Category Archives: camera

Charlie’s camera

Toronto. In the third quarter of the last century, toy cameras that took photos were popular. Some were used as marketing props – send a few dollars and some labels from the product and you received a camera advertising the … Continue reading

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goldilocks camera – not too big and not too small

Toronto. Bell and Howell came out with this lovely Filmo Auto Load Speedster 16mm movie camera (this example is equipped with a Japanese telephoto lens). The camera uses a standard magazine¬†invented by Kodak¬†who also made 16mm cameras. 16mm sits between … Continue reading

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I spy with my little eye …

Toronto. … a cluster of Minox cameras and Minox things at our estate auction on the 17th of this month. The tiny Minox was famous as an early subminiature spy camera in and after WW2. The instrument was precision crafted … Continue reading

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cheap and practical

Toronto. Not all lots are high end gear at our estate auction coming on the 17th of this month. When my kids were young, I bought them Konica C35 cameras. My youngest daughter even took her blue camera to Europe. … Continue reading

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a Brawny super 8 …

Toronto. The German company Braun won many design awards. Decades ago I bought a Braun KM32 mixer in Montreal. I used a Braun coffee machine for years. And the Braun Hobby electronic flash was very popular in its time. At … Continue reading

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fold it up and tuck it in your pocket

Toronto. I often think “Kodak” when I see a folder (a pocket-sized camera that unfolds a bellows to keep film and lens separated the correct distance) since I was used to my Dad’s Kodak Brownie Six-20 folder which he used … Continue reading

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how to be a pro for under $100…

Toronto. In 1959, this ad in LIFE magazine suggested you too could take professional photos if you only doled out $72.75 in USD for a Polaroid camera! For example the ad shows a portrait study of two famous actors of … Continue reading

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I’ll drink to that!

Toronto. The folks at Lomography are at it again! They have introduced more photographic history in a hands-on DIY way. Their latest venture is a Sutton liquid lens kit. This lens was introduced in the Victorian era by Thomas Sutton. … Continue reading

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need a Flektogon 25mm plus an Exakta?

Toronto. The Exakta brand is well known in collector and user circles. Exaktas were the earliest 35mm (kine) SLRs and were available new into the 1960s. The Flektogon f/4 25mm lens made by Zeiss Jena was only made for about … Continue reading

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100 feet of Pan-X

Toronto. I mentioned a while back that bulk film loads saved money. You spoolled just what you needed in 24 or 36 frame increments using new, used, or special cassettes – and a bulk film loader plus a reel of … Continue reading

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