Category Archives: camera

the power of persuasion

Toronto. In its May 17, 1954 LIFE (p64) ad, Leica rested on its laurels as the driving force in kick starting the  minicam era.  The ad featured its newest camera, the IIIf with the f/2 collapsible Summitar lens that replaced the … Continue reading

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a Diana for squares

Toronto. Lomography USA is keeping alive film by offering inexpensive cameras plus other optional lenses, some that work on digital cameras too. Their latest Diana Instant Square model uses Fuji Instax film to create square “polaroid” style photos. Birgit Buchart … Continue reading

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International Radio Corporation

Toronto. In the 1930s, a small company in Ann Arbor, Michigan began manufacture of the latest, greatest thing – home radios. Their fresh egg was using Bakelite plastic for cabinets instead of expensive wood or metal cabinets. Their less expensive … Continue reading

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Dummies for Cameras

Toronto. The other day I had a chat with John Linsky who had discovered a forgotten dummy camera in his collection (more on that in a later post). John’s mention of dummies brought back a wealth of memories. The late … Continue reading

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Kodak Girl

Toronto. Thanks to George Dunbar for mentioning the Kodak Girl. I did another post on the same topic last February under the title Smart Advertising. The comic Peanuts by the late Charles Schulz uses Lucy to say it best while … Continue reading

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I spy with my little Minox

Toronto. Whenever I think of the Minox, I think of spy cameras of which it was the most widely known back in the second world war days (WW2). The camera’s inventor, Walter Zapp, came up with the 8×11 mm frame … Continue reading

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stereo on a shoestring

Toronto. In the early 1950s when the American camera industry was trying to retain the momentum it gained during the war, stereo gained its periodic rise in popularity once again. One company that used the rise in stereo was the … Continue reading

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stoned on movies

Toronto. When I went to Labrador to maintain a tropospheric scatter communications system that Bell selected to service communities in the far north of Quebec and Labrador, my dad said he would like to do movies, so I bought him … Continue reading

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end of an era

Toronto. Kominek Camera and Optical Instrument Sales and Service was just south of Wellesley on Yonge. It was opened in the 1950s and in 1960 I spent Saturdays driving to Toronto in search of books, camera gear and war surplus … Continue reading

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smartphone portraits

Toronto. Studios have been disappearing rapidly these days. One possible cause is the ubiquitous smartphone. The example at left was shot with the iPhone XR’s  12 megapixel camera which has a lens equivalent to a 35mm lens but with a … Continue reading

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