Isoly is a series of medium format viewfinder film cameras made by Agfa and produced between 1960-71. These cameras use 120 film for 16 frames of 4 x 4cm, the reduction of 6 x 6 cm. Diapositive films can also be used. They also offered a different lens option. Later cameras have the name Isoly I. Introduced…Details
The Pentacon six is a single-lens reflex (SLR) medium format camera system made by East German manufacturer Pentacon from 1966 to 1992. It accepts lenses with the Pentacon Six mount, a breech-lock bayonet mount. When the TTL-metered prism was introduced in 1968, the letters ‘TL’ was added to the nameplate but no other changes were…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
Kodak Cameo Motor 110 is a camera for 110 film. It was introduced in 1993. It was one of the last camera models for that film size. A little fixed exposure camera featuring a cobra style flashgun that doubles as a cover for the lens when closed. Film advance is motorized and a relatively fast…Details
Kodak Box 620,1936 -1939, Box Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2014, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal.
Kodak Box 620 is a relatively standard metal box camera produced by Kodak AG between 1936 -1939. It has two points of note, a sliding lever giving three aperture stops and tripod sockets which are rather larger than the normal thread seen today. On German Kodak cameras, 620 are always written 620 and not six-20.…Details
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…Details
Polaroid ProCam is the variant of the Polaroid Spectra camera. Polaroid introduced the Spectra system of cameras in the early 1980s. It was an all-new line of cameras and had a corresponding new film. Spectra film image format is a rectangular 9.2 x 7.3cm rather than 600 film’s square format. Most of the models utilize an arc-shaped range…Details
Perfekta, 1953-1957, Box Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2014, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection
The Perfekta is a Bakelite 6 x 6 120 film fixed-focus box camera made by VEB Rheinmetall in former East Germany. The camera body was made in black Bakelite with cream-coloured controls. The original model of this Perfekta has a flip-up frame finder. The lens is an 80 mm f/7.7 achromat lens. There is an aperture control knob below the lens giving f/7.7, f/11 and…Details