"Chrome age Cameras"

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by tony_lockerbie, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. The cameras that abounded in the 50's, 60's and seventies have often been called the Chome Age Cameras because of the generous use of brass and chrome, stainless steel too.
    I have a few that really typify these, but the one I'm always drawn to is Topcon Super D, just a lovely hunk of shiny goodness.
    I'm posting a picture of it here and want you all to show me yours.
  2. I must admit that the Contarex Bullyseye was a very close second.
  3. Ah yes, the Topcon Super D... Nice example, Tony. Here are a couple of much lesser pedigree, just the two glossiest to catch my eye. The one on the left is the rather nice Iloca Rapid IIL, beside the illustrious Haking's Halina 35X, a camera that now has quite a cult following, in certain photographic circles...
  4. I've always like this one.
  5. Ahh Rick, two unusual but very shiny ones, and Steve, the FT series sure fit the bill.
  6. Another, very chrome age, and very heavy!
  7. Try again- sorry
  8. Good one Remy, as I mentioned, this is a close second...lots of chrome, lots of heft!
  9. My first camera was a Voigtländer Vitrona, bought my my uncle in 1964, the year I was born. BTW I was born in Braunschweig (Brunswick). He gave it to me sometime in the seventies, when he got himself a Pentax. The Vitrona wa the first camera with a built in electronic flash. Mine doesn't live anymore. I threw it away in the 80ies. Voigtländer rangefinders are not rare in Germany, but the Vitrona is hard to find and expensive. Some time ago I bought a Vitomatic IIa, certainly the better camera. The Color-Skopar is excellent.
  10. I have quite a few chrome cameras these days, but this one is the only one I have a picture of on my laptop here at work.
  11. Agfa Optima IIS Nice lens and rangefinder
  12. Lets not forget the Argus C4. A great little camera.
  13. Now for a photo of the Argus C4.
  14. And then there was the Anscomark M which had to be styled after a 1960 Ford Edsel. It did
    have interchangeable lens though and is a really nice camera.
  15. Chrome Gladiators and Competitors from late 1950's.
  16. Aah a feast of chrome, great to see, and a couple of rare ones. Love the Tessina and that Anscomark I didn't know existed.
  17. My original FTb, plus 28, 35 50 and 100 "Chrome Noses".
  18. A couple of years ago on my birthday I awoke to find that my wife Abby, who is also a photographer, had bought a dozen old cameras at local junk shops and scattered them around the house like Easter eggs for me to discover. Lots of them are the from the "chrome" genre.
  19. Although camera makers charged extra for the black finish and implied that pros preferred it over chrome, I found the chrome versions of most cameras more to my liking.
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    Braun Super Paxette
    Leica M3 DS
    Yashica Electro-35 GSN
    Oooh shiney :)
  21. Great to see all of these, I knew that chrome would stir you all up! Richard, what a great take on an Easter Egg hunt, must suggest that to my wife.
    Love the Konicas too, big and heavy, and Rick..that M3 and case is just gorgeous!
    The set of Canon chrome nose lenses is a nice touch too.
  22. Thanks Tony, I've got a few more, but we'd be venturing into the 1930s and 40s Chrome Era ;)
  23. Here's another contribution fitting the description!
  24. Great looking Contessa Chuck, they are a really fine picture taker.
  25. I don't see any Miranda's so here is one of mine.
    Great subject matter for this post and pictures from everyone.
  26. Thanks for the Miranda Marc, I have one on the way from the US. What lens do you have on there?
  27. Can't believe no Exaktas, so here is one.
  28. Tony,
    It is a Soligor 28mm f/2.8. It cost me $1 plus shipping. I was the only bidder.
    I don't know why I kept the lens cap on.
  29. Amazing Marc, that is a fine lens. My new (old) Miranda will be here next week, I do have a few lenses but the current camera has issues with the mirror return.
  30. Here's one you don't see everyday. It's an Ansco Titan. I need to get around to fixing the bellows on this one.
  31. Did you say chrome? I think this is a real pretty camera. The shutter is sticking and I don't like rangefinders enough to get a CLA.
    I did manage to get a few worse than banal photos out of it one hot day when the lube on the shutter leaves was less viscous.
    See Louis Meluso's great post with more photos and details on this camera. http://www.photo.net/classic-cameras-forum/00TLFY
  32. I forgot to say that Louis caused me to buy it after his May 2009 post.
    I really should get Clarence Gass to do a CLA before he retires.
  33. Yes Tim,that was a great post from Louis, and the Aires is a top class RF, well worth getting fixed because I think this early Japanese RF is only just getting the recognition it deserves. The later Aires SLR's sullied their reputation, but these remain class act.
  34. Better keep this thread going with a Voigtlander.
  35. Quite some chrome and satin here, too... Zeiss Super Ikonta BX (533/16) and Agfa Automatic 66.
  36. Rick, wonderful still life photography.
  37. Nice pair of folders Bonsignore, love that Super Ikonta.
  38. Thank you Tony - I like my Super Ikontas, too (I also have a III- 531/16 and a A - 531) but the BX is my favourite.
  39. Glad to see Gene posted a Kodak Retina Reflex IV! I can't help but post up a III.
  40. They weren't chrome they were all black, but i nominate the Canon EF, and the F1.
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  42. Jason, cool brochure and the chrome on the later RR's was the shiniest of all the chrome age cameras. Q.G, there is nothing that beats those older satin chrome Zeiss lenses for the Hasselblad...these were indeed Zeiss's finest moment.
    I can see a 150, 250, 50 and an 80 on the camera...what others do you have there?
  43. Tony,<br>80 mm Planar on the 1958 camera, then from left to right, 150 mm Sonnar, the 250 mm Sonnar behind the 120 mm Special-Planar, and two Distagons bringing up the rear, with the 50 mm hiding behind the 60 mm.
  44. How about a couple Yashicas? In front is a TL-E with the 75-230mm f/4.5 Auto-Yashinon zoom (so big and heavy you could use it as a weapon if you weren't taking pictures with it). Second is my trusty TL-Electro with the 50mm f/1.9 Yashinon.
  45. Hey, I wanna play too. Darn new job keeping me so busy these days
  46. Or was it the "Nickel Age"? :)
    I think most of the metal on my late 50s and early 60s cameras is nickel-plated brass, usually with the filter ring, speed-selecting ring, shutter-release, and a few other small parts chrome-plated. The cameras with lots of chrome were usually the cheaper ones, weren't they, like the Hong Kong Halina and the Bolsey?
    I suppose that when shiny silver cameras became much too common and mundane, there were the Nikons, and the Hi-Matics, Canonets and the Yashica Electro rangefinders painted black, for guys who wanted to look like a real, stealthy professional.
  47. Allen, Yashicas are always welcome here! Louis, you are like Rick, really pristine Contax, lovely "product" shot as well.
    John, I'm fairly sure that Nickel went out in the thirties when chrome became readily available. My model one Retina uses nickel, it's easy to pick because of it's somewhat golden appearance and usually more shiny than the matte chrome on newer cameras. Quality cameras were chrome over brass or die cast alloy, the bargain basement variety were chrome over stamped metal.
  48. Thanks Martin, the last series Contaflexes had the shiniest chrome of all!
  49. Thank you Tony, my shot doesn't reveal it, but the older TL-E is actually a bit shinier than the TL-Electro! Maybe not as much mileage on it. And that is a lovely Bessamatic; I have only one Voigtlander product, the CV 15/4.5 Super-Wide Heliar... in chrome of course!
  50. Ok, I thought that the less-smooth, less-reflective metal coating was something other than chrome.
    What I would like to know is what type of metal was used for the top and bottom covers of the typical late 50s/early 60s cameras, and what type of metal coating was used on the outside surfaces.
  51. John, many were made of brass, but a few were built from a die cast aluminum alloy. A lot of the cheaper folders were built from thin stamped steel. Most that weren't painted were covered in Chrome as it held it's luster and was reasonably cheap.
    Chrome was available before WW11, but was hard to access during and shortly after the war. Some more upmarket cameras from the seventies were covered with Titanium, like the Nikon F3T and OM4Ti.
    I recently bought a 50mm 3.5 Heliar in Leica thread mount, the one made by Cosina, and they built this limited edition model with a Nickel plating...so what goes around, comes around!

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