Category Archives: camera

stereo, stereo, everywhere

Toronto. In the mid 1950s stereo was popular again. Graphic, to find a niche, set its marketeers loose. The high end camera spot was taken by the pricy Realist so the marketing folk at Graphic aimed at the low end … Continue reading

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the power of marketing (Argus C-four)

Toronto. In the 1950s Argus attempted to introduce a camera model to join its famous brick (C-3). The C-four was touted as being as good as most (German) cameras, even those of much higher cost. The C-four was made throughout … Continue reading

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my dad’s camera

Toronto. When my father went west to Saskatchewan to help with the harvest as a youth, he took with him a box camera that he used to record life on the prairies. On the way home, the little camera was … Continue reading

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a flash of colour

Toronto. In mid last century amateur photography was quite different than today with ubiquitous smartphone cameras. The small camera phase (mincam) was in full swing. Black and White films ruled – colour was very expensive and even slower than B&W. … Continue reading

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a time machine in your pocket

Toronto. You really do have a time machine – its your camera or smartphone! Really! Think about it. For example, if someone didn’t have a camera, Carol would never have known what her great grandmother (her father’s grandmother) looked like, … Continue reading

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a great use for a camera

Toronto. The Globe and Mail in its Arts section has a nifty column called First Person. The column prints various   eclectic essays written by readers of this fine old newspaper. Last Friday’s essay by Paula Turner Curating a Tour … Continue reading

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bag ’em Danno ..

Toronto. The original TV show Hawaii Five-O from the 1970s (1968-1980) occasionally used the catch-phrase “Book ’em Danno” in an episode after McGarrett caught the bad guys.  For photographers, a bag to hold the camera, lenses, accessories, etc. was one … Continue reading

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all that’s fit to print

Toronto. I received an email Tuesday from Brad down in Florida. Brad came across an unusual camera there with a label by Kominek in Toronto. He has it up on Ebay at the moment. Brad explained the camera had been … Continue reading

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stereo goes to war

Toronto. During the war, aircraft would routinely pass over enemy territory using cameras such as this beast (used by the late George Hunter long after the war) to take long runs of photographs. Stereo uses two images at slightly different … Continue reading

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seeing double – again

Toronto. Stereo seems to wax and wan in popularity. Around the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, stereo was very popular – the television and movies of the day. It disappeared and shot to popularity once … Continue reading

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