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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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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Iloca Rapid 35mm viewfinder camera

The Iloca Rapid camera is a viewfinder camera made in Hamburg in the mid 1950’s which, although not a fantastically well engineered or very highly spec’d camera, still has some interesting and possibly unique features. Iloca Rapid Images My Iloca Rapid Camera I purchased this camera when I found it being sold by a charity shop on eBay simply because I’d not heard the name Iloca before. I paid £8 and for that I received the camera itself, a cheap boots […]

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Pentona II 35mm viewfinder camera

The Pentona II is a very simple viewfinder camera made in Germany in the early 1960’s by a company called KW, which was one of the companies which later became part of the Pentacon brand. Pentaona II Images My Pentona II Camera I actually have two copies of this camera which I purchased for a total of £6 because they were both sold as faulty because the shutters didn’t work. As it happens, the camera is one of that type […]

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Zeiss Ikon Contina viewfinder camera

I picked up this Zeiss Ikon Contina 35mm camera from eBay for a give-away price and for that I got a viewfinder camera with EV exposure control, 45mm Zeiss lens and great quality engineering in what seems to to be almost perfect condition. Zeiss Ikon Contina Images My Zeiss Ikon Contina Camera As I said above I found this camera on eBay advertised as simply ‘old camera’, but I could see from the pictures supplied that it was a Zeiss and […]

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Ilford sportsman 35mm viewfinder camera

This Ilford Sportsman is a camera which I inherited from my Dad a few years ago. It’s a simple 35mm viewfinder camera with a Dacora Dignar 45mm f/2.8 lens and was made about 1959. Ilford Sportsman Images Ilford Sportsman Description I’ve had this camera in a box in my office since the day Dad gave it to me and never really looked at it until today when I decided to dig it out. I had always assumed it was just […]

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Voigtlander Vito Automatic 35mm camera

This Voigtlander Vito Automatic is the second Voigtlander camera I’ve bought in the last couple of months. I bought a Voigtlander Vito B for £5 a few weeks ago, but I didn’t splash out as much on this camera – it cost me 99 pence! Voigtlander Vito Automatic Images Voigtlander Vito Automatic Description This is a 1960’s viewfinder camera with a selenium cell which controls the camera’s aperture, making a fully automatic ‘point and shoot’ model. There is a neat […]

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Voigtlander Vito B viewfinder camera

These days it’s not often that you can find a bargain on eBay – most of the good cameras are sold at about their correct price because they are searched for and found early in the auction and all us camera collectors have them marked and watched. Occasionally however it’s possible to pick up a bargain and I consider this Voigtlander Vito B camera to be one of my better bargain purchases. Voigtlander Vito B Images My Voigtlander Vito B […]

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Beier Beirette model 11

This is a short post about a 35mm viewfinder camera I bought this week – A Beier Beirette model 11. Beier Beirette Images This is different from the cameras I usually buy because it is a simple viewfinder camera with a non-removable lens. I normally buy cameras with a lens which will be useful on my Nex 6 but in this case I bought the camera because it is similar to the first ‘proper’ camera my Dad owned in the […]

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