Category Archives: camera

just like a Leica

Toronto. When we were first organized in the 1970s, Leicas, Zeiss-Ikons and other old cameras were everywhere at reasonable prices. We had red curtain Leicas, K (German for ball bearing) stamped curtains (these shutter worked reliably under very low temperature … Continue reading

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Kodak goes to war

Toronto. It was massive, heavy, and awkward to use, but with a great lens. It was the Medalist I 620 camera. Kodak built it for the US and British military after Germany cut off the German supply of cameras including … Continue reading

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angel of the morning

Toronto. In 1972, Dr Edwin Land electrified the photographic community when he announced his new SLR camera, the SX-70. This incredible camera had all the bells and whistles of contemporary cameras plus creating colour prints, with no waste, in just … Continue reading

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Werra you been, my blue-eyed son?

Toronto. After the Second World War, Zeiss and Jena ended up in the Soviet zone of Germany (East Germany). A western version of Zeiss was quickly moved to Oberkochen. The East German Zeiss continued to manufacture optical instruments. Cameras were … Continue reading

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like a surgeon

Toronto. A fitting title in this pandemic crisis we face today! The camera you see here is the Wirgin Gewirette v.1 manufactured by the Wirgin company in Wiesbaden, Germany. This particular camera predates the 35mm minicam revolution. It uses 127 … Continue reading

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spring bloomers, spring roomers

Toronto. Isn’t it great? Spring is here! Flowers! Grass! Bugs! Sunshine and showers! Kodak moments one and all. And of course rumours. Digital technology has had an horrific impact on the photographic industry. The landscape is littered with dead corporations … Continue reading

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watcha doin’ Sport?

Toronto. Growing up, camera innovation seemed to be mostly German with a dash of other European and American tossed in. But Russian? Really? According to this article from BBC’s Future site, dated 18th May 2016, by Stephen Dowling, “How this odd-looking … Continue reading

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click, clack, clunk

Toronto. The most important part of any single lens reflex (SLR) camera design is its mirror box. This amazing idea allows the rays from the subject, through the lens, redirected, and focussed on a ground glass at full aperture. With … Continue reading

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don’t give me the gears

Toronto. A short time after moving back to Montreal, I joined the company Camera Club and offered a shutter and lens test. This was with good reason. My trusty Exakta VXIIa had shown a wavy anomaly in my fast shutter tests … Continue reading

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it doesn’t matter anymore

Toronto. In the early days of digital photography, the size of the sensor was very important. The larger the sensor, the lower the noise and the higher the sensitivity. This led to compact digital cameras and then digital SLR cameras … Continue reading

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