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Ventura Synchro Box

Item is a mid-century German metal box camera with plastic covering and art-deco front. It was manufactured in 1951 by Agfa Camerawerk. The Synchro term in the name comes from the fact that it has a flash sync shutter. The lens is a 105mm f/11 single-element Meniscus fixed focus lens with a focus range of 3 meters to infinity. A pull-out tab is located above the shutter release to change the aperture. When the tab is fully pushed in, there is a larger aperture approximately equivalent to f/11; the middle tab is a smaller aperture approximately equivalent to f/16; and the last tab is the larger aperture (f/11) with a yellow filter. The shutter is an instant-return self-cocking rotary shutter controlled by a simple spring. The shutter speed can be adjusted by a small sliding lever directly under the side viewfinder. The dot is 1/50th of a second, and the long line is bulb mode. The optics are only slightly better than a toy camera, and have a soft focus but little to no vignetting. Camera takes 6x9cm images on 120mm film. This is the export version made c1951. In 1951 and later, the Agfa name appeared on the front of the camera. It originally sold for $5-10.
Dimensions: 9.7 cm (3.75") x 7.5 cm (3") x 11.5 cm (4.5")

Six-20 Brownie

Item is a box camera made by the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York, USA between May 1933 and April 1941. It shoots 620 rollfilm and makes 6x9cm photographs. The is the US version of the camera. There was also a UK model that was drastically different in build and facia. The cardboard body is covered in leatherette, and the metal front panel is decorated with a geometric art-deco design. The Six-20 Brownie has a top viewfinder as well as a side viewfinder. This camera has two focusing zones - 5 to 10 feet and beyond 10 feet - which can be selected below the lens controlled by a spring-loaded lever. The shutter speed of the Six-20 is fixed at approximately 1/25th of a second. There is also a bulb mode, which is accessed by a pull-out tab above the shutter release. The Six-20 Brownie was originally sold for $2.50.

Ensign Ful-Vue

Item is a box camera manufactured by Ensign in 1945. There are two versions of the Ensign Ful-Vue, a pre-WWII version and a postwar version. The item in the collection is the less common postwar version. This model consists of a black metal body with an oddly rounded top viewfinder. The postwar model was also available in blue, red and grey. The black version was originally listed and sold between $15-25.

Imperial Debonair

Item is a 1950s-era box camera made in the United States of America. The Imperial Debonair shoots 12 square 6x6cm exposures on 620 roll film. Also manufactured in black, olive and maroon, item in the collection is brown. The Imperial Debonair originally sold for between $15-$25. The same camera with different faceplate was also marketed as the "Official Cub Scout Camera".

Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 420

Item is one of 1.3 million Polaroid Land cameras manufactured between 1971 and 1977 in the United States. The 420 camera is the successor to Polaroid's 320 model. It features folding bellows, automatic exposure and an external light meter beside the lens, marketed as the "Electric Eye". The Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 420 was designed for 7.2 × 9.5 cm prints on Polaroid 100-series packfilm. The camera features a two-window split system for framing the photograph, whereby the user must first focus using the small rangefinder on the top left of the camera marked "FOCUS", and then frame the photograph using the non-parallax corrected finder with marked frame-lines marked "VIEW". Control over the exposure could be achieved by adjusting the exposure value +2 to -1.5 stops below the plastic 114mm f/8.8 2-element lens. A PC input is included for optional flash. The camera automatically selects both shutter speed and aperture, which range from 1/1200sec to 10sec for shutter speed; and f8 to f42 for aperture. The Polaroid 420 model originally sold for around $60. Included with the item in the collection is the Polaroid Focused Flash and Polaroid Self-Timer.

Minolta Hi-Matic AF2

Item is an automatic, auto-focus 35mm camera with built-in flash and electronic shutter. The Hi-Matic AF2 was the first 35mm rangefinder camera with active infrared auto-focus, which uses an infrared beam to determine the distance of objects in the viewfinder. It was launched in 1981 as the successor of Minolta's Hi-Matic AF. The lens is a Minolta 38mm f/2.8 4-element with a 46mm filter thread, and angle of view of 58°. The focus of the camera is 1 meter to infinity and is auto-focus is activated when the shutter is slightly pressed. The viewfinder is bright and features parallax-correction marks. A 10-second self-timer is mounted beside the lens. The camera has a built-in "warning system" that automatically beeps to notify the user of low light, so they might turn on the flash. The camera's warning system also beeps at the user should the image be out of the focus or flash range. This was one of the last of the high-quality Hi-Matic series manufactured by Minolta. Dimensions are 53.5 x 76 x 129mm.