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Franka Solida IIE

Started from a small factory in Stuttgart, Germany by Franz Vyskocil and his wife in early 1900’s, Franka-Kamerawerk was once a camera manufacturer of nearly 200 employees with products ranging from 16mm subminiatures to 120 format folders. The Solida IIE of this article … Continue reading

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FED 5B

Introduced in 1975, the FED 5B (strictly speaking a FED 5V because the “В” on the name plate is actually a Cyrillic alphabet in which the Latin equivalent is “V”) is an interchangeable lens rangefinder camera utilizing the Leica screw mount … Continue reading

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Olympus 35ED

The Olympus 35ED is a fully automatic 35mm rangefinder camera which is also the last member of the Olympus 35 series EE (electronic-eye, which simply means automatic exposure) camreas. After Olympus introduced the flagship 35SP (the first and only spot-meter equipped … Continue reading

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Leica M4-2

The Leica M4-2 is a family member of the historical Leica M-series 35mm rangefinder cameras. All M-series cameras have focal plane shutters and employ the M bayonet lens mount for a range of interchangable lenses. Because of the simple yet … Continue reading

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Kodak Instamatic 804

The Kodak Instamatic 804 is a rangefinder camera that uses 126 format film. It is one of the top-end models of the long Kodak Instamatic line. To ease the process of 35mm film loading, Kodak introduced the 126 film format in … Continue reading

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Olympus XA

While it looks like an APS compact film camera in the mid 90’s or even a digital point-and-shoot today, the Olympus XA is actually a “full frame” 35mm rangefinder camera introduced in 1979! The XA is one of the smallest … Continue reading

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Ricoh 500G

Althought having the same name, this is not the Ricoh Caplio 500G digital compact from 2007. It is one of the compact 35mm rangefinder from the 70s. These little gems, among them are the more popular Konica C35, Minolta7s and … Continue reading

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