Ica Ideal 225

The Ica Ideal 225 is a double-extension bellows 9×12 plate camera (roll film with optional back). Produced by one of the joint ventures of Carl Zeiss c1924 the Ideal 225 is a beast of a camera that is not pocketable by any definition. The Compur shutter fires nicely and the cocking mechanism feels solid. I…

Kodak Retina IIc (type 020)

The Kodak Retina line contains some of my favorite cameras, due in no small part to the second camera in my collection, my great-grandmother’s Type 126. I find Retinas to have some of the best hand-feel of any pocketable cameras. As with all folding Retinas I have had the pleasure of using, the IIc has…

Leitz Leica IIIa

I never intended to get a Leica. At the typically high prices they command, I was content knowing I could buy and enjoy many less expensive cameras for the same amount of money. During a late-night perusal of Ebay listings I came across a really inexpensive IIIa and lowball bid… surprise, I got it. After…