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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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Leo does Leica

Toronto. After WW2, the Japanese optical industry tried to get in to the mighty American retail market. One option was to copy German cameras at much lower prices. This was the choice that Showa Kogaku made (later this maker became Leotax … Continue reading

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another Schacht-Travenar

Toronto. This is a second lens from the 1950s for use on the Lordomat. Remember that the Lordomat was made in Wetzlar by a company called called Leidolf who produced high quality 35mm cameras.  This lens is an f/4, 135mm focal … Continue reading

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Automat? What about a Lordomat 35mm lens?

Toronto. If you like watching old movies, you have likely seen the famous Automat cafeteria in NYC. These automated restaurants were threatened and often ‘ate’ up by by the growth of fast food outlets. Sadly our camera industry was no … Continue reading

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a heck of a lens

Toronto. The 5cm, f/2.5 Hektor was the first ‘fast’ lens produced by Leitz for the Leica. The mount was much like its stable-mate. the 5cm, f/3.5 Elmar. About 10,000 were made, most before 1938. Production records show the beginning year … Continue reading

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as good as a nod

Toronto. So called detective cameras became popular once the speed of dry plate technology allowed hand held use in day light. The camera itself was built into or enclosed by various satchels, leather boxes, purses, etc. At our December, 2003 … Continue reading

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shine a light on me

Toronto. One of the most important things in photography is lighting. The choice of illumination sets the tone and atmosphere of the resulting image. Natural light aficionados  have it easier – choose the angle and framing for the best shot. … Continue reading

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