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    Need some suggestions

    I'm in the process of scanning the old family Kodachromes. They were all photographed with an old rangefinder that my parents had. I wanted to find out what it was but my parents didn't remember. The best I got from them was it might have been a Minolta or an Olympus. It was probably purchased in 1957, had a flash and quit working sometime in the 70's. Camera store said it wasn't worth repairing so they pitched it. It would have been something that was readily available in St. Louis and been affordable for a letter carrier.

    Any ideas as to possibilities?

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    Can you tell us about the flash?

    Was it electronic, or bulb?

    If bulb, was it built in or detachable?

    How big was the reflector? How big were the bulbs?
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    It was electronic and detachable.

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    Is your question about the camera or the flash?

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    Yes, lots of possibilities.
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    Great idea! I looked through some old home movies and captured this screen shot:

    http://www.stevelongphoto.com/Family...26_8R9Uu-L.png

    I guess I was wrong about the electronic flash, it's definitely a bulb.

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    I asked about the flash, because if it used bulbs, it might be more likely that it would have a distinctive appearance, and therefore provide some additional clues .

    Did the camera look like any of the ones pictured in this Retina link:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodak_Retina

    Or how about the cameras shown in this Olympus link:
    http://www.olympus-global.com/en/cor...amera/35mm.cfm
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    Well after looking at lots of pictures on the intertubes, I think the best match is a Kodak Retina IIIs, Minolta Super A or Olympus 35-S, with the Kodak holding top spot since my dad said Kodak first, then changed his mind. I'm thinking a Minolta and an Olympus came later.

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    When I first saw that photo, I was thinking Kodak Signet 80. But it could be a Retina IIIS.

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