Viewfinder camera type

Braun Paxette interchangeable lens viewfinder camera

This is a look at the Braun Paxette interchangeable lens, viewfinder camera which was made by Braun of Nuremberg in the early 1950s. Braun Paxette Viewfinder camera images My Braun Paxette camera I found this camera as an untested auction sale on eBay with a starting price of £0.99 and eventually bought it for about £12 including the postage. When it arrived a few days after the sale ended, I discovered a clean unit in pretty good condition cosmetically, with […]

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Servicing the Argus A2F viewfinder camera

Last week I picked up an Argus A2F viewfinder camera which I did a short review of here. I mentioned in that review that the shutter needed a clean and service, and this post covers the process I carried out whilst servicing the Argus A2F. Servicing the Argus A2F Images Servicing the Argus A2F Notes The actual procedure I used while servicing the Argus A2F is shown in the picture sequence above, but I’ll note down here anything which I […]

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Argus A2F Art Deco, viewfinder camera

The Argus A2F camera was one of the last of a series of viewfinder cameras made in the USA in the years just before and just after the second world war. At the time the series was made, they were a quite sophisticated camera for an American designed and made unit, although not in the same class as some of the German 35mm cameras of the time. My Argus A2F camera I found my Argus A2F camera on eBay in […]

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An index of camera types

This post is meant to be an index of camera types which have been produced over the last hundred or so years. It will be added to as I get time and as I acquire new examples of the different types in my collection. Viewfinder camera The viewfinder camera, of the type show to the left, is a basic camera which was normally sold as a snapshot camera. The actual name ‘viewfinder camera’ just refers to the fact that the […]

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Kodak Retinette type 22

This is a short pictorial post describing the Kodak Retinette type 22, 35mm, viewfinder camera which was made by Kodak between the years 1954 and 1958. Kodak Retinette type 22 Images. My Kodak Retinette type 22 camera As with many of my camera collection, this was purchased from eBay as a non-working vintage camera, but unlike many of them there isn’t much wrong with this unit except for a problem with the back film chamber door which doesn’t lock. Ok, […]

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Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco camera

The Agfa Karat series of cameras covered a wide variety of models from the initial release in 1936. I’ve covered a few different models on this site, but this model is the one that started the series – the Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco. Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco Images My Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco Camera This was a camera which I bought basically on impulse because it was a good price. I found it as a buy it […]

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Boots Pacemaker CM viewfinder camera

The Boots Pacemaker CM camera is a version of the Regula Sprintic model C made for the Boots company at a time when Boots were a major supplier to amateur photographers. Boots Pacemaker CM Images My Boots Pacemaker CM camera I was given this camera by John, a reader of my blog who had a number of cameras donated to him and he didn’t need this particular model in his collection. The unit is in very good condition for it’s […]

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Altissa Altix IV 35mm viewfinder camera

The Altissa Altix IV is an interesting 35mm viewfinder camera which was made in Germany in the early 1950s. It is a non interchangeable lens camera with a manually cocked shutter and a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar lens and has a novel film loading mechanism. Altissa Altix IV Images My Altissa Altix IV Camera I bought this camera from eBay because I hadn’t see the model before, and it looked an attractive and interesting camera. It was described as being non […]

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Aka Relle exchangeable lens camera

The Aka Relle is an exchangeable lens camera with a simple viewfinder for composition and scale focusing. It was made in Germany in the mid to late 1950s and features a rather odd ‘clamshell’ construction. Aka Relle Images My Aka Relle Camera This was a eBay purchase which I made simply because it was a bit different from the run of the mill 35mm cameras which are common. It looked an interesting camera, although very worn, and since it was […]

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Minolta 16 sub-miniature 16mm film camera

The Minolta 16 camera was one of the early sub-miniature cameras Minolta made which took their 16mm film cartridges and produced negatives of 10 x 14mm. Minolta 16 Images My Camera I bought my example of the camera for about £5 and purchased it only to add to my growing collection of 16mm format cameras. It was on eBay with an opening bid of £4.99 and since no one else placed a bid that is what I got it for. […]

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Minolta 16 MG miniature 16mm camera

The Minolta 16 MG is the third 16mm miniature camera from Minolta that I’ve acquired and this model sits between the 16Ps and the 16QT in terms of features. As with all the other cameras in the series it takes a small 16mm film cartridge and is tiny enough to carry about for easy snap shot use. Minolta 16 MG Images My Minolta 16 MG Camera This camera was bought simply to add to the 16mm miniature cameras I own […]

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Kodak Retinette 1B – type 045

The Kodak Retinette 1B was a viewfinder camera made by Kodak to be a simpler, cheaper alternative to their Retina series of rangefinder and slr cameras. Kodak Retinette 1B Images My Kodak Retinette 1B Camera I bought this camera as a bundle along with a Kodak Instamatic 304 camera. They were sold as untested and therefore not guaranteed working but as it turns out both are actually fine and work as expected. Although I wasn’t really interested in the Instamatic it […]

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Minolta 16 QT miniature 16mm camera

The Minolta 16 QT was the last model 16mm still camera that Minolta made in their Minolta 16 series. Like others in the series the 16QT takes a cartridge of 16mm film, but this camera produces a slightly larger negative than earlier cameras. Minolta 16 QT Images My Minolta 16 QT Camera I bought this camera as a direct result of buying my Minolta 16 Ps a few days before. Once I’d received the Minolta 16 I became fascinated with […]

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Minolta 16 Ps sub miniature camera

The Minolta 16 Ps is one of a series of cameras made by Minolta which took 16mm film cartriges and were small, lightweight but well made and able to produce good results. The range started with the Minolta 16 in 1960 and the Minolta 16Ps was introduced in 1965. Minolta 16 Ps Images My Minolta 16 Ps Camera I bought this camera because it came up as I was browsing cameras on eBay and I’d never seen a Minolta 16mm […]

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A trio of Rapid cameras

This is a small collection of Agfa Rapid cameras which I purchased a couple of weeks ago. The Rapid film system was designed by Agfa to ease the problems of loading 35mm film into cameras, but it was killed off by the introduction of the 126 Instamatic film cartridge by Kodak a few years later. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. My Cameras I actually bought these cameras not because I wanted them, but because I wanted the […]

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