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. …

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AGFA Parat I (1963)

What is it? This is an AGFA Parat I, a 35mm half frame camera made in West Germany between the years of 1963 and 1968.  The Parat I was the most basic model in AGFAs Parat lineup of half frame cameras, which also consisted of the Paramat and…

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Bilora Bella 3c (1955)

What is it? This is a Bilora Bella medium format scale focus camera made by Kürbi & Niggeloh of Radevormwald, West Germany between the years of 1955 and 1958.  The name Bilora Bella was the name of a long running series of inexpensive and simple, but attractive cameras made by…

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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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Pentacon FM (1958)

What is it? This is a Pentacon FM 35mm SLR made by VEB Zeiss-Ikon Dresden in East Germany between the years of 1958 and 1961.  This camera is part of the Contax S series which debuted in 1949 as the first German built SLR camera with a fixed…

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Foth Derby Type 2 (1931)

What is it? This is a Foth Derby folding strut camera made in Germany by C.F. Foth & Co.  The Foth Derby was in production from 1930 to about 1940 and was designed as a lower cost alternative to Leica and Contax cameras of the time.  It was a…

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Kodak Retina Reflex IV (1964)

What is it? This is a Kodak Retina Reflex IV 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera made by Kodak AG in Stuttgart, West Germany between the years 1964 and 1967.  The Retina Reflex series was a continuation of the earlier rangefinder Retina, and shared many of the same parts, including…

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