Our collection of vintage and antique cameras is growing. We tend to collect the everyday cameras that the average person would own and use … the ones that created those cool looking pre-70s shots. We do occasionally shoot with these cameras, but due to film availability and expense, that is limited. Click here for a guide to film formats in vintage cameras.

Sorted by Release Year

Argus C3

The C3 is a minor upgrade to the Argus C2 (flash port, etc). The C3 quickly acquired the nickname of “the brick”. It is bakelite surrounded by metal framing. The lens is fixed, and it takes 35mm film. All manual, not batteries needed,

  • Uncoupled  rangefinder view finder
  • 50mm 1:3.5 Cintar lens
  • Three blad leaf shutter
  • 35mm film
  • Max Shutter is 1/300 second
  • Aperture is approx f/2.8 to f/22
  • Release Year: 1939
  • Added to collection: 2015
  • Click here for more info – camera wikiphoto jottingsmanual pdf

Kodak Baby Brownie Special Bakelite

The Kodak Baby Brownie Special was issued during the main part of the Art Deco period … and it shows in look and design. The unit takes 127 film, which was one of the standard at the time. Occasionally the Film Photography Project has film for these cameras.

  • Fixed view finder
  • Fixed 60mm lens
  • Fixed aperture of f/16
  • Ranges of 5th to inifinity
  • Rotary shutter
  • Release Year: 1939
  • Added to collection:2017
  • Click here for more info – art deco camerascamerapediamanual pdf

Univex Mercury II (CX)

The Mercury II camera came out at the end of WW2. It was basically a reproduction of the original camera as normal camera manufacturing was suspended for most of the war. It was modified for the newer 35mm films as opposed to sticking with the companies proprietary film for the original version.

  • View finder accessories were available
  • Uses 35mm film to accommodate new standards
  • Multiple lenses were available
  • Rotary focal plane shutter
  • Shutter range  is 1/20 to 1/1000 sec
  • 35mm Universal Tricor f/2.7 lens
  • Made of aluminum/magnesium alloy
  • Release Year: 1945
  • Added to collection:2018
  • Click here for more info – camera wikimike eckmanmanual pdf

Metropolitan Clix-O-Flex

The Metropolitan Clix-O-Flex was actually produced after the art deco period, even with it’s looks maybe indicating otherwise. The camera is a bakelite build with a waist shooting design. Two variations of the unit exist.

Spartus Full-Vue

The Spartus Full-Vue was a camera manufactured by The Spartus Camera Company from Chicago. It was created and manufactured in the 1940s. The camera was fixed focus TLR based and designed for waist high shooting.

  • TLR View Finder
  • Used standard 120 film
  • 12 6×6 shots on a standard roll
  • Fixed focus lens
  • Shutter is 1/60 second
  • Aperture is approx f/11 to f/16
  • Release Year: 1948
  • Added to collection: 2018
  • Click here for more info – aperture previewart deco camerascamera wikimanual pdf

Argus C4

The C4 is a fixed lens range-finder style camera and an upgrade to the C3 (otherwise known as “the brick”). A very durable but with a limitation of a max shutter speed of 1/200.

  • Superimposed Coupled Rangefinder view finder
  • 50mm f/2.8 Cintar lens
  • 35mm film
  • Max Shutter is 1/200 second
  • Aperture is approx f/2.8 to f/22
  • Release Year: 1951
  • Added to collection: 2015
  • Click here for more info – camera wikimatt’s classic camerasmanual pdf

Ansco Shur-Flash

A camera that very much is a statement of the time. Basic and easy to use with still available 120 fillm. I have shot this camera and it produces and interesting quality of image – a cross between the plastic toy lenses and a fixed glass lens.

  • Made of cardboard wood etc
  • Uses 120 film
  • Fixed focus
  • Basic leaf shutter
  • Fixed shutter spead of 1/40 sec
  • Release Year: 1953
  • Added to collection: 2016
  • Click here for more info – art deco cameras – pdf manual

Minox B (or BL) Spy Camera

Designed and built by Minox in Germany, the camera affectionately known as the “Bond spy camera” as it was seen in many movies of that era snapping classified documents. The unit is a high quality sub-miniature camera that fits easily in your hand and, honestly puts the size of even utra-compact digital cameras to shame. It has a very high quality lens and could take up to 50 shots. And believe it or not, you can still find places that sell the film – click here.

  • Sub-miniature camera
  • Takes up to 50 shots for espionage
  • Shutter range was 1/2 to 1/1000 sec
  • Fame size of 8×11 mm
  • B/W film has the highest amount of detail
  • Film speed and focusing dials
  • Flash attachment was available
  • Release Year: 1958
  • Added to collection: 2006
  • Click here for more info – crypto museumcasualphotophilemanual pdffilm

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