Tag Archives: Exakta

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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The Single Lens Reflex Camera

Toronto. The SLR concept is at least a century old now. The Graflex comes to mind. It was an ideal design for interchangeable lens cameras since one could view through the lens rather than needing a separate viewfinder for each … Continue reading

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