Chinon CE-5, c.1990, SLR Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2018, Donation of Mr. Jai Raj Eluvathingal.

The Chinon CE-5 was a 35mm SLR camera produced by Chinon, which was one of the first cameras to have autofocus-capable lenses produced for it. The camera had a Pentax K mount (addressed to in the specifications as the Chinon’s “universal mount”) with which its lenses were mounted. The camera had two modes: aperture-priority and full…

Exa Ia, 1964 – 1977, SLR Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2017, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal.

Exa. Ia is a 35mm film SLR camera made by Ihagee and produced between 1964-77. Exa Ia is a mechanical SLR camera body with a collapsible top-view finder. It is much simpler than professional Exakta cameras. With its lower price Exa cameras are addressed to the amateur photographers. Ihagee did not produce its own lenses. Lens:…

Exakta Varex IIb , 1963-1967, SLR Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2015, Donation of Mr. Balan Madhavan.

Exakta Varex IIb (Version 6 Exakta VX IIb in USA) is a 35mm film SLR camera manufactured by Ihagee East Germany and produced between 1963-1967. Exakta was an expensive camera used by professionals and serious amateurs. Beginning with the Exakta Varex, the lenses, eye-level pentaprism, and waist-level viewfinders are interchangeable within all versions. Ihagee never made…

Kodak Brownie Starlet, 1957-1962, Viewfinder camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2018, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.

The Brownie Starlet is a simple plastic fixed focus camera made by Kodak in 1957. It was one of the very successful “Star” series of Brownies. This is the US version “Brownie” camera. Type: Viewfinder. Manufacturer: Kodak, USA & France. Film: 127, 4 x 4cm images. Lens: Dakon two apertures. In production: 1957- 1962.