This section of the site has reviews and repair information on the Vintage cameras I own or have owned

Agfa Flexilette 35mm TLR camera

This post describes an odd looking camera of fairly unique design, the Agfa Flexilette 35mm twin lens reflex. My Flexilette camera As with so many of my vintage camera collection this Flexilette was an eBay sale which I found whilst browsing around looking to see if there were any bargains. I came upon this unit, priced at only £9.95 in a ‘buy it now’ sale, and thought it was worth a gambol. It was described as faulty with a locked […]

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Voigtlander Bessamatic SLR camera

The Voigtlander Bessamatic belongs to that family of 35mm SLR cameras which have a leaf shutter fitted between the lens and the mirror rather than a focal plane shutter fitted between the mirror and the film. This puts it in the same class as the Topcon Unirex, Kodak Retina Reflex and Kowa SE to name just three I’ve reviewed on this blog. Voigtlander Bessamatic Images My Bessamatic Camera I picked up this camera along with a Topcon RE Auto in […]

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Vintage Kalimar exposure meter

Occasionally when I purchase a vintage camera for my collection there are other bits-n-pieces which accompany it and this post features one of those accessories – the Kalimar Exposure meter. In the age of early film photography, when cameras weren’t equipped with built in means of measuring the amount of light available to take a picture, most serious photographers would have carried a small exposure meter with them. In fact it was probably the most important part of their kit […]

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Ihagee Ultrix folding camera

This post describes a medium format, folding camera made by Ihagee (later Exakta) in the mid 1930s. The Ihagee Ultrix takes 8 pictures of 6cm x 9cm on 120 format film, has adjustable focus and is fitted with an 8 speed Compur shutter. Ihagee Ultrix Images My Ultrix Camera My camera, along with so many in my vintage camera collection, was an ebay purchase. In this case I paid £15 and bought it because it is a camera which produces […]

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Joseph Baker single valve radio c1922

This is a bit of a departure for me in that although this post is about a vintage item it’s not a vintage camera but instead a vintage single valve radio. This post features a radio receiver or wireless which was made in about 1922 by a manufacturer in the town where I grew up (although that was a long way past 1922 I hasten to add). Single Valve Radio images The Joseph Baker Single valve radio This is not […]

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Bell & Howell 606 H vintage 8mm projector

This post features probably the most classically vintage looking 8mm projector in my collection, the Bell & Howell model 606 H. It is a simple machine with manual threading, a 500W mains voltage lamp and a 15 – 20mm zoom lens, which was made in the early 1950s. Bell & Howell 606 H Pictures My Bell & Howell 606 H Projector I paid £19.99 to buy this projector in an auction on eBay. It was sold as working, although when […]

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Kiev 4 rangefinder with jupiter 8

This post looks at the Kiev 4 35mm rangefinder camera, which was a soviet made copy of a contax II rangefinder. The model shown here is fitted with a Jupiter 8 lens and the serial number of 7506090 suggests it was probably made between about 1975 and 1980. Kiev 4 Rangefinder Pictures My Kiev 4 Rangefinder camera I obtained my copy of the Kiev 4 from a local charity shop where a friend of my wife works. She knows I’m […]

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Bolex 18-5 Super 8mm movie Projector

This post describes a new addition to my worryingly growing 8mm projector collection – the Bolex 18-5 Super 8 movie projector. My Bolex 18-5 Super Projector As with most of my vintage photo gear collection I bought this projector from eBay. It was advertised as being in good condition, but untested because it didn’t have a power lead and since the photos which accompanied the sale seemed to confirm that the unit looked in good condition, I bought it with […]

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Vintage projector Index Page

This is the index to my vintage camera collection.

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Eumig P8 automatic 8mm cine projector

This article looks at the Eumig P8 automatic 8mm cine projector, which was one of the later models in the P8 range that Eumig produced in great quantities in the 1950s and 60s. My Eumig P8 automatic Projector I bought this projector for a few pounds from eBay primarily because it came with a collection of 8mm films rather than for the actual projector itself. When when I received the package however, I found the unit is actually both a […]

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Chinon Universal 8 cine projector

The Chinon Universal 8 cine projector was introduced in 1967 as a machine capable of showing both the standard 8mm home movie films which had been around for for many years, and the new Super 8 format film which was introduced a few years earlier in 1965. My Chinon Universal 8 projector I found this Chinon Universal 8 projector on eBay with a starting price of £1.99 and no bids against it. Because of the weight of projectors, the price […]

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Olympus 35 ECR rangefinder camera

The Olympus 35 ECR is a fully automatic, 35mm film camera with a fixed 42mm f/2.8 lens and rangefinder focusing aid which was produced by Olympus in the early 1970s. Camera Images My Olympus 35 ECR I was given my copy of the Olympus 35 ECT by a fellow camera collector, with a note explaining that there were some problems with it. To be honest, that was a couple of years ago now and I can’t remember exactly what is […]

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Kodak Instamatic M2 cine camera

In the late 1960s and early 1970s the Instamatic range of cameras from Kodak were very popular and were responsible for many people trying photography as a hobby and progressing onto more advanced models. As well as still cameras, Kodak also made a similar range in cine cameras, and this post takes a brief look at one of those models, the Instamatic M2 cine camera. Kodak Instamatic M2 cine camera images My Instamatic M2 Cine Camera This cine camera was […]

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Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL 35mm camera

This is a quick pictorial review of the Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL 35mm SLR camera which was introduced by Mamiya in the late 1960s. Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL images My Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL camera This camera is one of a very select few in my collection in that it was gifted to me. In fact, it was surprise gifted to me by a fellow camera collector John Bear, who also runs a vintage camera site called Camera Portraits. The story is that […]

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Elmo E-80 8mm silent projector

This post looks at the Elmo E-80 projector which is a standard 8 model made by Elmo, a very reputable manufacturer, in Japan in the early 1950s. Elmo E-80 Images My Elmo E-80 projector I bought this Elmo E-80 projector from eBay as an addition to my small (but worryingly growing) collection of movie projectors. It was sold as a working unit and it does power up and seems ok, but the two core mains lead supplied with it looks […]

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