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Kine Exakta in 1950

Toronto. Many thanks to George Dunbar for the 1950 Popular Photography ad featuring the famous 35mm Exakta V (Exakta Varex here). I bought my Varex IIa ¬†in the late 1950s being impressed by advertisements that promoted the wide range of … Continue reading

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Innovations from Graflex in 1949.

Toronto. Thanks once again to George Dunbar for this crisp ad about the Graphic/Graflex cameras. It appeared in the December 1949 issue of Popular Photography. The big deal on the Graflex was twofold: An extra bright viewfinder courtesy of an … Continue reading

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Self capping miniature FP shutter

Toronto. When the Leica hit the market in 1924, it used a miniature focal plane shutter that was self capping.There are two curtains. The first moves across in front of the film followed by the second. The delay between the … Continue reading

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One way of doing it…

Toronto. The Graflex and Speed Graphic cameras were used everywhere in North America as the news photographers choice of camera. They were heavy, well built and rugged – ready for use in every kind of environment. To meet the demands … Continue reading

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Front or back – that is the question

Toronto. ¬†Around the turn of 1900, a number of Leaf shutters emerged, all at the front of the camera. For efficiency, the shutters were usually mounted between the lens elements next to the aperture diaphragm. Bausch and Lomb made a … Continue reading

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Strings and springs and things

Toronto. In 1888, George Eastman concocted a camera to use his newly invented stripping film. He famously named the well constructed box camera the Kodak. Since the film was too fast in sunlight to use a lens cap as a … Continue reading

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Thornton-Pickard shutter to update your camera

Toronto. When instantaneous dry plates became available, there was suddenly a market for an accessory shutter. Thornton-Pickard made just such an accessory well after the turn of the century. The shutter was made in many sizes to fit the front … Continue reading

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Graflex Journal Issue 3-2017 now available

Toronto. Ken Metcalf down in North Carolina has released his third and final edition of the Graflex Journal for this year. Issue 3 covers The Graphic 35 Electric (Michael Parker), The Press Graflex (Jim Chasse) as shown at left, Images … Continue reading

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and then there was the smartphone…

Toronto. When I first bought a Sony F-828 camera at the end of its production and marketing, I bought my wife a thin, pocket sized Sony point and shoot T7 with a 3:1 Zeiss zoom lens and a 3.3 megapixel … Continue reading

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the era of digital cameras

Toronto. The trend from the beginning of photography in 1839 was improved simplicity and accuracy. Today, with the era of digital photography, the making of a photograph is simplicity beyond belief: Focus, exposure, light balance, speed, and aperture are set … Continue reading

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