Zenobia C (1954)

What is it? This is a Zenobia C made in Japan by Daiichi Kōgaku around 1954.  It is a compact folding camera that uses 120 roll film and makes 6cm x 4.5cm exposures.  The history of Daiichi Kōgaku and the Zenobia is a bit confusing, but what is known is that the …

Canon P (1961)

What is it? This is a Canon P 35mm rangefinder which was sold between 1959 and 1961.  The P stands for “Populaire”, meaning it was marketed as a budget (or popular) choice compared to higher spec Canon cameras.  The P was very similar to the Canon VI-L, but lacking some of it’s features …

Nikon FA (1983)

What is it? This is a Nikon FA 35mm SLR camera which was one of the most technologically advanced cameras of it’s day.  Upon it’s release in 1983, Nikon advertised it as the “Technocamera” due to it’s many innovative electronic features.  Several of the FA’s features are still considered relevant today like it’s CPU …

Nikon EM (1979)

What is it? This is a Nikon EM 35mm SLR camera, which is the Rodney Dangerfield of Nikon SLRs.  It came out at a time when the amateur market was exploding and various companies were designing cameras catering to them.  Nikon was known for high end pro-level cameras, and when this …