Kodak Regent (1935)

This is a Kodak Regent, a folding rangefinder roll film camera made in Stuttgart, Germany by Kodak AG starting in 1935.  The Regent natively shoots eight 6cm x 9cm images on 620 roll film or with the use of a mask, sixteen 4.5cm x 6cm images.  The Regent was a …

Kodak Instamatic 500 (1963)

This is a Kodak Instamatic 500, a fully manual, but high end Instamatic camera built in Stuttgart, Germany by Kodak AG between the years 1963 to 1965.  The Instamatic 500 was one of Kodak’s few Instamatic cameras built in Germany, by the same German division responsible for their premium Retina …

Welta Weltini II (1938)

This is a Welta Weltini II, a 35mm folding rangefinder camera made by Welta Kamerawerke in Freital, Germany between the years 1938 and 1941.  The Weltini II is similar to the Weltini I with a different top plate and cosmetics but is otherwise the same.  Both cameras were rangefinder equipped …

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 …

Rollei 35 T (1974)

This is a Rollei 35 T, a premium 35mm scale focus camera, built by Rollei-Werke Franke & Heidecke in Singapore starting in 1974.  The Rollei 35 T was a later evolution of the original Rollei 35 which was first introduced in November 1966.  When it was released, the Rollei 35 …

Second Look: Zeiss-Ikon Contessa 35

Mistakes were made. Pulling back the curtains here [tooltip placement=”top” trigger=”hover” title=”aka, my basement”]at the offices of Mike Eckman dot Com[/tooltip], I can imagine at least a few readers of this site believe there is a vault filled with a never-ending supply of mint condition, perfectly working cameras, glistening under …

How to Spot a Fake Leica

There’s a saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and when it comes to prestige products like handbags, watches, and cameras, there are whole industries of companies looking to counterfeit those products and sell them as the real thing.  For cameras, the most commonly imitated examples are screw …

AGFA Flexilette (1960)

This is an AGFA Flexilette, a 35mm twin lens reflex camera produced by AGFA Camera-Werk Muenchen starting in 1960.  The Flexilette was also called the AGFA Reflex in other markets and is part of the Optima line of 35mm cameras produced from the late 1950s through the mid 60s.  The …