View Full Version : Quiz; Name those cameras!

Mike Crawford
08-20-2010, 02:24 PM
I picked up the attached small snap at a flea market in Berlin a few weeks ago. I'm not a big expert on old 35mm cameras but would be interested in hearing Apugers views on what they are using. Looking from left to right, has number 3 snapper an Edixa? I only say that as it reminds me of my brother's camera from the 70s when I had a Zenit E. Number 2 looks quite strange. Close up is hopefully included. Can't quite work out if number 4 has a bigger format camera.

However, any other views on the photograph are welcome as to where and when. Looks like a bored wife or girlfriend on the left waiting for the boys to stop playing with their toys. I would imagine it's from the 60s or possibly 50s. If anyone in the photograph by chance can be recognised, that would be a lot more interesting than their cameras! Only other information available is the printing on the back of the print by the lab:
1034 Berlin

Many thanks

08-21-2010, 01:08 AM
Second from the right seems like Exakta.

08-21-2010, 01:38 AM
I'll go with your guess of an Edixa reflex on number three from left--shutter release on front body. Very left, my guess is an EXA--small size and shutter release on lens mount.

John Koehrer
08-21-2010, 01:18 PM
Tom, Fred, James & Theodore.

Andrew K
08-22-2010, 09:21 PM
Second from left looks like a PENTI 1 - a East German half frame 35mm camera that came in various colours - took Agfa rapid type cassettes (although the original cassettes were plastic).

The one on the right looks like a Balda 35mm folder..this is based on what I can see of the foot on the bed, which is a bit wider than most other cameras of the era...

Second from right could also be a early Contax SLR - the shutter button looks like it is on a angle, and the Wirgins had a straight shutter button.

Jeff Kubach
08-23-2010, 09:25 AM
I wish I could tell but the quality of the pictures are poor.


08-24-2010, 05:28 PM
I second the one 2nd from left being a Penti. My Dad had one of these (still does) - the shutter is cocked and the film advanced by pushing in a chromed steel bar which shoots out about 1" when the shutter is fired. When you get the knack it is a lighting fast camera to take multiple shots on, bettered only by a motor wind.

The third one along looks like an Ambiflex, to me, the photocell looks a little too small for a Zenit. Can't really tell, though...

By the way, what is the prize? ;)