Category Archives: camera

What the heck is a Perfex?

Toronto. In the most recent issue of snap shots (23-1), the newsletter of the Photographic Historical Society of New England (PHSNE), collector Richard Berbiar writes in the Vintage Camera Corner about his Perfex Speed Candid camera which was the first … Continue reading

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a 1913(ish) Graflex makes great shots and great friends

Toronto. Using an old 1913 Graflex camera. My friend and fellow PHSC fan Russ Forfar sent me this link about using an old Graflex which had only two working speeds – slow and slower – to shoot high speed F1 … Continue reading

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Photographic paper – crafted paper cameras

Toronto. Lee Ji-hee is a paper artist. His creations range from life-sized paper dogs to mouthwatering paper food! On a visit to Seoul and the Korea Camera Museum, Ji-hee fell in love with the antique cameras on display and decided … Continue reading

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Speed indeed!

Toronto. Good friend George Dunbar sent me a photo and note regarding high speed shutters a few days ago on the 6th of August. For many years, top shutter speeds of 1/500 or 1/1000 were considered the best you could … Continue reading

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Black is Beautiful

Toronto. The early Leicas were mostly black – black enamel – and if well used had “brassing” or edges where the enamel wore through to the brass. Shown is a beautiful  example of a clean 1937 Leica II (no slow … Continue reading

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More Fish than Fowl – Leica IIIg

Toronto. 1956 was an exciting year for Leitz Germany and Leitz Canada, the small factory established in Midland as Ernst Leitz Canada. The company made the IIIf, IIIg, and M3 in Germany and assembled them there and in Canada. For … Continue reading

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Seven come Eleven…

Toronto. A late rangefinder model Canon was introduced   as the Canon 7 in 1961. This was replace by the Canon 7s shown here in 1965 and made until the summer of 1967. The 7s had two improvements over the … Continue reading

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Some Canons shoot pictures…

Toronto. The Canon P shown here with a Canon f/1.2 lens will appear in our fall auction (Nov 19, 2017). If you don’t have one in your collection, or would like the super fast f/1.2 lens now is your chance! … Continue reading

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Full Circle

Toronto. In 1957, I started the big adventure of my life. I joined Bell’s Tropospheric Scatter project which would bring telephone communications to remote areas of Northern Quebec and Labrador. Training was based in Montreal in the old Salada Tea … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Little Nikon

Toronto. If you meet a professional photographer today, chances are he uses a Nikon. This Japanese manufacturer was formed in 1917 with the amalgamation of three other optical companies. The new company was called Nippon Kogaku K.K. Their first camera lens … Continue reading

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