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
Agfa PD 16 or Agfa Ansco Plenax, Folding Camera, 1935, PhotoMuse Collection, 2015, Donation of Mr. Herbert Ascherman Jr.
Agfa PD 16 or Agfa Ansco Plenax was a series of folding cameras for type PD 16 roll film and manufactured by the Agfa company from 1935). Many models are distinguished only by the lens designations Antar (f/14) or Tripar (f/11). Others are designated “Plenax” (regardless of lens type), and this camera includes a few higher-specification models with Hypar f/6.3 Anastigmat lenses…Details
Nikonos IV-A, 1980, Underwater Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2015, Donation of Mr. Herbert Ascherman Jr.
Nikonos IV-A, an electronically controlled 35 mm focal-plane shutter type underwater camera, was introduced in 1980. Owing to its robust construction, it needs no additional housing for depths to 160 feet (50m). It can take interchangeable lenses. The most popular lens is the 35mm f/2.5 which may be used on land, sea, or air making…Details
Minolta Weathermatic- A, Underwater Camera, 1980, PhotoMuse Collection, 2018, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.
The bright yellow Weathermatic-A was first made in the 1980s as a watertight camera with a built-in electric flash that could be used in water in depths of up to 15 feet or 5 meters. It has very large black control knobs on the top of the camera, perfect for use in the time of…Details
Mini Spy Camera, 1950, PhotoMuse Collection, 2018, Donation 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…Details
Graflex Stereo Graphic, 1955-1960, PhotoMuse Collection, 2014, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal.
The Stereo Graphic is a 35mm stereo camera that was made by Graflex from 1955-1960. It makes pairs of 24 x 23 mm pictures at each exposure. Viewing these images in a 3-D slide viewer creates a realistic 3D image. The camera has a fixed focus. The lenses are a pair of Graflex Graflar 35mm…Details
The Agfa Clack is a box camera produced by Agfa from 1954 to 1965.It is a simple, boxlike camera, with a single-element 95mm meniscus lens with built-in close-up lens and yellow filter. It takes 6×9 cm pictures on 120 film.
Zeiss Ikon Super IKonda, 1933-1939, Folding Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2014, Donation of Dr. Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.
The Super Ikonta 530/2 is a folding camera in the Ikonta line, produced by the German company Zeiss Ikon. It takes 8 images size 6 x 9 cm on 120 type roll film. With an inlay mask it is possible to take 16 images size 4.5 x 6 cm on the same roll film. It…Details
Spartus Full-Vue, 1948-1960, pseudo-TLR Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2015, Donation of Mr. Herbert Ascherman Jr.
The simple Spartus Full-Vue plastic pseudo-TLR was made from 1948 to 1960 by American manufacturer Spartus, later Herold Products. This model exposes 2¼” square images on 120 film. It includes a 100mm f/16 meniscus taking lens, and a shutter with 1/60th sec and “T” settings. The lens of its viewfinder is larger in diameter than…Details
Praktica FX, 1952, SLR Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2014, Donation of Dr.Unni Krishnan Pulikkal, Source – Herbert Ascherman Collection.
The Praktica FX is a relatively early member of the Praktica family, a 35mm SLR introduced by KW in 1952. It accepts M42 lenses but does not have a mechanism for internally stopping down later lenses such as those made for Pentax SLRs. It is named for its dual flash sync: F (for high-speed bulbs)…Details
Leica R4s, 1983, SLR Camera, PhotoMuse Collection, 2018, Donation of Mr. Janardhanadas Kunhimangalam.
Leica R4s is a 35mm SLR film camera made in Portugal. Presented in 1983, it was based on improved electronic features like TTL flash metering and exposure modes. The R4s (S stood for Simplified) was the simplified version of the R4. The dual metering system of this camera provides spot measurements and keeps updated on the…Details