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By the 1960s, the 35mm camera has pretty much taken over the world, even budget cameras are using it by now, though a few cheap designs cling to 127 and 120 format. The 120 format is generally used by professional photographers as it gives finer grain on large images. Selenium cell light meters, lever wind and Single Lens Reflex are commonplace. It's mainly black with chrome lids still - even the cheapies imitate it. Injection moulded thermoplastic assmemblies ease the manufacturing process, as little finishing is required, helping to drive down the cost of cameras. Some cheap cameras are virtually moulded in one piece, but even high quality cameras don't shun a material that proves to be robust and lighter than metal.

Select a vintage camera image, below, to view details, most cameras have 360° views. Pictures are not to scale.



Beirette

Werra 1


Yeuk! (Coronet)


Contessa

 
Rolleiflex

 
Paulette


Bantam Colorsnap


Kodak 44


126


Retina III


Retinette 1B


Nova IV


Nova B


Practisix


Sputnik


Vitoret


Yashica 44


Minolta 16 EE

 
Demi

 
Repo

 
Halina A1

 
Spotmatic SP

 
FT-2

 
Varex


Praktica Super TL


Seagull 4


Mamiya CPH


Rollei 35B

 

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