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an eagle eye for your camera …

Toronto. It was July, 1936, when Zeiss Jena produced its Zeiss Objectives catalogue, Ph 333e. In this catalogue, Zeiss lenses were tagged as “The Eagle Eye of your Camera“.  Unlike Leitz, who used the lens name to indicate a lens’s … Continue reading

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Slip, slidin’, away

Toronto. Paul Simon wrote this song in 1975 and released it a few years later. It showed up as a Simon and Garfunkel song (I have it on a CD). The song captures the spirit of film and film cameras … Continue reading

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Let George do it

Toronto. The dry plate process as described by Dr Maddox quickly reached North America and served as the basis for George Eastman to quit his bank job and establish the Eastman Plate Company in 1881. He had experimented with dry … Continue reading

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those where the days …

Toronto. I think George Dunbar has special spot in his heart for the once illustrious staples of the news photographer –  the Graphic and Graflex cameras. George often finds these unusual ads and passes them to a few of the … Continue reading

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A tale of two cameras…

Toronto. Apologies to Mr Dickens again – he must be on my mind. My friend George Dunbar dropped me a note last Tuesday. George spotted an old Kodak Retina I on the internet and it reminded him of his first … Continue reading

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PHSC News for September 2017

Toronto. we start the fall session with a bang! Editor Sonja Pushchak delivers another wonderful pdf newsletter detailing the events of this fall plus other entertaining notes and articles. The announcements cover: our fall fair; the September meeting; Our fall … Continue reading

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small camera – big man

Toronto.It was spring 1925 when a new tiny camera was first marketed at the Leipzig fair by the family owned microscope manufacturer and optical institute, Ernst Leitz Wetzlar, Germany. To most people, the Leica was a very expensive novel toy … Continue reading

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The Leica Manual 1935 – 1973

Toronto. As my eyes began to struggle with focussing my Exakta, I sought out an alternative design. On March 21, 1970 I bought Andrew Matheson’s “The Leica and Leicaflex Way” 9th revised edition at Mitchell Photo Supply on Dominion square … Continue reading

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Canada 1867 – 2017

Toronto. The celebration of our 150th anniversary (on July 1, 2017) (come out this September 20th to our next presentation) was celebrated with a quintet of speakers, specially made cakes, a beaver poster, and two group photographs; one “traditional” style … Continue reading

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Post War Pop Photo Ad for Leica IIIc

Toronto. In 1947, a couple of years after the war ended, Leitz was busy trying to recapture its charm and mystique in the miniature camera business. They promoted their IIIc model in the April 1947 issue of Popular Photography. My … Continue reading

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