Film Camera – SLRs: Bell & Howell Auto 35 Reflex


And so began my love for all things Canon.  The B&H Auto 35 Reflex is a Canon EXEE produced from the late 60s through the early 70s and re-branded as the B&H for sale in the west. This one has Canon’s EX 50mm f1.8 standard lens.  Canon also made a 35, 100 and 135mm f3.5 lenses that are not easily exchanged.  The shutter’s fully mechanical B, 1/8 – 1/500 speeds are fired without the 1.3v mercury battery used for TTL CdS metering.  Shutter priority metering is achieved by match needle within the viewfinder.  Aperature settings are not on the lens but on the ring surrounding the film rewind lever.  X-sync is 1/60 by means of a PC socket.  On the front is the spring loaded self-timer shutter release and the QL stands for Canon’s quick load film system the Auto 35/EXEE employed.


Film Cameras: Minolta Autocord


Dad’s 2 1/4 roll film (6x6cm) twin lens reflex, the Minolta Autocord 75mm f3.5.  Below is a poorly exposed chrome of dad with it around his neck.  He kept a sunshield and yellow filter in the accessory kit on the strap.  I still have them but the leather strap did not survive.  This photo was probably shot with the Argus sometime in the late 50s.


This is another chrome shot with the Argus c.1958 at the camera shop in St. Thomas  in which dad purchased the Minolta.  A fellow photography enthusiast and shipmate poses in front of Jack’s Cameras.  The cameras and cigars were duty free.



Film Cameras: Voigtlander Vitomatic II


This Voigtlander Vitomatic II was purchased by my grandfather while in Germany in the early 60s.  Voigtlander was a division of Zeiss and this rangefinder camera sports a 50mm f2.8 Skopar lens with leaf shutter and a selenium cell light meter.

Argus Kodachrome


This is a recent scan of a Kodachrome shot some 65 years ago by my father of his father and uncle with the Argus C3 from my last post.  Back then Kodachrome only came in one speed, 10 ASA.  Good light was a must.  I’ve always loved the colors in this photograph with the swing’s blue and the cane’s beiges repeated in Uncle Max’s shirt.  Almost to a slide, Dad’s Kodaks have held up very well.  I think this one is remarkable for it’s age and a testiment to a well composed and exposed 35mm positive film using technology from a more simple time.

Film Cameras: My First – The Argus C3


Top: The Brick                                                Bottom: with the original never-ready case


Sometime early in my second decade(early 70’s), I asked Dad for a camera.  He questioned me, “do you just want to snap pictures or do you want to learn to take photographs?” I told him I wanted to take photos like I saw in National Geographic and Life Magazine.  He replied, “well, let’s just see what you can do with this?” Along with a brief explanation of film sensitivity and controlling exposure with aperture and shutter speed, he gave me a hand-held light meter and this Argus C3, 50mm, f3.5, 35mm film camera.  The light meter has been lost but the camera survives and works as well as it did when Dad bought it in a pawn shop on Government Street in Mobile, Alabama in the early 50’s.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique Candle, Really?


It is not too often that you see something as ancient as the candle be reinvented, but this Christmas present caught my attention.  The candle comes with 2 wicks.  A spiral wick in the walls that burns, filling the candle with wax and a wood wick for long term burning.  You can watch a cool youtube video here