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Vintage View Camera
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
I love old, mechanical things, with dials and switches. That's why I love old cameras. This is a painting of a Rolleiflex View camera, introduced, I believe, in 1949 featuring "the original twin-lens reflex". An advertisement from the day boasted, "In all fine photographic collections, most places of distinction are held by Rolleiflex pictures." I don't know if that's true...I just dig old cameras.
According to an article on Wikipedia,The Rolleiflex TLR film cameras were notable for their exceptional build quality, compact size, modest weight, superior optics, durable, simple, reliable mechanics and bright viewfinders. They were popular and widely imitated. The high-quality 7.5 cm focal length lenses, manufactured by Zeiss and Schneider, allowed for a smaller, lighter, more compact camera than their imitators, further differentiating the Rolleiflex TLR from many of its competitors, who were forced by inferior optics to use 8.0 cm or 8.5 cm focal length lenses.
March 10th, 2013
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