Cameras

My current camera is a Nikon D90 DSLR, purchased back in August 2010! These are some of the other cameras that I own. I have collected old
cameras for nearly 50 years. I have only sold one (see below) to finance the purchase of my first DSLR,

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Model

Manufacturer/
Country of origin
Comments
1950 Coronet Super-Flash

F. W. Pettifer,
Birmingham

Coronet Box Cameras are medium format 120 film cameras made by Coronet in England. There are several other Coronet Box models which also made by Tiranty in France. This means that the same camera model could be found either British made or French made. All of the Coronet box camera models are in medium format, 6x9cm frame with roll 120 film. They have a simple one speed spring rotary shutter. These box cameras are offered with various meniscus type lenses.
1950 Agiflex II

Agilux Ltd, England

The Agiflex was an early British postwar 6x6 SLR, made by Agilux. It was derived from the British WWII military aerial camera ARL that was in turn derived from the German Reflex Korelle. The camera's focal plane shutter has speeds from 2 sec. to 1/500 sec. and flash synchronization. The finder is a big waist level reflex finder, with hinged magnifier and eye level setting. It has a lens mount for interchangeable lenses.
1952 MPP Microcord Micro Precision Products,
England
The Microcord is a knob-wound 6×6 TLR made by Micro Precision Products, manufactured from 1951 to 1958. This Microcord Mk I was manufactured in 1951 but its release was held back for the British Industries Fair of 1952. Its design was based on that of the Rolleicord; A J Dell, then in charge of photographic products for MPP (and later the company head) had acquired a Rolleicord and taken it to pieces in order to learn from and improve upon it. The camera has a pair of 77.5mm f/3.5 Ross Xpres lenses, made by Ross to MPP's design and assembled and collimated by MPP. The taking lens has four elements, the viewing lens three. The Microcord has an eight-speed Epsilon shutter, complete with a "T" setting.
1953 Ensign Ranger
Special
Houghtons,
London

Ensign Ranger is a series of 120 film vertical folding cameras made by Houghtons in England. The Ranger has a similar body to the contemporary Selfix 8/20, but with a cheaper lens and shutter. The body has a folding frame finder. The top plate carries the film advance knob, and a similar knob on the feed spool and the finder; the shutter release is a small button set radially on the edge of the shutter block. The knobs lift to release the film spools.The 1953 Ensign Ranger Special had a chromed top-plate and a Rosstar or Ensar f/4.5 lens in an Epsilon four-speed shutter, costing £13-18s-3d. The Special had an albada optical folding finder, and provision for 6x6 as well as 6x9cm frames

1954 Reid III Type 2 Reid & Sigrist, Leicester

Although a close copy of the Leica IIIb the Reid camera was designed in-house in Imperial measurements and to much tighter specifications than Leica used. The camera was unquestionably the finest made British camera in terms of the quality of its engineering, reliability and body finish but its origins as a copy meant that the design was neither new nor original in any respect except for the front mounted dual flash sync sockets fitted as standard on many cameras.The Reid camera in modern times, due to its precision engineering and build quality, has progressively moved to a top ranking in the eyes of collectors and now regularly fetches into four figures with its superbTaylor Hobson 2"/f2 lens. I bought mine in the early 1980s for £100 and sold it in 2003 for £800 to finance the purchase of a Canon EOS 300D!

1965 Fuji Single8
P1
Fuji Photo Optical Co.,
Japan
The Fujica Single-8 P1 camera uses Fuji proprietary Super 8 film cassettes. Has a Fujinon F:11.5mm f/1.8 lens; direct vision optical finder with exposure indication; auto exposure electric motor drive; and a pistol grip. The P1 was one of the first Single 8 cameras, and compared to other Single 8s it was relatively cheap and simple to use. It was intended for amateur use, and cost around £34 in 1967. Single 8 is a motion picture film format introduced by Fujifilm in 1965 as an alternative to the Kodak Super 8 format. This camera is from my wife's family.
1967 Miranda Fm Miranda Camera Co.,
Japan
Mirandas were solidly-built SLRs, popular between the 1950s and 1970s with amateurs and even a few professionals. I bought this example new in 1967 based on a glowing review by Victor Blackman in the AP. Interchangeable viewfinders made them quite versatile, but the proprietary lens mount limited the range of available lenses, all of which were made by other manufacturers. The lens mount was double, incorporating separate bayonet and screw mount fittings. The inner, threaded part was used with heavy lenses and legacy lenses with pre-set diaphragms. I used this camera for many years, eventually replacing it with a Pentax.
1970s Boots Mini-Grip Macau

A compact 110 film camera with hinged cover which doubles up as a steadying handle. The case of the camera is moulded in component parts and assembled. Manufactured for Boots and made in Macau probably in the 1970s

110 is a cartridge-based film format used in still photography. It was introduced by Kodak in 1972. It is essentially a miniaturised version of Kodak's earlier 126 film format. Each frame is 13 mm × 17 mm, with one registration hole. There were 24 frames per cartridge that occasionally enabled the user to capture an extra image due to production variations.

1973 Minolta SRT303 Minolta Camera Co.,
Japan
The SR-T303 is an evolution of the legendary 1966 SR-T101. Changes include a re-designed and more modern body, an improved film advance lever and the ISO/DIN conversion table is moved to the back of the camera. Inside the viewfinder has seen two evolutions: first, the viewfinder now displays both the shutter speedand the f-stop number, and a split-image rangefinder was added to the centre of the microprism focusing area. The viewfinder of the SR-T303 shows the f-stop number on the top of the finder, the speeds on the bottom, and the two light meter needles are on the right side. Minolta made their own lenses and their quality was legendary! This camera was refurbished for me by Newton Ellis of Liverpool to take modern batteries.
1984 Lomo LC-A LOMO PLC,
Russia
The LOMO LC-A (Lomo Kompakt - Automat) is a fixed lens, 35 mm film, leaf shutter, zone focus, compact camera introduced in 1984 and manufactured in St. Petersburg by Leningrad Optics & Mechanics Association (LOMO). The design is based on the Cosina CX-2. Some LC-As were sold badged as Zenith, this label was only a sticker underneath the lens. Production in Russia ceased in 2005, being transferred to China (the LC-A+). Thanks to Rob Tarrant for giving me this camera. LOMOs have a strong following (there is a thriving Lomographic Society International!)

1993

Canon EOS500 Canon Camera Co.,
Japan

The Canon EOS 500 (EOS Kiss in Japan, EOS Rebel XS in North America) is a consumer-level 35 film single-lens reflex camera, produced by Canon of Japan from September 1993 until 1996 as part of their EOS system. It replaced the earlier EOS 1000FN and sat in the lower portion of the EOS range, it was superseded by the EOS 500N.

This camera belonged to my late mother who used the images as a basis for many of her paintings (she was a successful artist who exhibited widely in the North West).

2000 Canon EOS300 Canon Camera Co.,
Japan
The Canon EOS 300 is a consumer-level 35mm single-lens reflex camera, produced by Canon of Japan from April 1999 until September 2002. Designed under the supervision of Yasuhiro Morishita, the camera was intended as a replacement for the Canon EOS 500N. The Canon EOS 300 won the European Imaging and Sound Association Award 1999-2000. Like other low-priced SLRs of the time, the EOS 300 used a pentamirror viewfinder instead of a pentaprism, and had a polycarbonate body. The autofocus capabilities of this camera were identical to Canon's much more expensive Elan 7 with six single-line CMOS sensors surrounding a central cross-type sensor. This camera also belonged to my mother who refused to change lenses, instead carrying around two cameras with different lenses!
2001 Fuji Finepix 6900z Fuji Photo Film Co., Japan My first digital camera, it took all the images for my LRPS panel. Amazing quality from what is in effect a 3.3 million-sensor Super CCD that generates image files of up to six million pixels. The camera has manual focus and shutter controls, six shooting modes and 13 f-stop aperture control settings. The FinePix 6900 Zoom features a large-diameter, 6X Super EBC Fujinon aspherical zoom lens (f/2.8 - f/11) with a focal length equivalent to 35-210mm on a 35mm camera. Shutter speeds range from 3 to 1/2000 sec., and the camera offers an adjustable ISO sensitivity of 100/200/400. Other features include a built-in, miniature electronic through-the-lens viewfinder, a 2 inch LCD playback monitor and built in pop-up flash or hot shoe mount for flash systems.