Keppler’s Vault 87: Your Camera Lens and How It Works

Although cameras are (usually) complicated devices with many different parts, in it’s simplest form, a camera can be broken down into two major components, the first, is a light tight box, and the second is the lens, which focuses an image onto a film plane or digital sensor. When you …

Keppler’s Vault 86: Electronic Still Photography

I still remember my first digital camera.  It was a Toshiba PDR-M25, a 2.2 megapixel monstrosity that captured 1720×1200 pixel images on a SmartMedia flash card.  I was the first person in my family to have a digital camera, and upon showing it off at family functions, no one cared …

Zeiss-Ikon Voigtländer Vitessa 1000SR (1968)

This is a Zeiss-Ikon Voigtländer Vitessa 1000SR, a 35mm rangefinder camera produced under both the Zeiss-Ikon and Voigtländer names from about 1967 to 1970.  This camera’s dual branding was a byproduct of Zeiss-Ikon’s 1965 merger with Voigtländer AG.  Despite having the Zeiss-Ikon name, the camera was entirely designed and built …