A Surprise Gift...

October 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

There is something to be said about receiving a gift that was not expected...enter my new cameras! My brother-in-law Ken gifted me with a big box of old cameras and camera gear. I have enjoyed exploring the box and seeing all the treasures that seem as though they had been locked away in a time capsule. I can't wait to start shooting with these amazing cameras!

The Karat IV upgrades the Karat 36 with a more conventional superimposed rangefinder and revised top cover.

  • Film Format: 35mm
  • Shutter: Prontor-SVS
  • Lens: Agfa Solinar 2.8/50 (four elements); Agfa Solagon 2.0/50; Rodenstock Heligon 2.0/50; Schneider Xenon 2.0/50 (all six elements)
  • Aperture: 2.0 to 16
  • Viewfinder: optical viewfinder with superimposed rangefinder
  • Flash: X-, V- and M-synchronization
  • (Camerpedia)

The SX-70 is a folding single lens reflex Land Camera first produced by the Polaroid Corporation in 1972. It was the first instant SLR in history, and the first camera to use Polaroid's new integral print film, which developed automatically without the need for intervention from the photographer. The SX-70 has a folding body design, a 4-element 116mm f/8 glass lens, and an automatic exposure system. The camera allows manual focus as close as 10.4 inches (26.4cm), and has a shutter speed range from 1/175s to more than 10 seconds. See the SX-70 closed below. (Camerapedia)

The Praktina is a 35mm SLR film camera launched in 1952 by KW located in Dresden, East Germany, the cradle for modern camera industry and optics. KW was the first manufacturer to make the SLR camera a practical proposition for the advanced amateur by introducing the Praktiflex in 1939. The giant Zeiss Ikon certainly entertained the idea at that time, but it was never realised as originally envisaged. Some ten years had to pass before the KW Praktica and Contax S emerged from Dresden. Then the Praktina shortly followed. But this camera was far ahead of the competition, sporting a new breach lock lens mount, solving many of the problems related to the lens mount precision and wear. Several remarkable features, apart from those already mentioned, are associated with this camera. It was the first SLR camera prepared for a motor drive, at first a spring driven one for some twenty frames was offered, but later a battery powered electric motor drive was available. (Camerapedia)

The first model in the 100-400 series of folding rangefinder Polaroid cameras, the Polaroid Automatic Land Camera Model 100 has a set of standard features that are shared by all following models in this range: Folding Bellows, Automatic Exposure, 100-series Packfilm

The 100 also introduced most of the features that would become common across the higher-end models in this range, though it lacks the Zeiss-Ikon designed combination rangefinder/viewer assembly the later models would adopt. Instead it features separate windows for composition and focusing, a style that would become common across much of the mid-tier range of folding Packfilm cameras. The features it has in common with high-end models such as the 250 and 350 are: Tripod mount on all-metal body, Folding optical system, allowing all delicate parts of the camera to be collapsed into cover, 3 element glass lens (114mm f8.8).

The 100 was produced from 1963 until 1966 (when it was replaced by the 240), though the 250, retailing on release for $165, with the Zeiss-Ikon finder, would prove far more popular than the 240. (Camerapedia)


The pocket Kodak No. 1 series II is a folding A120 film camera made from 1922. It uses autographic rollfilm that was produced by Eastman Kodak between 1914 and 1934. The negative size is 6×9 cm or 2 1/4×3 1/4 inch. It has a Kodak anastigmat 108/7,7 lens. That's not a fast lens. The Diomatic No. 0 shutter has six settings, B, T 1/10 1/50 1/100 and 1/200s. That's not bad at all. It even has an exposure advice. Select aperture and lighting conditions dull, gray, clear or brilliant. At the shown aperture "figures indicate required exposure" as it states on the lever.

All Pocket Kodak cameras had the autographic feature.To benefit from this autographic feature, a stylus with an Art Deco look was included (just above the window).  On the back of the camera, you find the obvious red windows used for framecounting. (Camerapedia)

The field notes from the photographer was included in this box of treasure! AND and brand new box of Polaroid Type 106 film, expired 1982!



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