Keppler’s Vault 30: The Leica System

Ernst Leitz has been making Leica cameras for nearly 100 years and in that time, countless articles have been written about their many products.  It’s unlikely that today, in 2019, I could dig up anything that you haven’t already seen before. So, it probably comes as no surprise that this …

Nikon SP (1957)

This is a Nikon SP, a 35mm rangefinder camera made by Nippon Kogaku of Tokyo, Japan between the years of 1957 and 1962.  It was the 5th model in Nippon Kogaku’s line of S-series rangefinders, and was the most advanced in the entire series.  It was designed to compete directly …

Keppler’s Vault 27: The German Camera Industry Part 1

Last May, I posted a three part series covering articles about the Japanese Photo Industry in the 1950s, and then again in October I re-branded the site for “Red October” where I posted a series of Soviet related articles.  Now, it’s Germany’s turn. This will be the first in a …