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argoflex

Argoflex EF

USA

1940s

Foth-Flex

Germany

1930s

Ikoflex

Germany

1950s

Kodak Reflex II

USA

1940s

Mamiyaflex C

Japan

1960s

Minolta Autocord

Japan

1960s

 

Reflecta

Germany

1930s

Ricohflex VII

Japan

1950s

Rollop

Germany

1960s

Seagull 4B

China

1970s

Uniflex II

USA

1940s

Reflex-Korelle

Germany

1930s

 

Leica IIIb

Germany

1930s

Zi Jin Shan -135I

China

1950s

Panflex Pro 06-140

China

1990s

Flexora

Germany

1950s

 

Voigtlander Superb

Germany

1930s

Voigtlander Vittesa

Germany

1960s

Yashicamat LM

Japan

1970s

Xin FU

China

1950s

Ciro-Flex

USA

1940s

 
Someone may think I am a camera hobbyist and have so much extra money to collect those antique cameras. First of all, I am not rich for sure. In my life, I haven't taste what is rich so far. But no doubt, I love to collect old cameras if they are really affortable and have unique functions or some first invented features in the camera history. I can fix most of mechanical problems antique cameras have. Why do I love cameras? They are tools capturing the decisive moment. Without them, we can never have those great influencial images in our human historic image album. But cameras are just tools. They can't create and freeze the unforgetible moments in human history without a sharp eyes, a great visual mind and a humanistic and compassionate heart. A great photographer loves cameras as a soldier loves weapons. Golden Parks said that a camera is my weapon to fight social injustice and poverty. Gilles Peress said to me once that my Leica is my extended eye; I never be aware of its existing when I photograph, but I know what I will get through it. Cameras are not just photographic instruments. They have been symbolized in eras of our visual history. Grlaflex for Weegee, Rolleiflex for Beaton, Leica for Cartie-Bresson, Nikon F for Vienam War, digital cameras for War on Iraq....