Ikko Sha Start 35 K-II (1958)

This is an Ikko Sha Start 35 K-II 35mm camera made by Ikko Sha Co. Ltd. of Japan starting in 1958.  It was the second to last model in Ikko Sha’s lineup of inexpensive Bakelite bodied 35mm cameras which started with the original Start from 1950.  Although using 35mm film and …

Nikon M (1949)

This is a Nikon M 35mm rangefinder made by Nippon Kogaku starting in 1949.  The Nikon M was the followup to the original Nikon rangefinder from a year earlier and was produced in very limited numbers.  The “M” increased the exposed image size to 24mm x 34mm and increased frame …

Mamiya Auto XTL (1971)

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 incorporated a large …

Petri Racer (1966)

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 coincident image rangefinder.  …

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 …

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 …

Minolta Autocord (1958)

What is it? This is a Minolta Autocord Twin Lens Reflex camera made by Chiyoda Kogaku Seiko between the years of 1955 and 1966.  The entire Autocord series was very popular and produced several variants.  This particular model is an export model for North America, and was made in 1958.  …