Carl Zeiss Werramat

I didn’t know what to expect with the Carl Zeiss Werramat, originally purchased due to its clean design and unique lens cover. Equally interesting is the rapid-wind and cocking action initiated by twisting the ring at the base of the lens. Surprising to precisely no-one is that optics on the Tessar f2 50mm lens are…

Arsenal Kiev 4AM

No, 4AM is not the preferred time to use this camera, rather the model of this great Arsenal Kiev rangefinder, a camera that is a joy to use any time of day. Paired with the Jupiter-8M lens, some remarkable pictures can be captured. Despite initial issues with wayward fingers blocking the rangefinder window, the 4AM…

Beauty Canter 2.8

This is the Beauty Canter 2.8. It is a 35mm rangefinder camera manufactured in 1957 by Taiyodo Koki. Interestingly the Canter has a tinted viewfinder lens and a diamond-shaped rangefinder patch. Make Taiyodo Koki Model Beauty Canter Year c 1957 Format 35mm Shutter Copal-MXV Speed B,1,2,5,10,25,50,100,250,500 Lens FC Canter f2.8 45mm Focus 2.7ft – ∞ Aperture f2.8…

Pentax ME Super

I consider the Olympus OM-1n as one of my favorite recent acquisitions to shoot, but a friend recommended I try the Pentax ME Super. It has a similar form factor and feel to the Olympus. It also feels lighter in hand, a fact borne out by the specs. The ME Super is roughly two-tenths of a…

Ihagee Exakta Varex IIa

Since starting my collection, I have always liked the look of Ihagee cameras. In fact, I have nine of them, eight working. Oddly I have never shot with one until now. Which one did I pick? The Varex IIa. Despite some quirks, this camera is a joy to use and is perhaps the prettiest in…

Olympus OM-2n

Like the OM-1n, the Olympus OM-2n is a great camera in a compact package. With a body measuring 136x83x50mm, the OM-2n is smaller than many modern mirrorless cameras. It is very similar to the Om-2 with the addition of having auto exposire to 120 seconds as oppossed to 60 second for the OM-2. While very…

Ansco Memo Half-frame

Introduced in 1927, the Ansco Memo is a beautifully crafted 35mm half-frame camera that was one of the first America 35mm cameras to sell in any quantity. Despite its boxiness the Memo’s weight feels right in the hand the the action on the shutter release minimizes camera jitter. Make Ansco Model Memo Year c. 1927…

Olympus OM-1n

A lot has been written about the Olympus OM system cameras, particularly the OM-1. This camera arrived in the same box as an OM-2n and is sporting an Olympus F.Zuiko Auto-S f1.8 50mm lens that came originally attached to an OM-10. At the time it was introduced, the Olympus OM-1 set new standards in a…

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…

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….