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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 top housings still - even the cheapies imitate it. Injection moulded thermoplastic assemblies 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. The manufacturing centres have rationalized, cheap cameras are still made in many countries, but Hong Kong made cameras make their appearance. Quality equipment is still made in Germany, some from East Germany, where many of the pre war camera makers had factories, which subsequently ended up in the Soviet occupied East germany. Japanese manufacturers now, notably produce increasingly high quality equipment.

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Asahi Spotmatic SLR Camera
Asahi Spotmatic SP
Beier Beirette Camera
Beier Beirette
Canon Demi Camera
Canon Demi
Coronet 4-4 II Camera
Coronet 4-4 II
FED 3 Rangefinder Camera
FED 3
Gomz Sputnik Stereo Camera
Gomz Sputnik
Halina 35X Camera
Halina 35X
Halina A1 TLR Camera
Halina A1
Halina Paulette Camera
Halina Paulette
Ihagee Varex IIa SLR Camera
Ihagee Varex IIa
Ihagee Varex IIb SLR Camera
Ihagee Varex IIb
KMZ FT-2 Panoramic Camera
KMZ FT-2
Kodak 126 Cameras
Kodak 126
Kodak Bantam Colorsnap Camera
Kodak Bantam Colorsnap
Kodak Retina Reflex III SLR Camera
Kodak Retina Reflex III
Kodak Retinette 1B Camera
Kodak Retinette 1B
Kodak 44 Camera
Kodak44
Mamiya CPH Prismat SLR Camera
Mamiya CPH
Minolta 16 EE Camera
Minolta 16 EE
Minolta Repo Camera
Minolta Repo
Pentaco Practisix
Pentacon Practisix
Praktica Nova SLR Camera
Praktica Nova B
Praktica Nova IV SLR Camera
Praktica Nova IV
Praktica Super TL SLR Camera
Praktica Super TL
Rolleiflex 3.5 TLR Camera
Rollei Rolleiflex
Seagull 4 TLR Camera
Seagull 4
Voigtlander Vitoret Camera
Voigtländer Vitoret
Yashica 44 TLR Camera
Yashica 44
Zeiss Contessa Camera
Zeiss Contessa
Seiss Werra 1e Camera
Zeiss Werra 1

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