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…

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Minolta A (1955)

What is it? This is a Minolta A, a 35mm rangefinder made by Chiyoda Kogaku Seiko starting in 1955.  It was Minolta’s first attempt at an entry level 35mm rangefinder aimed at the amateur market.  Despite it’s stance as an entry level camera, it had modern features like…

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Ricoh FF-90 Super (1987)

What is it? This is a Ricoh FF-90 Super, an advanced and fully automatic 35mm point and shoot camera made by Ricoh Co., Ltd in 1987  The Super is a slight upgrade to the original FF-90 from two years earlier, and was very popular in it’s home country…

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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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Nikon F (1966)

What is it? This is a Nikon F single lens reflex camera which was made by Nippon Kogaku in Japan from 1959 through 1973.  It was Nippon Kogaku’s first attempt in the SLR market and was aimed at the professional photographer.  The Nikon F both raised the bar for…

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Ricoh 519M (1959)

What is it? This is a Ricoh 519M 35mm rangefinder made by Riken Optical Industries Co., Ltd, which first went on sale in 1959.  It is an evolution of the earlier Ricoh Five-One-Nine which was a very similar camera, except without a built in meter.  The Ricoh 500-series cameras…

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Minolta Uniomat III (1963)

What is it? This is a Minolta Uniomat III 35mm rangefinder camera made by the Minolta Camera Company between the years 1963 – 1965.  It is the third model in Minolta’s Uniomat series which was also sold in the US as the Ansco Anscoset.  The Uniomat series is an early…

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Minolta SR-7 (1962)

What is it? This is a Minolta SR-7 Single Lens Reflex camera made by Minolta Co., Ltd. between the years 1962 and 1966.  It was the last in Minolta’s original SR-series of SLR cameras which started with the SR-2 in 1958.  The SR-7 is a historically significant camera…

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Brumberger 35 (1955)

What is it? This is a Brumberger 35, which is a rebadged Neoca 2S 35mm rangefinder camera made by Neoca Kabushiki Kaisha in Japan in 1955 and 1956.  Brumberger Co. Inc. was a photographic equipment retailer, distributor, and importer based in Brooklyn, NY in the 1950s.  They often imported and…

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Yashica 35 (1958)

What is it? This is a Yashica 35 rangefinder camera made by Yashica Co. Ltd between the years of 1958 – 1959.  It was Yashica’s first fixed lens rangefinder, and the first new model released after Yashima’s merger with Nicca which formed the new Yashica company in May 1958….

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Canon EF (1973)

What is it? This is a Canon EF 35mm single lens reflex camera made by Canon Inc of Japan between the years of 1973 and 1978.  It used Canon’s FD lens mount and was their first interchangeable lens SLR with in-body shutter priority automatic exposure.  It is unique among…

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Olympus OM-2 MD (1975)

What is it? This is an Olympus OM-2, a 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera made by the Olympus Corporation from 1975 – 1984.  The MD in the name means it has the Motor Drive provision on the bottom plate.  The OM-2 was the followup to the extremely successful…

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