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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Three Decades of Nikons

Nikon is the brand of camera I am most fond of, and the one I regularly shoot in my everyday life.  So, it might seem peculiar to hear that Nikon cameras are my least favorite to write reviews for.  There are a couple of reasons for this, one…

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Bolsey B2 (1949)

What is it? This is a Bolsey B2 35mm fixed lens rangefinder camera made by the Bolsey Corporation of America between the years of 1949 – 1956.  The B2 is a very compact and lightweight die-cast aluminum bodied camera that features a lens and shutter both made by…

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Leica M3 (1961)

What is it? This is a Leica M3 35mm rangefinder camera, built by Ernst Leitz GmbH from 1954 to 1966.  It was the first Leica that used the Leica M lens mount, the first Leica with a coincident image rangefinder, and the first Leica with a wind lever….

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