camera  Minox: Minox TLX1995 2600115 20131995 -- There are many versions of the Minox camera, one could really develop a whole collection of Minox cameras. This is a rare titanium version of 1995.
Misuzu Trading: Midget Jilona camera  Misuzu Trading: Midget Jilonac1937 #0.1233 23 sept 20161937 -- This is a tiny Japanese sub miniature camera. Japan (as well as Germany) produced quite a number of sub miniature cameras just after the war until the early 1950's but this camera is much older from around 1937, making it one of the first Japanese cameras using the 17.5mm roll film format. There are black and colored versions of this camera, mine is a red version. The camera has a fixed focus 22mm (f6.8) two-element lens and shutter speeds of B and I (1/25). The viewfinder is a small pop-up viewfinder.
Montanus (Potthoff): Plascaflex V45 camera  Montanus (Potthoff): Plascaflex V451952  25 August 20161952 - Potthoff, a German producer of plastic moldings created a subsidiary under the name of Montanus to produce cameras. The first camera that they produced was the Plascaflex of which there were 2 versions, the PS35 which had a Prontor S shutter and a Plascanar 3.5/75 mm lens and the V45 which had a Vario shutter and 4.5/75 mm lens. A "unique" (but in my opinion somewhat useless) feature was the presence of a magnifying glass which could be stored in the bottom of the camera (see the picture). A number of name variants exist of this camera like the Amplion Reflex which was sold in the UK and the Raluflex I. Initially the cameras that Montanus produced were made out of Bakelite but later models were in metal. Camera production ended somewhere around 1960. My camera is still in a nice condition but has a small screw missing to hold the name tag, there is also a small crack in the bakelite magnifier.
Morita Trading: Kiku 16 Mod I camera  Morita Trading: Kiku 16 Mod I1954  23 Sept 20161954 -- First version of the Kiku 16. A miniature camera with a simple shutter with two settings (I and B). The camera came with its leather carry on case and a Yellow filter.
Morita Trading: Kiku 16 Mod II camera  Morita Trading: Kiku 16 Mod II1956  19 June 20141957 -- Version II of the Kiku 16. The only improvement is that the shutter needs to be tensioned (small handle on the front of the camera) before it can be released, thus making it more difficult to have double exposures. I have the camera with its original instruction sheet and the box.
Murer & Duroni: Murer (strut-folding, 4.5x6) camera  Murer & Duroni: Murer (strut-folding, 4.5x6)1909-1916  24 March 2014Probably from around 1910. Lovely small Italian folding camera, came with plates. There seem to be several versions around. Still looking for more detail on exact year of construction.
Nagel Dr. August: Pupille (Elmar) camera  Nagel Dr. August: Pupille (Elmar)1931-1935 2340029 20 May 2013Early 1930's -- Very solidly built and rather small camera from the 1930's. The company only existed between 1928 and 1932 when it was acquired by Kodak. Dr. Nagel was also the designer of the famous Kodak Retina series. The Pupille continued to be sold after the takeover by Kodak and therefore this camera can be found with Nagel or Kodak brand names. The Pupille was mostly offered with a Schneider Xenon f2, Xenar f2.9 or f3.5 mm and a Compur shutter. My camera has the less common Leitz Elmar f3.5 50 mm. Leitz did not produce many lenses for other camera makers and this is an exception. See also the comparison with the Wirgin Gewirette.
Nefotaf: Glory camera  Nefotaf: Glory1949  20 May 20171949 -- This box camera has a nice front with the word Glory in art deco letters on the front. The camera was produced by Nefotaf. Nefotaf is derived from the Dutch "NEderlandse FOTografische Apparaten Fabriek" (translated as Dutch photographic devices plant) and was founded in 1949 by W. Vlijmene and P.C. Bertels. The Glory box was the first camera that they produced, the name of the camera was changed in 1949 to NEFOX because the name GLORY already existed. Check the De Nederlandse Camera web site for more detail
Newman & Guardia: Nydia camera  Newman & Guardia: Nydiac1900 63134 2 June 20161902 - The Nydia is a very portable camera produced from 1900 onward. 3 different numbers appear on the camera The serial number 63134 is actually the number of the Ross lens, another number - 352241 is stamped into the metal frame and the wooden box has a number 87. Through its lifetime, many different modifications were made and my camera can probably be dated to the year 1902 based on the shutter (a good web site for identifying these cameras is early Photography the camera can be collapsed by detaching the bellows from the shutter/lens combination which can then either be removed or folded up to a very compact size. The changing box has 12 one quarter plates and a pressing plate. Once the plate has been exposed it is moved through a changing lever (with counter) at the back of the camera into the leather bag on top of the camera and then manually pushed towards the back of the stack of plates inside the camera. A very portable system at the time. My camera still has the 12 plates and pressing plate, the lens is clean without scratches, the shutter does not work and the bellows are quite deteriorated but it is still a very attractive camera as one can judge for oneself on the picture that I have taken.
Nikon: D1 camera  Nikon: D11999 5026605 3 Feb 20131999 -- First professional digital SLR from Nikon and so far the most recent camera of my collection
Nikon: Nikon F (eyelevel, chrome) camera  Nikon: Nikon F (eyelevel, chrome)1959 6423083 20121960/61 -- This is my oldest Nikon F camera. According to the serial number it is either late 1960 or early 1961. The lens is from a later date (SN 768689). The Nikon F is really the camera that replaced the professional range finder cameras and made Nikon the leading supplier of professional SLR's. The body is very similar to the Nikon SP Range Finder camera.
Nikon: Nikon F Photomic camera  Nikon: Nikon F Photomic1962 6476212 20121962 -- Black Nikon F, the lens is a 50 mm Nikkor SC Auto 1.4 with SN 1281743 (therefore much younger i.e. 1973) and Photomic cell. I like it that the brass is shining through (but not too much).
Nikon: Nikon N90s camera  Nikon: Nikon N90s1992  20131994 -- This is a Nikon N90S from 1994 with a Kodak DCS 420 back. Therefore an early 1.5 megapixel digital camera priced at around 12,000 US$ at that time.
Nikon: Nikon SP camera  Nikon: Nikon SP1957-1964 6206553 20/12/20171957/58 -- Beautiful example of the Nikon SP with fitting 5cm Nikkor SC 1.4 lens with black barrel. This is an iconic camera and was marketed by Nikon as a professional range finder camera to compete with Leica's M3. Early cameras (such as mine) still have a silk shutter which makes the shutter release extremely silent. Later (after 1959) models were fitted with a titanium shutter foil. The main finder covers a 50mm lens, and as you turn the top dial around the rewind crank (marked 5cm, 8.5cm, 10.5cm and 13.5cm), frames for 85mm, 105mm and 135mm lenses appear. The SP was used as a base on which the later Nikon F Reflex was modeled. The shutter, layout, controls, and camera back are all the same between the Nikon SP and the Nikon F SLR.
Nikon: Nikonos I (Calypso) camera  Nikon: Nikonos I (Calypso)1963 934638 20 Oct 20121963 -- This is also one of my non reflex cameras, a very clean Nikonos I underwater camera from the mid 1960's. Most cameras that you see are heavily used and maltreated, this camera looks hardly used at all. I am still searching for a list of Serial numbers to determine the exact year of production. Nikon bought the Calypso camera design from the French diving equipment company Spiro Technique in the early 1960's and started selling the Nikonos I as of 1963. The Nikonos I series starts with 900001 and Nikonos II introduced in 1968 starts with 960001.
Olympus: Olympus M-1 camera  Olympus: Olympus M-11972 150678 14 Nov 20171972 -- First Olympus reflex camera. When it was introduced in the market it was seen was quite an advanced consumer camera which was much quieter and lighter compared to the Canon and Nikon reflex cameras. In order to avoid a conflict with the Leica M system, Olympus soon re-branded the Olympus M1 to Olympus OM1. The Olympus M1 was primarily sold in Japan which makes it a hard to find camera in the rest of the world. The lens is an OM Zuiko 50 mm 1.8.
OTAG: Amourette camera  OTAG: Amourette1925 002873 23 June 20161925 ? -- OTAG (Österreichisches Telefon AG) was an Austrian producer of telephones that only produced one camera, the Amourette (sold in France under the "Lutin" brand name). It is a special camera in a sense that it is a very early 35 mm camera using perforated 35 mm film in special cassettes which allowed the photographer to take 50 pictures. The Amourette was produced around the same time as the first Leica cameras. What surprised me was the very small size of the camera. The camera also feels quite solid with its metal body and unique film advancement. The film is advanced by pulling a tab at one end of the back of the camera, which activates a claw which pulls the film by the perforations. The lens is a 35 mm f/6.3 Double Miniscope, Extra-Rapidoptik with two diaphragm settings (6.3 and 11.6). The shutter has 3 speeds (25, 50, 100) and T. The camera was produced between 1925 and around 1930 (source McKeown 12th ed.).
Philips: Camera-Eclair camera  Philips: Camera-Eclairc1950s  17 Feb 20171954 -- It is quite obvious that Philips's main objective was to sell flashlights. The camera has a very nice 1950's styling and is made from Bakelite. With my camera, there is still the original invoice of 25 Guilders + 1.12 Tax. The camera was bought in 1954. It is exactly the same as the "Flits camera" (translated as "Flash camera"). There is no name tag on the camera so there is no way to distinguish the "éclair camera" from the "Flits camera", I would suspect that initially there was also a Dutch manual with the camera but I only have the French manual. I also have the leather carry on pouch and 2 green/blue flashlights.
PIC: Pic camera  PIC: Picc1950s  9 June 20151945 - 1950 This uniquely styled camera was produced in the UK between 1945 and 1950 by the company Pressure Sealed Plastics Limited and is rather hard to find. It is a a circular plastic camera for 16 images on 127 rollfilm. Fitted with a simple lens of fixed aperture and focus. there are 2 shutter release buttons and a tubular viewfinder. the camera was marketed by PIC Distributors Limited. My camera is still in very good condition has a film inside and still has the original box which is in a good shape.
Prinsen: Prinsen Box LP camera  Prinsen: Prinsen Box LPc1948-1949  20 May 20171947 - The Dutch Prinsen camera producer was founded in 1947 by Mr Frits Prinsen. The Prinsen box LP camera was produced for only 2 years, several versions exist of this camera. check the De Nederlandse Camera web site
Rectaflex Starea: Rectaflex 1300 (Standard) camera  Rectaflex Starea: Rectaflex 1300 (Standard)1952-1956 27223 20111952 -- I really love the styling of the camera but the quality is not as good as the German quality. This is not one of the first versions but a 1952 model. the lens is a Schneider Kreuznach with SN 3399423 which also dates from 1952
Richter KW: Siforflex camera  Richter KW: Siforflexc1937  17 June 20161937? - Richter was a German camera maker best known for their Reflecta TLR cameras. Richter also produced these cameras under other brand names for other companies including the Hungarian camera retailer SIFOR located in Györ Hungary. SIFOR was the third largest camera retailer in pre war Hungary. Reportedly the Siforflex was produced between 1937 and 1939 and only 3,500 cameras were sold which make the camera quite hard to find. The camera has a taking lens 1:4,5 f 7.5 Anastigmat Triolar with serial number 213285, the camera takes pictures of 6x6 cm on 120 film. My camera still functions and is cosmetically in good condition.
Riken: Steky I camera  Riken: Steky I1947 4344 17 Feb 20171947 - First model Steky with 40 mm coated tele lens
Riken: Steky III camera  Riken: Steky IIIc1950-1955 952 19901950-52 Camera from between 1950 and 1952 still stamped "Made in Occupied Japan" therefore one of the earlier Steky III models. The Steky has interchangeable lenses a shutter with 25 50 100 and B settings as well as a frame counter. These cameras were well made and several models of the Steky were produced. My camera is still complete with the yellow filter as well as lens cap and two cartridges and the leather carry on case (it is quite rare to find a complete Steky with all its components).
Rollei: Heidoscop (6x13cm) camera  Rollei: Heidoscop (6x13cm)1925-1940  23 Sept 20171931 - The Heidoscop is the first camera produced by Franke & Heidecke. The Heidoscop was in production between 1921 and 1941. There are two types of film backs either for plates (like my camera) or roll film. Several versions were produced with minor modifications. My camera is the latest model 5 where the Lens caps are hinged to the camera front. A description of the different versions can be found at Early Photography
Rollei: Rollei 16 camera  Rollei: Rollei 161963-1967 2704406 25 Nov 20111963 -- A sophisticated miniature camera using 16 mm film. The Rollei 16 was presented at the 1963 Photokina and is a quite unique concept designed by Heinz Waaske who had developed the Wirgin Edixa (see insert) which was brought to the market in 1962. Waaske apparently fell out with Wirgin and then went to Rollei. The camera has a Shutter- Coupled Automatic Exposure Meter and a Carl Zeiss Tessar f:2.8 Lens (N° 3603685). Focusing is from .4m to inf. There is a "Pull-Out" Parallex Correcting Albada Viewfinder which advances the film and arms the shutter. The camera uses 16mm "single perforation" film in RADA cartridges. the camera has a Gossen Selenium Exposure Meter which still works (quite rare for this age). There are no shutter speeds indicated since the exposure meter Automatically determines the exposure from ASA 12- 200. A small prism "Extinction Meter" in the base of the viewfinder indicates if there is enough light to hand hold the camera. It turns "Black" when there is insufficient light. The Rollei 16 can be used on a Tripod for long exposures up to 3 seconds.
Rollei: Rolleicord I "Tapeten" (Wallpapered) camera  Rollei: Rolleicord I "Tapeten" (Wallpapered)1933-1936 1488124 21 May 20161933 - this camera was produced between 1933 and March 1936. In total over 32,000 "Tapeten" cameras were produced. The range of serial numbers (engraved in the taking lens) runs from 1.460.000 - 1.760.000
Rollei: Rolleiflex 4x4 Post-War Baby (black) camera  Rollei: Rolleiflex 4x4 Post-War Baby (black)1963-1968 2064948 24 Feb 2014Beautiful 1960's "Baby Rolleiflex". This is the rare "Black version" which is much less common compared to the "Grey version" which was produced from 1957 to 1963. The black version was produced between 1963 and 1968, only some 4,930 cameras were produced. The camera is in very clean condition and does not show any traces of use. On one of the sides there is an emblem with 5 stars.
Ruberg & Renner: Ruberg Futuro (red) camera  Ruberg & Renner: Ruberg Futuro (red)c1933  15 Sept 20181927 - Very nice red marbled Ruberg Futuro. The camera is very clean and comes with its leather pouch (inside some text mentioning the year 1928). Very simple camera with two diaphragm settings that are selected by pulling a small handle near the bottom of the lens. and two speed settings (T and I) selected by the small wheel on the lens. The lens is a Rodenstock Periskop f11 lens. The body of the camera is in metal and the lens is from Bakelite and has to be screwed out.The camera takes 3x4 or 4x6.5cm exposures on 127 film. Film format is selected by a handle at the bottom of the camera.
Sanwa: Mycro I camera  Sanwa: Mycro Ic1947-1949  July 1 20141952 -- Stamped "Made in Japan", probably from around 1952. My camera does not have any engraving around the lens, not sure if this is original or not but the camera looks very clean without any scratches. There is still a film inside the camera. I also have the leather case which is still stamped "made in occupied Japan".
Sanwa: Mycro IIIa camera  Sanwa: Mycro IIIac1949  13 Oct 20131949 -- One of the more sophisticated Japanese miniature cameras that were produced just after WWII. The camera has a shutter with the following speeds: 25 50 100 B. My version still has its original yellow filter, lens shade and leather carry on case.
Sawyers: View-master Personal Stereo camera  Sawyers: View-master Personal Stereo1952 12869 24 March 20161952 to 1960. This is a very interesting camera that uses 35 mm film to produce view master size pictures that can then be mounted in a view-master reel. The camera lenses first are positioned so that the upper part of the film is exposed, once the film roll is finished the dial on the front of the camera is turned and the lenses move to expose the bottom part of the film. The camera was developed by 1952 by the Stereocraft Engineering Company and marketed by Sawyers (originally a producer of postcards). The camera was sold for around 180 US$ in the 1950's.
SCAT: Scat camera  SCAT: Scatc1950s  25 May 20151950's -- Tiny Italian made 1950's camera with quite a unique design. Takes 7x10mm pictures on16 mm film in special cassettes. The lens is a f 3,5 /25 mm and can be focused from 1,5m till infinity. Very rudimentary viewfinder. When winding the only button on the camera clockwise, the film is transported and the shutter is cocked. Winding counterclockwise fires the shutter. There is only one shutter speed. I have not (yet) seen this mechanism on any other camera. My camera still works, the metal around the lens and button (Al) is somewhat pitted.
Secam: Stylophot camera  Secam: Stylophot1955  22 Dec 20131950's -- Stylophot French camera from the 1950's. The Stylophot was designed by Fritz Kaftanski who was born in Germany but then moved to the Czech republic and around 1939 to France. He designed a number of cameras such as the SIDA, SIDAX, COMPAFEX and KAFTAX. The Stylophot range was produced between 1955 and around 1970. This is the simpler model without focussing capability. The camera comes complete with its lens shade (hard to find) and plastic case.
Secam: Stylophot camera  Secam: Stylophot1955  16 march 20151950's -- A stylophot complete with film as well as a set of 4 filters - the camera has not been used and also comes with the box in which it was sold.
Secam: Stylophot Deluxe camera  Secam: Stylophot Deluxe1955  26 Dec 20111950's -- Another Stylophot, this is the more sophisticated focusing model with Roussel f 3.5 Lens which was produced from 1956 until about 1970. I also have the carrying case.
Shincho Seiki: Darling-16 camera  Shincho Seiki: Darling-161957  10 March 20181957 - A somewhat larger sub miniature camera styled as a movie camera. The camera can take 14 pictures on 16 mm not perforated film. The size of each negative is 10x12mm. The film cartridge is similar to the Mamiya film cartridge. The camera is quite sophisticated with a fixed 35mm f8.0 lens which is equivalent to a 85mm lens in the 35mm format. Range goes from 0.9m (3 feet) to infinity. Aperture settings are f8, f11, f22. The viewfinder has a black line for framing short distances (within 1.2m - 4ft). The camera has only two speeds, B and I (1/50). This camera is an early version without flash synchronization and aperture setting on the front of the camera. Later models have flash synchronization on the front, with aperture selection on the lens. A number of variations exist. This camera has yellow lettering, other versions have red and green lettering.
Showa Kogaku: Gemflex (I) camera  Showa Kogaku: Gemflex (I)c1949 6910 17 Feb 20171949 - First Gemflex. The smallest real Twin Lens Reflex Ever Made!. A very nice piece of Japanese engineering. Measures only 3 X 3.8 X 6.5 cms. GEM f:3.5 25mm Lens with Iris Diaphragm closes to f: 11, Shutter with Speeds from 1.25 to 1/100 sec. & B. This camera has practically All the Functions of it's "Big Brothers". Still in Fully Working Condition. "Pop-Up" Top cover Springs open as New. Internally clean with no signs of use.This camera is difficult to find particularly in such a nice condition, The back of the camera has a metal logo with "Made in Occupied Japan" engraved.
Spiro Technique: Calypso camera  Spiro Technique: Calypso1960-1961 6781 12 Oct 2015Early 1960's - This underwater camera was initially produced by Spiro Technique and the precursor to Nikon's Nikonos series. The first Calypso was introduced in the market around 1958 and sold at around 100 US$. It had a very distinctive grey "Faux sealskin" covering. Shutter speeds are B, 30, 60, 125, 250, 500, 1000. Around serial number 3500 some minor changes were made. The glossy black finish was replaced with a black textured paint. The Calypso logo, which had been imprinted in white beneath the lens at the front of the camera, was changed to a black logo on a silver colored plate. The serial number, originally imprinted in white at the rear of the camera to the right of the viewfinder, was relocated and stamped into the left rail of the accessory shoe on top of the camera. My camera is therefore a second generation Calypso.
Standard Cameras: Robin-Hood-Stereo camera  Standard Cameras: Robin-Hood-Stereo1930s  2 June 20171930's - The box proudly refers to a 'Photographic Outfit comprising of a stereoscopic camera, film, chemicals, printing paper etc.' My box only has the camera a few sheets of film and one sheet of paper. On the side of the box someone has written " Presented to Antony Dooley 1952". This seems to indicate that this camera was produced for quite some time as I can not imagine someone buying the camera in the 1930's and giving it as a present in 1952. It is a fairly simple camera but because of its attractive speckled Bakelite rather well sought after collectible. shutter setting and tensioning is on the front, release button on the side of the camera. Although the camera was aimed at children, it had to be loaded in the dark.
Sugaya (1970s): Minimax camera  Sugaya (1970s): Minimax1978 52112804 5 June 20161978 - The Minimax is the camera in front, the reason why I also show the Pentax 110 is because both cameras were designed by the same person, in addition it gives a better idea of the size of the Minimax camera. The Minimax is a very solidly built metal rangefinder camera for the 110 format. The camera was designed by Mr Sugaya an engineer that left Nikon to start up his own company. The company only produced 200 cameras which were sold at a price of 250 US$, similar to a low range SLR camera. Mr Sugaya was working on another small camera, this time a reflex camera, and he even produced a prototype before he ran out of money and sold the blueprints to Pentax who successfully launched the Pentax 110 camera. Mr Sugaya unfortunately had to close down his business. More info to be found here
Suzuki Kogaku: Camera Lite (Model B) camera  Suzuki Kogaku: Camera Lite (Model B)1956  9 June 20151955/1956 -- In 1953 the Suzuki Optical Company’s Echo 8 sub miniature lighter/camera played a key role in the romantic film ‘Roman Holiday’ featuring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. The film increased demand which Suzuki could not keep up with. As a result they brought out the Camera Lite as a cheaper, simpler version of the Echo 8. My camera is still in a very nice condition but the box looks pretty battered. The camera also comes with two film cassettes.
Suzuki Kogaku: Echo 8 camera  Suzuki Kogaku: Echo 81951-1956  23 Jan 20181951 -- Cigarette-lighter spy camera. It has a fixed-focus 15mm lens with variable apertures from f3.5 to f8.0. This is equivalent to a 75mm tele lens in the 35mm format. There are two shutter speeds of B and I (1/50). The shutter speed and aperture are controlled with tiny tabs under the lighter lid that are moved with your fingernail. The camera produces a 6x6mm format on 8mm film. the camera has a built-in waist-level-type viewfinder that is accessed by opening the lighter lid, sliding the nameplate-panel on the lighter lid upward, and then looking down. The Echo 8 was used in the movie ‘Roman Holiday’ In this movie, Eddie Albert used a Echo 8, to take pictures of Audrey Hepburn. There were several versions of the Echo 8. My version is a very early version with a square cutout window behind which the camera lens is hidden. Later models (introduced after the movie, based on increase in demand) have a round window. The camera uses 8mm film. In order to make the 8 mm film one has to take a 16 mm film which has perforations on both sides, and split it down the middle (the camera comes with a splitter). This film then needs to be loaded in the tiny cassette. Regular or Super 8mm can not be used as the sprocket holes are not the same as with 16mm film. The lighter in the camera really works and is a separate unit in the body. However, many cameras were damaged after being used because the lighter fluid tends to seep into the camera part.
Tahbes: Populair camera  Tahbes: Populairc1948  22 Sept 20141949 - 1950 This is a simple camera with a painted metal body and collapsible lens, The camera has a "sports viewfinder" but there are also models with an Albada as well as Newton Finder. I believe that this model is quite hard to find. According to this link the red version was developed for the Chilean market.
Tahbes: Synchro camera  Tahbes: Synchroc1948  10 Sept 20141948-1950 -- Tahbes was a Dutch camera maker operating between 1948 and the early 1950's. Just after the war, there were quite a number of Dutch camera makers trying to take advantage of the lack of German competition but most of these operations closed down a couple of years later when the German camera production came up to speed.
Tahbes: Synchro camera  Tahbes: Synchroc1948  18 March 20151948-1950 -- This is also a Tahbes Synchro with a metal finish, not covered like the other model. I really like the styling of these cameras - quite a uniquely styled camera with its huge Albada finder on top.
Tahbes: Synchrona camera  Tahbes: Synchronac1950 B 4702 11 Jan 20151948-1950 -- Tahbes was a small Dutch producer of cameras that produced some uniquely styled simple cameras in the late 1940's early1950's. I have two other Tahbes models (Synchro and Popular), this is the more sophisticated Synchrona which has shutter speeds of 25, 50, 100 and T. There are also 3 diaphragm settings: 11 7.7 and 9
Tahbes: Synchrona camera  Tahbes: Synchronac1950 B 7219 20 May 20171950 - This is a Synchrona with the not so common Newton finder. All cameras with Newton finder that I have seen have a Serial number in the 7000 range while the versions with an Albada finder have lower serial numbers. This makes me believe that the versions with Newton finder are probably the more recent ones and could be the last cameras that were produced by Thabes in 1950. This version also has a small foot so that the camera can stand horizontally on a flat surface.
Taiyodo Koki: Vestkam camera  Taiyodo Koki: Vestkam1949  23 sept 20161949 -- Subminiature camera with 3 shutter speeds 50 25 and B. Vestkam lens 25 mm f 4.5. The camera takes 14×14mm exposures on 17.5mm film. The bottom has "Made in occupied Japan" engraved.
Thornton Pickard: Stereo-Puck camera  Thornton Pickard: Stereo-Puck1932  11 Nov 2015Around 1933 - A relatively simple wooden box stereo camera covered by leatherette. A number of versions exist of this camera (see for instance ). My camera has a set of magnifiers that can be put in place by a small lever on top of the camera, according to the above source this means that the camera is a later model probably from around 1933. The camera is in average condition with the leatherette being damaged and also the strap in a poor condition, the winding know is different from most of the other models that I have seen.
Thowe KW: Reisekamera (Field Camera) camera  Thowe KW: Reisekamera (Field Camera)c1915  20111910-1920 -- I believe that this is a so called field camera (Reisecamera, chambre de voyage) , the leather strap on top of the camera has the brand name, Thowe embossed in it. The camera comes with a Rodenstock Rekti-aplanat with SN 138952 which dates the lens between 1910 and 1920. The company Thowe was founded in 1914 and operated until 1932.
Toa (Toakoki Seisakusho): Gelto-D III camera  Toa (Toakoki Seisakusho): Gelto-D III1950 27926 20121950 -- Very nice Japanese post war Gelto IIID from around 1950. The camera has a removable back which is opened by a a lever on top of the camera - I could only find a serial number on the lens not on the body of the camera.
Toa (Toakoki Seisakusho): Gelto-D III (1938) camera  Toa (Toakoki Seisakusho): Gelto-D III (1938)1938 18890 9 August 20171938 or 39 - This is a prewar Gelto D III - recognizable by its rotating lever on top of the camera that is used to open the camera. With GRIMMEL"Four Element" f:4.5 5 cm. Lens N° 24348 and Gelto "DialSet" Shutter with Speeds from 1/5 sec. to 1/250 sec. T. & B. . Focusing from 0.5 m to inf. he Cameras' name, GELTO, probably derives from its resemblance to a Gold Bar (and very heavy Weight (around 0.5 kg) for such a small camera that "fits easily in the palm of the hand"). Only a few hundred cameras were produced before production was halted at the start of WWII. The design was "influenced" by the Nagel Pupille and Wirgin Gewirette (also designed by Dr. Nagel.) The similarity of design with the Pupille and Gewirette is only evident in the shape, size and Helical Focusing lens mount. Both the Pupille and Gewirette have the opening system on the top which lifts up for loading the film. This Model Gelto also has the lever on top. Unlike the Post WWII model where the opening ​ is on the bottom and Entire back slides off. The camera is in perfect working condition.
Toa (Toakoki Seisakusho): Gelto-D III (black) camera  Toa (Toakoki Seisakusho): Gelto-D III (black)1938 1833 14 Jan 20151938 -- This is also an early hard to find pre war Gelto probably from around 1938. The camera can easily be distinguished from the later post war models in that it has a rotating lever on top of the camera that opens the top of the camera. Post war models have a lever whereby the bottom and back of the camera can be removed. My camera is in very nice cosmetic condition, the shutter still works but does not fully close the diaphragm.
Toa (Toakoki Seisakusho): Gelto-D III (new gelto) camera  Toa (Toakoki Seisakusho): Gelto-D III (new gelto)1952 6584 14 Jan 20151952 -- This is a so called "New Gelto" from around 1952. The camera is similar to earlier Gelto versions but the lever for opening the camera has been moved from the top of the camera to the bottom. There is also a sign on the top with "New Gelto" and the serial number. The shutter on my camera is not working any more.
Tougodo: Minetta camera  Tougodo: Minettac1950s  20121950's -- A so called 'HIT' camera from the 1950's. My camera still has a roll of original paper backed film in it. Because of the post war conditions in Japan, normal sized cameras and film were very expensive just after WWII, therefore these tiny cameras were quite popular.
Toyo: Mighty camera  Toyo: Mighty1947  July 1 20141947 -- Mighty from 1947 stamped made in Occupied Japan. This camera has a Reflex and Direct Viewfinder ans f:4.5 20mm TKP TOKO lens. A Leaf shutter with 2 speeds and Iris diaphragm from f:4.5 to f: 16. The camera is complete with a lens shade carry on bag and instruction sheet. (Speed setting is not functioning)
Toyo: Mighty camera  Toyo: Mighty1947  23 sept 20161947 -- Another version the camera has a different latch to lock the camera. This version also has two speed settings but the diaphragm is fixed, the lens is a f:4.5 20mm TKPW TOKO lens. The camera is stamped at the bottom with "Made in occupied Japan".
Toyo: Tone camera  Toyo: Tonec1950  1 July 20141949 -- Miniature camera, stamped on the winding Knob, Leather case and back of the camera "Made in occupied Japan". TONE f:3.5 25mm Lens and "Leaf Type" shutter. This is quite a sophisticated camera with shutter speeds 1/25, 1/50 1/100 sec.& B. a diaphragm from f:3.5 to f: 16, and also FOCUSING from 2 ft. to inf. The camera has a direct as well as reflex viewfinder. It is probably one of the smallest REAL cameras (not a HIT type) ever been made. There is still a film inside the camera.
Tynar: Tynar camera  Tynar: Tynarc1950  2010A 1950's US made sub miniature camera with quite a unique style.
Ulca Camera: Ulca (green) camera  Ulca Camera: Ulca (green)1935  21 March 20151935 -- This sub miniature camera is from around 1935 and made in cast metal. These cameras were made in the US (TSL), UK (STI and "Made in England") and Germany (TMS and STM) and there are many variations in the markings ( see for instance ) My camera is a rare green version which shows damage around the lens (this is often seen with these cameras - because they are in cast metal often the surface around the lens is damaged). According to McKeown's, the camera is named after Karl Ulbricht (Ulbricht Camera) who protected the trademark in 1933.
Ulca Camera: Ulca TSL camera  Ulca Camera: Ulca TSL1935  17 July 20151935 -- This is the more common black TSL model with black nameplate (there is also a version with a white nameplate).
United Optical: Merlin camera  United Optical: Merlin1936  20121936 -- This sub miniature camera is (so far) the smallest camera in my collection - This is the more common black version. It is a very simple British cast metal camera from 1936.
United Optical: Merlin camera  United Optical: Merlin1936  12 June 20151936 -- Another Merlin from 1936 in very good condition. The green camera is less common compared to the black version. The camera still has some film in it.
Universal Camera: Minute 16 (outfit) camera  Universal Camera: Minute 16 (outfit)1949  12 June 20151949 -- Flash with Camera !! This is a complete outfit of the Minute 16 with flash from. The outfit came in two boxes one with the camera and flash unit and another one for the leather carry on case. There is also an original film cassette in the camera and some unused film. The box is in poor shape but the camera is like new, I don't think it has ever been used.
Universal Camera: Twinflex camera  Universal Camera: Twinflex1939  24 Nov 20151939 - A bakelite twin lens reflex camera that uses 00 film on which 6 exposures could be taken. The grey dial on the front is used for setting the distance. There is an instantaneous time setting and a 'Time' setting. A manual for this camera can be found here.
unknown companies: Phocira camera  unknown companies: Phocirac1930s  24 March 20161930's This is a cardboard box camera with a "Phocira" logo but otherwise very similar (exactly the same ?) as the Ajax box camera from Coronet. Therefore not unlikely that Coronet produced the cameras and which were labeled Phocira. The only reference that I could find on the internet so far regarding Phocira and cameras is the registration of a camera shop in Brussels -- Molenbeek in the Rue du Choeur 49 back in 1931. The shop does not exist any more.
unknown companies: Photolet camera  unknown companies: Photoletc1930s  23 sept 20161932? --- This camera is nearly an exact copy of the more widely known ULCA cameras and marketed (produced ?) by the French company Photographie Vulgarisatrice (according to McKeown's 2005/2006). According to Collection Appareils Sylvain Halgand the camera was produced by the company Photolet in 1932. The camera is in cast metal and makes 20 exposures measuring 20x20mm on roll film. The lens is a simple Meniscus f/8 31mm and the shutter, a single speed rotary shutter.
Vena: Venaret Junior camera  Vena: Venaret Junior1949  20 May 20171949 -- Vena is a Dutch producer of cameras that was founded just before WW II by Evert VErlegh and Samuel NAarden. The first cameras were however only produced after the war in 1948. The most sophisticated camera was the Venaret which had a flash shoe, the Venaret Junior has the same typical style, very similar to the pre war Korelle reflex camera but lacks the flash shoe apparently the cameras were designed by Alfred Kochmann . Vena also produced some simple box cameras. My camera is a green version of the Venaret Junior, with black front plate. Most Venaret/Venaret Junior cameras are black, The styling of the front plate of the Venaret and Venaret Junior varies, with white, brown and black front plates occurring. The Venaret cameras have 3 shutter speeds 25 50 and T and a 7.7 75 mm lens. the camera uses 120 rollfilm. Check the De Nederlandse Camera web site for more detail
Voigtländer: Bessa camera  Voigtländer: Bessa1929-1949  20101949 -- The Voigtlander Bessa was produced for some 20 years with different modifications. This is the very latest model and was produced for only 1 year after which it was replaced by the Bessa I camera in 1950 with similar features but with a coupled rangefinder. My camera has a nice coated Vaskar lens.
Voigtländer: Bessamatic Deluxe camera  Voigtländer: Bessamatic Deluxe1962  24 April 20151959 -- In this case, the lens is more important than the camera - this is a Voigtlander Zoomar 36-82/2.8 zoom lens fitted onto a Bessamatic Deluxe camera. The Voigtlander Zoomar was the world's first production zoom for 35mm still cameras. Designed by Dr. Frank G. Back of Zoomar in Long Island New York the lens was produced by Voigtlander in Germany and was offered in Voigtlander Bessamatic as well as Exakta mounts at the same time.
Welta: Perfekta camera  Welta: Perfekta1934-1939  23 sept 20171933 -- Welta was one of the smaller camera producers with production in Dresden. The company was founded in 1914 as Weeka Kamera Werk. In 1919, the name was changed to Welta. in 1931, the Perfekta, a Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) camera with bellows and 6X6 film was produced. On the picture you can also see the Superfekta for the 6X9 format. The Perfekta is smaller compared to the Superfekta and does not have a turning back (anyway not useful for the 6X6 format). Both cameras were not a huge success and therefore not so easy to find and often in poor condition. My camera has a trioplan 7.5 cm f3.5 with SN640369 which dates it before 1935.
Welta: Superfekta camera  Welta: Superfekta1935  23 Sept 20171935 -- A camera which looks as impressive as its name. Made between 1932 and 1934. One of the Very Rare Folding TLR's capable of making Vertical and Horizontal photos (which is achieved by turning the back of the camera as shown on the picture). The taking lens is a Carl Zeiss Jena 10.5 cm 3.8 Tessar lens (Serial # 1680307).
Wirgin: Edixa 16 camera  Wirgin: Edixa 161962 430002 25 Nov 20111962 -- The Wirgin Edixa was designed by Henz Waaske who also developed the Rollei 16 and which was introduced in the market one year later in 1963 (see insert). The camera has a Schneider Xenar f:2.8 25mm lens. Focuses from .4m to inf. Shutter speeds range from 1/30 to 1/150 sec. & B. there is an Albada finder with Parallex Correction indicated. ASA settings go from 6- 100. There is an auxiliary "Coupled" removable Exposure Meter (not working on my camera). The Camera was sold without the Exposure meter, it was an option. Apart from the meter everything works as it should. The camera is in beautiful condition with only a slight "rubbing" under the winding arm and a slight "ring" around the rewind arm. The shutter works at all speeds and the lens is clear. The Rollei 16 has a strong "resemblance" to the Edixa 16 for good reasons. Waaske disputed with the Wirgin brothers and went to Rollei and redesigned the camera as the more sophisticated Rollei 16. I have both cameras and it is interesting to compare them "side by side".
Wirgin: Gewirette camera  Wirgin: Gewirette1932-1937 No SN 14 April 20161933 -- This camera looks very similar to the Nagel Pupille which is from around the same time. Many different versions exist of this camera. My Camera is a Version 1 with quite sophisticated focussing helicoid, there are other versions that have a simple front-cell focussing. The Gewirette exists with a wide variety of lens and shutter combinations, including Ludwig Victar or Schneider Radionar lenses, and Compur, Vario, Pronto or Prontor II shutters. My camera has a Compur shutter with SN 2411133 (i.e. from 1933) and Schneider Radionar 50/2.9 SN 451441 (from 1931). The following is from: CJ's Classic Camera Collection "The Wirgin company was founded in the 1920s in Wiesbaden, Germany, by the four Wirgin brothers, who were immigrants from Poland. They built several folding cameras before venturing out in miniature cameras, as cameras smaller than medium format were called, like the Gewirette and Edinex. Here the story takes a dramatic turn. The Wirgin brothers were of Jewish origin and became the subject of increasing harassment. In 1938 they fled Germany via Switzerland to the USA. The company was confiscated and produced cameras under the name Adox. During the war production stopped and the factory was partially destroyed during Allied Forces bombing raids. After the war Henry Wirgin returned to reclaim his company and carried on where he left off, building Edinex cameras and later moving into SLRs, the Edixa Reflex. Adox also continued to build cameras. The Wirgin company existed till 1972."
wirgin: Gewirette comparison camera  wirgin: Gewirette comparison  Here is a comparison of the Nagel Pupille (right) with the Wirgin Gewirette. Both cameras have the same size and also a collapsible lens. Helical focus focusing up to 0.75 m !! Compur shutter. The Gewirette still has its original lens cap.
Zeiss Ikon: Balilla Box camera  Zeiss Ikon: Balilla Box1936  10 Dec 20151936 -- This box camera from 1936 is quite rare. Zeiss Ikon produced this copy of the quite common Baldur Box camera for the Italian fascist youth organization, reportedly only a few hundred cameras were produced. My camera is in a very nice condition and comes with an attractive leather carrying pouch which has a nicely designed "art deco" lock.
Zeiss Ikon: Box Tengor 56/2 camera  Zeiss Ikon: Box Tengor 56/21948-1956  28 Dec 20131951 - 1956 Quite a sophisticated Box camera Zeiss Ikon produced a range of Box Tengor cameras with the earliest versions starting in 1926, this is the very last model which was produced between 1951 and 1956. There are 3 diaphragm settings 16 11 9. Distance scale and double exposure prevention.
Zeiss Ikon: Kolibri 523/18 camera  Zeiss Ikon: Kolibri 523/181930-1935 S 31836 4 March 2071930-32 This Zeiss Ikon Kolibri has a very unusual lens, a Meyer Görlitz Trioplan 2.5 cm f 3.5. Normally these cameras are fitted with a 5 cm Zeiss lens, either the Tessar f 3.5 or f 2.8 and compur shutter, the Novar 3.5 or 4.5 (with Telma shutter) or the very rare Biotar f 2 (compur shutter). source The serial number of the lens is 564431 which dates it between 1930 (SN 500,000) and 1935 (675,000). Probably the lens was retrofitted.
Zeiss Ikon: Super Ikonta (A) 531 camera  Zeiss Ikon: Super Ikonta (A) 5311937-1956 P75713 20111950 -- Zeiss Ikon's top of the line medium format folding cameras were branded Ikonta. The Super Ikonta had a coupled rangefinder. This model is probably from 1950 or 1951. It has a Compur Rapid shutter and 75 mm 3,5 coated Zeiss Opton Tessar with serial number 73103. Works like new.
Zeiss Ikon VEB: Contax D (small D) camera  Zeiss Ikon VEB: Contax D (small D)1952-1954 26415 20 nov 20111950 -- together with the Rectaflex considered one of the first SLR with penta prism. The interesting point of this camera is that it has two numbers, a serial number that is visible on the side when you open the camera and a second number at the back of the camera which seems to be an internal production code based on camera SN and biotar lens number the camera is from 1950
Zeiss, Carl VEB: Werra microscope Camera camera  Zeiss, Carl VEB: Werra microscope Camera1964-1968 No SN 14 April 20161960 ? - This is a rare microscope version of the very popular Werra camera. Werra cameras were produced between 1954 and 1968. In total some 560,000 cameras were produced and a total of 22 different versions exist (source - an excellent site for the "Werra collector"). Werra's are very attractively styled cameras and can often be found on sale on Ebay.

Lenses

Manufacturer:Model Serial Number Date acquiredPrice PaidComments
Nikon: Werra microscope Camera camera  Nikon: 200-600mm f9.5 Zoom-Nikkor (AI)290063 14 feb 20171971 -- The lens is fitted onto a Nikon F2 also from the 1970's. It is the second version (non AI) of this massive Nikon 'Super Zoom' lens, the first one dates from 1961. In some 20 years time, between 1961 and early 1980's, 5167 of these Super zoom lenses were sold. The key improvement over the first version was that the maximum diaphragm stayed at f 9.5 over the full zoom range, the previous version was a f9.5 f10.5 lens. Serial numbers start at 290001 and go to 290880. There are 19 elements grouped in 12 groups. The minimum distance is 4 m and can be brought to 2.3 m with the close up attachment. The lens does not have the typical 'Nikon meter coupling prong'. It weighs 2.3 kg. Zooming and distance setting is done with one ring. The lens was upgraded to AI in 1977 and in 1982 to the AIS.
Nikon: Werra microscope Camera camera  Nikon: 500mm f8 Reflex-Nikkor.C541964 22 April 20171970's -- This lens was produced between April 1974 and Oct 1983 . It was part of a successful series of 500 mm f8 Reflex lenses that started in Dec 1968 (with a 500/8 Reflex NKJ) and ended in Dec 2005 (with the AI version). In total some 100,000 of these lenses were produced by Nikon. My lens is in close to mint condition, I mounted it on one of my old Nikon cameras (Nikon FM2).
Nikon: Werra microscope Camera camera  Nikon: 80-200mm f2.8 Nikkor ED D AF-S IF208468 22 April 2017Around 1999/2000. The 80-200/2.8 AF-S is a professional Nikon zoom lens that came out in 1999 when it replaced the 80-200/2.8D. The 80-200/2.8 AF-S in its turn was followed by the 70-200/2.8 VR in 2003 who in its turn was replaced by the VRII in 2009. Serial numbers for the 80-200/2.8 AF-S go from 200196 to 261492 so my lens is probably from1999 or 2000. The lens has not seen a lot of use. I mounted it on a D60, a consumer Nikon camera that was launched in 2008. A review of this lens can be found at the excellent Ken Rockwell site.
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