Certo Doppel Box (1935)

What is it? This is a Certo Doppel Box made by Certo Camera Werk of Dresden Germany around 1935.  Some sources online suggest this camera was made in 1932, but I believe the later date to be correct.  The Doppel Box is an all metal box camera with…

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Bilora Bella 3c (1955)

What is it? This is a Bilora Bella medium format scale focus camera made by Kürbi & Niggeloh of Radevormwald, West Germany between the years of 1955 and 1958.  The name Bilora Bella was the name of a long running series of inexpensive and simple, but attractive cameras made by…

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Pouva Start (1952)

What is it? This is a Pouva Start, a simple medium format camera made almost entirely out of Bakelite.  It was manufactured by Karl Pouva AG in Frietal, Germany between the years 1952 and 1971.  This is the first version of the camera with a popup sports finder…

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Ricoh FF-90 Super (1987)

What is it? This is a Ricoh FF-90 Super, an advanced and fully automatic 35mm point and shoot camera made by Ricoh Co., Ltd in 1987  The Super is a slight upgrade to the original FF-90 from two years earlier, and was very popular in it’s home country…

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Minolta Auto Wide (1958)

What is it? This is a Minolta Auto Wide 35mm camera made by Chiyoda Kogaku Seiko K.K. in 1958.  It was a scale focus camera that had a unique combination of a wide angle lens, a coupled selenium exposure meter, and a unique click stop focus system to simplify focus…

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Nikon F (1966)

What is it? This is a Nikon F single lens reflex camera which was made by Nippon Kogaku in Japan from 1959 through 1973.  It was Nippon Kogaku’s first attempt in the SLR market and was aimed at the professional photographer.  The Nikon F both raised the bar for…

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Pentacon FM (1958)

What is it? This is a Pentacon FM 35mm SLR made by VEB Zeiss-Ikon Dresden in East Germany between the years of 1958 and 1961.  This camera is part of the Contax S series which debuted in 1949 as the first German built SLR camera with a fixed…

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Ricoh 519M (1959)

What is it? This is a Ricoh 519M 35mm rangefinder made by Riken Optical Industries Co., Ltd, which first went on sale in 1959.  It is an evolution of the earlier Ricoh Five-One-Nine which was a very similar camera, except without a built in meter.  The Ricoh 500-series cameras…

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Ensign Ful-Vue (1946)

What is it? This is an Ensign Ful-Vue box camera made by Barnet Ensign Ltd. of Walthamstow, England between the years 1946 and 1949.  This was the second camera named the Ensign Ful-Vue to be released, the first released in 1939 was a more traditional cube shaped box camera…

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Minolta Uniomat III (1963)

What is it? This is a Minolta Uniomat III 35mm rangefinder camera made by the Minolta Camera Company between the years 1963 – 1965.  It is the third model in Minolta’s Uniomat series which was also sold in the US as the Ansco Anscoset.  The Uniomat series is an early…

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Detrola Model E (1939)

What is it? This is a Detrola Model E camera made by the Detrola Corp out of Detroit, MI.  Detrola was better known for its successful line of radios and record players in the 30s and 40s.  Perhaps trying to mimic the success of Ann Arbor, MI based…

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Bencini Koroll II (1962)

What is it? This is a Bencini Koroll II made by Bencini in Milan, Italy starting around 1962.  It is a strange medium format camera designed to use 120 roll film, but takes small 30mm x 45mm exposures which are only slightly larger in size than 3cm x…

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