Keppler’s Vault 30: The Leica System

Ernst Leitz has been making Leica cameras for nearly 100 years and in that time, countless articles have been written about their many products.  It’s unlikely that today, in 2019, I could dig up anything that you haven’t already seen before. So, it probably comes as no surprise that this …

Keppler’s Vault 27: The German Camera Industry Part 1

Last May, I posted a three part series covering articles about the Japanese Photo Industry in the 1950s, and then again in October I re-branded the site for “Red October” where I posted a series of Soviet related articles.  Now, it’s Germany’s turn. This will be the first in a …

Keppler’s Vault 26: Christmas and Snow Photography

For much of the world, Christmas is a time spent with family, decorating trees, baking cookies, and watching corny movies.  For those of us with one (or hundreds) of cameras, we spend at least a portion of this season taking pictures of it. Yet, photographing holiday or wintry scenes isn’t …

Keppler’s Vault 24: Russian Cameras Today

Last week’s Keppler’s Vault featured two different Russian Lens articles, so this week I thought I’d include a couple articles I’ve found that talk about 1950s and 60s Soviet cameras.  On a side note, it’s interesting to me that every one of these articles refers to them as “Russian”, rather …

Keppler’s Vault 23: Russian Lenses Reviewed

In the last couple of decades, Soviet era cameras and lenses have enjoyed a generally positive reputation, making lenses like the Jupiter-8 and Helios-44 sought after by people searching for cost-effective alternatives to German or Japanese models.  Even the lower end Industars can be good options for people looking for acceptable …

Keppler’s Vault 22: Russians Shoot the Moon…Or Did They?

Unless you have a strong interest in history, specifically the US/USSR Cold War, most people under the age of 40 will never remember the back and forth competitiveness of the American and Soviet space race.  Both countries realized after World War II that the space beyond Earth’s atmosphere was a …

Keppler’s Vault 21: Alpa Reflex 6c

The first 5 words of the article below from the February/March 1962 issue of Camera 35 magazine are: The Alpa Reflex is expensive… Talk about the understatement of the year!  According to this article, in 1962 an Alpa 6C with 50mm f/1.8 Macro-Switar Apochromat lens retailed for $469.  When adjusted …