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Video cameras

Series contains hand-held, shoulder-mounted, or structurally-attached cameras that use electronic components to record moving images and sound. Most items in this series are for home use. For cameras that record moving images using digital components, see the Digital and Pre-digital cameras series.

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Weisblatt, Betty

No. 2C Brownie camera

Item is a fairly large box camera, for 6 7.5 x 12.7 cm (3 x 5") exposures on Kodak 130 film. Simple lens and rotary shutter.

Kodak Brownie 127

Item is an eye-level box camera with Bakelite body and rounded edges. Lens is a Meniscus f 14, 65mm and the shutter is single speed, 1/50th.

Hanimex 110 LF tele

Item is marked with the Hanimex brand, though the camera was manufactured by the Vivitar Corporation. It is a 110 format camera with a built-in flash powered by two AA batteries. It has a fixed focus. The photographer can select either a normal or telephoto lens, by using a slide switch on top of the camera.

Praktica FX3

Item is an 35mm reflex camera with a waist-level viewfinder and a non auto-return mirror. Manufactured in Soviet controlled East Germany, the company and the Desden factory closed after reunification. The lens is a Meyer Gorlitz Domiplan 1:2.8/50mm.

Exakta VXIIa

Item is a 35mm camera, the first with interchangeable bayonet-mount lenses. This one has a Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 2/58 lens (serial A# 5545070).

Contax 137 MA Quartz

Item is a 35mm camera with a built in electric 3 frames per second motor winder powered by four AA batteries that also run the metering and shutter timing. The camera has modes for aperture priority and manual.

Polaroid Land camera, Model 95 B (Speedliner)

Brown leatherette folding camera, single-speed shutter Double Anastigmatic f11/135 mm., revolving diaphram for 8 stops. Produced 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. exposures in approximately 1 minute using Polaroid 40 roll film. Originally retailed for $95 US.

Pentax Espio 90MC

Item is a 35 mm automatic camera with zoom and digital display. has red eye feature, timer, flash and remote function has a switch to toggle from panoramic to regular film size.

Asahi Optical Co., Ltd.

Linhof Technika lenses

Item is a lens for 4 x 5 in. exposures on sheet film Schneider-Kreuznach symmar f6.8/130 mm. lens, Compur-Synchro shutter 1-1/500 sec. Includes 2 other lenses: Scheider-Kreuznach symmar 1:5.6 135 mm, and the other is 1:5.6 240mm. Both have Compur shutters. This camera is considered to be the ultimate for architecture and technical photography. It is still on the market and still used by professionals.

Various flash bulbs

Flash bulbs in boxes (PT11)
3 boxes GE Twelve M2B Flashbulbs
2 boxes GE Flashcubes
2 boxes GE MagiCubes
1 box GE Super Cubes
3 boxes AG-1B Flashbulbs
1 box GE PH/SM Photoflash lamps
1 GE Photoflash 22
1 GE Lamp
1 box GE Synchro-Press 5B Photoflash
2 GE projection lamp
1 box GE 5B flashbulbs
1 box GE number 6 sure-fire flash bulbs

Flashbulbs in Boxes (PT11)
1 box Sylvania Flashbulbs M2B blue dot
1 box Sylvania Flashbulbs M3B blue dot
1 package Amplex photoflash type 5
2 boxes Sylvania blue dot Magicubes
1 box Sylvania blue dot flashcubes
1 box Diramic Flip Flash super 10
1 package Philips topflash
1 package GE Flip Flash II
1 box Sylvania Superflash M25
1 box GE M3 flashbulbs (box only)
1 box Westinghouse M2B
1 box Westinghouse M2 clear
1 box Sylvania Light Bulb
1 box Westinghouse Photoflash bulbs
1 Rollei projector bulb
1 box Sylvania Superflash class M
1 Wabash Photolamp Corp. No. 0 Super Flash photolamp
1 GE Flip Flash II (no box)
1 Sylvania Flash Bar (no box)

Unsorted loose bulbs (PT12)
3 sylvania Wabash Superflash No. 2
4 Phillips PF5
1 GE Lucalox LU150/55
1 GE 6
2 Phillips Photoflux
1 GE Photo Flash no. 22
1 GE Edison Maza Photoflash no. 22
2Sylvania P25
1 Phillips PF 1/97
3 Sylvania M-2 (Blue dot)
1 unknown
1 unknown blue dot flash bulb
1 Westinghouse photoflash 11
2 unknown medium blue dot flash bulb
2 Sylvania M-25
1 GE ELN. No. 113
1 GE SM 2
3 GE flashcube
4 GE Magicube
4 Sylvania Blue Dot Magicube
1 ITT Flashcube
1 small Westinghouse frosted
1 small GE frosted
1 small GE
1 Phillips PF 1
1 Philips PP 1R
1 Phillips PP 1
1 AG 1 flashbulb
1 blue AG3B flashbulb

Various flash attachments

1 - 1 Kodak Instant Flash Model A
2 - 1 Brownie Flasholder for Brownie Reflex Camera
3 - 1 Lumex Dual B.C. flashgun
4 - 1 Dimension 32 flashgun
5 - 1 Secord BC type fan flashgun
6 - 1 Minicam Synchron flasholder
7 - 1 Kodalite Flasholder Lumaclad Reflector
8 - 1 Anglo fan flasgun
9 - 1 Kobold fan flasgun
10 - 1 Vivitar RS-1 remote sensor
11 - 1 Ilford Sportslite fan flasgun
12 - 1 Lumex Dual B.C. Flashgun
13 - 1 R. & H. fan flashgun
14 - Sunset Super Deluxe model 1500 BC Bounce Gun
15 - Polaroid Wink LIght Flasher 256
16 - Alpex Deluxe Swivel Flash Gun B.C. type
17 - Agfa Tilly flash gun

Vivitar Instant Slide Printer

A device to instantly get a photo from a slide, using Polaroid film. Built from plastic material, it allows to insert a mounted slide and be seen on a little screen. The exposure may be adjusted

Uses C batteries

Packard-Ideal shutter

Item is a mechanical shutter with pneumatic operation, includes bulb and tubing. The Packard-Ideal shutter is used behind the lens in large-format view cameras.

Packard Shutter Company

Bolex Paillard tri focal viewfinder

Item is a Trifocal Viewfinder. The earliest Bolex model H motion picture cameras included this viewfinder which could be fitted at the top or on the side of the camera. The field of view is shown for lenses of 3 focal lengths. Field of view is changed by raising or lowering side levers which move magnifying prisms into place inside the viewer. When fitted to the side of the film door, the finder offers parallax correction by adjusting a dial which corresponds to the distance between the subject and lens. The H-16 version shows the angle of view for 15mm, 25mm and 75mm lenses; the H-8 version adjusts for 6.5, 12.5 and 35mm. A serial number is located on the rear of the viewfinder which, in most cases, matches the serial number of the camera to which it is attached.

Wilhelm E. Nassau and Wilfrid Laurier University Media collection

  • F 2011.018
  • Fonds
  • 1969-2011

Fonds consists of records the Wilhelm E. Nassau created during his time at Wilfrid Laurier University, working in the development of the Audio-Visual department as a professor and curator of an extensive collection of photographic and film cameras and technology. This collection was amassed for the purpose of teaching students of the university and was curated by Nassau over the span of fourty years. Cameras were collected from students, faculty, and employees as well as purchased from local camera shows. The collection traced the history and development of the tools used in these fields. The collection was donated to both Brock University (motion picture and video materials) and the Ryerson University Library and Archives (still photography materials). Objects in the donation were distributed amoung the Heritage Camera Collection (2005.006), the Photography and Film Technology Collection (2005.005), and the Photographic Publications Collection (2005.003).

Polaroid Wink light

Item is an electronic flash for the Polaroid Land camera, designed to fill in shadows from indoor lighting. The flash could fire 100 times before having to replace the bulb.

Polaroid Corporation

Baby Hawkeye

Item is a small box camera for 4 x 6.5 cm (1.57" x 2.55") exposures on 127 format roll film. Manufactured in England circa 1936, the camera is an all-metal box with a unidentified lens and a simple Kodak shutter. It has a simple wire viewfinder.

No. 2A Antar

Item is a simple, wooden box camera with leatherette covering and brass trim, for use with 116 roll film (or D6 and D12 Agfa film).

Kodak Tele disc

Item is a simple to use camera for use with the proprietary "Disc" film format. Kodak introduced the 15 exposure cartridges in 1982, while they were popular when first introduced, the small negatives 911 x 8 mm) often resulted in poor quality prints and the format soon lost its popularity.

Minolta 16II Kit

Item is a silver subminiature camera, for 10 x 14 mm exposures on 16mm film. In original box, includes Minolta brand colour print film, camera case, strap and tripod mount.

Argoflex EF

Item is a metal twin lens reflex camera for 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" exposures on 620 format roll film. Coupled front lens focusing.

Nikkormat EL

Item is a 35 mm camera with a 4 second - 1/1000th of a second vertical shutter and interchangeable lenses with aperture priority auto-exposure. Attached lens is a 1:3.2 18mm accura/sigma.

Nippon Kogaku K.

Konica Autoreflex T

Item is the first Japanese 35mm SLR camera. The "T" model has automatic TTL shutter-priority metering. It has a Konica Hexanon 1:4 f=21mm lens, serial #7028597, and also includes a Konica Hexanon 1:2.8 100mm lens serial #7230688.

Konishiroku Photo Ind, Co., Ltd.

Ansco Memo

Item is a leather covered wooden box camera. The Ansco Memo is a single frame, fixed focus which takes landscape oriented images. Film is advanced by pushing down on a lever in the back of the camera. While not the first American camera made for 35mm film, it is the first to sell in abundant quantities.

Fed CTEPEO stereo camera

Item is a 35mm stereo camera with CdS metering. Manual or automatic exposure. 24 x 29mm images. Industar-81 F2.8/38mm lenses. Comes with leather pouch, sun shades, small parts, and hard plastic case.

Early cameras

This series consists of original and duplicate early cameras from the beginning of the history of photography. Based on the basic design of the camera obscura and produced between about 1820 and 1870, these simple devices were usually solid or sliding box cameras with uncomplicated lenses. The shutter was normally outside of the lens, in the form of a lens cap that was simple removed and replaced for exposure, or a rotating metal plate on the front of the lens, which held the aperture. These cameras mainly predated dry plate and flexible film photography, and were used to take Daguerreotype, wet-plate and salted paper photographs.

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Nikon slide copying adapter ps-4

Item is to be used with the Model PB-4 Bellows for duplication of 35mm slides or film strips. The bellows are folded into the adapter unit and is kept in place out of sight with a magnet to protect it from damage. The PS-4 can also be used with the PB-5 bellows.

Wooden shutter

Item is a wooden time shutter that could be mounted on any plate camera. Is still functional. The spring wound mechanism oerates a sil curtain to open and close.

Motion picture lenses

Lenses for various motion-picture cameras and projectors.

Eumig Wien Eumakro 2x, super 8 lens
Eumig Eumicron 0.5x, super 8 lens
Eumig Eumacronar 0.5x lens
Cosmicar TV 16mm Lens
Cosmicar television 50mm lens
Tamron TV 16mm lens
Computar TV 8,5 mm lens

Nikkor-S.C auto 1:1.4 f=50mm

Item is a lens, first introduced in 1962, which became the most popular lens manufactured by Nikon with 4 million being produced. The lens is composed of seven elements in five groups with a picture angle of 46 degrees at infinity. The distance scale is graduated in meters and feet up to 0.6 m and 2 feet. The aperture scale is 1.4 to 16 with a fully automatic aperture diaphragm. The item comes with a Toshiba 52mm sl-1a filter and front and rear caps.

Nikkor 135mm 1:3.5 lens

Item is a lens that can be used for a wide range of applications including animal, travel, landscape, portraiture, and even close-up photography. The lens is composed of 4 elements in 3 groups with a picture angle of 18 degrees at infinity. The distance scale is graduated in meters and feet up to 1.5 m and 5 feet. The aperture scale is 3.5 to 22 with a fully automatic aperture diaphragm. The item comes with a Hoya 52mm Skylight (1B) filter and front and rear caps.

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