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…

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…

Ansco Vest Pocket no. 2(A)

After a fairly long hiatus due to moving, I will be posting cameras here on a regular basis. The Ansco VP no. 2(A) is one of the neatest cameras I have come across in a while. The action of its strut-folding mechanism made me smile the first time I used it and the overall attention…

Great Wall Plastic Company Diana 151

Aside from the miniature HIT camera, the Diana is the lightest camera in my collection. Manufactured by the Great Wall Plastic Company on the 1960’s as a very inexpensive novelty camera (and copied extensively). This is the original “No. 151 Made in Hong Kong” model which, as I understand, produces interesting results from its plastic…

CiroFlex Model B

The Ciro-Flex is a 6×6 TLR camera manufactured in the early 1940s by American manufacturer Ciro. This particular camera is a post-WWII Model B with Alphax shutter.  Make Ciro Model Ciro-Flex Model B Year 1946 Format 120 Shutter Alphax Speed T, B, 10 to 200 Lens Wollensak Anastigmat f3.5 85mm Focus 3ft to ∞ Aperture…

Yashica 635

Introduced in 1958, the Yashica 635 TLR is special in that it can use either 120 format film or 35mm with an adapter kit. It is very similar to the Yashika D with the exception of additional controls for 35mm film usage. The viewing lens is almost as bright and clear as any I have seen….

Ansco Panda

Ostensibly designed as a children’s camera, the Ansco Panda has fared well over the years. Produced between 1939 and 1950, the Panda is a simple Twin Lens Reflex (TLR)-like camera , though it more closely resembles Kodak Brownies of the period. It has a waist level viewfinder, f16 lens and uses 620 format film, producing…