Meet My Babies: Part V

As I continue presenting my babies (check Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV to see the first 20), I am realizing that I really needed to catalog them and there are so many that I need to use again. Anyway, here’s the next set of 4:

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The Alsaphot: This baby is the newest edition to my collection, so I still don’t know that much about it. It was given to me by my sweetheart’s grandfather, who is also a photographer (and total Leica nut). I believe the shutter still works, but it definitely needs a cleaning. Takes 35mm film.

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The Polaroid EE44: Another Polaroid for whom there is no film :-( This camera was given to me by my sweetheart’s mother (a lot of people give me cameras) when she was cleaning out her basement. It totally still works, takes AA batteries for the flash and everything.

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The Moskva 5: Meet my next Russian baby, and one of the cameras that is closest to my heart. I’ve had it since I was a teenager, but I can’t seem to remember where I bought it. It was made in the 1950’s and shoots 6x6 or 6x9 medium format. Not only does this camera still work, it takes incredible photos. I think it has to do with the fact that it’s so dense and heavy you could kill someone with it.

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The Voigtlander Compur: This is one of the newest additions to my collection; it was given to me by my sweetheart’s grandfather on our last trip to Brittany. This camera is officially my oldest, made in the 1913. Almost 20 film backs, 4 developing tanks, film holders, and clips came with the camera so I will definitely be able to use it. Although the film format has been out of production for years, said amazing grandfather made me a glass guide to cut down 4x5 film. There were some sheets of film inside, but they were ruined when I opened the backs and discovered them… sigh…