Old Kodaks

I don’t have many Kodaks in my collection but over the last two days I have been given three very old Kodak cameras. I’ve enjoyed doing a little research on these cameras, and here are my notes. Vest Pocket Autographic (1915-1926) The Vest Pocket cameras were tiny by standards of the day, hardly any larger than […]

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Kodak Duaflex

Released 1949 The Duaflex is a pseudo-TLR. TLR because it has two lenses (one for viewing, one for taking) but pseudo because it isn’t a true TLR. It has fixed focus, no ground-glass viewing screen and behaves more like a box camera. This one was a gift from my colleague Paul. See all photos taken […]

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Zeiss Ikon Icarette 500/15

Released 1925 I’ve long fancied a 6×12 good-quality panoramic camera. The best option seems to be a 6×12 roll film back for a large format camera (such as my Horseman 45HD) but these are very expensive. Even more expensive are most of the dedicated 6×12 cameras from the likes of Fuji, Horseman and Linhof. I managed […]

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Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta A 531

Released 1937 This wonderful camera is one of the oldest in my collection, and yet I bought it specifically to use, not to look at. I wanted a medium format travel camera, because my medium format SLRs are too heavy to cycle with comfortably. This Super Ikonta folds up to a size barely larger than […]

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645

645 is probably a mysterious code to most people, but to film photographers it represents the smallest of the medium format sizes, 6×4.5 cm. I’ve always overlooked 6×4.5 in the past, thinking that if you’re going to shoot medium format, you might as well do it “properly” and shoot at least 6×7. To me, 6×4.5 […]

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Mamiya M645J

Released 1979 I dearly love my Mamiya RB67 but sometimes it’s just a bit too big and heavy to lug around all day. I decided to buy this M645J for “travel” use. Its 6×4.5 format has most of the benefits of the 6×7 format, while the camera is significantly smaller and lighter. At a glance […]

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Agfa Click-II

Released 1959 This is a simple camera, basically a box camera in all but shape. It has a slow, fixed-focus lens, a single-speed shutter and three selectable apertures. These are three holes of different sizes punched in a sheet of metal, rather than a continuously variable diaphragm.   At a glance Lens Fixed Achromat 72.5mm f/8.8 […]

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