Argus C4 Geiss (1954)

This is an Argus C4, a 35mm rangefinder camera produced by Argus in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  This particular example has what’s called the Geiss modification offered by Argus from 1954 to 1956, which for $10 they would send the camera to a Chicago company called Geiss where it’s lens would …

Zenith Winpro 35 (1947)

This is a Winpro 35, a 35mm point and shoot camera first made by Webster Industries and then later by Zenith Film Corp., both of Rochester, New York, USA between the years 1947 and 1955.  The Winpro 35 is historically significant as it was the first camera to have a …

Nikon F2 (1971)

This is the Nikon F2, a 35mm single lens reflex camera produced by Nippon Kogaku in Tokyo, Japan from 1971 to 1980.  The Nikon F2 was the follow up to the very successful Nikon F.  It was a high end and rugged camera aimed at professional photographers with a huge …

Minolta XD11 (1977)

This is a Minolta XD11, a 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera produced by Minolta of Japan from 1977 to 1984.  The XD11 was the first model in Minolta’s new XD series of electronic manual focus cameras.  It was the first SLR camera with both aperture and shutter priority auto exposure, …

KMZ Zorki 1C (1951)

This is a Zorki rangefinder camera, built in the former Soviet Union by Krasnogorsky Mekhanichesky Zavod (KMZ).  Although not marketed this way when it was new, this example is known today as the Zorki 1C as it was the original generation Zorki rangefinder, and the third major variant.  The Zorki …

Fuji TW-3 (1985)

This is a Fuji TW-3, a compact 35mm dual lens point and shoot camera that shoots half-frame 18mm x 24mm images on regular 35mm film.  The Fuji TW-3 was produced by Fuji in Japan for a short while starting in 1985 and has a curious feature set of separate wide …

Olympus-35 LC (1967)

This is an Olympus-35 LC, a 35mm rangefinder camera made by Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. from 1967 to 1969.  The LC is the predecessor to the very successful Olympus 35 SP, sharing that model’s body and 7-element lens, but without auto exposure or the dual spot/averaging metering system of the …

Argus SLR (1962)

This is the Argus SLR, a fully mechanical 35mm single lens reflex camera.  The Argus SLR was produced for the Argus Corporation of Ann Arbor, Michigan by Mamiya Optical in Tokyo, Japan and was produced from 1962 to 1964.  The camera is a variant of the Mamiya Prismat NP which …

Royer Savoyflex II (1958)

This is a Royer Savoyflex II, a 35mm SLR made in France by Société Industrielle de Technique Optique, or SITO for short.  The Savoyflex had a between the lens Prontor Reflex leaf shutter, a fixed Berthiot 50mm f/2.8 lens, non-removable pentaprism viewfinder, film advance lever, and an rapid return reflex …