Fujica GW690 Professional

6/28/2013 3 Comments A+ a-

The Fujica GW690 Professional is the first in a series of nine leaf shutter fixed lens rangefinder cameras manufactured by Fuji.  This particular model was the last to bear the Fujica name, and the models that succeeded it were simply referred to as Fuji.  The Fujica GW690 is a 6x9 medium format camera, and uses 120/220 film.  The camera was released in 1978, and is sometimes referred to as a "Texas Leica" because it is similar in size to a Leica rangefinder camera.   

The Fujica GW690 doesn't offer interchangeable lenses or film backs, which is unique since previous Fuji models and competitors offered such features as standard options at the time.  It is believed that Fuji opted to use a fixed lens on the Fujica GW690 because it would reduce the weight of the camera by eliminating the lens mount.   Lenses with focal lengths other than 65mm and 100mm were not big sellers, so low sales may have also contributed to Fuji's decision to use a fixed lens.  Reliability was important as well, as the camera was very popular with companies that photographed groups at tourist destinations.

The Fujica GW690 is all manual, so there is no light meter and it doesn't require a battery.  The camera has a cold shoe for holding an accessory such as a flash or external light meter, but there is no electrical connection.  The rangefinder window is round instead of rectangular, and there is a film reminder slot on the back of the camera.  Although not uncommon today, the Fujica GW690 has curved sides on the front of the camera to allow the shooter the comfort of a grip.

The Fujica GW690 features an EBC Fujinon 90mm f3.5 lens.  The lens has five elements in four groups, and a 37mm filter thread.  There is a three digit shutter actuation counter on the bottom camera so the owner will know it requires maintenance (the user manual recommends service at 5,000 shots).  The camera also features a switch for selecting either a 4 exposure short 120 roll, 8 exposure standard 120 roll or a 16 exposure 220 roll of film.  A great camera that offers the quality of a medium format with the ease of a 35mm rangefinder!  

Click HERE to view the Fujica GW690 Professional on the KEH Camera website.

4 Days of Free Shipping!

6/27/2013 0 Comments A+ a-

Stock your camera bag for Summer and save!  Now through Sunday, take advantage of free shipping on all NEW and USED equipment purchases of $100.00 or more.

To qualify for free shipping, place an order of $100.00 or more of NEW or USED equipment online or by phone between Thursday, June 27 and Sunday, June 30 (promotion ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time), and receive FREE shipping via FedEx Ground anywhere in the contiguous United States.  Qualifying international and expedited shipping orders will receive a credit of $9.95 towards shipping costs. Promotion is not applicable to prior purchases or existing orders.

Shop now by visiting us on online at www.keh.com, or by contacting our sales department via telephone at (770) 333-4200.  Our friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m - 9:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

KEH's Most Wanted

6/26/2013 1 Comments A+ a-

Featured below are a selection of KEH Camera's "most wanted" items of the month.  We are currently seeking digital & film bodies, lenses, flashes and major accessories in all formats, but the featured items below are at the top of our "most wanted" list this month.


To sell any of the above featured items (or if you have other gear you'd like to sell), please contact us via email at purchasing@keh.com, or give us a call at (770) 333-4220 or (800) 342-5534.  If you are unsure about an item, just ask! Your used camera equipment may be worth more than you think.

Nikon Offset Bracket

6/24/2013 0 Comments A+ a-

The Nikon Offset Bracket may look unassuming, but over the years it has become quite a collectible piece.  It first appeared in Nikon's May 1, 1956 price list, and sold for $3.95.  It is an accessory unique to the Nikon Rangefinder system, and was manufactured in Japan.  Due to the age and limited availability of the piece, the Nikon Offset Bracket is a rather obscure accessory for the Nikon Rangefinder system.       

The Nikon Offset Bracket is small, practical and made of metal and gray plastic.  It allows the shooter to mount a BC-IV or BC-V flash unit and maintain cordless flash contact, which was a new feature of the Nikon S2 (manufactured between 1954-1958).  This feature permitted the shooter to position the flash in a 45 degree angle and off to the left to reduce red eye and other undesirable results of a direct flash.

Instead of manufacturing the flash to tilt 45 degrees, Nikon designers believed users of the S2 might desire the ability to use the flash with something other than a normal lens.  The Nikon S2 only had framelines for a 50mm lens built in, so the bracket allows the shooter to mount a proper finder for a different lens.  The result was an accessory that could accommodate both a finder and the flash.  A practical and unique accessory for Nikon Rangefinder collectors!

Click HERE to view the Nikon Offset Bracket on the KEH Camera website.

Photographic Accessory Spotlight

6/21/2013 0 Comments A+ a-

Featured below are a few interesting photographic related accessories and publications we currently have available for sale on eBay.  If you've never visited our eBay store, be sure to check us out!  The KEH Camera Outlet is a great place to find many of our vintage, one-of-a-kind and unique camera and photographic offerings. 

Whether you enjoy having your camera on hand while hiking or simply prefer the convenience of a backpack, this Tamrac case is great for safely carrying your photographic gear while you're on the go.  It measures 9x14x6'' in size, and has two main compartments for storage.  The bottom section has padded partitions for your camera body and lens, while the top section has plenty of room for your accessories.  There are also smaller, zippered pockets for memory cards or extra batteries, plus mesh pockets on the side for water bottles.  It also features adjustable, padded straps that are perfect for comfort and portability.

The Domke Photog Vest is a great option for the photographer that desires an alternative to a camera bag.  The camera vest offers storage options, yet keeps the wearer unencumbered for travel.  This particular vest is a size large, and is a khaki color.  It features cargo style storage pockets, adjustable waist tabs and side vents for breathability.  The camera vest is a nice way to have your camera gear on hand, yet engage in other activities like hiking, fishing or traveling.     

The Hasselblad Manual Third Edition by Ernst Wildi is a great reference book covering the earliest Hasselblad cameras through the late 1980s.  It details the technical aspects of the various Hasselblad camera outfits that may not be addressed in the standard instruction manuals.  It also provides practical advice and tips on features and functions for Hasselblad shooters.  The book offers detailed illustrations and photographs as well.  This particular book is hardcover, has 356 pages and was signed by the author for the original owner.  Perfect for the Hasselblad film student or shooter!   

The Slik Lens Caddy is designed to work with the U212 Deluxe Universal Tripod.  It attaches to the leg of the tripod, and provides an extra arm to support heavier telephoto lenses.  The Lens Caddy comes in a professional black finish, and weighs approximately 5 ounces.  It also features an adjustable rubber strap that fits around the lens for additional security.  This particular unit comes with the original manufacturer's box as well.  A handy attachment for the U212 Deluxe Universal Tripod!          

This lot features 144 issues of Leica Fotografie International.  The magazine issues span between 1974 to 2007, and they feature excellent articles and stunning photographs.  A great variety of vintage and modern magazines that would be perfect for the Leica fan or collector!

Polaroid Pathfinder 110B

6/20/2013 0 Comments A+ a-

The Polaroid Pathfinder 110B is a folding camera produced by Polaroid, and part of the instant film Land Camera family.  The Pathfinder series began in 1952, but the 110B model was produced between 1960-1964.  During that four year span of time, Polaroid produced between 27,000 and 35,000 Pathfinder 110B units.  Polaroid considered the Pathfinder series to be part of their professional line of cameras, and marketed them towards more advanced shooters.       

The Pathfinder 110B is equipped with a sharp Rodenstock Ysarex 127mm f4.7 lens, and the body of the camera features a durable steel construction.  The camera also has a Prontor SVS shutter, self timer and a hinged pinhole lens cap that has an f90 setting to be used with 3000 speed film.  Unlike other Polaroid models with an automatic exposure system with an electronic eye, the Pathfinder cameras expose the film manually.  This is a desirable feature for shooters that wish to have manual control of the camera.

The camera also has a coupled rangefinder viewfinder system with parallax correction. By looking through a single window and turning the focus knob of the camera, the shooter centers and focuses the image at the same time.  The viewfinder has projected framelines for centering the image, and a yellow triangle indicator to to assist with focusing the image.

The Pathfinder 110B was originally intended to use 40 series roll film, however that particular type of film has been discontinued.  The good news is the 110B model can be modified to accept 4x5 inch sheet film, Polaroid 100 series pack film or 120 roll film.  This particular Pathfinder 110B has been modified to take 100 series pack film.  A great vintage camera with a modern twist!          

Click HERE to view the Polaroid Pathfinder 110B on the KEH Camera Outlet on eBay.

Photos of the Month

6/19/2013 0 Comments A+ a-

All images submitted to and chosen from the KEH Camera Flickr Group pool.  To view a photographer's profile or to enjoy a larger version of their photograph, click on the link below the image to be directed to their Flickr page.

Thank you to our Flickr members for the wonderful submissions.  Please join our group, and your photograph might be featured in next month's post!


Rollei 35

6/18/2013 0 Comments A+ a-

The Rollei 35 is a 35mm miniature viewfinder camera manufactured by Rollei between 1966-1974.  It was first introduced in 1966 at Photokina, the world's largest photographic and imaging fair.  At the time of its release, the Rollei 35 was the smallest full frame 35mm camera in the world.  Although it no longer holds that title, the Rollei 35 still remains among the smallest of the full frame 35mm cameras today.  The Rollei 35 series enjoyed a time span of 30 years in production.  During that time over 2 million cameras in the Rollei 35 series were manufactured.

The Rollei 35 was created by camera designer and engineer, Heinz Waaske.  He initially worked for Wirgin, creating such cameras as the Edixa Reflex, but later worked as an engineer for Rollei.  The development of a compact 35mm camera was prompted during the onset of 16mm subminiature cameras.  Waaske was inspired not so much by the size of the 16mm film, but by the compact nature of the subminiature cameras.  It was his goal to create a full frame 35mm camera that was 1/3 the size of contemporary viewfinder cameras.  When Wirgin rejected the idea, Waaske later presented the idea to Rollei where it was met with much success.

The Rollei 35 features a compact, all metal construction.  It is a solidly built camera, and was originally offered in either black or chrome.  The Rollei 35 was initially manufactured in Germany, but production was later moved to Singapore in the early 1970s to reduce costs.  The Rollei 35 also features a coupled CdS meter with a readout on the top of the camera, a Rollei Compur shutter with speeds from 1/2 to 1/500 of a second and a Carl Zeiss Tessar 40mm f3.5 lens.

When not in use, the lens retracts inside of the camera.  Because of the limited space around the lens, the use of a common shutter was not possible.  Instead, Heinz Waaske created a new type of shutter that involved two separate parts (an unmovable clockwork shutter mounted in the camera with shutter lamellas mounted in a moveable sliding tube).  Waaske also created a space saving five sprocket wheel for the film advance, as opposed to a six sprocket wheel that was normally used.  The Rollei 35 is a great part of photographic history and a nice collectible camera!    

Click HERE to view the Rollei 35 on the KEH Camera Outlet on eBay or HERE on the KEH Camera website.

Minolta TC-1

6/17/2013 0 Comments A+ a-

The TC-1 is a compact 35mm auto focus point and shoot camera made by Minolta.   Released in 1996, the TC-1 was one of the smallest high end auto focus compact cameras available on the market.  It was Minolta's goal to produce a camera that offered the image quality of a 35mm SLR, but with the convenience and size of a compact camera.  The well built and high end Minolta TC-1 was manufactured to rival the Contax TVS and the Ricoh GR1, and was marketed towards advanced amateur photographers.  Although it is compact in size, the camera was deigned for deliberate picture taking, rather than an aim and click approach to photography.  Unrivaled in design and performance, the Minolta TC-1 was awarded the Camera Grand Prix in 1996 by the Camera Journal Press Club of Japan.   

The "TC" designation in the name stands for "Titanium Casing", as the body is made of titanium.  The camera is lightweight, durable and designed to be shock and corrosion proof.  It is an aperture priority auto exposure camera, and has a built in flash.  A dedicated spot metering button is located under the thumb of the shooter to allow for precise metering.  The camera has a button to illuminate the LCD, and a mid roll change button as well.  The camera has a high magnification viewfinder, and allows the photographer to check the shutter speed and auto focus status.  The TC-1 also has manual ISO and manual focus capabilities.         

The Minolta TC-1 features a high quality wide angle Rokkor G 28mm f3.5 lens.  The lens has two aspherical elements, and is multi coated and made of all glass.  The entire optical assembly is constructed of glass and metal, so there are no plastic parts.  The lens has a four step bladeless aperture ring made of a disc with three circular aperture holes.  The camera is unique in that it has a circular aperture that allows you to manually select four apertures (f3.5, 5.6, 8 and 16) and each is a perfect circle.  The aperture system produces images with the out of focus highlights, or "bokeh" effect, that many photographers find desirable.  The quality of the Minolta TC-1 allows it to be a highly desirable camera for collectors.

Click HERE to view the Minolta TC-1 on the KEH Camera website.

Adventures in Mobile Photography

6/14/2013 1 Comments A+ a-

My name is Kate, and I've been a photographer for over 15 years. In that time I've created portraits, captured moments and even shot a wedding or two. For me, I have a real desire to document the world around me, with special focus on the little things that we sometimes overlook.

Brooklyn Bridge, by Kate Hailey

Whether we work for ourselves or for someone else, oftentimes we can be overwhelmed with many tasks.  The necessary day-to-day responsibilities take the forefront, making us so busy that we can lose the passion and drive that prompted us to be creative in the first place.  So how do you cope with that?  Do you allow yourself the freedom to create?  Do you make time to create?  Do you feed your creative soul?  You should!

Cal Anderson, by Kate Hailey

And now you're thinking, how can I when I'm so busy?  When can I find the time? What about all of those emails I need to answer? Yes, we lead very busy lives, but does it have to be that way?  As they say, "where there's a will, there's a way!"  Therefore, it’s very important to make time for yourself and for your art.

Great Wheel, by Kate Hailey

When Apple released the first iPhone, I wanted one immediately.   However, I waited for a few reasons. For one thing they aren't cheap, and I was tied into a cell phone contract! The timing worked out, so in 2009 I got my first iPhone.  With its slick black and chrome lines, touch screen and 3 megapixel camera I was in heaven. Only 3 megapixels, yes, but that was okay. I realized immediately as I began to document my world that 3 megapixels was all right. It's about documenting a moment, no matter what size the sensor.

Library Looking Down, by Kate Hailey

In 2010, I began a journey of creating an iPhone Image a Day.  All the images were taken and edited on the iPhone.  An image, every day, for 365 days.  I'm not going to lie, it wasn't easy! Some images were planned and others created at 11:55 p.m. at night realizing the day was about done!  However, I did it.  Then I did it again in 2011, and again in 2012.

Library Tilt, by Kate Hailey

Whew! Three years and 1,096 images created!  In that time I've become quite a prolific Mobile Photographer, stacking apps like layers in Photoshop.  Playing with textures, extreme processing and in general having fun.  This entire process has made me a better photographer. When the gear is so very simple and you can't control shutter speed, aperture and ISO, all you have to do is look at the scene, compose and capture the moment and the surroundings.
Space Needle, by Kate Hailey

As an artist, we create and capture what speaks to us. We have to remember that the tools are simply that; tools.  It's the vision we convey that matters. Once you've created that vision, I encourage you, and even challenge you, to share it with the world. There are lots of great websites, such as Flickr, iPhoneArt, 500px, and Instagram, to show off what you've made.  There are millions of Mobile Photographers out there!

Portrait of an Era, by Kate Hailey

I'm still capturing images on my trusty iPhone 4s.  Yes, the journey continues, daily! Thank you for reading!

Contributor Bio:
Kate Hailey is a Seattle based portrait and lifestyle photographer, creating images to capture moments, events and the urban landscape.  For her personal work, Kate shares her view of the world via her iPhone. 

For app tutorials, reviews and more information on Kate's own journey through Mobile Photography, visit her blog at http://www.katehailey.com/blog/.

Canonet QL17 G-III

6/13/2013 3 Comments A+ a-

The Canonet QL17 G-III is a 35mm fixed focal length rangefinder camera manufactured by Canon in 1972.  The "QL" designation indicates that the camera uses Canon's "Quick Load" system for easy film loading.  The "G" designation means "Grade Up", which refers to an improvement in quality from previous models.  The "III" indicates that this particular model is the third generation of the Canonet series.  Geared towards the intermediate photography market, the Canonet QL17 G-III enjoyed a long production between 1972-1982.  It was also a popular and bestselling camera with over 1.2 million units produced.            

The Canonet QL17 G-III features a coupled rangefinder with full parallax compensation.  It also has a Copal leaf shutter with shutter speeds from 1/4 to 1/500.  The camera also has an integrated light meter that provides shutter priority and manual shooting modes.  The Canonet QL17 G-III also features a six element 40mm f1.7 lens.  There is a sensor located on the front part of the lens, and it allows for filters to be used without manual compensation of the exposure.    

The Canonet QL17 G-III also has a handy battery check button on the side of the viewfinder eyepiece.  With a press of the red button, the shooter will know by a blue light in the viewfinder if the battery is still good.  The camera was designed to use a PX625 mercury battery (no longer available), but many users are able to sucessfully use the alkaline equivalent.  The circuitry of the camera typically holds up well against the voltage difference, but the metering may be slightly off.  Overall, the Canonet QL17 G-III is well built, small and lightweight camera (approximately 1.35 lbs). 

Click HERE to view the Canonet QL17 G-III on the KEH Camera Outlet on eBay.

Father's Day Gift Ideas

6/12/2013 1 Comments A+ a-

If you're looking for something special to give to your shutterbug Dad this Father's Day, we've put together a list of ideas for the patriarch in your life.  Whether he's a professional or amateur photographer, he'll be sure to love any of these great cameras and accessories.  Click on the name of the item underneath the image to go straight to the listing.

Don't know what to get Dad?  Surprise him with a KEH Camera gift certificate! They are available in increments of $25.00, $50.00, $100.00, $250.00 and $500.00.

Baby Rolleiflex 4x4

6/11/2013 0 Comments A+ a-

The Rolleiflex 4x4, also know as the "Gray" or "Baby" Rolleiflex, is a twin lens reflex camera that was produced between 1957-1963.  They were originally made by the German camera manufacturer Franke & Heidecke (current Rolleiflex TLRs are made by DHW Fototechnik, a group formed by the former employees of Franke & Heidecke).  Double lens cameras were first developed in 1870, but Rollei helped to popularize the TLR camera with the well designed and well built Rolleiflex and Rolleicord cameras.  By 1929, the Rolleiflex was mass marketed and widely imitated, so it's no wonder that the Rollei name goes hand-in-hand with the evolution of twin lens reflex cameras.

This particular Rolleiflex 4x4 was made with a gray leather finish, hence the "Gray" nickname.  While most TLRs use 120 roll film, the "Baby" Rolleiflex model uses smaller 127 roll film for a 4x4 square image.  It is also approximately 2/3 the size of a 120 TLR camera, ergo the "Baby" designation.  The Rolleiflex 4x4 features a Schneider Xenar 60mm f3.5 as the objective or "taking lens", and a Heidosmat 60mm f2.8 as the viewing lens.  The camera uses an EV (exposure value) system, and it has a Synchro Compur MXV shutter and a self timer.  The viewfinder must be open to take a photograph, and the image is laterally reversed in the viewfinder.

Many users enjoy the smaller size of the "Baby" as it is more convenient for travel.  It also weighs 1.5 lbs, which is less than most 120 cameras.  Batteries are not required in the Rolleiflex 4x4, and there is no viewfinder black out (the image you see is exactly what is taken).  With its square dimensions, the shooter does not have to turn the camera to get a vertical image.  Although 127 film is available in limited quantities, the "Baby" Rolleiflex 4x4 is still popular today.  The classic look of this vintage TLR is definitely a conversation starter!

Click HERE to view the Baby Rolleiflex 4x4 on the KEH Camera Outlet on eBay.

Edixa-Mat Reflex Model B-L

6/10/2013 0 Comments A+ a-

The Edixa-Mat Reflex Model B-L is a 35mm manual focus SLR camera that debuted in 1963.  It was produced by the German based company Wirgin.  The Edixa SLRs were inexpensive cameras, as it was the goal of Wirgin to produce an economical SLR to compete with the Exakta and Praktica cameras.  As a result, the Edixa SLRs became know as the workhorse cameras of the 1950s and 1960s.  Many versions of the Edixa SLRs were made, oftentimes with little to no difference between models.

The Edixa-Mat Reflex Model B-L has a focal plane shutter.  As did all models after 1956, the Model B-L features internal automatic diaphragm actuation and instant mirror return.  It also has an exchangeable prism.  The "L" designation means that it has linear shutter speeds (30, 60, 125).

The lens featured with this particular Edixa-Mat Reflex B-L is a Steinheil 135mm f2.8 Edixa lens.  It has an Edixa M42 screw mount and is designed to work with Edixa Reflex cameras.  Wirgin mainly produced camera bodies, so they relied on outside manufacturers to make lenses for the Edixa Reflex cameras.  A nice example of a vintage workhorse camera!     

Click HERE to view the Edixa-Mat Reflex Model B-L on the KEH Camera Outlet on eBay.

Polaroid Automatic 100 Land Camera

6/07/2013 0 Comments A+ a-

The Polaroid Automatic 100 Land Camera is the first model in the 100-400 series of folding rangefinder cameras.  The Automatic 100 was produced between 1963-1966, and was the first Polaroid camera to use pack film.  Polaroid is often hailed as one of the leaders in photographic innovation for the introduction of the Automatic 100 and its "new" type of film in the form of a flat drop-in pack.  The photographs also developed outside of the camera, which allowed for a faster succession of exposures than previously experienced.  The faster exposure time coupled with the simplified film loading process made the Automatic 100 a consumer favorite.           

The Automatic 100 is also notable because it was the first mass produced camera to have an electronic shutter.   The camera features a hinged viewfinder and a folding bellows that collapses for compact storage when not in use.  The viewfinder has separate windows for composing and focusing the image.   It also has automatic exposure and a 3 element glass 114mm f8.8 lens.  The Polaroid Automatic 100 uses a 532 3V battery, and 100 series pack film (FujiFilm's FP-100C is readily available today).  A great "first in series" camera for the vintage collector!

Click HERE to view the Polaroid Automatic 100 Land Camera on the KEH Camera Outlet on eBay.