Kaufmann Posographe Exposure Calculator

The Kaufmann Posographe was not something I was looking for. In fact, I had never heard of it before buying. The opportunity to purchase it came from a contact at a local antiques mall, and I couldn’t pass on it. Designed and manufactured in the early 1920’s, the Posographe uses a collection of seven interconnected…

Robot Junior

One of a long line of clockwork cameras, the Robot Junior is a solid, well-crafted viewfinder camera produced between 1954 and 1960 by Robot Foto und Electronic of Düsseldorf, Germany. The Junior is similar to the Robot IIa, though it lacks the right-angle viewfinder and ability to rewind in the camera. The Junior was offered…

Rollei XF35

Manufactured between 1974 and 1980 in Singapore, the Rollei XF35 is well-built, very pocketable 35mm rangefinder, slightly larger than the viewfinder Rollei 35. It is a match-needle camera, meaning that the shutter speed is linked to aperture setting. The XF35 originally used PX625 mercury batteries. Suitable replacements are difficult to find/calibrate. Make Rollei Model XF35…

Nikon L35AF

Aside from the Voigtlander Bessa-L, the Nikon L35AF is the most modern of the cameras in my collection. I was lucky enough to receive this as a freebie when I acquired my Riken Steky Modell II. I knew very little about it and was surprised at what a capable camera it is. The 5-element f2.8…

Arsenal Kiev 30

The Kiev 30, manufactured in the Ukraine by Arsenal between 1974 and 1983 with tooling pilfered from Zeiss. I have a few other subminiature cameras including the Whittaker Micro 16, Tougodo Hit, Minolta-16, and Minox III, but the Kiev 30 and the Minox are the only ones with focus control. Make Arsenal Model Kiev 30…

Bolsey Jubilee

As with most Bolsey cameras, such as the B2 and Model C, the Jubilee maintains a strong family resemblance. It is, for better or worse, the most technologically advanced of the bunch and was manufactured during the last year of Bolsey’s existence. Like its brethren, the Jubilee has the Set-o-Matic light metering system, which worked very well….

Rollei Rolleicord II Type 3

This is the Rolleicord II Type 3, instead of a Rolleiflex I picked this up soon after starting my camera collection. This medium format twin-lens reflex camera uses 120 format film, though there was an attachment called the Rolleikin that allowed 35mm cassettes to be used. This particular camera currently has 35mm loaded using 3D printed…

Haking Halina 35X

The Halina 35X, manufactured in Hong Kong by Haking starting in 1959 is an attractive 35mm viewfinder with a small form factor. Also known as the Micronta 35X, it is a solidly built, and heavy, camera. The camera was a bit old-fashioned for its time in that the film was wound separately from cocking the…

Ensign Ful-Vue

The Ensign Ful-Vue TLR is a very simple camera to operate. However, if certain precautions are taken, decent results are possible. This camera has been a favorite of mine from the first time I saw one in the pages of McKeown’s. It took some time to locate a beautiful example at a reasonable price. After replacing…

Kodak Retina IIa (type 016)

Visually, this Kodak Retina IIa (type 016), is a little crunchy. However, the mechanical components are near perfect. This sturdy 35mm folding rangefinder typifies what I like about the Retina lineup and why I have a mini-collection within my collection for these beauties. Make Kodak Model Retina IIa type 016 Year 1951-1954 Format 35mm Shutter…

Whittaker Micro 16

Produced between 1946 and 1950 by the William R. Whittaker Co. Ltd, in Los Angeles, California the Micro 16 is smaller than a pack of cigarettes. It was popular with some police forces of the era. The film is advanced by the normally recessed plunger on the side of the camera, the operation of which…

Kodak Stereo Camera

The Kodak Stereo Camera surprised me, compared to the lightweight and somewhat flimsy design of the Graflex Stereo Graphic, it feels robust and substantial in hand. It appears easy to use, with self-cocking shutter, smooth focus, and spirit level. Make Kodak Model Stereo Year 1954 Format 35mm Shutter Kodak Speed B,25,50,100,200 Lens Kodak Anaston  f3.5…