David loved old cameras and he had a growing collection of them and other photographic memorabilia . I have always found them interesting myself and intend to keep most of them although I may have to cut down the numbers of old 110 instamatic cameras as there seem to be rather a lot of them. Today I thought I’d share photos of a couple of cameras I especially like.
This one here has always rather fascinated me. David told me that it was a press camera. It is a medium format camera, quite bulky and solid. They were made between the 1950s and mid 1980s. I’m not sure what year this particular model dates from.
Here is an older one sorry it is not a good photo. When we are settled in our new house I hope to have at least some of the camera’s out on display and I will photograph them again.
This next one is an early Kodak No.1 which is called a pocket camera. I guess people had bigger pockets then. Seriously these would have been as revolutionary as the first iPhone cameras seemed to us when they came out.
This last one for today is also a Kodak. The Duaflex which is a twin lens camera. David had the model which was made in England which dates it to around 1949-51. There was also an US made version which I think was made for a bit longer.This camera took 620 film which looks similar to 120 and I believe it is possible to use 120 in this camera but you have to wind it round the correct spool.
There were so many different types of film back then 120, 126 which was cartridge film, 127, 110, 620 and probably a few more I don’t know. I must say digital has made life a lot easier. Nevertheless the old cameras are fascinating and often beautifully made as well. Even the cheap plastic ones have their own interesting features.
Anyway I hope you have enjoyed a little look at some old cameras.