Mercury II (model CX), 1945, Viewfinder Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2018, Gift of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.

The Univex Mercury is a half-frame viewfinder camera with rotary disc shutter cassettes. The Mercury II is a post-War reincarnation of the Mercury I, produced by Universal Camera Corp U.S.A from 1945. The Mercury II cameras accept standard 35mm cassettes. Type: viewfinder camera. Lens: Tricor f/3.5 35mm (non coated). Shutter: Rotary metal focal-plane shutter with…

Argus C3 Standard, 1958, Rangefinder Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2015, Donation of Mr. Herbert Ascherman Jr.

The Argus C3 was a low-priced rangefinder camera mass-produced from 1939 to 1966. The Standard C3 came out in 1958 with an improved lens and more comfortable controls.
Film type: 135 (35 mm). Picture size: 24 x 36 mm. Lens: Argus Coated Cintar –50 mm 1:3.5 (3 elements). Shutter speeds: B, 1/10-1/300. Viewfinder coupled rangefinder.

Mini Spy Camera, 1950, PhotoMuse Collection, 2018, Gift of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.

This Miniature Spy Camera was a unique import from Hong Kong during the 1950s and 1960s. It can “hide in the palm of the hand”; sometimes called a vest pocket camera. This particular model was made in Hong Kong. It has an actual glass lens, viewfinder, shutter, advance film wind-up knob, and comes with a small…

Киев (Kiev) 60 TTL, 1984-1999, SLR Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2015, Gift of Mr. Balan Madhavan.

Kiev 60 is a medium format SLR film system camera manufactured by Kiev, Ukraine, in the former USSR. It was produced between 1984-1999. Kiev, the English Romanization of Киев, is the capital of Ukraine. The cost of the Kiev 60 and its Pentacon Six lens compatibility make it a value-oriented camera for amateur photographers interested…

Minox Wetzlar Model III Spy Camera, c. 1960, PhotoMuse Collection, 2014, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.

The Minox subminiature camera, in its various models, was for years the world’s most widely used spy camera. The ultra-light aluminum shell Minox A/III was produced from 1954 until 1962. Because of its small size (82 x 28 x 16 mm), it was easy to conceal and operate in one hand. It could take excellent…