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some thoughts on rangefinders

Toronto. Did you know Leitz made telemeters, or rangefinders before making their famous Leicas? The Leitz telemeters had a 1 metre or half metre spacing and were used to measure distances. In the days of view cameras, rangefinders were unnecessary … Continue reading

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an automatic camera in 1932

Toronto. Today we don’t even think about focussing. On our digital camera or phone we just move the little green or yellow outline to the desired spot to focus, set white balance, set ISO, etc. The example below is from … Continue reading

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what the heck is a WINTU?

Toronto. A popular means of disguising a camera is to take a photo at right angles to your position. This was often done with still camera viewers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. One such right angle viewfinder was … Continue reading

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would you rather a Kodak 35 to a wet plate camera?

Toronto. In late October, 1950, LIFE magazine ran an ad for Seagram’s American version of  Gin called Ancient Bottle Gin. To promote it as a modern drink, the ad suggested you would more likely prefer a snappy modern Kodak 35 … Continue reading

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On a Clear Day,

Toronto. —You Can See Forever or so the song, about a girl with ESP, goes.  Leitz sold rangefinders even before the Leica began to be marketed in 1925. It was a simple camera at the time – no slow speeds, no … Continue reading

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