Ensign Cameo

Released c1928 I was given this camera by my father-in-law as a birthday present. It’s a strange cross between a view camera and a more common folding camera. It has a ground glass focusing screen and front rise, but also has a pop-up sports finder and waist-level finder. Unusually, its default orientation is portrait rather […]

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Mamiya C220

Released 1968 I bought this TLR for the purpose of shooting infrared. Sure, I’ve got lots of other cameras that can do that, but with an infrared filter over the lens you can’t see anything in the viewfinder. With a TLR, the viewfinder uses a separate lens and you can still see what you’re doing without having […]

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Ensign Ranger Special

Released 1953 This camera was a gift. It’s a fairly standard folding camera which prefers to be in the portrait orientation. Its main interesting feature is the built-in mask which allows the photographer to choose 6×9 or 6×6 exposures. See all photos taken with the Ranger. At a glance Lens Fixed 105mm f/4.5 Film 120 […]

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Horseman 980

Released 1968 This Horseman is my first foray into the world of camera movements. As much as I love my Mamiya RB67 (which is another professional grade medium format camera), it wasn’t always the right tool for every job, and sometimes I needed perspective correction or detailed control of the plane of focus. The Horseman […]

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Horseman 980

Today my latest camera arrived – a Horseman 980. It’s what you might call a field camera. The body of the camera can be adjusted in all sorts of ways to control perspective and focus in the photo. I haven’t had the chance to use it yet since it’s dark outside, but I hope to […]

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Mamiya RB67 Professional

Released 1970 I’ve been shooting medium format for a while, but all of my other medium format cameras have one thing in common: they are inexpensive cameras with poor, fixed lenses. To me, 120 film is about high resolution and precision, and you just don’t get that from a Kodak Brownie. So I saved up, […]

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Kodak Brownie Model I

Released 1957 This is another “dumb” box camera with no manual controls, like the Conway. It’s in mint condition and with its original case. I like it because its shutter is more reliable than the Conway. See all photos taken with the Brownie I. At a glance Lens Fixed 100mm f/14 Film 620 (6×9) Focus […]

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