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Old 11-21-2016   #1
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How old is your oldest camera ?

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It would be interesting to know what is the oldest user camera owned by a RFF member. A camera that you use, let’s say, once a year (or more often). Shelf queens and non-working cameras excluded.
My oldest camera is from 1938 : Zeiss Ikonta 521 with a Tessar 1:3,5 f=7,5 cm ; I picked it very cheap in a Prague flea-market, I don’t know nothing from its past.



Let us know how old is your oldest camera. A photo and/or its history will be apreciated.
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Old 11-21-2016   #2
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This 1932 Leica II is my oldest user. I bought it from the grandson of the original owner, along with the first-edition of "The Leica Manual" that it is sitting on. Also included was the 11th issue of the same book, with a Christmas inscription from the original owner to his son, from 1955.

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Old 11-21-2016   #3
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I have a 1936 Contax II that I rarely leave the house without, these days. It's half way through a roll of Acros 100 at present. Not sure I have a photo of the camera itself, though, certainly, not on my phone.
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1936 Leica IIIa in excellent +++ condition.
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Old 11-21-2016   #5
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A Kodak 35mm RF which I think is from 1948.
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Old 11-21-2016   #6
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I have a Gundlach Korona 8x10 camera, which seems to be from all the info I can gather made in the ninteen-teens. I also have an Autographic Brownie No. 2 which I believe I determined is a 1917 model.
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Old 11-21-2016   #7
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If you're talking about oldest camera that I purchased new myself, it's a 1976 Canon TX. Oldest camera that I have that has been continuously in my family since new is my Mom's old Brownie Reflex Syncro from 1942. Oldest camera that I bought second hand, probably my Rolleiflex Automat from 1952.
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Old 11-21-2016   #8
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I use a Kodak Panoram No.1, usually put a roll or two through it every year or so. It is no collectors item, well beat up and has an aluminum frame around the front to help keep it light tight. I put 120 film through it, not perfect, but works fine. It has been out on my studio desk since Friday, was planning to take it out tomorrow after our first accumulating snow has finished. Timely thread

Not exactly sure of date on this, though I believe it is an early one, serial number is 361, so likely one of the first few years? Started making these in 1899.
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Old 11-21-2016   #9
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I have a Leica IIIa hot rod and the book, third edition.
I am the grandson of the original owner.
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Old 11-21-2016   #10
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My mother's Kodak 2A Brownie circa 1920.
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Old 11-21-2016   #11
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I have various old Kodak and Ansco folders and box cameras whose dates remain a bit of a mystery. I know one of the Kodak folders with the red bellows must be early 20th century, the box cameras and other folders can't be past the 1930s. One camera I know with more certainly is the Kodak 1A autographic special which was made from 1917 to 1926. I'd actually be using that one if there weren't lots of holes in the bellows.
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Old 11-21-2016   #12
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One of my Leica I cameras (1930).

Shot with the actual camera.

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Old 11-21-2016   #13
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Last week I picked up my third Canadian Brownie. This one is circa 1917. Similar to this:


The reason I keep buying and giving them as gifts to film photographers, those cameras actually works despite their age and using normal, 120 film.

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Old 11-21-2016   #14
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My 5x7" Deardorff view camera 1938[IMG][/IMG]
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Old 11-21-2016   #15
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1936 Leica IIIa in excellent +++ condition.
Do you mind me asking what the serial number is on yours?

I've got an IIIa but I'm not quite sure how old it is. I've tried looking it up but still can't figure it out.

Mine has 88***

It must be my oldest camera.
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Old 11-21-2016   #16
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Most of you have me beat. My oldest is the Mamiya SD Rangefinder, ca. 1960s.
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Old 11-21-2016   #17
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Of cameras that actually get regular usage: my Hasselblad 500C body takes that distinction. 1972. It's actually an early C/M, before they switched out the nameplate.

I have an Argus C3 (who doesn't?) that pre-dates that, but it doesn't see any use and I'm not sure it's even operational.
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Old 11-21-2016   #18
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The Argus C3 was manufactured in Detroit Michigan during the 1940s and 1950s. It is the oldest camera that I still use. The lenses take sharp pictures and the camera is easy to use to make intentional double exposures. This totally manual/mechanical 35mm rangefinder camera is also very reliable. Camera collectors lovingly refer to it as “The Brick” because of its size, weight, shape, and durability.


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Old 11-21-2016   #19
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The oldest one I know the date of is my 1937 Leica IIIa. My Ihagee folder probably dates from the 1920s but I can't identify an exact year.
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Old 11-21-2016   #20
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I have a Kodak No.1A Pocket camera that is maybe late 1920's
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Old 11-21-2016   #21
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It's a Kodak folder. I'm not up on dates of manufacture but it has a 130mm f7.7 lens and I think the film size is #122 but not sure. The only thing I have ever exposed in it is photo paper cut to size and darkroom loaded. I covered the red window. So probably made sometime between 1925 and 1935, that is as close as I can come. Other wise I have a little Zeiss Nettar folder that is from about 1949.
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Old 11-21-2016   #22
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I take a 1933 black with nickel hardware Leica III to work every day. It has a nickel 50mm Elmar on it. It's loaded with Tri-X I shoot at ISO 200.
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Old 11-21-2016   #23
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The Argus C3 was manufactured in Detroit Michigan during the 1940s and 1950s. It is the oldest camera that I still use. The lenses take sharp pictures and the camera is easy to use to make intentional double exposures. This totally manual/mechanical 35mm rangefinder camera is also very reliable. Camera collectors lovingly refer to it as “The Brick” because of its size, weight, shape, and durability.


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Old 11-21-2016   #24
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My Leica III (1935), l have older display cameras but this is the one l regularly use
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My oldest camera may be a Standard Leica.
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Old 11-21-2016   #26
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Do you mind me asking what the serial number is on yours?

I've got an IIIa but I'm not quite sure how old it is. I've tried looking it up but still can't figure it out.

Mine has 88***
88*** is the number of a Leica II from 1932. Yours must be a converted camera when it is a IIIa. You can consult the thread on converted LTM-Leicas. http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...ad.php?t=91238

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Old 11-21-2016   #27
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My oldest that I still use...
An Olympus 35-S made around 1957...I love the 4.2cm/1.8 lens...
All metal, no battery...
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Old 11-21-2016   #28
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Thank you for your input. Some nice samples - and it is good to know that many "oldies" are still working !

Keep them coming, please.

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Old 11-21-2016   #29
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My Rolleiflex 3.5 Planar, ca. 1956 - still 2 years younger than me!
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My oldest is the IIIf that I have, though I don't currently have a lens for it (I'm hunting for the one I want presently). It's from 1951 or 52 I believe.

Next oldest would be my Hasselblad 500CM from the 70s.
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This is my 1936 Leica II that I bought last year.
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It's 1932 for sure, but it might be my Leica II or my Ikonta A 520, with a dial-set Derval shutter.

Both from the same year and I can't tell which was made first.
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My oldest is somewhere around 1909: No 3 Folding Pocket Kodak Model E-2 by gray1720, on Flickr

though the lack of 118 film makes it an occasional user - either with paper negs or 120 on a 118 paper.

That is easily useable - this, from 1911: Kodak No2 Folding Pocket Brownie by gray1720, on Flickr

I don't seem to be able to find a photo from the No3, but here's one from the No2: Trench 3 by gray1720, on Flickr

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Kodak Autographic 2-C Jr.
Wiki says it was produced between 1916-27

Unfortunately i've never used it due to the film being nonexistent (130 size)

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My oldest (usable or otherwise) is a Kodak No. 2 Brownie, a model F from 1924. I was lucky enough to find it looking unused, with the original box and manual!



It works just like new, which isn't much of a surprise - there's very little that can go wrong with these simple cameras. It's amazing to shoot a 92 year-old camera with currently available film. I still like to take it out from time to time, here's one I took a while back:

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How about a Century Camera No. 7, circa 1903, with a Bausch and Lomb Tessar f4.5 lens, labelled 1903? This is a wooden 8x10 studio camera which sits on a wood and wrought iron wheeled cart designed for it. At some point, it was converted to 4x5. While the lens is dated, I don't have a precise date for the camera. McKeown does not list it. It was purchased by a dealer from a photographer's estate. He died at about age 80, I am told. I bought it from the dealer. Somewhere along its life, the original beautiful cherry wood of the camera was painted an antique white. When I purchased it, I stripped the paint off and restored it to the original wood, renewed the brass fittings, and cleaned the enormous cart it sits on. Dave
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My 2 oldest are a Rolleiflex Old Standard (1932) and a Contax II (1936) - unfortunately I don't have pictures of the cameras at hand.
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Somewhere in the attic (I think) is an old non-functioning Kodak box camera that belonged to my grandparents. I don't know the age of the camera but it had an instruction booklet that was dated 1909.
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