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The Kodak Brownie Six-16 Camera

This week we have an Art Deco style Kodak Brownie Six-16 camera.  This moderately sized box camera was made for eight short years from 1933-1941. Production began during some of the worst years of the Great Depression and ended just before America’s entry into World War II. The film...

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The Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1:4 D Lens

I’m back on modern photography this week and want to jaw about a macro lens with incredible optics.  I’ll preface “incredible optics” with “it comes with some drawbacks”.  More on that in a minute. Nikon’s 200mm macro lens (Nikon calls it “Micro”) is quite simply the best macro lens...

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Kodak Vest Pocket Model B Camera

Today’s antique of the week is a Kodak Vest Pocket Model B which was made between the world wars.  The camera originally cost $7.50 US (that’s $105.28 US in 2018 dollars!). Below is a tour around the Model B. Like many other folding cameras, the Model B includes a...

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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm 1:5.6E ED VR Lens

This week I’m going to tackle one of Nikon’s newest telephoto lenses.  The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm 1:5.6E ED (VR) lens is the large telephoto for the masses.  At $1,400.00 US, it gives aspiring photographers access to the 400-500mm range that was previously reserved for professional photographers.  (A quick...

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The Yashica Mat 124G Camera

The Japanese Yashica company has made a range of cameras since 1949.  While not currently known for high quality cameras, they did produce a number of high quality, competitive camera designs in years past.  One example, the Yashica Mat 124G, is a variation on the better known Rolleiflex medium...

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Documenting Progress

I’ve been restoring antiques since 1992.  In that time we’ve seen tremendous change in our world:  the rise of the internet, cell phones, email, text, social media, GPS navigation, and digital photography just to name a few.  Music transitioned from tape to CD to digital download.  Stealth became American military philosophy...

Maple leaves in October 2006, taken with Nikon D70s handheld with 18-70mm DX lens

A Tale of Two Reviews

I take a lot of pictures.  I mean a LOT of pictures.  I have a camera glued to me or within arms reach just about everywhere I go.  Photography, antiques, and projects are my hobbies.  My degree is in Technical Writing, so it all melded with this blog:  history,...

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Elegant Camera Storage

If your sole objective as a photographer is to capture a pivotal moment in time (such as the Twin Towers, the Murrah Building, or the flag at Iwo Jima), then it is justifiable to treat your expensive camera gear as disposable objects.  However, most of us are not professional...

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta (c. 1956-60)

A New Life for Vintage Cameras?

Prior to the digital photography we know and love today, cameras were nothing more than a an opaque box (camera body) containing a light sensitive material (film) that could be exposed by opening a hole (shutter) to allow light to be focused (using a lens) on the film.  People...