The beauty of vintage cameras

For as long as I can remember I have always been into anything vintage. Really it didn’t matter it could be an old soda can from 1953 and I would think it was cool. I remember watching I Love Lucy at my Grandma’s house when I was in elementary school, and to this day I still watch it. I’ve also always wished I could go to an old fashion dance where there is a live band and couples dancing, and I’d get to where a beautiful 1950’s ball gown. I’m still holding out for the day I get to go to an event like that.
So combine my love of vintage things with something else I’m passionate about, photography, and forget it I’m in love. My cousin recently came into possession of these amazing cameras that belonged to his grandfather. Tyler (my cousin) brought these over for me to look at, he told me they were not in working condition, but he was committed to getting them fixed. Mainly he was interested in getting the projector fixed, the reason for this is that his grandfather also had a whole box of 16mm films that had titles like “Germany 1942″ I’ve always loved the look of 16mm, I need to make a 2011 resolution: find a working 16mm camera and go at it!

-Keystone Projector K160 16mm

-Kodak Retina IIIC (1959) The Kodak Retina IIIC enjoys the reputation as one of Kodak’s most collectible cameras

-Brownie Target Six-20 (introduced 1946) Not exactly a highly valued camera now, but I thought it was still very cool /-Keystone Model A-7 16mm film camera

Oh and funny thing about that Brownie camera, when we took it to Georges to get it looked at my friend who works there opened it (I could not figure out how to open the thing) and inside was $200 cash! It was quite random and appropriate.

Overall none of these cameras are worth millions by any means today. To me though that’s not the point, the type of image that these cameras produce is what I am most interested in. And I would love to shoot with any one of them.

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