Bolsey B, 1947, Rangefinder Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2018, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman collection.

The Bolsey B is a 35mm rangefinder camera with a cast aluminium body, introduced by Bolsey in 1947. The lens is a fixed Wollensak Anastigmat 44/3.2 with helical focusing, and the Wollensak leaf shutter gives T, B, 10-200 speeds. The rangefinder is of the split-image type, coupled to the lens but separate from the viewfinder.

Agfa Silette Rapid L, 1964, Viewfinder Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2017, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal.

Silette Rapid L is a 35mm film viewfinder camera made by Agfa and introduced in 1964. It belongs to the long-lasting Silette series. Silette is a name used by the German maker Agfa from 1953 to 1974 to designate successive generations of 35mm fixed-lens viewfinder cameras. The camera uses Rapid 35mm film cartridges. It has a…

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…

Polaroid Supercolor 635 CL, c.1990, Box Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2014, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.

The Polaroid Supercolor 635 CL camera is a box-style plastic bodied camera produced throughout the 80s and early 90s. It works with original Polaroid 600-type film. It is an instant camera. The instant camera is a type of camera which uses self-developing film to create a chemically developed print shortly after taking the picture. It…

Kodak digital science DC40,1995, Digital Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2016, Donation of Mr. Vinu Mathew.

The Kodak DC40 was among the first consumer digital cameras released in 1995. It was also marketed by Logitech as the Fotoman Pixtura. Its features include 756×504 resolutions (<0.4 megapixels) CCD sensor, fixed focus and a non-zooming lens (its coverage equaled a 42mm lens on 35mm film). The built-in flash is capable of distances of…

Kodak Brownie Special six-16, 1938-1942, Box Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2018, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.

The Brownie Special Six-16 is a wedge-shaped metal box camera manufactured by Kodak in the United States between 1938 and 1942. It features a built-in close-up lens for subjects 6 to15 feet and beyond 15 feet distance, but no flash capability. It also has a multiple exposure guard and tripod socket. The shutter release located…