Zeh Goldi (1932)

This is a Zeh Goldi, made by Paul Zeh Kamerawerk in Dresden, Germany starting in 1932.  The Goldi was a compact folding camera that made 3cm x 4cm images on 127 roll film.  Zeh produced the Goldi for other companies and it was sold under a variety of “white label” and …

Kodak Signet 40 (1956)

This is a Signet 40 rangefinder camera made by the Eastman Kodak Company between the years 1956 and 1959.  It was the successor to the earlier Signet 35 retaining it’s excellent triangular coincident image rangefinder, and improving upon it with a redesigned Bakelite and stamped metal body, a more flexible …

Kodak Bantam Special (1936)

This is a Kodak Bantam Special, made by the Eastman Kodak Corporation in Rochester, NY between the years 1936 and 1948.  The camera was the top of the line in Kodak’s Bantam series which used 828 roll film and made 28mm x 40mm exposures which were 30% larger than standard …

Robot Junior (1954)

This is a Robot Junior (sometimes incorrectly called the Star Junior or Junior Star) made by the Robot Berning Company in Düsseldorf, Germany starting in 1954.  The Junior was an economy version of the Robot Star released two years earlier which lacked a 90 degree right angle viewfinder, and rewind mechanism, …

Nikon M (1949)

This is a Nikon M 35mm rangefinder made by Nippon Kogaku starting in 1949.  The Nikon M was the followup to the original Nikon rangefinder from a year earlier and was produced in very limited numbers.  The “M” increased the exposed image size to 24mm x 34mm and increased frame …

Mamiya Auto XTL (1971)

This is a Mamiya Auto XTL, a 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera made by Mamiya Optical Co., Ltd. starting in 1971.  It was the first in Mamiya’s short lived X-series and upon it’s release in April 1971, was the most advanced 35mm SLR camera in the world.  It incorporated a large …

Perfex Forty-Four (1939)

This is a Perfex Forty-Four 35mm rangefinder camera made by the Candid Camera Corporation in Chicago in 1939.  The Forty-Four was the first in a series made by the Candid company until the early 1950s at which point the company out of business.  Featuring an interchangeable screw mount with a …

Kodak Chevron (1953)

This is a Kodak Chevron, a medium format rangefinder camera buit by the Eastman Kodak Company between the years of 1953 and 1956.  The Chevron, like all medium format Kodak cameras from the era, used Kodak’s proprietary 620 format of film, which was nearly identical to competing 120 film, but …

Petri Racer (1966)

This is a Petri Racer 35mm rangefinder camera made by Petri Camera K.K. starting in 1966.  The Racer was a compact version of the larger 7 series but came with similar 6-element f/1.9 and f/2.8 lenses, and featured the company’s trademark “Green-O-Matic” system which increased contrast in the coincident image rangefinder.  …