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Bill Clark 11-18-2016 14:04

Give Us The Name of An Old Out Of Business Photography Company
 
I'll list two:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansco

https://www.graflex.org

Please tell us if the company(ies) that you list ever pulled on your heart strings!

I used a Graflex when I worked on school yearbooks. Mostly 4x5 Tri-X

Thanks.

mpaniagua 11-18-2016 14:36

Miranda Camera Company, although it seems a company called Dixon keeps the right to the name, its been a long time since the company went out of business.

And yes, really love the Miranda cameras. Sweet mechanical goodness. Sensomat was one of my early cameras.

Chriscrawfordphoto 11-18-2016 14:38

Weston (light meters).

Polaroid (today Polaroid is just a marketing name attached to TVs and other electronics. The company no longer exists).

Some companies still exist but have stopped making photo gear, like Minolta.

Timmyjoe 11-18-2016 14:42

My beloved AGFA.

Deardorff38 11-18-2016 14:45

Deardorff. Besides a Leica MP, and a Rolleiflex T, I use a 1938 5x7" Deardorff Special. Nothing like printing from that big negative.

Bill Clark 11-18-2016 15:08

After a glass of vino I was in my darkroom and looked at, with the red light on, my beautiful and sexy Omega enlarger. Lots of stuff printed with it both black & white and color.

Jim Edmond 11-18-2016 15:18

EPOI (at one time Nikon importer)

x-ray 11-18-2016 15:26

Agree with all of the above. DuPont made my favorite papers for many years. DuPont Varilour was my favorite. I'll add Goerz optical, Ebony view cameras and Burke and James.

So many fine products are now gone.

rybolt 11-18-2016 15:44

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Originally Posted by x-ray (Post 2667513)
Agree with all of the above. DuPont made my favorite papers for many years. DuPont Varilour was my favorite. I'll add Goerz optical, Ebony view cameras and Burke and James.

So many fine products are now gone.

Dupont Velour black in graded paper. Agfa Portriga Rapid 111 and 118, too.
More silver than you could shake a stick at it the Dupont bromide papers. Agfa ruled the chloro-bromes.

Crazy Fedya 11-18-2016 15:58

Rolleiflex. Very classic.

I think 3.5F is a perfect medium format camera.

Burleigh Brooks, Spiratone, Zunow.

Plaubel Veriwide 100 is a perfect companion to any model of Rolleiflex. It was made for BUrleigh Brooks. 28/2 Spiratone by Mitake lens is pretty decent. I would really like to try that rare 50/1.1 Zunow lens.

madNbad 11-18-2016 16:12

Exakta and how many others?

Bill Clark 11-18-2016 16:22

Argus cameras. The brick!

Rolleiflex, so many I see around, it's hard to believe no more new cameras!

Thank goodness some are still around, Leica, Hasselblad, Ilford.

mpaniagua 11-18-2016 16:26

Rolleiflex SL66 and SL35e are my favorite SLR cameras. Too bad I couldnt support Rollei when it was around.

nikon_sam 11-18-2016 16:32


Hatchetman 11-18-2016 16:40

Busch Optical from my hometown of Chicago.

x-ray 11-18-2016 16:47

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Originally Posted by rybolt (Post 2667519)
Dupont Velour black in graded paper. Agfa Portriga Rapid 111 and 118, too.
More silver than you could shake a stick at it the Dupont bromide papers. Agfa ruled the chloro-bromes.

Used all of these as well as Ansco papers in the 50's into the early 60's. While we're on paper Forte Poly Warmtone Plus FB. Beautiful paper but recently discovered the Bergger Warmtone mat which is close.

Devere, Wollensak, Braun, Metz and Ascor are no longer around.

Products that are gone, panatomic X, super xx, Kodachrome, ektachrome, agfachrome, Kodacolor, Verichrome and Verichrome Pan, plus x, KB14 and 17, Efke, Agfa 25 and 100, DK50, DK60a, Ektalure, Kodabromide, Velox, Azo, royal Pan, ektapan, Royal X pan, 2475 recording film, high speed IR B&W, infrared color, Konica Color and IR, Arkay, Pako, Ektar lenses, Gundlach, B&L lenses, Weisner and Wista. Ektachrome E2, E3, E4 and C22 processes are gone too. The selection of film, paper and chemistry was unbelievable until the 90's when many products started to disappear.

Makes my head hurt and very sad they're gone.

Forgot, original TX which was nothing like the current production.

Bille 11-18-2016 16:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by nikon_sam (Post 2667531)

There was not much left of Konica when they merged with Minolta, photographically speaking.

The merger was in 2003, the last Konica SLR was the TC-X built by Cosina until 1987. What happened between then and 2003?

sepiareverb 11-18-2016 17:03

Contax?

DuPont is what came to my lips first, but x-ray beat me to it. :)

Mitsubishi made a paper I used a few times too.

Quote:

Originally Posted by x-ray (Post 2667534)
...recently discovered the Bergger Warmtone mat...

That really is a darn nice paper isn't it? Been printing on it a bunch lately, in Print WA, Moersch Sepia 1 and ECO 4812.

MrFujicaman 11-18-2016 17:10

Petri, Spiratone , Camera Barn in NYC, Porters Camera Store,Chinon

ColSebastianMoran 11-18-2016 17:14

Welta was first 35mm camera. Busch Pressman was first MF camera.

G Dogg 11-18-2016 17:44

Dejur Enlargers

Sarcophilus Harrisii 11-18-2016 17:52

DHW Fototechnik are actually still hanging on, barely, and I understand are trickling out a few SLRs, but no more TLRs I believe.
Cheers
Brett

alan davus 11-18-2016 18:00

A Yashica TL Electro was my first camera.

ckuwajima 11-18-2016 19:46

Kern
Pignons, the manufacturers of the original Alpa cameras

CameraQuest 11-18-2016 20:08

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Originally Posted by mpaniagua (Post 2667492)
Miranda Camera Company, although it seems a company called Dixon keeps the right to the name, its been a long time since the company went out of business.

And yes, really love the Miranda cameras. Sweet mechanical goodness. Sensomat was one of my early cameras.

The Miranda camera company went out of business about 1975 in a labor dispute. Up against union demands the owners that could not be met,
the two owners (in Los Angeles) gave the Japanese labor unions the one finger salute and closed the doors.

Stephen

hap 11-18-2016 20:14

Richard philips.......

charjohncarter 11-18-2016 20:37

Balda, First Six Camera, Petri (been taken already), Hollywood Reflex, Topcon (Bessler), Konica (C35), Mamiya Super 23, 3M film (slides): I own them all.

Chriscrawfordphoto 11-18-2016 21:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by CameraQuest (Post 2667568)
The Miranda camera company went out of business about 1975 in a labor dispute. Up against union demands the owners that could not be met,
the two owners (in Los Angeles) gave the Japanese labor unions the one finger salute and closed the doors.

Stephen


How did a Japanese camera company come to be owned by Americans? Anyway, closing down completely to spite your workers is dumb. If you give in to their demands, you will make less money; if you close down you will NEVER make any more money.

Taipei-metro 11-18-2016 22:36

no Topcon now

my Unirex
by
t a i p e i metro
nikon dslr, nikon 18-55

p.giannakis 11-18-2016 23:04

I learned the photography basics with Praktica cameras.....


Bill Clark 11-19-2016 04:28

All the camera stores, gone!

Why, even Target used to carry darkroom stuff!

Brown Photo is gone from here.

Interesting article on the changing retail landscape:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List..._United_States

Pako is gone. They invented the Pakon slide mount.

http://www2.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01155.xml

Did you shop here:

http://photosecrets.com/the-rise-and...of-ritz-camera

sepiareverb 11-19-2016 05:07

And Zone VI, I still use their washers every time I print, and have a hacked 810 Zone VI enlarger.

Wisner, lovely cameras.

Is Omega no more?

x-ray 11-19-2016 05:08

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrFujicaman (Post 2667540)
Petri, Spiratone , Camera Barn in NYC, Porters Camera Store,Chinon

Add Altman Camera in Chicago to the list. I think at the time it was te worlds largest camera store. As I recall it closed because of an attempt to bring the union in.

underlord 11-19-2016 05:29

Does this count? 'Early Photoshop'

Early Photo Shop by Philip McAllister, on Flickr

nikonhswebmaster 11-19-2016 06:03

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Originally Posted by Chriscrawfordphoto (Post 2667575)
How did a Japanese camera company come to be owned by Americans? Anyway, closing down completely to spite your workers is dumb. If you give in to their demands, you will make less money; if you close down you will NEVER make any more money.

Well the story is actually a bit more complicated. The US importer Allied Impex owned the brand names, and just finally quit manufacturing, really because they were not competitive with later cameras like the Sensorex. The last Miranda, the DX-3 was a financial disaster for the company.

American companies controlling brands during the '60s and on was not unusual, SuperScope held the SONY trademark, EPOI, Nikon for instance.

The Miranda labor disputes were just the one of the final blows. Ralph Lowenstein has been credited with the demise of the company, during the time he was in Japan, but accurate info is not easy to find.

I used own a fleet of Miranda T SLRs -- they were beautiful cameras. My first "pro" camera was a Miranda.

Mjd-djm 11-19-2016 06:22

Don't forget Contax. Such a shame.

Dogman 11-19-2016 06:58

Ponder and Best. Importer of Vivitar, among others.

nukecoke 11-19-2016 07:25

⚛ Yashica

My first RF camera is a Yashica MG-1.

x-ray 11-19-2016 07:31

Petre cameras.

dmr 11-19-2016 07:31

The one that comes to my mind immediately is the dealer Spiratone, mentioned here many times over the years.


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