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1956 and stereo is rising again

Toronto. In the 1950s, stereo made one of its periodic rises to the conscious mind of the common man. Books. cameras, attachments and movies touted the impressive 3D imagery. I remember seeing a 3D movie one Sunday starring Vincent Price … Continue reading

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the dawn of electronic flash for everyone

Toronto. In the 1950s the Braun Hobby flash was touted as the cheap solution for everyone with a camera synced for flash and with an adjustable shutter. George Dunbar sent me this March 1956 Popular Photography ad by Leitz for … Continue reading

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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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The Graflex I nearly bought

Toronto. George Dunbar sent out a few more Graflex ads from the late 1940s. One ad struck a chord with me.  In 1960 my main camera was the Exakta VXIIa. I was interested in getting a camera which made a … 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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Imitation… Flattery… and all that

Toronto. Cameras basically offer a light-tight means to hold a sensitive media the correct distance from the lens, plus offering a means to allow a calculated  brief bit of light through the lens to properly illuminate the light sensitive media … Continue reading

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Steinheil Optical Institute

Toronto. In the late 1950s I bought my first Exakta. Months later I wanted to expand the camera with added lenses. Naively, I felt 35mm and 90mm were too similar to my standard lens of 55mm so I opted for 28mm … Continue reading

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Single Lens Reflex camera format.

Toronto. The SLR design dates back at least a century. Checkout the older Graflex cameras. Ken Metcalf on the west coast of the States published a newsletter devoted exclusively to Graflex models of all sizes. There is even a website! … Continue reading

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