This folding camera is one of my big ones. A No3A Junior from Ansco
Manufactured in Binghamton N.Y, It seems to have been released from 1916 to 1931.
It must be loaded with special roll film type 122 to produce big 8.25x14 cm negatives.
It is fitted with a 165 mm f:6.2 “Splendor” lens on a...
Not being an expert in Kodak cameras, I have a question related to the origin of a name given by Kodak to many of his cameras
Why the name BANTAM?
I took my French/English dictionary and discovered that Bantam is a name given to a “small poultry bird” .......
Is it a matter of dimensions ?
The French camera manufacturer Pontiac should not be confused with the famous American automobile maker.
Pontiac began his production just before WWII , releasing a beautiful bakelite folding whose shapes are reminiscent of the slender and curved shapes of a bath soap.
In France, during the war...
Before being part of Zeiss Ikon, Contessa Nettel in Suttgart, Germany, produced this nice strut folding camera which is now part of my collection.
This camera, which shows some similarities with the Kodak Vest Pocket series, is today one century old.
First delayed by the Covid pandemic, today, things are going better. The stone works are now completely secure and the experts are in the process of selecting the hundred-year-old oak trees for the roof frame as well as the spire.
A three years rebuilt time is now estimated
Here is one of my...
This miniature camera was made in France. it is particularly scarce, even in its country of origin.
Its name is Photolet. It was marketed in 1932, long before the well known Japanese "Hit" cameras series.
Its very rough manufacturing nevertheless allowed it to produce 20 views in 20x20 mm format...
Thank you IanG for your informative answer.
In the early days of photography, a lot of companies were selling under their name cameras and accessories made by others. Manufacturers were also selling the same models with sometime minor modifications and sometime with other lens and/or shutters...
Despite my attempts, I could not identify these two old folding cameras that are part of my collection.
If one knows about them....
First one is an horizontal format 9x12 cm .
The body is made of wood covered with leatherette
The lens is marked “Periscop Aplanat”
The shutter has no name. It...
This nice little thing has been recently joining my collection?.
It’s a very compact 35 mm camera that was launched on the market circa 1939 by the German company Adox which subcontracted its manufacturing to another German company called Wirgin.
The camera is nammed « Adrette »
The lens is a...
I have always resisted the temptation to transform my living room into a camera museum using many shelves and display cases.
The downside of such a decision is the inability to look easily at my collection stored in closed cabinets
So I got the idea of "rotating" my devices one by one in a...
Caillon constructed different models of stereo camera ( format 45x107 mm and 6x13 cm).
These type of cameras were very fashionable at this time.
For the time being, I do not plan test shots with this camera.
My recent buy is French, rather chubby and heavy and is more than one hundred years old.
It is a 9x12 format strut folding camera stamped "E.Caillon Constructeur Paris".
On the front face, the shape and arrangement of the pre-cocking shutter controls are identical to those of the Stratus...
The first time I saw this box, I did not know anything about it but the design of the front face attracted me.
So I bargained and got it for ten euros.
Marketed during the forties, this metal box camera is a Jem Jr 120 from the Jem Camera Co division of J.E. Mergott Co (Newark, N.J).