Vintage Cameras

Vintage Tuesday: Kodak No. 0 Brownie

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no 0 brownie kodak (1)Today I wanted to share with you my newest addition to my vintage camera collection the Kodak No.0 Brownie made between 1928-1935. I bought this lovely and unique camera for $20 just a few weeks ago while antiquing shopping at a market. It uses 127 film, takes 6 x 4 cm exposures is made almost entirely out of cardboard and wood. Below I have a more detailed looked at the camera below because I just love it’s texture and details.

no 0 brownie kodak (2)This is actually the backside of the camera, probably one of the only cameras I own where the back plate is much prettier and detailed than the front.   no 0 brownie kodak (5)The front side of the camera, and although it looks like glass should be there this camera original had none.  You can also see the aperture is open like a photo is being taken. 

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The top side of the camera where you can find the metal clasp to opening the back of the camera, a viewfinder and the metal tap that gives you unlimited exposure. no 0 brownie kodak (8)The side of the camera where you have the second viewfinder and the simple shutter. As well the  lever/knob for advancing the film. Out of all my cameras this is probably the most decorative film advancement I’ve seen, it’s so cute. no 0 brownie kodak (6) no 0 brownie kodak (7)A peak inside the camera, which is made almost entirely out of wood and velvet.


Vintage Tuesday: Argoflex Seventy-Five & Baby Brownie Special

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Vintage Tuesday Argoflex Seventy-Five and Kodak Baby Brownie Special

Today I wanted to profile my two newest cameras that I just added to my collection in October, the Argoflex Seventy-Five and the Baby Brownie Special. I picked up the Argoflex Seventy-Five for $20 at a flea market along with it’s original leather case and strap and the Baby Brownie Special at a church bazaar for $20 as well. The Seventy-Five is a Bakelite camera put out by Argus made between 1949 to 1964 and like many cameras from around that perioid it is a fake TLR camera and used 620 medium format film. It has a bright viewfinder that is great for look through and to do viewfinder photography. On top of that I loved the simple design of the front of the camera even though I have a very similiar designed Kodak camera. The main reason I bought it was because I do not own any Argus camereas and I thought with the case included it was a steal.  My second camera, is by far one of the cutest cameras I’ve even seen – it’s just so tiny. The Baby Brownie by Kodak is a Bakelite camera that was produced from 1938 to 1954.  It shoots in medium format on 127 film and includes absoleyly no settings, it’s as point and click as you can go. It’s size and lightness felt unique from all the other cameras from around that time so I couldn’t resist. I am so intrigued to see how it shoots, because if it’s any good – it’ll fit in my travel bags so well. On that note I will mention  both cameras use film that is not produced anymore however you can use other types of film in them and simply resize or use original spools (tutorial here for 127 film conversion).

Kodak Baby Brownie

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Argoflex Seventy-Five

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A look at the leather case for the camera and a look through it’s viewfinder.Argus Seventy-Five (1) Argus Seventy-Five (2)


Vintage Tuesday: MF2000T Motor Drive Twin Len Reflex

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MF2000T Motor Drive Twin Len Reflex (1)This giant and strange looking beast of a camera is the MF2000T Motor Drive Twin Len Reflex which I picked up for $10 at a garage sale in the summer. Due to its black plastic body and general look and feel I’d say this was a camera from the 1980’s-1990’s era, however since I am unable to really find any information about this camera online I can’t say for sure. I normally don’t go for cameras of this type/time period however the extremely low price and the fact that it’s so unique I had to grab it. The  camera features a viewfinder to the right of the lens that allows you to see an accurate view of what your shooting and has a much different look than typical twin lens reflex cameras (although I don’t know if that’s a good thing – this camera is very heavy and bulking).  The camera also boosts a very loud motor drive that winds the film for you automatically. Beyond that it’s a fairly standard basic camera with four apertures settings and automatic focus. I’m going to try it out soon and see what I get, I don’t expect much but it’s an interesting camera none the less, lol.

MF2000T Motor Drive Twin Len Reflex (2)MF2000T Motor Drive Twin Len Reflex (3)Never trust cats when taking photos, I don’t know why but she always find what I’m shooting the most interesting thing going on and rushes over to check it out/sit on it.


Vintage Tuesday: Dream Vintage Cameras

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Sharing some of my dream vintage cameras with you guys today. When I do my yearly wish list of toy camera there is always the realm of I could go out and buy them if I really wanted. These vintage cameras I am sharing today are my DREAM vintage cameras because either they are really rare or I’d have to sell a kidney to buy even one of them let alone more than that.  So don’t be suprised if some of these cameras are $1,000+. As someone who has an extensive collection of cameras I am always looking for types I don’t have, and what else I can try experimenting with. I occasionally spend an evening just searching on Etsy for vintage cameras. I love looking at them and researching them, and find ones that fit a category that I don’t currently own (Rangefinders). So this post is just me nerding out about cameras I may never own but I hope one day dropping $2,000 on a camera would be possible (I don’t see that ever happen unless it’s a DSLR).
Will include links below each if you want to know more information about each model.

Hasselblad Medium Format 500C/CM

Hasselblad cameras are classics and still made today. I just love the modular element to them and this is probably one of the few cameras on this list I will probably actually own. [more info]

 Polaroid 180

The Polaroid 180 is totally different from most vintage Polaroids you are probably use to. It not only has a metal body, and a glass lens but it also has a fully manually aperture and shutter speed control. This is another one that I will likely save up for in next few years. [more info & more]


A twin reflex camera used by many professional photographers back in the day, owning one is like owning a piece of history.  [more info]

Crown Graflex Graphic

I love the Crown because of it’s size and my love for all folding type cameras. Not to mention my love for instant film. It’s very unique! [more info]

Leica M3

Rangefinder! I don’t have any of this type of camera and this is suppose to be one of the best.   [more info]

Rochester Optical Peerless

From the 1800s and a real beauty.  [more info]

Polaroid 600 Coca Cola Special / Lego Land / Barbie

Okay so these are hipster picks but who could resist these designs. Honestly these camera just look like fun and the film is still being made by the Impossible Project. [more info]

Stereo Tenax

A camera that doesn’t take film but instead plates. Wonder if it’s possible to still take photos with it. [more info]

Kiev 88

The Kiev is a lower end copy of Hasselblad cameras but it’s still a worthwhile camera if you don’t have $1000 to spend. [more info]

Kodak No. 2 Folding Cartridge Hawkeye Model

The Hawkeye camera came in several unqiue shades at a time when most cameras were black. In fact the colors still sticks out to this day. However the camera is no different from most folding cameras which makes it a hard sell as it’s rare colors makes them very expensive.  [more info]

Kodak Bantam Special

Another rangefinder camera, this one is mostly for the beauty. I love all the art deco cameras that were created with help from designers of the time.  [more info]

Ise Edelweiss Deluxe

There is very little information on this camera but it’s excess length makes it truely unique.

(I do not own any of these original images, all were taken from google so if your image is featured and you want me to remove it please let me know by email)


Double Exposure: Polaroids

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I absolutely love taking double exposure with vintage Polaroid land cameras, although not always successful it’s really fun to test and see what you can get. I’ve shared these photos before but wanted to reshare them as after a year of taking multiple exposures with instant film these are my personally most successful. I find using trees as one of the shots usually results in an interesting result however putting this post together I realized how often I use them and really want to explore this summer on using more variety. I’d love to do a series of double exposures with graffiti from around Montreal so hopefully I will get a chance to explore that idea more. Man it feels like a really long time since I’ve actually used my Polaroid Colorpack or Super Shot cameras, I really need to pick up more film and get back into shooting. Hope you enjoy the shots.

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Vintage Tuesday: Tintypes

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tintype photography

For Christmas Victor bought me 10 tintype photographs from the 1800’s to add to my vintage photography collection. We found these together while at a flea market back in earlier December. The vendor had a huge selection of random stuff and just sitting in a cigar box he had over 40 tintypes. Originally they were $10 per piece which is usually the average the price for them; however I wasn’t too keen on paying that much considering the obvious damage and scratches they had (it always makes me sad when I see photography not being stored properly). I decided to go through the pile and select all the ones I really thought had interesting characters or were more on the unusual side. I am fascinated by dead portraitures that were common in the tintype era, as well as ones featuring taxidermy animals. After picking these out we were able to haggle the guy down to $5 for each which was amazing. Sadly he didn’t have any information about where these were from or dates but judging by the material I would say they are from late 1800s or possibly earlier 1900s. I thought I’d share them with you as I find them fascinating to look at.  Victor’s favourite one is of the dead child and mine is of gentleman I’ve dubbed “Wolverine”. Let me know in the comments which one is your favourite, and if you have any tintypes yourself.

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A Year in Vintage Photography

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Kodak Dualflex (26)Have a look back at the last year of vintage photography! Vintage Tuesday is my bi-weekly post where I share vintage cameras, photography I’ve taken using vintage cameras, tutorials and my collection of vintage slides and photographs. In the last few months I have added a lot of tintype photography to my collection that I will be sharing in upcoming months. Next year I will also be starting to develop my own film again and can’t wait.  Click the link/photo if you want to see vintage photography, cameras and more.


Featured Artits: The Met Gallery Collection

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PH8598Featured Artists: The Met Gallery Collection

What a great way to spend some of your Christmas vacation then checking out the Met Gallery Collection of photography ranging from the 1980s all the way to the 2000s. They have thousands of photograph negatives and prints available online to be viewed that has either featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art itself or in storage. I’ve featured some of the photographers below so you have an idea of what you’re getting into as the site is much like a library catalogue system (it’s not a photo gallery and with information about the pieces being more prominent than the artwork itself and frequently there is pieces without a photograph) but it’s worth the search trust me. There are a lot of gems in here if you are fascinated by photography like myself or just like looking back at earlier times in history. It’s available, here and if you want to check out the Met Gallery Collection in its entirety, here. Happy looking and let me know in the comments any gems you find!

Bruce Davidson, 1966

Walker Evans 1933

Eugène Atget 1923

Francis Bedford 1870

Helen Levitt 1939

Andrew Joseph Russell 1864

John Thomson 1869

Ansel Easton Adams 1964

Peter Henry Emerson 1885

Johan Hagemeyer 1928


Through the Viewfinder

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I’d love to do a series with the Kodak Duaflex called “Through the Viewfinder” where I explore various places around Montreal and elsewhere if possible. I love looking through this camera’s viewfinder in particular over all my other viewfinder style cameras and usually find myself when I bring it with me staring through it while walking around – not even to take photos but just to experience the world through its lens (I know I’m weird). I really want to take movies of what that’s like but it’s a bit hard to do since I’d have to have the Kodak Duaflex on a tripod and also my Nikon D7000 on a tripod…while moving. Otherwise it would just be horrible shaky. Today’s photo are actually free style where I am holding both cameras in opposite hands and that already makes it really tricky when trying to eliminate the glare on the viewfinder. I should probably take more photos and at least try when I replace my broken tripod to see. The photos today were taken during a short walk in the Vieux-Port earlier this month. If you want to see more I’ve done in the past with a tripod and the same camera, here, here, here and here!through the viewfinder (4) through the viewfinder (8) through the viewfinder (7) through the viewfinder (12)through the viewfinder (11) through the viewfinder (16) through the viewfinder (1) through the viewfinder (2)


Vintage Tuesday: Polaroid Land Model 80A

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Polaroid Land Model 80A

Today I’m sharing with you my vintage Polaroid Land Model 80A camera that was made from 1957-59 by the Polaroid Company. The Model 80a land camera uses Type 30 series roll film that hasn’t been produced since the 1960s. It’s a metal and plastic camera with a glass lens and three shutter modes 1/25, 1/100 and bulb. The 80a has 3 exposures mode that use the EV scale system instead of the usual f/ stops but it translates to f/8, f/11 and f/16. It also has a viewfinder at the top of the camera and has a metal cover that extends to exposure the lens in an accordion style. To take photos you use the metal tab to the right of the lens when extended. Like other accordion cameras it has a metal stand that extends down when the bellows have been moved out so you can balance the camera vertically. It also has a hot shoe flash which isn’t common in many Polaroid cameras. I don’t know if the camera will work with modern hot shoe flash as I haven’t tried. The main reason I actually bought this camera is because of the amazing bellows and the lens plate that is shaped much like juke box (or at least I think so). It has a really unique retro vibe about it that I just had to have it even though it can’t be used any more to take instant photography. There is a tutorial here, that shows you how to convert it to use 120 film but I doubt I will ever do that as this camera is a beast (it weighs so much) and I’m not a big fan of permanently destroying a camera even though there will never be film available for it again. In fact it’s one of the few cameras I own that isn’t able to be used anymore but again who could resist its amazing design?

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