MY VINTAGE CAMERAS (the photos below are of the actual cameras)
Yashica-D twin lens reflex (TLR) - 120 film
One of my recent vintage camera purchases is a late 1960's/early 1970's Yashica-D TLR (twin lens reflex). This camera takes 120 size film and shoots a 2 1/4 inch (6 x 6 cm) square frame. I get twelve exposures per roll.
"Twin lens reflex" cameras are so named for obvious reasons, two lenses. The top lens is the "viewing" lens, that is the lens you are looking through when you gaze down into the ground glass at the top of the camera. The bottom lens is referred to as the "taking" lens; it is the lens through which light passes to the film. A special note about Yashica TLR cameras - most models have a "focusing loupe", a small magnifying glass that helps with focusing, under the lid of the camera top. Press gently on the lid and the focusing loupe will pop down; bring the camera up to your face so you can put the focusing loupe close to your eye. For more information about the Yashica-D TLR:
Yashica 44 twin lens reflex (TLR) - 127 film
I have a Yashica 44 TLR that was made in the late 1950's. My mother had this camera, and doesn't remember how it came into her possession. This camera takes 127 size film (which is slightly narrower than 120 film) and shoots a frame that is nearly square. I get twelve exposures per roll. For more information about the Yashica 44:
Zeiss Ikon Ikomat 515 - 120 film
Another vintage camera I use is a late 1930's Zeiss Ikon Ikomat 515 that I bought at an estate sale for $20. This camera takes 120 size film and shoots a 6 x 4.5 cm rectangular frame. I get eight exposures per roll. For more information about Zeiss Ikon Ikonta/Ikomat and Nettar vintage cameras:
Kodak Baby Brownie - 127 film
The original small point-and-shoot! My 1930's Baby Brownie is as basic as it gets - fixed lens, one shutter speed. The Baby Brownie originally sold for $1. I found this camera at an antique fair, $15. The Baby Brownie takes 127 size film and shoots a rectangular frame. I get eight exposures per roll. For more information about the Baby Brownie:
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517 Camera - 120 film
This is my most recent vintage camera purchase (summmer 2008). Zeiss made cameras in the "Nettar" series between the late 1930's and late 1950's, including the 516, 517 and 518 models. My Nettar 517 probably dates to the mid-50's. I purchased this camera for $40 at an antique mall. This camera takes 120 size film and shoots a 2 1/4 inch (6 x 6 cm) square frame. I get 12 exposures per roll. For more information about the Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16:
Kodak "Tourist" Camera - 620 film
The Kodak "Tourist" was made between 1948 -1951, and originally sold for $95, followed by the Tourist II, made until 1958. I purchased this camera for $35 at an antique mall. This camera takes 620 size film and shoots a 2 1/4 by 3 1/4 inch (6 x 9 cm) rectangular frame. I will either respool 120 film, or buy 620 film online, depending on how ambitious and daring I feel in the next few weeks - I have not yet tried to respool film. Photos will be posted at a future date. For more information about the Kodak Tourist:
PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN WITH MY VINTAGE CAMERAS
The images below are not cropped; the aspect ratios (width and height) of the exposed film frames are just as you see in these photos.
Yashica-D twin lens reflex (TLR) photos - 120 film
Yashica 44 twin lens reflex (TLR) photos - 127 film
The view from my folks place near Placerville, El Dorado County, California. This was taken with an old roll of 127 color print film, that I purchased from Pardee's Cameras. I went in asking if by chance they had any 127 film, so they dug around in their refrigerator and brought out a box with several rolls of expired black and white (Efke, ISO 100) and color print film. They quoted me a price for the whole box, and I bought the lot. Photo taken October 2007.
Zeiss Ikon Ikomat 515 photos - 120 film
This old barn with a Ghirardelli chocolate advertisement painted on the side was moved from it's original location near downtown Petaluma. Fuji color slide film. November 2007
Kids and parents enjoy a sunny fall afternoon at an El Dorado County pumpkin patch. Fuji color slide film. October 2007
Kodak Baby Brownie photo - 127 film
Graveyard of the old Catholic church in Folsom, taken with Efke 127 film (available in 100 ISO only). Fall 2007
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517 camera photos - 120 film
Capitola Beach has a building housing a row of restaurants - this break in the building allows beach access. Ilford Delta 100 film. October 2008
Sun setting over the wharf at Capitola Beach. Ilford Delta 100 film. October 2008
Kodak Tourist camera photos - 620 film
Kodak Tourist camera photos to be posted at a future date.
Click here for information on buying vintage cameras, where to find film for old cameras, and where to get it processed. I also have a link to a website that gives instructions on respooling 120 film onto 620 spools.