Keppler’s Vault 26: Christmas and Snow Photography

For much of the world, Christmas is a time spent with family, decorating trees, baking cookies, and watching corny movies.  For those of us with one (or hundreds) of cameras, we spend at least a portion of this season taking pictures of it. Yet, photographing holiday or wintry scenes isn’t …

Voigtländer Bessamatic Deluxe (1962)

This is a Voigtländer Bessamatic Deluxe made by Voigtländer AG Braunschweig between the years of 1962 and 1967.  It is a slightly improved model to the original Bessamatic from 1959 with the addition of a T-shaped “Judas window” above the exposure meter which allows both aperture and shutter speed settings to be …

Voigtländer Prominent (1952)

This is a Voigtländer Prominent 35mm rangefinder camera made by Voigtländer AG Braunschweig between the years 1952 and 1958.  At the time of it’s release, it was Voigtländer’s top of the line 35mm camera and was designed to compete with Ernst Leitz’s Leica series.  It has an interchangeable bayonet lens mount, a coincident …

The Land of the Cameras of the Dead

Aaaah, Halloween is here again!  Candy, costumes, trick-or-treaters, and for the third year in a row, another “Cameras of the Dead” post! This being my 5th Cameras of the Dead article, you probably already know what to expect.  Three cameras from my “camera graveyard of death” (aka my basement) that …

KMZ Zenit-E (1965)

This is a Zenit-E 35mm SLR camera, made by Krasnogorski Mekhanicheskii Zavod (KMZ) in the former Soviet Union between the years of 1965 and 1986.  The entire Zenit (Зенит) line was extremely successful and not only sold very well, but it has become an iconic camera of the Soviet Union.  Millions …