Chaika (Чайка) II, 1967-1972, Viewfinder Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2019, Donation of Dr. Varghese Mani.

Chaika II is a half-frame 35mm film viewfinder camera made by MMZ (Minsk Mechanical Factory) which was founded in 1957. MMZ started making optical glass and producing cameras that were developed by GOMZ (State Optical-Mechanical Factory). In 1971 it became BelOMO (Belorussian Optical and Mechanical Association). It was based in Minsk, the capital of the…

Yashica FX-D Quartz, 1979, SLR Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2016, Donation of Mr. Vinu Mathew.

The FX-D was a 35 mm film single-lens reflex camera introduced to the market in 1979 by the Japanese camera manufacturer Yashica. Yashica and Contax were known basically as “sister companies” and their products usually had striking similarities. This camera was called the last Yashica because, in 1983, Kyocera acquired the Yashica/Contax brands and the…