Ernst Leitz crafted the ultimate in 35mm camera. From the 30's with their innovative Leica screw mount system, they redefined compact photo quality. Since 1954 with the introduction Leica M3 and its' M mount system, they have remained as the well heeled amature's choice.
Since 1929. "Franke & Heidecke" set the standard for Medium Format photography for generations of photographers. Their Rolleiflex TLR range of cameras was THE professional's choice for decades. They remain true masterpieces of build and optical quality and produce brilliant images.
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We are Bob & Irene, living in Phuket most of the time, at least when some work project doesn't take us off to some other exotic (or not so exotic) destination. Being "semi" retired these days has given us time to spend on other things, mostly either camera collecting, studying photography, or taking pictures. After 20+ years in the high speed digital age we have found it to be very relaxing and pleasurable to 'ditch' the DSLR's and get back to basics. Snapping off dozens, or even hundreds of pictures and then 'hoping' that one of them comes out 'right' or relying on later re-sizing and or editing to get a 'good shot' is a habit that is very easily fallen into with digital. On the other hand, composing a photograph after much thought, or wandering around until you 'feel it', and waiting for the light to be 'just right', then finally taking the 'shot' is a whole different experience, and is 'art' in the hands of those that can do it well. It is what we strive for. Its also relaxing and can be very rewarding when those efforts end with a photographic gem.
As we spend most of our time in beautiful Phuket, Thailand, we will include some helpful links for visitors or locals who are Film Camera aficionado's and may need some help finding film or camera repair/service here in "The Land of Smiles".
Finally, as some of you will no doubt have experienced, do to a bad case of G.A.S (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) we will be selling or trading some duplicate cameras, lenses, accessories and some just plain strange stuff that we have ended up with. We think our pricing is reasonable market value and on many items we are selling them for less than we paid. May also trade for other interesting equipment.
Do you think Film is Dead? READ this great page by Ken Rockwell HERE!!!
Victor Hasselblad realized his dream of producing quality cameras in the 1950's. By the 60's, when his camera was chosen by NASA to be taken to the moon, he had produced some of the finest Medium Format cameras in the world, and still does.
Antique and Classic Cameras website: http://www.antiquecameras.net/
Classic Camera Cafe website: http://johnsrolleionlypage.homestead.com/index.html
Ken Rockwell's website at: http://www.kenrockwell.com/
Rolleiflex TLR, Leica, Hasselblad, and their accessories are among our Masterpieces.
Please bear with us as the site is a work in progress, and for now it is best viewed on a computer, mobile devices with small screens may get it jumbled... Many new items coming soon!!