Halina 35X – A compact 35mm

Halina 35X

The Halina 35X is a stout little rangefinder built by the Haking company in Hong Kong and released in 1959. It’s size and quite frankly it’s shininess are what attracted me to the camera initially and being built in Hong Kong put it over the top. W. Haking Enterprises Ltd. is a Chinese company founded … Read more

Bolsey Model C 35mm Twin Reflex

Bolsey Model C

The Bolsey Model C is a curious little 35mm film camera with its TLR design and cast aluminum body. The design of the camera is unique and eye catching, one of very few 35mm film cameras that boasts a twin lens reflex system, waist level finder and, just to make it even more unique, a … Read more

Argus C33 – A beautiful brick

Argus C33 35mm film camera

Years ago I read that War Correspondent Ernie Pyle used an Argus C3, which would be a great segway into this post, but I haven’t been able to confirm it. Regardless, the C3, the third in the “Brick” series was the most popular camera that Argus made selling 2 million or more units during its … Read more

Lordomat – a compact 35mm rangefinder

Lordomat 35mm film camera

Founded in 1921 by Rudolf Leidolf making microscope lenses until after WWII making the Leidox, which was the first camera released by Leidolf in 1950. The Leidox is a 4cm medium format roll film camera that used 127 film. It featured a somewhat unusual Gallilean Viewfinder but a capable 50mm f/3.8 Triplet lens in a … Read more

Konica FS-1 : The best camera you’ve never heard of.

Konica FS-1

Konica has been making cameras and photographic materials since 1873 and was Japan’s oldest camera company until it merged with Minolta in 2003. During that time they produced dozens of camera models ranging from 110 film cameras to large format field cameras many of which are very memorable, such as Konica Hexar. The Konica FS-1 … Read more

There’s a format for everyone with the versatile line of Kodak folding pocket cameras.

Kodak folding cameras

Kodak always seemed to have a firm handle on the concept of branding and how brand longevity increases the product awareness among consumers. It doesn’t really matter if it’s film or actually cameras, they named them, and kept that name through a variety of redesigns to add features, change the film format or maybe just … Read more

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