In the Studio – Kodak Retina Reflex IV

I had a chance to get some new images in the studio of my latest acquisition – this beautiful Kodak 35mm SLR from 1965. I purchased it from a retired Kodak executive who obviously took very good care of it. It’s completely working, even the selenium cell exposure meter! The lens optics are crystal clear and the shutter fires like new.

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Taken with my Fujifilm X-A10 with Canon FD 24mm f2.8 wide angle lens.


Taken with my Fujifilm FinePix S9900W.

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Unnatural Pink?

It looks almost out of place in the garden but this crepe myrtle brightens our day with its bouquets of “Barbie Pink” blossoms.




Camera: Fujifilm X-A10 with Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f3.5 Macro Zoom

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Kodak Retina Reflex IV – 1965

The Kodak Retina Reflex IV was the last in a long-lived series of 35mm film cameras from Kodak. These were manufactured in Germany.

This nearly pristine example is in fully working condition and it will be available for purchase in our store soon. I’ve just have a few more tests to run and it’ll be set to go.

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A beautifully clunky work of art and design.

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Yashica’s Ultra Rare “Yasinon” Lenses

Are these previously unknown lenses made by Zunow Optical?

My good friend Paul Sokk ( spotted a rather unique lens name in a Yashica catalog that I sent him. The catalog is from 1958.

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Look closely at the two boxes in the lower center part of the scan. Plainly marked is the name “Yasinon” and Yashica. Just to the right are two boxes made in the same style that displays the lens maker “Zunow”.

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From the same year Yashica catalog here’s a grouping of three 8mm movie camera lenses – two marked made by Zunow and one marked with the name “Yasinon”.

What’s the most interesting about this discovery is that the name Yasinon was unknown to us prior to seeing these catalogs.

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Yashica’s first 35mm camera – the Yashica 35. If you look closely at the camera lenses you’ll see that they’re marked with the Yasinon name.

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Yashica incorrectly labels the lenses as Yashinon in the banners even though the lenses in the pictures say Yasinon.

Shortly after the marketing people put these catalogs together someone made the decision to change from Yasinon to Yashinon. It appears that some of these lenses have made it into the marketplace as Paul has shared some findings of such from Japanese auction sites. Of course, Yashica stayed with the Yashinon name from this point onward. Does this make the lenses marked Yasinon rare? In my view it does. Does it mean these lenses were made for Yashica by Zunow? Yes, in my mind it does. Do I have solid proof? No, but the circumstantial evidence points strongly towards Zunow as being the manufacturer.

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Further proof as to how close Yashica’s relationship with Zunow was.

The box above in my mind is super unique – it places Zunow’s logo with Yashica’s logo on the same box – not something that was seen during the late 1950s in Japan.

Comments? Do you have a rare Zunow hiding in your closet? If you do let me know – I am actively looking to add some to my collection.



Magicubes! You’ve got Magicubes, Lt. Dan!

Sylvania Magicubes (4) Unopened Boxes – Flashcubes Galore!

From our crazy collection of everything photographic, here's four unopened packages of Magicubes. Makes a great display with your vintage camera collection or heck yeah, burn through them on your vintage Kodak. These are pretty light so I can mail them most anywhere for only a little coin. Ask for a quote.



Straight out of the 1970s!

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Yashica Super 60E Movie Camera

Yashica Super 60E Super 8 Movie Camera

Yashica super 8 movie camera – fully working. Power zoom Yashinon-DX 48mm f1.8 lens is one of Yashica’s best lenses for a movie camera. This offering includes the original instruction booklet, Yashica branded lens cap and Yashica guide ‘How to take better pictures with your Yashica’ c1969. The camera is clean and in excellent condition. It features TTL exposure, 6-1 electric zoom, uses super 8 film – it originally sold for $225.00


Time to move this very nice Yashica movie camera to another collector. It’s been a while since I shot film with it but its been very well taken care of and short of testing it with film it’s fully operational. It has a fast Yashinon-DX f1.8 lens that looks almost spotless – certainly no issues that I can see with the camera.

I’ll mail it worldwide – contact me for a shipping quote.




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Filmo – Bell & Howell’s Little Gem

Bell & Howell Filmo Double Run Eight Cine Camera (Model 134-B) made in 1936 – 1937. These cameras from B&H (Chicago) were everywhere and they even went to war during World War II and were still on the battlefields during Vietnam as combat cameras.

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It’s a funky cool piece of heavy metal!

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It’s a rather small movie camera but it tips the scales at nearly 700 grams! This one still works – wind it up and off you go – just like Disney used to use.


The 12.5mm lens is interchangeable with at least two telephoto lenses!


Check out how small the lens is!

The removable lens is a Mytal Anastigmat 12 1/2mm f2.5 – f16 lens made by Taylor-Hobson in England.

The viewfinder is a direct vision optical finder with two hinged masks for telephoto lens framing. The camera features a variable speed clockwork motor running at 16, 32, 48, and 64 fps.

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Murder at Battery Place – or, is that a science experiment in my camera?

Battery failure leads to a slow but sure death – insidious fumes attacking sensitive circuits destroying everything in its path! Proud cameras reduced to rubble – Nikon, Canon, Yashica – no brand is immune!


Hydrogen gas is released as the battery ages and discharges. The acid will eat through anything in its path. In my experience, once a battery compartment reaches this state, the circuits are fried. I’ve only been able to bring one camera back to life that was this far gone. Viniger, alcohol, toothpaste and a brush or any number of other tricks seldom work.










Strangely beautiful – all of the colors of the rainbow inside your gear. It doesn’t need to be decades of neglect, sometimes a battery goes ballistic in as little as a year. Most of these batteries were found inside cameras from the 1970s, 1980s, and a few in the 1990s.

Sometimes the corrosion will eat into surrounding metal parts to attack areas outside of the battery box. I’ve seen cardboard boxes with holes.

These are cameras that I acquired during my recent travels to appraise camera collections. In extreme cases, the battery compartments won’t even open to show the offending battery within. I’ve had to throw away Yashica movie cameras, an Argus movie camera, a Yashica Partner, a Polaroid 360, and countless slide viewers.

So, go to your favorite closet and dig out your gear right now! Remove any and all batteries – even button cell batteries. Cheap batteries or wildly expensive batteries – name brands or store-branded ones – they all do it. SAVE YOUR GEAR!

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