The Vintage Camera Boutique

The Vintage Camera Boutique is a blog maintained by Neil Rose. Loads of vintage cameras have been passing through my hands recently and I thought it would be good to keep them documented. I will also use this site to link back to any eBay lots so buyers can access more information than is possible in an eBay listing.

I hope you are with me in my love for this technology and understand the obligation we have to keep it alive.

Ilford Sportman Blue Leather

Kodak Coloursnap 35

Smena 8M (export version)

Ilford Sportman

The 35W is a 35mm rangefinder camera made in Japan by Yashica. It appears to be a slight styling variant of the Yashica J of 1961.

Lens: Yashinon 45mm f2.8

Shutter: Copal 1/25-1/300s + B

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The Prinz 35-E 


The Prinz 35-E was a compact rangefinder camera for 35mm film. With a design based on the Konica 35, it was most likely built for Dixons by Cosina in the mid-1970s, since the lens is marked Cosinon and the body Made in Japan. It has programmed auto-exposure using a CdS meter, with a needle display of the shutter speed & aperture in the viewfinder, powered by a PX-675 mercury battery in the base.

Lens: Automatic Cosinon 38mm, f/2.7 (thought to be of the Tessar variety, with four elements in 3 groups).

Closest focus: 1m (3.3 feet).

Rangefinder baseline 12mm.

Copal shutter, two blades.

Auto-exposure from 1/30s at f/2.7 to 1/650s at f/16. B setting also available, but only at maximum aperture. Exposure lock occurs with half-press of shutter release button, so spot metering can be done before reframing.

Hot shoe and PC-sync slot for external flash. Flashmatic Guide numbers are set on the lens barrel. Flash sync at 1/25s.


Film advance: Manual via lever.

Film speed: Manual setting of ASA/ISO from 25-400.

46mm filter thread (0.75mm pitch).

Power: 1.3V PX-675 cell. (An 1.5V SR44 is an acceptable replacement).

Dimensions: 110×70×54mm.

Weight: 370g.

Hi-Matic was the name of a long-running series of 35 mm cameras made by Minolta. The original Hi-Matic of 1962 was the first Minolta camera to feature automatic exposure and achieved a small degree of fame when a version (the Ansco Autoset) was taken into space by John Glenn in 1962.

The last Hi-Matic was the Hi-Matic GF of 1984, a very simple and cheap plastic model which was not sold in the United States. It had a 38mm f/4 lens that allowed to choose between three predefined apertures denoted by beginner friendly icons: sunny, partly cloudy and cloudy. Focusing was manual and set in four steps from about 1 m to infinite.

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Coronet Twelve 20

Introduced in 1950

Pseudo TLR

Film:120 and 620 roll

Green filter

Shutter: instant and time

Close to far focusing adjustment, lever on the front

Medium format 120 film camera made by Coronet in England.

All of the Coronet box camera models are in medium format, 6x9cm frame with roll 120 film. They have a simple one speed spring rotary shutter. These boxes are offered with various meniscus type lenses.

The Bilora Stahl

The Bilora Stahl-Box camera was manufactured by the Kurbi & Niggeloh Company of Radevormwald/RHLD, Germany in circa 1952. This box camera was constructed of metal with an art deco etched face plate. It was capable of capturing 6 X 9 cm exposures on no. 120 roll film. It was fitted with a fixed focus Meniscus lens and a simple B & M shutter. The camera mesures 4 1/2 x 3 /18 x 4 1/2 inches.

Agfa Synchro box

Agfa Synchro Box 600, also known as Agfa Synchro Box, is a medium format box camera manufactured by Agfa Camerawerk AG, München, Germany between 1951-57. It is a version of Agfa Box 50. The Synchro term in the name is for flash sync shutter.

The optics are rather simple, so image quality is a bit better than a toy camera, but not significantly so. Photographs can have the dreamy soft focus like Holga pictures, but unlike toy cameras, image quality is fairly sharp throughout the photograph with little or no vignetting around the edges. Also, the large negative size is a definite plus, just print contact sheets from Synchro-Box negatives.

film 120 roll, format 6x9cm, takes 8 frames

Lens: 105mm f/11 single-element Meniscus lens, fixed focus; Aperture: f/11 and f/16; Focus range: 3m-inf; Setting: a pull-out tab above the shutter release, without pulling out the tab setting on the large aperture, when pulling out, the first stop (a dot) is for small aperture and the second (filter) stop is for larger aperture w/ yellow filter,

Shutter: instant-return self-cocking simple spring rotary shutter, simple spring, w/sliding aperture disc; Speeds: 1/50 +B; Setting: by a small sliding lever above the shutter release: the dot is for speed and the long line is for B setting

Cocking and Shutter release lever: same, pressing once to downwards the lever cock and release the shutter

Cable release socket: same with flash PC socket, at the corner below the shutter release

Viewfinder: two Bright magnifying viewfinders on top and right sides of the camera, w/ polished steel reflectors

Flash PC socket: special for dedicated Agfa Clibo-Blitz, same with cable release socket, at the corner below the shutter release

Back cover: hinged, w/ red window, opens by pressing the carrying strap knob on top of the camera

Film loading: via a removable cone magazine[1]

Others: Sticker on the magazine: Agfa Isopan Film; Tripod sockets: two, 1/4 inch; Buttons for hand grip

Body: metal; Weight: 412g

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