Perfex Forty-Four (1939)

What is it? This is a Perfex Forty-Four 35mm rangefinder camera made by the Candid Camera Corporation in Chicago in 1939.  The Forty-Four was the first in a series made by the Candid company until the early 1950s at which point the company out of business.  Featuring an interchangeable screw …

Kodak Chevron (1953)

What is it? This is a Kodak Chevron, a medium format rangefinder camera buit by the Eastman Kodak Company between the years of 1953 and 1956.  The Chevron, like all medium format Kodak cameras from the era, used Kodak’s proprietary 620 format of film, which was nearly identical to competing …

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 …

Kodak Motormatic 35 (1960)

What is it? This is a Kodak Motormatic 35 camera.  It is an updated version of Kodak’s first 35mm auto exposure camera, the Kodak Automatic 35 which was released the year before.  The Motormatic added a spring motor advance, allowing a photographer to make exposures as fast as he or …

Argus C33 (1959)

What is it? This is an Argus C33, a 35mm rangefinder produced by the Argus Corporation in Ann Arbor, Michigan between the years 1959 and 1961.  The C33 was an oddly designed, but ambitious update to the original C3 which added many features that had become standard for rangefinders in …

Detrola Model E (1939)

What is it? This is a Detrola Model E camera made by the Detrola Corp out of Detroit, MI.  Detrola was better known for its successful line of radios and record players in the 30s and 40s.  Perhaps trying to mimic the success of Ann Arbor, MI based Argus by …