Category Archives: camera

Empire State View Camera c1910

Toronto. Around 1960, I would drive down to Toronto on a Saturday and browse down Yonge Street above and below Wellesley. One one such trip, I discovered and bought an old view camera called an Empire State. It was in … Continue reading

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sprocket rocket

Toronto. A century ago the panorama print was popular. Cameras like the Cirkut models could turn about the lens nodal point while affixed to a tripod by using gears and a spring wound motor. This format is common place today. … Continue reading

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the brick

Toronto. No, not the famous Canadian furniture discounter, but an American camera made in the very late 1930s to mid 1960s by an Illinois company that touted itself as the “world’s largest manufacturer of 35mm cameras“.  The company began as a … Continue reading

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Toronto Lithographing Co Photography Dept 1898

  Toronto. We sometimes forget that our city once was the engine of industrial Canada. In 1898, the massive Toronto Lithographing Company, founded two decades earlier, commissioned  photographer A A Gray to record the interior facilities at the north-west corner … Continue reading

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Movies with a Fran 8K

Toronto. Ever hear of a Fran 8K camcorder? I didn’t either until an email hit my desk last Saturday morning. The resolution is huge (47.7 MP at 24 fps)  and the concept timely. The camera, available for order late this … Continue reading

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the eve of destruction

Toronto. Ahh, the 1960s. I remember them well. One big hit in 1965 was the iconic song The Eve of Destruction sung by Barry McGuire. Sadly, unlike the song’s writer, the late P. F. Sloan, McGuire was a “one hit wonder”. … Continue reading

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freezing motion at slow shutter speeds

  Toronto. In the days of film, photographers used a trick to freeze a subject into sharp focus – scanning.  An article in a very old issue of LIFE magazine (Sept 17, 1951, p 121) shows the effect at a … Continue reading

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why a Leica?

Toronto. After the second world war, Leitz found itself competing with an old outmoded design in the screw mount series of cameras. In the 1954, it began to market the bayonet mount series of M Leicas. The M series is … Continue reading

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made in Chicago

Toronto. One of the most famous names in movies was Bell & Howell who made cameras and projectors  in the windy city. The history of the company, once famous as the premier maker of movie cameras for Hollywood, is featured … Continue reading

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a beacon in the night …

Toronto. Happy Canada Day, everyone! As I mentioned in an earlier post, the 1950s saw a burst of inspiration in selling flash guns to the general public as a means to counter the rather anemic speed of the films of … Continue reading

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