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These how-to guides were written in an attempt to help the novice collector start a collection, use it, and what to do when things go wrong.
The Outdoor Eight Rule – Metering without a Meter for Beginners
Whether you are new to shooting film or are a grizzled veteran, you've likely heard someone mention a fundamental rule of photography called "The Sunny 16 Rule". The Sunny 16...
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Breathing New Life into Old Cameras
I made my first old camera post in August 2014.  At that time, I had no idea where this hobby would take me.  I already had an interest in digital...
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What Is My Camera Worth?
As a member of the Vintage Camera Collectors group on Facebook, the most common "new member" post is from someone who in one way or another, has acquired an old...
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Mike’s Guide to Buying Old Cameras
As my collection of old cameras grows, I feel as though I have learned a few things along the way.  There are many sites on the 'net from people like...
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Welcome to my site.  My name is Mike Eckman and I’ve been running this site for a few years without any predefined direction for what kind of content would be here.  In late 2014, I had a “re-discovery” of film cameras which took off into directions I never could have imagined.  I grew a collection of film cameras made in nearly every decade of the 20th century and started reviewing them.  Although this site seemed to turn into a vintage photography blog, I am retaining the original intent of this site to be a personal blog.  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.

This entire site is maintained entirely by me and hosted on a custom built Windows 2008 server in the basement of my home in Dyer, IN.  Every review and article was written by me using mostly cameras from my personal collection.  A small number of reviews were written about cameras that were loaned to me by other collectors.  I often source my factual information from other sites on the Internet and I do my best to provide credit wherever I can.  This site generates no ad revenue and what few costs are associated with running it are paid out of my own pocket.

Newest Posts

Everything from the latest vintage camera review, a Keppler's Vault blast from the past, or some other camera related article, it's all here in reverse chronological order.
Fujica Drive (1964)
What is it? This is a Fujica Drive, a half-frame 35mm scale focus camera made by Fuji Photo Film Co. starting in 1964.  The Drive was a variant of the...
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Keppler’s Vault 13: The Japanese Photo Industry Part 3
This is the third and final part of a 48 page article about the Japanese Photo Industry which originally appeared as special section of the April 1957 issue of Popular...
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Anscomark M (1960)
What is it? This is an Anscomark M 35mm rangefinder camera made in 1960 by Riken Optical Co., Ltd. (Ricoh) for GAF USA who at the time distributed cameras in the...
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Keppler’s Vault 12: The Japanese Photo Industry Part 2
This is the second part of a 48 page article about the Japanese Photo Industry which originally appeared in as special section of the April 1957 issue of Popular Photography...
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Minolta Autocord (1958)
What is it? This is a Minolta Autocord Twin Lens Reflex camera made by Chiyoda Kogaku Seiko between the years of 1955 and 1966.  The entire Autocord series was very...
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Keppler’s Vault 11: The Japanese Photo Industry Part 1
I was born in 1978, and for my whole life, Japanese products were always good.  Cameras, televisions, stereos, watches, video game consoles, cars, and a huge number of other consumer...
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Keppler’s Vault 10: Why Do Cameras Break?
Each time I pick up a classic camera, I am awestruck at the craftsmanship and build quality that these old devices have.  Cameras from the early to middle of the...
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Rolleiflex SL35 (1970)
What is it? This is a Rolleiflex SL35 single lens reflex 35mm camera made by Franke & Heidecke of Braunschweig, Germany between the years 1970 and 1976.  Earlier versions like...
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Keppler’s Vault 9: Argus C3
The Argus C3 is one of those cameras that for American collectors is one you could accidentally collect.  I cannot tell you how many Argus C3s (and their variants like...
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I likely won’t have any useful information about a camera if I haven’t already reviewed it.  I only have experience with models in my own personal collection.  I do accept donations, but if you are looking to sell your camera, you’ll get more money by selling it on eBay than I’d likely pay you for it.  I am a notorious cheapskate!