Mamiya Auto XTL (1971)

What is it? 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 …

Perfex Forty-Four (1939)

What is it? 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 …

Petri Racer (1966)

What is it? 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 …

ANSCO Super Regent (1955)

What is it? This is an ANSCO Super Regent 35mm folding rangefinder camera, made between the years 1955 and 1959 for ANSCO by AGFA Camera Werk in Munich, Germany.  The Super Regent is a rebadged AGFA Super Solinette, but sold by ANSCO in the United States.  Both the Super Solinette …

Canon MC (1984)

What is it? This is the Canon MC (short for Micro Compact), a compact fully automatic point and shoot 35mm camera released by Canon in April 1984.  The MC was conceived as an ultra portable camera to compete with models like the Olympus XA series, except it added the convenience …

Leica Ic (1950)

What is it? This is a Leica Ic 35mm camera made by Ernst Leitz GmbH from 1950 to 1952.  The Leica Ic was a variant of the earlier Leica IIIc but without a rangefinder, viewfinder, or any slow speeds.  It’s primary purpose was for scientific and specialized photography.  This camera …

Fujica Drive (1964)

What is it? This is a Fujica Drive, a half-frame 35mm scale focus camera made by Fuji Photo Film Co. starting in 1964.  The Drive was a variant of the company’s Fujica Half adding automatic film advance via a mechanical spring wound wheel.  Both the Drive and Half cameras had …

Anscomark M (1960)

What is it? This is an Anscomark M 35mm rangefinder camera made in 1960 by Riken Optical Co., Ltd. (Ricoh) for GAF USA who at the time distributed cameras in the United States under the ANSCO brand.  The camera was developed by Riken for GAF in exchange for some of it’s …

Rolleiflex SL35 (1970)

What is it? This is a Rolleiflex SL35 single lens reflex 35mm camera made by Franke & Heidecke of Braunschweig, Germany between the years 1970 and 1976.  Earlier versions like this one were made in Germany, later ones in Singapore.  The SL35 was the first 35mm SLR to bear the …

Kodak Motormatic 35 (1960)

What is it? This is a Kodak Motormatic 35 camera.  It is an updated version of Kodak’s first 35mm auto exposure camera, the Kodak Automatic 35 which was released the year before.  The Motormatic added a spring motor advance, allowing a photographer to make exposures as fast as he or …