Series 2005.006.12 - Twin lens reflex cameras

Rolleiflex Grey Baby Rolleiflex Automat model 1 Mamiya C3 Professional Argoflex EF Rolleiflex Grey Baby, demonstation model Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex III, demonstration model Yashica-44 Rolleicord Model 1 Foth-Flex II Ikoflex III camera Yashica LM Mamiya c330 Kodak Brownie Reflex, Synchro Model

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Twin lens reflex cameras

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  • [between 1937 and 1976] (Manufacturing)

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25 pieces of photographic equipment : cameras

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Series contains cameras designed with two identical lenses, mounted one above the other, for composition and the other for exposure. The twin-lens design allows the photographer a continuous view of the subject while photographing, as the 45 degree angled mirror is mounted to the viewing lens only and therefore does not have to list out of the way during exposure, as in single lens reflex designs. Most designs used a waist level viewfinder with a ground glass.

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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 PPCM collection donated by the Ryerson Image Arts Department in 2013.
Cameras from the Wilhelm E. Nassau collection donated by Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011.
Cameras from the Lorne Shields collection donated by Mr. Shields in 2008.


Items in this sereis 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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