Minolta Hi-Matic E (1971)

What is it? This is a Minolta Hi-Matic E 35mm rangefinder camera made by Minolta Camera Co. starting in 1971.  It was one of the last quality Minolta rangefinder cameras with fast sub f/2 lenses before the line was replaced with cheap point and shoot models that were manufactured by third …

Olympus XA2 (1980)

What is it? This is an Olympus XA2 scale focus point and shoot 35mm camera made by Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. between the years of 1980 and 1986.  It was a simpler and less expensive version of the Olympus XA camera released a year earlier.  The entire XA series was very …

Agat 18K (1988)

What is it? This is an Agat 18K half-frame 35mm camera made by BelOMO in their Vilejka factory near Minsk, Belarus between the years of 1988 and 1991.  The Agat 18K was an updated model of the earlier Agat 18 offering an improved shutter, a new film speed scale, and a …

Topcon RE Super (1963)

What is it? This is the Topcon RE Super 35mm SLR made by Tokyo Kogaku of Japan between the years of 1963 and 1972.  It was a historically significant camera as it was the very first 35mm SLR camera to offer through the lens (TTL) metering.  The RE Super was …

Nikon S2 (1955)

What is it? This is a Nikon S2, a 35mm rangefinder made by Nippon Kogaku of Tokyo, Japan.  The S2 was a significant upgrade to the original Nikon S rangefinder from 1948 and was made between the years 1955 and 1957 when it was replaced by the Nikon SP.  By …

Kodak Retina Ib – Type 018 (1954)

What is it? This is a Kodak Retina Ib – Type 018 camera built by Kodak AG, the German subsidiary of the Eastman Kodak Company between the years of 1954 and 1957.  It was the successor to the earlier Retina Ia – Type 015 and was sold simultaneously with the Retinas …

Photavit IV (1947)

What is it? This is a Photavit IV 35mm camera made by Photavit-Werk GmbH in Nuremberg, Germany starting in 1947.  The Photavit IV shoots 24mm x 24mm square images on regular 35mm film stock, but it requires the use of proprietary Photavit film cassettes to maintain it’s extremely small size.  Before the …

Kowa SET-R (1968)

What is it? This is a Kowa SET-R single lens reflex 35mm camera made by Kowa Optical Works between the years of 1968 and 1970.  It was the third to last model in a series of leaf shutter SLRs made by Kowa, starting with the Kowaflex from 1959.  The SET-R …

Praktina FX (1953)

What is it? This is a Praktina FX 35mm single lens reflex camera made by Kamera-Werke Niedersedlitz (KW) between the years of 1953 and 1958.  The Prakina and all of its variants are historically significant cameras, being the first modern 35mm SLR camera aimed at the professional photographer.  It had …

Altissa Altix-nb v2 (1958)

What is it? This is an Altissa Altix-nb 35mm camera made between 1958 and 1960 by VEB Altissa Camera Werk in Dresden, East Germany.  The Altix-nb was the final model in a line of scale focus solid bodied cameras that began with the Altix I in 1939.  The Altix-nb had an …

The Cameras of the Dead: The Reboot (aka Part IV)

The horror genre is known for movie franchises with many sequels, remakes, and reboots.  In the 70s, 80s, and 90s, original horror movies would often spawn a whole series of sequels, mostly upping the ante on the thrills, spills, and chills of the original.  Sometimes the sequels continued the story …

Chinon CE-4 (1980)

What is it? This is a Chinon CE-4 35mm SLR made by Chinon Industries Inc starting in 1980.  It was Chinon’s first SLR using the Pentax K-mount, after they abandoned the M42 screw mount.  The CE-4 was quickly upgraded to the CE-4s model which revised the shutter speeds and meter …