Category Archives: camera

we get letters

Toronto. More information on the cameras once made in Montreal and Toronto. Brian Hudson of Edmonton unleashed a tsunami of information with his question on them. Last Saturday, Dr Irwin Reichstein in Ottawa sent an email to us. He spotted … Continue reading

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in the tropics

Toronto. In the late 1950s, we had a trio of Allis-Chalmers power generators (my Exakta photo c1958) at our location in Labrador. They were connected to  the power panel and tested by a technician from A-C. In the evenings he talked … Continue reading

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premo-nition

Toronto. Around 1979, the late Jack Addison sold me a 4×5 woodie missing its name plate. He thought it might be a POCO camera. Perhaps it was a PREMO? In May or June of 1984, founder and first president of the … Continue reading

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fries with that?

Toronto. We often think German cameras like Zeiss, Zeiss-Ikon, Rollei, Leica, Nagel, Retina etc. but what about Franka (not hot dogs)? On J. Noir’s site, many cameras are described including those of the Franka Kamera Werk in Bayreuth, Germany, at … Continue reading

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an old boxing day box camera

Toronto. Boxing day on December 26th used to be THE day for sales. Then boxing day week, then black Friday, now COVID-19 and total lockdown over the holidays. Still, it is fitting to celebrate boxing day with a box camera. … Continue reading

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another kind of halide

Toronto. Those of us who creak getting up – chairs or stairs – can remember the days of film and glass plates when the light sensitivity of silver halides made our art practical. But this post is about a totally … Continue reading

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doin’ the lomography

Toronto. Brigit Buchart of Lomography is at it again, this time with the “Lomo’Instant Wide William Klein Camera and Lenses Edition” of the Lomography film camera. All the tasty detail is here from a description to an order link. So … Continue reading

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what the deuce is a duex?

Toronto. In the days of film, Kodak was well known for its many inexpensive cameras. Kodak made its money by the sale of film and other materials. The cheap but sturdy cameras were great film burners! This inexpensive camera was … Continue reading

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an f/2 lens in 1924

Toronto. We (read old guys) often think of f/2 lenses as a 1930s phenomena, but this photo in the July 1924 edition of Science and Invention on page 266 begs to differ. The pdf version of the magazine is a … Continue reading

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what a bargain!

Toronto. Do you remember street photographers? They were itinerant photographers who snapped people as they walked along city streets and sold their work accordingly. Sometimes the photo was a ferrotype (tintype) and the finished photo was ready in a minute … Continue reading

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