Tag Archives: Exakta

showtime TONIGHT

Toronto. This evening (June 5, 2022) at 7:30 pm EDT, our friends at the PHSNE are hosting a ZOOM presentation on Exaktas. The post says, “Photographic Historical Society of New England, Inc.[is hosting] “Ihagee and the Exakta: The First 35mm SLR” … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas 2021

As the nasty COVID-19 rears its head one more time with the Omicron variation, I wish all viewers a safe holiday. This photo was taken by me over a half century ago with an Exakta VXIIa an hour north of … Continue reading

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an Exakta in my future

Toronto. After a few months in Labrador, a few of us decided to buy a top quality camera. Many nights were spent discussing the pros and cons of various German makes, especially Exakta and Leica. A visitor had a IIIf … Continue reading

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Montreal, Minolta, Marvellous

Toronto. Before heading north to Labrador, I spent a few months training in the old Salada Tea Building on St Lawrence in Montreal. To an Ontario boy, Montreal discounts were exciting. The best camera deals were said to be at … Continue reading

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pet shop boys

Toronto. One niche area in photography is pet photography which has grown in popularity. You can also read this article dated May 26, 2015 in The Guardian or this one on historic photos of dogs dated April 2, 2015 in … Continue reading

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fire sale

Toronto. Photography introduced the average person to events of the day and to history. Over 60 years ago, I was seconded to our office in Midland, Ontario to lend a hand. Imagine my surprise on that chilly Monday morning, March … 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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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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hardly ever

Toronto. In the late 1950s, I bought my Exakta VX IIa complete with an “ever-ready” case. Like many youths of the day, we called these “never-ready”cases since the camera couldn’t be used until the case was opened. When the box … Continue reading

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Rokkin’ lenses

Toronto. By 1963, the Japanese Optical industry was a tsunami roaring across the Western world. No longer viewed as copy cats of German technology, Japan was rightfully recognized as a serious contender for high quality optical products. A December 6, … Continue reading

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