Series 2005.006.13 - 35mm cameras

Ansco Memo Leica R4 Leica iif Zenit-E Konica Autoreflex T Konica Autoreflex FS-1 Pentax K1000 Leica AF C1 Kiev-4 Agfa Silette Type 1 Agfa Karat 3.5 Agfamatic II Agfa Karat 36 Contarex Super Zeiss Ikon Contina-matic II Zeiss Ikon Tenax I Contax 1c Contaflex II Mercury Model II

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35mm cameras

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  • [manufactured between 1932 and 2004] (Manufacturing)

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136 pieces of photographic equipment : cameras

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Series contains cameras designed for use with standard 35mm (135 format) film. This became the most popular film and camera format, both among professionals and amateurs. Sturdy and multi-functional, with interchangeable lenses, these cameras found their way into civil wars, riots, and natural disasters around the necks of daring photojournalists as well as in homes and on vacation with advanced amateurs and photo-enthusiasts. Once exposed, the film was wound conveniently back into light-tight metal canisters that would protect the film until it could be developed.

For 35mm cameras marketed specifically to amateur photographers, see items in the Point-and-Shoot series.

To browse the individual items in this series, click on the "View the list" link under the "File and item records are available for this series" title (to the right of the page).

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Items in this series were donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives Special Collections department from several different sources:

Cameras from the Robert Jackson collection donated by Mr. Jackson in 2017.
Cameras from the Wilhelm E. Nassau collection donated by Mr. Nassau in 2015 and Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011.
Cameras from the Nancy Sutherland and Lois Reimer collection donated by Ms. Sutherland in 2014.
Cameras from the David Byrnes collection donated by Mr. Byrnes in 2013.
Cameras from the PPCM collections donated by the Ryerson Image Arts department in 2013.
Cameras from the Allan Munro collection donated by Mr. Munro in 2008


Items in this series were donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives from several different sources and arranged in the Camera Collection by type.

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