Something quite special arrived a week ago. Brand new ultracompact. With actual automatic exposure and up to lens options built in. Oh ! and it’s British. Welcome to the half frame world of the Alfie TychContinue reading What’s it all about Alfie ? – The Alfie Tych two Roll Review
I’d been strangely unsatisfied with the Cresta 3, the third of Kodak UK’s Bakelite Brownies for 120 film. But could its glass lens predecessor be a better choice ? It is but you all need to brace youselves in more ways than one.Continue reading Brace Yerself – The Kodak Brownie Cresta II Review
Kodak’s British arm was more than a mere sales outlet for George Eastman’s company. The company made its own cameras, not just British versions of the parent company. The Colorsnap cameras are to my knowledge, the only 35mm cameras the UK branch solely made. But are they worth your time ?Continue reading A Very British Affair – Kodak Colorsnap 35 Review
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.Continue reading Brummie Deco – the Curious case of the Coronet REX Flash
And finally we get to a true British camera the Conway Popular. Made from around 1931 it was produced until the 1950’s but despite some innovations this box camera was actually less flexible than the Kodak Brownie No 2. It is however the oldest camera for a quid or less I own
This 110 film rarity has been my been my one successful sale to date in the Poundland camera challenge. This fixed focus rarity already in the Parisien hands of a happy buyer.
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 ?