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the old way to get pictures quickly

Toronto. In the film era you waited days or weeks to see the results of your camera efforts – unless you owned one of the marvellous Polaroid cameras that gave you a picture in a minute! Edwin Land came up … Continue reading

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sure they are tiny but do they work?

Toronto. For a time there was a sub category of camera collecting – collecting sub-miniatures. In practical terms, only the Minox was well engineered. But it, like all the others, suffered a fatal flaw: tiny negatives. Negative material (a.k.a. film) … Continue reading

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a child’s camera for Christmas

Toronto. My friend George Dunbar sent me an email the other day that got me thinking of my childhood. Like the Ansco Panda, Kodak’s Baby Brownie was targeted at children, especially around Christmas and birthdays. When I was in grade … Continue reading

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Filmos – well made movie equipment of yesteryear

Toronto. Bell & Howell was founded over a century ago in Chicago. Initially, it was famous for high end professional cameras and projectors. Over 80 years ago they introduced their Filmo marque on home model cameras and projectors. In later … Continue reading

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the little Ansco Panda

Toronto. In the mid 1900s the vast majority of folk bought Kodak cameras and films. For the rebels (and second string stores) there were Ansco cameras and films. The Kodak Baby Brownie came out in 1934 and was made under … Continue reading

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a buggie photograph

Toronto. Did you ever watch fireflies up at the cottage or in a small town or village at dusk? These little bugs give off a tiny bit of illumination to attract others (mates or food). On Aug 16, 1948, LIFE … Continue reading

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An odd Leitz cable release

Toronto. Leitz with its Leica series cameras long felt that a rangefinder was better than an SLR camera for the majority of photographic activities. The SLR style or ground glass through the lens focussing was superior (in their opinion) solely … Continue reading

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no place like gnome …

Toronto. From its earliest years the famous little Leica camera was offered with a companion projector. Various models were made to project black and white positives and especially film strips. When I was a school boy in the 1940s I … Continue reading

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Fancy a Leica? a pricey Leica?

Toronto. The 32nd WestLicht auction ended March 10, 2018 and a null Leica (Leica-0 series) in great shape sold for nearly $3 million dollars US! According to WestLicht, ”¬†Only approximately 25 of these cameras were produced to test the market … Continue reading

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those were the days

Toronto. Think about times past. Home movies. 8mm movie film. My father-in-law took home movies with a Brownie movie camera, not the competitor Revere cameras. Revere too used 8mm film sold in a 16mm configuration. You loaded the roll in … Continue reading

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