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Exquisite Craftsmanship

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.

  • General: First and foremost, we are NOT the worlds experts so any and all information or statements that you find here will be our own best knowledge at this point in our experience. Should you see any error's, or have any comments for improvement, we would love to hear from you, we are always happy to learn more.


  • Camera/Lens Grading: This is always an interesting subject as anything that is so subjective can not help to be. Its been my experience that when buying, a camera or lens will tend to look a grade or two lower than it does after you own it, or want to sell it :-) Human nature I suppose.  All that being said I use a modified Rolleiclub system as follows, best to worst: LIKE NEW (99~100% of brand new quality), Mint (97~98%), Mint- (95~97%), EX+++ (92~94%), EX++ (88~91%, EX+ (82~87%), EX (75~81%), and USER (65~74%). I don't normally purchase anything in the last two or three categories but sometimes when buying a camera "set" some accessories that come with it may not be as well cared for as the camera itself, or have aged differently. 

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.

Engineering Marvels

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It’s not just a camera, it’s a  Masterpiece!

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  • Acknowledgements: In preparation of these web pages, especially for some of the more technical descriptions of the cameras or lenses, I have borrowed with permission from:   


Antique and Classic Cameras website:  http://www.antiquecameras.net/ 

A Cyclops Eye website:  https://www.acyclopseye.com/

Ken Rockwell's  website at:   http://www.kenrockwell.com/

Rolleiflex TLR, Leica, Hasselblad, and their accessories are among our Masterpieces. 

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Lasting Designs