Christopher
Stoll

Camera Catalog

After exclusively using digital cameras for a long time, I have gradually been switching to film cameras. I started on this path during the pandemic. As a fun project that could be completed at home I restored an old twin lens reflex camera camera. A restored camera deserves to be shot, and the images from the superannuated camera turned out much better than I imagined they would. Since then I have increased the amount of film that I use, and now my ratio of film to digital is probably something like 10-to-1.

As happens with many things, since I recognized that vintage cameras still existed, I have noticed them in more places. So, I have been picking up the cheap ones - ones that are clearly defective in some way. In most cases I have found that it only takes a little bit of work to make them operational again. Though it can definitely take a lot more work to make them reliable and fun to use again. I have also traded my way up to having some very nice cameras that are unlikely to be found at a thrift store. These are all the cameras which I have worked with so far.

Year Make Model Film Lens
1934 Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex (Coffee Can)
(twin lens reflex)
120 80mm
ƒ/6.3 – ƒ/22
1/100, 1/50, 1/25, B
1937 Rollei Rolleiflex Automat
(twin lens reflex)
120 75mm
ƒ/3.5 – ƒ/22
1/500 – 1s, B
1953 Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex Ia
(twin lens reflex)
120 75mm
ƒ/3.5 – ƒ/22
1/300 – 1s, B
1954 Voigtländer Vito B
(scale focus)
135 50mm
ƒ/3.5 – ƒ/16
1/300 – 1s, B
1955 Agfa Solinette II
(folding scale focus)
135 50mm
ƒ/3.5 – ƒ/22
1/300 – 1s, B
1955 Polaroid Model 80 (Highlander) Type 30 Instant 100mm
ƒ/8.8
1/100, 1/25, B
1959 Carl Zeiss Jena Werra I
(scale focus)
135 50mm
ƒ/2.8 – ƒ/16
1/750 – 1s, B
1956 Argus C3
(rangefinder)
135 50mm
ƒ/3.5 – ƒ/16
1/300 – 1/10
1958 Fujica 35 Automagic
(scale focus)
135
Speeds:
10 – 200
38mm
ƒ/3.4 – ƒ/16
1/200 & 1/40
1958 Minolta Auto Wide
(scale focus)
135
Speeds:
10 – 1600
35mm
ƒ/2.8 – ƒ/22
1/500 – 1s, B
1960 FED (ФЭД) 2, type D
(rangefinder)
135 M39 thread mount
1/500 – 1/30, B
1960 Yashica Lynx 1000
(rangefinder)
135
Speeds:
10 – 800
45mm
ƒ/1.8 – ƒ/22
1/1000 – ?, B
1963 Minox B
(scale focus)
8x11
Speeds:
25 – 400
15mm
f/3.5
1/1000 – 1, B, T
1965 Bronica C
(single-lens reflex)
120 Bronica C/S/S2/EC mount
1/500 – 1, B
1965 Minolta 24 Rapid
(rangefinder)
135 (rapid)
Speeds:
25 – 400
32mm
ƒ/2.8 – ƒ/22
1/250 – 1/30, B
1965 Minolta Autopak 700
(rangefinder)
126
Speeds:
64 – 400
38mm
ƒ/2.8 – ƒ/22
1/250 – 1/30, B
1966 Minolta Hi-Matic 7s
(rangefinder)
135
Speeds:
25 – 800
45mm
ƒ/1.8 – ƒ/22
1/500 – 1/4, B
1966 Minolta Hi-Matic 9
(rangefinder)
135
Speeds:
25 – 800
45mm
ƒ/1.7 – ƒ/22
1/500 – 1s, B
1966 Yashica Electro 35
(rangefinder)
135
Speeds:
25 – 1000
45mm
ƒ/1.7 – ƒ/16
1/500 – 3s, B
1966 Yashica EZ-matic
(scale focus)
126
Speeds:
64 – 400
37mm
ƒ/2.7 – ƒ/16
fixed, B
1968 Kodak Instamatic 134
(point and shoot)
126
Speeds:
fixed
43mm
ƒ/11
1/50
1970 Yashica Electro 35 GS
(rangefinder)
135
Speeds:
25 – 1000
45mm
ƒ/1.7 – ƒ/16
1/500 – 3s, B
1973 Polaroid SX-70
(single-lens reflex)
SX-70
Speeds:
100/160
116mm
ƒ/8
1/175 – 22s
1975 Canon 110ED
(rangefinder)
110
Speeds:
80
26mm
ƒ/2 – ƒ/16
1/500 – 8s
1975 Polaroid SX-70 Model 3
(scale focus)
SX-70
Speeds:
100/160
116mm
ƒ/8
1/175 – 22s
1976 Polaroid SX-70 Model 2, Alpha
(single-lens reflex)
SX-70
Speeds:
100/160
116mm
ƒ/8
1/175 – 22s
1976 Rollei A110
(scale focus)
110
Speeds:
80, 400
23mm
ƒ/2.8 – ƒ/16
1/400 – 4s
1978 Bronica EC-II
(single-lens reflex)
120 Bronica C/S/S2/EC mount
1/1000 – 4s, B
1978 Polaroid SX-70 SE, Sonar, Alpha 2
(single-lens reflex)
SX-70
Speeds:
100/160
116mm
ƒ/8
1/175 – 22s
1979 Agfa Optima 1535 Sensor
(rangefinder)
135
Speeds:
25 – 500
40mm
ƒ/2.8 – ƒ/22
1/1000 – 15s
1981 Olympus XA
(rangefinder)
135
Speeds:
25 – 800
35mm
ƒ/2.8 – ƒ/22
1/500 – 10s
1982 Canon A-1
(single-lens reflex)
135
Speeds:
6 – 12800
Canon FD mount
1/1000 – 30s, B
1982 Minolta XG-M
(single-lens reflex)
135
Speeds:
25 – 1600
Minolta SR/MC/MD mount
1/1000 – 1, B
1983 Minolta CLE
(rangefinder)
135
Speeds:
25 – 1600
Leica M mount lenses
1/1000 – 1/2, B
1984 Minolta AF-Sv (Talker)
(viewfinder)
135
Speeds:
25 – 1000
35mm
ƒ/2.8 – ƒ/??
1/625 – 1/8
1984 Minox LX
(scale focus)
8x11
Speeds:
12 – 400
15mm
f/3.5
1/2000 – 1/30
1985 Minolta X-700
(single-lens reflex)
135
Speeds:
25 – 1600
Minolta SR/MC/MD mount
1/1000 – 1, B
1986 Minolta X-370
(single-lens reflex)
135
Speeds:
12 – 3200
Minolta SR/MC/MD mount
1/1000 – 1, B
1988 Hasselblad 503cx
(single-lens reflex)
120
Speeds:
16 – 1000
Hasselblad V mount
1989 Canon Snappy AF
(viewfinder)
135
Speeds:
50 – 1600
35mm
ƒ/4.5 – ƒ/32
1/125 – 1/40
1991 Omega View 45E
(monorail)
4x5 6.3” x 6.3” Lensboard
1995 Minolta Freedom Zoom 140EX
(viewfinder)
135
Speeds:
25 – 3200
38 – 140mm
ƒ/3.5:9.4 – ƒ/9.4
1/500 – 4s
1999 Nikon 35Ti
(viewfinder)
135
Speeds:
25 – 5000
35mm
ƒ/2.8 – ƒ/22
1/500 – 2s, T
2000 Canon EOS ELAN 7e
(single-lens reflex)
135
Speeds:
6 – 6400
Canon EF mount
1/4000 – 30s, B
2001 Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS
(through the lens)
CCD
Speeds:
50 – 400
37 – 370mm
ƒ/2.8:3.5 – ƒ/8
1/1000 – 8s
2003 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P72
(through the lens)
CCD
Speeds:
100 – 400
39 – 117mm
ƒ/2.8:5.6 – ƒ/10
1/1000 – 2s
2005 Canon PowerShot S2 IS
(through the lens)
CCD
Speeds:
50 – 400
36 – 432mm
ƒ/2.7:3.5 – ƒ/8
1/3200 – 15s
2011 Canon EOS Rebel T3i
(single-lens reflex)
CMOS
Speeds:
100 – 6400
Canon EF-S mount
1/4000 – 30s, B

Favorites

People have asked which camera is my favorite. For a while I was into big, mid-century fixed-lens rangefinders, at that time I was always carrying around the Minolta Hi-Matic 9. Currently, I don’t have a single favorite. Having experimented with a wide variety of cameras, I have come to appreciate different cameras for specific purposes or situations. My view on this evolves over time, but below are my current situational top picks.

Example Photos

Since the intent it to showcase the cameras, minimal manual editing was done on the images, except for dust and watermark removal. The negatives are digitized using a light box and a T3i. Then, the digital images are inverted using a custom python script and the frame borders are cropped out. The images are optimized for the web prior to being uploaded.

Light Meters

I have picked up a few old light meters over the years. I used to really enjoy using the Gossen Luna-Pro, but it would periodically act erratically, so I lost faith in it. Now I only use a modern Sekonic L308. Working with old cameras brings enough challenges, I see no reason to add the complexity of compensating for an old light meter with various quirks and inaccuracies.

Year Model Type EV ISO ƒ-stops seconds
c1950 GE PR-1 selenium 7 – 17.5 0.2 – 1600 1 – 128 1/3000 – 120
c1962 Bewi Quick selenium 5 – 16 10 – 3200 1.4 – 22 1/1000 – 30
c1966 Sekonic
Micro-leader
CdS 3 – 18 6 – 12,800 1 – 32 1/2000 – 8
c1976 Gossen
Luna-Pro
CdS -8 – 24 0.8 – 25,000 1 – 90 1/4000 – 8h
c1982 Gossen
Luna-Pro sbc
SBC -5 – 24 0.8 – 100,000 0.7 – 128 1/4000 – 8h
c1986 Sekonic
L-398
selenium 1 – 20 6 – 12,000 1 – 90 1/2000 – 60s
2020 Sekonic
L-308X-U
SPD 0 – 19.9 3 – 3000 1 – 90.9 1/8000 – 60s