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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Vivitar 35ES (1978)

What is it? This is a Vivitar 35ES 35mm rangefinder camera made by Cosina of Japan around 1978.  The Vivitar 35ES was one of many variants of this model all made by Cosina.  There were versions sold by Minolta, Konica, Revue, Prinz, and possibly others, all made by…

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AGFA Optima I (1960)

What is it? This is an AGFA Optima I produced between the years 1960 – 64.  It was the followup to the original Optima from 1959 which was one of the very first cameras with a fully automatic program auto exposure mode.  It’s selenium meter would allow the…

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Yashica-D (1970)

What is it? This is a Yashica-D twin lens reflex camera made by Yashica Co., Ltd. between the years of 1958 – 1972.  This particular model is a later variant, likely made in 1970 with the company’s top of the line 4-element Yashinon lenses and f/2.8 viewing lens.  The…

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Fujica 35-ML (1958)

What is it? This is a Fujica 35-ML rangefinder camera made by Fuji Photo Film Co. starting in 1958.  Fuji would use the name “Fujica” on all of their film cameras until the late 1970s.  It was an amalgam of the words “Fuji” and “camera”.  The ML was otherwise identical…

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