60 Years Ago - October 1954

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by marc_bergman|1, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. Welcome to October 1954. Let us start with a test on the Argus C-4 camera.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38552878@N02/15606312491/in/set-72157648513648897/lightbox/
     
  2. The Fujica 50mm f/1.2 lens caught my eye in this month's Behind the Scenes column.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38552878@N02/14988830523/in/set-72157646602958693/lightbox/
     
  3. Did you know there are 8 ways to brace your camera?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38552878@N02/15422339889/in/set-72157648523160178/lightbox/
     
  4. Here is a test of the Leica meter.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38552878@N02/15422864238/in/set-72157648935353875/lightbox/
     
  5. Here is a product, Refractasil, that will revolutionize darkroom work.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38552878@N02/15585296576/in/set-72157646602984963/lightbox/
     
  6. Here are this month's camera ads.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38552878@N02/15423387100/in/set-72157648935411555/lightbox/
     
  7. Here are this month's dealer ads.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38552878@N02/15609811512/in/set-72157648868931066/lightbox/
     
  8. That is it for October 1954. All comments and suggestions are welcome.
     
  9. I'll take the new 1954 Rolleiflex Xenotar f/2.8C for $309.50 please.
     
  10. There's my Retina IIa for $127!
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  11. Gee, that $468 Leica M3 with an f/1.5 Summarit looks nice. I'll take two. They're $2,900 on the bay right now...
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LEICA-M3-Leitz-Summarit-5cm-1-1-5-9-10-/281139173621?pt=Film_Cameras&hash=item41753358f5
     
  12. Refractasil instead of Botox? :eek:) Interesting post, as always.
    Brad, according to the BLS calculator here ( http://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm )
    $ 327.73 in 1954 = $ 2900 in 2014, so they've lost value being used and all (LOL)
    Jim
     
  13. Great stuff. Did the two Fuji lenses for Leica (50mm f/1.2 and 35mm f/2) ever get into production? I can't recall ever seeing a reference to them before.
     
  14. As always, a great look back. The next month's issue, btw, should have the announcement of Tri-x. Interesting about the prices. Thanks for posting.
     
  15. Rick,
    Here is an ad for the lenses from March 1956. I haven't found a retailer that advertised them.
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  16. Here is a product listing from the 1956 PTN Master Buying Guide. They list the lenses under both 35mm Still Cameras Lenses and 16mm Movie Lenses.
    I haven't seen anything definitive as to what mounts they came in.
    00cuXY-552046184.jpg
     
  17. Thanks, Marc, they weren't cheap lenses... I wonder how many are lurking out there...
     
  18. ...and I will have the Alpa for $260.0, thanks again Marc.
     

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