Tag Archives: 1950’s

The Lada of The Camera World OR NOT ?- The Halina 35X Review

“The nice thing about the Halina 35x is you’re not likely to get mugged for it and if you do you can use it as a deadly weapon.” The poor Hong Kong made 35x is the butt of many a joke and scorn in the camera world.

But this 1959 “Empire Made” viewfinder did sell rather well and has cult following amongst some. So is it really all that bad?

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Brummie Deco – the Curious case of the Coronet REX Flash

Launched in the 1950’s the Coronet 6-6 was yet another no frills Bakelite roll film camera, But the folks at Coronet decided to re-brand this camera as the Rex Flash. But is it King or just Flash in the pan.

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Balda Baldessa LF 2 Roll Review – The Clockwork Camera

I’d been after a Baldessa for a while. Balda was another legendary German camera maker decimated by the rise of Japanese compacts in the 1960’s and its Baldessa series take on a 35mm compact.

Balda Baldessa LF
Balda Baldessa LF a 1960’s 35mm German Viewfinder

Sadly my shutter went at some point in my first 2 rolls but did this camera tempt me back for another or was it auf wiedersehen ? Continue reading Balda Baldessa LF 2 Roll Review – The Clockwork Camera

Agfa Click Review – Retro Curveball

This Vintage number looks positively Art Deco but actually hails from the late 50’s and had a run into the 70’s

Agfa Click I
Agfa Click I a German Fixed focus 120 camera from the 1950’s

Widely available this makes an interesting alternative to the Holga or Diana F+. Continue reading Agfa Click Review – Retro Curveball

Voigtländer Vito B Review – I’m sexy and I know it

If the Olympus Trip 35  became the classic P&S during the 60’s-70’s, that title was likely held by Voigtländer in the 50’s with this all time classic of German Engineering

Voigtländer Vito B (late model). Possibly the sexiest 35mm P&S Ever
Voigtländer Vito B (late model). Possibly the sexiest 35mm P&S Ever

Still a thing of beauty to hold and use today. This wonderfully engineered has picked up a classic tag. And for once it deserves but you need to pick your version wisely young Jedi. Continue reading Voigtländer Vito B Review – I’m sexy and I know it

A Braun Paxette Review : A shape of what would come

I’ve a bit of a thing for German Cameras of the late 50’s and 60’s. I still miss my Boots badged Franka 125 and the German made Ilford sportsman was one of the Joys from the Poundland Challenge. I’ve always fancied a legendary Braun Paxette series camera and a viewfinder version came my way a few weeks ago

Braun Paxette
Braun Paxette 50’s 35mm viewfinder (precise model unknown)

But was it Braw or Poxy ? Continue reading A Braun Paxette Review : A shape of what would come

Ilford Sportsman Review : Poundland Challenge Camera No 5

This ended up being my first truly vintage pound or less camera. This scale focus number was launched in 1959 as an  update to the Mark I launched a couple of years earlier (the mark III was in by the end of 1959 !!). But how does Ilford’s challenger to Kodak’s retina/retinette measure up ?

Ilford Sportsman Mark II
Ilford Sportsman Mark II. 35mm 1950’s camera that I got for 99p

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The Fujica 35 Automagic Review : Futuristic 50’s Automagic

Fujica 35 Automagic
Fujica 35 Automagic 50’s 35mm P&S camera

This 50’s rarity is arguable one of the first metered 35mm point and shooters (P&S)  on the market and whilst basic and bulky had much in the ways of the compact P&S like the Olympus Trip 35 that followed it a decade plus later. And you know something, it still works and takes pretty good shots. Continue reading The Fujica 35 Automagic Review : Futuristic 50’s Automagic

Bencini Koroll 24s Review : The canny man’s vintage 120 film camera

Bencini Koroll 24S
This quite gorgeous lump of Aluminium hails from 50’s Italy. It’s a pretty basic 120 film camera from the era but has a couple of trump cards to play.  It’s first trick is that it’s a half frame (3×4.5cm) camera allowing you to take a whooping 24 shots on a roll of 120 film. Continue reading Bencini Koroll 24s Review : The canny man’s vintage 120 film camera