|Graflex Pacemaker Crown Graphic, manufactured from 1947-1974|
I have several of these, all inherited from my late father who was a photographer and took it up seriously in the 1950's. The 1948 vintage Crown Graphic press camera seen in at the top of this post is one of them, though I had to do a bit of restoration to it in order to get it to look the part of a 1950's camera. My father had used it well into the 1970's and had
|The solenoid had been removed from the lens board and mounting holes filled in.|
|This 50's vintage flash gun was easy to find, but earlier stainless steel ones are getting mighty scarce.|
|Solenoid mounted on lens board of restored camera|
I don't want to offend Star Wars fans here, but lay the hell off these things. Camera collectors and photo buffs and retro photographers need these things a hell of a lot more than you do and make better use of them.
|The fully restored Graflex is now one of my regular photo props.|
|Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex|
|1951 vintage Rolleiflex twin lens reflex.|
|Model posing with the Rolleiflex. Unfortunately, the strap is a modern nylon one and I need to get an old leather one.|
The final camera that I'm going to mention in this post is my father's old 8mm Elmo movie camera, again from the 1950's and seen here in this very retro looking Instagram pic I took with my iPhone. The clock-wound 8mm was superseded by the cartridge fed and battery powered Super-Eight in the 1960's and these I suppose remained popular until video cameras became small enough to carry around on vacation and didn't require that you plonk down a year's salary for them.
|1950's vintage Elmo 8mm movie camera.|
I haven't yet used this one in a photo shoot and I lost the pistol grip for it years ago, but it's just one of the many things on my list of things to go looking for on e-Bay when I have the time and money.