Reviving the Kodak Brownies
There has always been a demand for simple photographic tools that produce an acceptable image with little effort. Today we have fully automatic point-and-shoot cameras such as Canon’s Powershot line or Nikon’s Coolpix series. Before there were compact digital cameras, moms at birthday parties us...
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Minolta Maxxum 7000 - the Camera of Kings
Name the two biggest camera companies right now. Did you say Canon and Nikon? That's fine. So did everyone else who isn't on the Sony train. Who was the biggest in the 80s? Those two still? I think you're forgetting Minolta. This underdog Japanese company debuted the first automatic film advance, in...
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The weird history of the Kodak Six-20 Doublet
Our camera this week is such a beautiful machine. Really. Stare at those photographs. Admire them. Now we can continue. It's a collapsible film camera manufactured by Kodak in the mid-30s. It's very art-deco, with swooping arms counterpointed by a stern, octagonal face.  It takes 620 film,...
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Rolleiflex K1 - the OG Twin-Lens Reflex
Rollei is the name-brand when it comes to TLR's - Twin Lens Reflex cameras. While they certainly didn't invent the concept, they quickly established themselves as a top-tier player. They were never the biggest camera company, but they did one thing and they did it well. ...
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Antique Camera #1 - Leica IIIa
Last thanksgiving, walking through my parent's basement, I noticed an old crate of boxy objects lying on a shelf. The contents were shocking - a treasure trove of valuable antique cameras....
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