• Welcome to mikeckman.com. Although in recent years this site has turned into a vintage photography blog, the original intent of this site to be a personal blog is still my goal. I plan on continuing to make a variety of vintage camera reviews and other photography related articles, but the site will still be sprinkled with posts covering a variety of other topics.

The Cameras of the Dead


…they’re coming to get you, Barbara… George Romero’s 1968 film, “The Night of the Living Dead” is a movie almost anyone with an interest in cinema is familiar with.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of horror or not, most everyone has at least heard of this groundbreaking low-budget…

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Stranger Things (2016)


Last night, my wife and I finished the 8th and final episode of the Netflix original series, Stranger Things.  Most people are calling this Season 1 as it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that a second season is coming, but for now, as I have completed all 8 episodes, I…

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Yashica Minister-D (1963)


What is it? This is a Yashica Minister-D, which is a 35mm rangefinder camera made in Japan in 1963.  This model was fourth in the Minister line which represented Yashicas’s mid-rage of 35mm rangefinders.  The Minister-D signaled a shift to CdS based light meters as opposed to the earlier selenium cell…

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Minolta X-570 (1983)


What is it? This is a Minolta X-570 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera which first went on sale in April, 1983.  It was called the X-500 in Europe in Asia.  The X-500 was available in both chrome and black, but the X-570 was black only.  The X-570 was considered to be…

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Minolta A5-1000 (1960)


What is it? This is a Minolta A5-1000 35mm rangefinder camera equipped with a 4 element Rokkor-TD 45mm f/2.8 lens and a Citizen leaf shutter capable of speeds as fast as 1/1000th of a second.  This was an uncommon speed for a leaf shutter and meant that this relatively simple camera…

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Wirgin Auta (1935)


What is it? This is a Wirgin Auta folding camera made by Wirgin Kamerawerk out of Wiesbaden, Germany in the mid 1930s.  Narrowing down the exact year this camera was built is difficult due to very little information being available.  All Autas used 120 roll film, and could take 6cm…

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Zeiss-Ikon Nettar 515 (1937)


What is it? This is a Zeiss-Ikon Nettar 515 which is a medium format folding camera which takes sixteen 6cm x 4.5cm images on 120 roll film.  This was the third model in the long-lived Nettar line and first went on sale in 1937.  The Nettar line of cameras shared…

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Canon AF35ML (1981)


What is it? This is a Canon AF35ML 35mm auto focus camera made by Canon in 1981.  This camera was also known as the Super Sure Shot in the US and the Autoboy Super in Japan.  The AF35ML was the followup to Canon’s earlier AF35M auto focus camera.  It improved upon…

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Voigtländer Vito II (1951)


What is it? This is a Voigtländer Vito II 35mm folding camera which was in production from 1949 – 1954.  The Vito II was the successor to the earlier Vito model which was introduced in the late 30s as Voigtländer’s first 35mm camera.  The first Vito did not use standard 135 format…

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