AGFA Optima I (1960)

What is it? This is an AGFA Optima I produced between the years 1960 – 64.  It was the followup to the original Optima from 1959 which was one of the very first cameras with a fully automatic program auto exposure mode.  It’s selenium meter would allow the…

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Yashica-D (1970)

What is it? This is a Yashica-D twin lens reflex camera made by Yashica Co., Ltd. between the years of 1958 – 1972.  This particular model is a later variant, likely made in 1970 with the company’s top of the line 4-element Yashinon lenses and f/2.8 viewing lens.  The…

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Fujica 35-ML (1958)

What is it? This is a Fujica 35-ML rangefinder camera made by Fuji Photo Film Co. starting in 1958.  Fuji would use the name “Fujica” on all of their film cameras until the late 1970s.  It was an amalgam of the words “Fuji” and “camera”.  The ML was otherwise identical…

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Yashica Lynx-14 (1965)

What is it? This is a Yashica Lynx-14 35mm rangefinder camera made in Japan starting in 1965.  The Lynx was Yashica’s top of the line 35mm rangefinder series in the 1960s.  The first two models, the Lynx 1000 and 5000 both had fast f/1.8 lenses with modern light…

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Clarus MS-35 (1948)

What is it? This is a Clarus MS-35 camera made by the Clarus Camera Manufacturing Co. based out of Minneapolis, MN.  This was the first and only camera made by Clarus and was sold between the years of 1946 and 1952.  The Clarus MS-35 was an ambitious 35mm…

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Certo Dollina II (1937)

What is it? This is a Certo Dollina II rangefinder camera made in Dresden, Germany by Certo Camera Werk.  The Dollina II was first introduced in 1936, only a year after the Dollina I which did not have a rangefinder, making the Dollina series the second cameras ever made…

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Voigtländer Rollfilm (1927)

What is it? This is a Voigtländer Rollfilm folding camera that was made between the years of 1927 – 1931.  The Rollfilm was one of Voigtländer’s first attempts at a camera that used roll film.  I guess they didn’t think it was necessary to give it a unique sounding name,…

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Yashica 44 (1958)

What is it? This is a Yashica 44 Twin Lens Reflex camera made by the Yashica Company, Ltd, in 1958.  The Yashica 44 is designed for 127 film unlike most other TLRs of the time which used either 120 or 620 film.  Using 127 film, this camera made images…

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Miranda D (1960)

What is it? This is a Miranda D 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera made in 1960 by Miranda Camera K.K.  Although made in Japan, around the time this model was current, most Miranda cameras were not sold in the Japanese domestic market.  This camera was most likely sold in the…

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