Category Archives: camera

Amazing!

Toronto. As collectors, we think of film and plate cameras as from well known makers with sizes from the Minox (sub-miniature) up. When digital came along, most digital cameras emulated their minicam film brethren in size and style. This changed … Continue reading

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down to the life size

Toronto. Most 35mm film cameras limited close up subjects to a metre. The Leica M series with a Summicron could focus down to 20 inches. Most cameras used extension tubes or auxiliary lenses to capture subjects closer than a metre. … Continue reading

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everything old …

Toronto. …is new again.  We owe a big thanks to treasurer John Morden for suggesting this article on a planned renaissance of Pentax film cameras by Ricoh. Many of us can remember the Pentax line (Ricoh uses the Pentax name … Continue reading

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star struck

Toronto. My friend Russ Forfar, up in the wilds around Tobermorray sent me this interesting link on CNET. The article titled, “Inside the World’s Largest Digital Camera” was written by Andy Altman on Oct. 23, 2022.Altman begins the article, “Scientists in … Continue reading

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fiddling with film

Toronto. Birgit Buchart over at Lomography sent me a note the other day. Lomography announced a new 35mm camera with a bunch of accessories to bring out the experimental side of the snap shooter. The camera is offered in two … Continue reading

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book covers

Toronto. There is a saying – you can’t tell a book by its cover. In the early days of miniature cameras, it was the same for model type. For example through-out the screw mount era, Leitz cameras were all ‘Leicas’. … Continue reading

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open wide

Toronto. The Yashika Dental Eye is a strange little film camera with a lens intended ONLY for close-ups. It includes a ring flash that surrounds the lens to create shadowless images. The camera uses 35mm film and came initially with … Continue reading

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all aboard the gravy train …

Toronto. In September of 1941, America had not yet joined in the War in Europe that had been underway for two years, in spite of Churchill’s pleadings and the US President’s empathy. The loss of German cameras to America seemed … Continue reading

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anything you can do …

Toronto. … I can do better! Shades of Annie Get Your Gun! In December of 1941 (by the time this issue hit the stands, Pearl Harbor ad been bombed and America was dragged into WW2 kicking and screaming). This issue … Continue reading

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transitions

Toronto. After recovering from WW2, Leitz embarked on their famous M series bayonet mount cameras with the extremely popular M3 camera. Like many leading manufacturers, Leitz was aware of their strong base of owners of the older screw mount cameras. They … Continue reading

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