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W.H. Fox Talbot mouse trap camera [replica]

It is a replica built in the style of the small "mousetrap" cameras designed by William Henry Fox Talbot in the mid 1830's . They were simple wooden boxes with a single lens used to expose paper negatives, sensitized by silver nitrate (the calotype or Talbotype process). Exposures often took hours, and Talbot had several of the cameras made by a local joiner near his country home in Laycock, Wiltshire. This replica was built by Wilhelm E. Nassau to demonstrate the loading and exposing of light sensitive paper in an early camera type. In the sliding holder the sensitive paper could be inserted into the camera and exposed for several minutes. The paper slide can be replaced by a matt screen. The lens is a simple achromatic design.

Nassau, Wilhelm E.

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.

Fuji DL-1000 zoom

Item is a sophisticated point and shoot camera for its time with a lot of features. Lens is a zoom Fujinon 35-80mm, multi autofocus, red eye reduction, auto exposure. The prewind feature will loads a film onto the takeup spool then rewinds it back into cassette as each exposure is made. This feautre minimizes risk of losing pictures if door is accidentally opened mid-roll, it also shows the number of exposures remaining on a roll.

Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.

Easy Share CX 6330

Item is a small entry model digital snapshot camera, with automatic white balance and ISO and a resolution of 3.1 megapixels. The Kodak Retinar lens has a range of 3x optical zoom with a small optical viewfinder. The LCD screen at the back is 1 1/2 inches.

Cine-Kodak B

This is a 16mm movie camera that used 100 foot spools of film. The body is leather covered metal, rounded edges. It has a Kodak Anastigmat 25mm fixed-focus lens. Spring motor, brilliant reflex viewfinder. Working condition.

McKoewn pg. 1075

Brownie Movie Camera Turret f/1.9

Item is a double run 8mm motion picture camera for amateur, home use. The camera has 3 lenses mounted on a rotating turret: 9mm, 13mm, and 24mm. Double run cameras were used with 8mm film, run through the camera twice, exposing one side of the film and then the other. The film is cut after processing and spliced together.

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.

To browse the individual items in this series, click on the "View the list" link under the "File and item records are available for this series" title (to the right of the page).

Weisblatt, Betty

Minolta 16 MG-S

Item is a subminiature camera, similar to the Minolta 16 MG, manufactured between 1966 and 1971. The images produced by 16 MG-S are a substantial improvement over the 16 MG. By using single perforated film format, the negative size was increased from 10x14mm to 12x17mm thus producing an image almost 50% larger. Composed of 4 elements in 3 groups the 23mm (f2.8-16) lens had a fixed-focus set at about 13 feet. Shutter speeds ranged from 1/30 to 1/500.

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.

Graflex speed graphic

Item was the official US press photographer's camera. It has a focal plane shutter as well as a front shutter. The lens is Wollensaku 135mm F/4.7 Raptar. The camera has a metal drop bed with two focus knobs. On top is a telescoping sports-finder. This model is a 4 x 5 format.

McKoewn pg. 369

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.

Mamiya C3 Professional

Item is a medium format twin lens reflex camera for 6 x 6 cm exposures on 120 roll film. Marketed as a professional camera, lenses are interchangeable (both the upper and lower lenses are removed together) without exposing the film. Extra lens included (Mamiya-Secor f4.5, 65 - 135 mm with a Seikosha - S shutter 1 - 1/500 sec.)

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.

Leica AF C1

Item is a compact, black plastic, point and shoot viewfinder camera. The lens has two focal length options, 2.8 F= 40 mm amd 5.6 F= 80mm. Fully automatic, Film speed, distance and exposure are set with no override settings. A small LCD Screen on top shows self-timer, battery status, film indicator and frame counter.

Agfa Karat 3.5

Item is a 35mm camera, using a proprietary 12 exposure film cassette with no moving parts. The sprockets of the camera simply pull the film out and push it into an empty cartridge on the other side. This system with some modifications eventually lead to the design of the Instamatic format. The shutter on or model is a Prontor -S and the lens an Agfa Apotar 1; 3.5 F= 55mm. No rangefinder, simple optical viewfinder. The camera body is a " Strut " design, allowing the front to fold easily.

Pentax K1000

Item is a single-lens reflex 35mm camera with interchagneable lenses. The camera is a fully mechanical, manual camera without program modes. It is often considered the archetypal "student's camera" due to its simplicity of functions and robust design. The K1000 was equipped with a TTL metering system, wide-ranging shutter speeds from 1/1000 to 1 s, and the ability to use all the available K-mount lenses made by Pentax.

Asahi Optical Co., Ltd.

Nikkormat EL

Item is a manual single-lens reflex 35mm camera. The Nikkormat incorporates an electronically controlled vertical travel shutter. Located on the camera's top panel the shutter speed dial offers speeds from 4 sec to 1/1000 sec. Flash sync for electronic flash at all speeds up to 1/125 sec and for FP, M and MF type flashbulbs at all speeds from B to 1/1000 sec. The camera allows for film speeds from ASA 25-1600. The has a TTL center weighted metering with manual exposure control. The Nikkormat EL was produced in white/black chrome versions.

Zorki type 1d

Item is a 35mm rangefinder camera with M39 screw mount interchangeable lens manufactured by KMZ plant in Krasnogorsk, Moscov, USSR, between 1948-56. It is a copy of the Leica II. The lens is a Industar-22 (3.5/50mm) (#6080561). The shutter speeds range from 1/20 to 1/500 with a B setting. In Type 1d, the black trim is visible below the top plate and above the bottom plate and extends to envelop the lens mount.

Krasnogorsk Mechanical Factory (KMZ)

Contarex Super

Item is an oversized single-lens reflex, 35mm camera with many features. The contarex Super has a data back attached and a "wechsel magazine". Item serial number is 20.7856. it comes with a Zeiss Planar 55mm 1:14 lens. There is a polarizer for the normal lens in the case.

Agfamatic 1A

Item is from a series of camera also known as "Optima" 35mm. Exported to Canada. Has selenium meter. Lens is a Agfa colour Agnar 1:2.8 45mm. Camera has a hot shoe on top, also a leather case (as new). The camera was distributed under the brand name Optima II outside of Canada. A hard leather field case is included with the camera.

Agfa-Gevaert N.V.

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.

Polaroid Square Shooter 2

Item is a snapshot camera for instant photographs using Polaroid Type 80 Packfilm. This model is for use with Hi-Power flashcubes and an exposure system for 75 ASA film.

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.

Hit miniature camera

Item is a "Hit" type novelty subminiature camera for 14 x 14 mm exposures on 17.5 mm paper-backed rollfilm. This style of camera was named for the original Hit camera design that inspired many similar cameras. This design is a chrome and black leatherette construction. Hit cameras were first produced in post WWII Japan, and were sold for about $0.50 each. Miniature accessories, such as filters, lens hoods and leather carrying cases, were also available. It is not known if this camera is related to the Crystar company.

Univex model A

Item is a small, Bakelite camera with a frame viewfinder. This was a proprietary camera design, which used No.00, 6 exposure film only made by the Universal Camera Corporation. Norton Camera filed a patent lawsuit filed against the Universal company after the product was released. Norton had been in talks with Universal to produce the camera originally. Universal eventually won the case and purchased the Norton Camera company. The camera originally sold for 39 cents.

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