Pouva Start (1952)

What is it? This is a Pouva Start, a simple medium format camera made almost entirely out of Bakelite.  It was manufactured by Karl Pouva AG in Frietal, Germany between the years 1952 and 1971.  This is the first version of the camera with a popup sports finder…

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Minolta Auto Wide (1958)

What is it? This is a Minolta Auto Wide 35mm camera made by Chiyoda Kogaku Seiko K.K. in 1958.  It was a scale focus camera that had a unique combination of a wide angle lens, a coupled selenium exposure meter, and a unique click stop focus system to simplify focus…

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Ensign Ful-Vue (1946)

What is it? This is an Ensign Ful-Vue box camera made by Barnet Ensign Ltd. of Walthamstow, England between the years 1946 and 1949.  This was the second camera named the Ensign Ful-Vue to be released, the first released in 1939 was a more traditional cube shaped box camera…

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Bencini Koroll II (1962)

What is it? This is a Bencini Koroll II made by Bencini in Milan, Italy starting around 1962.  It is a strange medium format camera designed to use 120 roll film, but takes small 30mm x 45mm exposures which are only slightly larger in size than 3cm x…

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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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Wirgin Presto (1935)

What is it? This is a Wirgin Presto folding camera made by Wirgin Kamerawerk out of Wiesbaden, Germany in the mid 1930s.  Narrowing down the exact year this camera was built is difficult due to very little information being available.  The Presto was the upscale version of the…

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Mamiya M645 (1975)

What is it? This is a Mamiya M645 semi-professional medium format Single Lens Reflex camera.  This was one of the most popular cameras for professional and advanced amateur photographers of the late 70s and early 1980s.  It was a popular choice of wedding photographers due to its rugged…

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