Kodak Bantam (1935)

What is it? This is a Kodak Bantam, a strut folding camera with an entirely Bakelite body, a single speed shutter, doublet lens, and a maximum aperture of f/6.3.  This was Kodak’s first camera designed for their new 828 format of film.  828 was originally designed to be an…

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Kodak Retina Reflex IV (1964)

What is it? This is a Kodak Retina Reflex IV 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera made by Kodak AG in Stuttgart, West Germany between the years 1964 and 1967.  The Retina Reflex series was a continuation of the earlier rangefinder Retina, and shared many of the same parts, including…

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Brumberger 35 (1955)

What is it? This is a Brumberger 35, which is a rebadged Neoca 2S 35mm rangefinder camera made by Neoca Kabushiki Kaisha in Japan in 1955 and 1956.  Brumberger Co. Inc. was a photographic equipment retailer, distributor, and importer based in Brooklyn, NY in the 1950s.  They often imported and…

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Yashica 35 (1958)

What is it? This is a Yashica 35 rangefinder camera made by Yashica Co. Ltd between the years of 1958 – 1959.  It was Yashica’s first fixed lens rangefinder, and the first new model released after Yashima’s merger with Nicca which formed the new Yashica company in May 1958….

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Canon EF (1973)

What is it? This is a Canon EF 35mm single lens reflex camera made by Canon Inc of Japan between the years of 1973 and 1978.  It used Canon’s FD lens mount and was their first interchangeable lens SLR with in-body shutter priority automatic exposure.  It is unique among…

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Voigtländer Vitomatic IIa (1960)

What is it? This is a Voigtländer Vitomatic IIa 35mm rangefinder camera made by Voigtländer from 1960 to 1964.  The Vitomatic IIa was a compact but very heavy camera that packed quite a bit of features into such a small body.  It had a coupled selenium cell exposure meter with…

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Olympus OM-2 MD (1975)

What is it? This is an Olympus OM-2, a 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera made by the Olympus Corporation from 1975 – 1984.  The MD in the name means it has the Motor Drive provision on the bottom plate.  The OM-2 was the followup to the extremely successful…

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