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.
  2. The Fujica 50mm f/1.2 lens caught my eye in this month's Behind the Scenes column.
  3. Did you know there are 8 ways to brace your camera?
  4. Here is a test of the Leica meter.
  5. Here is a product, Refractasil, that will revolutionize darkroom work.
  6. Here are this month's camera ads.
  7. Here are this month's dealer ads.
  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!
  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...
  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)
  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.
  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.
  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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