Category Archives: camera

1840

Toronto. One of the difficulties experienced by the earliest practitioners of the Daguerreotype process was the lack of speed, This was exacerbated by Daguerre’s use of an f/19 meniscus lens in his camera. In 1840, Josef Petzval partially solved this … Continue reading

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nailed it!

Toronto. In the 1970s while living in Montreal, I saw a newspaper ad and went off one weekend to the English enclave of Montreal West to look at a Kodak 3A autographic folder. The camera complete with case cost $25. … Continue reading

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anything you can do …

Toronto. The title is from a song Irving Berlin wrote for the 1946 Broadway musical “Annie Get Your Gun” The ditty epitomizes that spunky minicam of the 1930s. The big challenge for the marketeers was to convince professionals that indeed … Continue reading

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a marvel of Swiss engineering

Toronto. In the early 1960s, my eye-sight in low light situations made my Exakta SLR harder and harder to focus. One of the cameras that caught my eye was the ALPA. Well made by a Swiss company, it has a … Continue reading

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Hasselblad SWC

Toronto. A rare model of the  famous Hasselblad 2 1/4 square camera was auctioned off recently in a PHSC sponsored auction. The family firm with the famous Hasselblad name (F W Hasselblad & Co) was founded in 1841 and a … Continue reading

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first 8mm magazine loading movie camera

Toronto. Remember the Revere movie camera? Sure we do! Remember the Briskin 8? The what? Never heard of it. The Briskin 8 was created by the son of the owner of Revere, Ted Briskin, when he decided to branch out … Continue reading

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mirror be gone

Toronto. I mentioned some weeks back on  October 12th, 2018 that mirrorless DSLRS would replace the bulkier DSLRs with their mirror boxes and through the taking lens framing via the pentaprism above the mirror. Nikon has recently announced their Z7 … Continue reading

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when is a Bolsey not a Bolsey?

Toronto. When it is an Alpa or Bolex, of course! Jaques Bogopolsky was the camera designer for Paillard, a Swiss company  after they bought out his company, BOL SA. Jaques was born in the Ukraine and went by various names … Continue reading

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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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