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Old 11-18-2016   #1
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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

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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.
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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.
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Deardorff. Besides a Leica MP, and a Rolleiflex T, I use a 1938 5x7" Deardorff Special. Nothing like printing from that big negative.
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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.
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Old 11-18-2016   #7
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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.
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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.
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Rolleiflex. Very classic.

I think 3.5F is a perfect medium format camera.

Burleigh Brooks, Spiratone, Zunow.

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Exakta and how many others?
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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.
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Rolleiflex SL66 and SL35e are my favorite SLR cameras. Too bad I couldnt support Rollei when it was around.
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Busch Optical from my hometown of Chicago.
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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.
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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?
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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.

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

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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.

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

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Is Omega no more?
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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.
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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.
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The one that comes to my mind immediately is the dealer Spiratone, mentioned here many times over the years.
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