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These are black and white reprints of hard-to-find camera guides from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s covering rare and collectibles cameras, their features, operation instructions and applications. Compact size 5"x6-1/2" (125x165mm) with card stock covers and plastic comb binding.


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Classic Camera & Focal User Guides

Contax Guide cover and sample pages

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Bolex H8, H8Rx, H16, H16Rx, Rx5 Camera Guide. Reprint of the 1971 Focal Guide by A..J. Surganor, revised by Paul Petzold. Covers the Bolex H16, H16 Reflex, H16 Rx5 16mm movie cameras and 8mm H8 and H8 Reflex models; their features, operating controls, lenses, motors, viewfinders and accessories. Detailed operating instructions cover every aspect of filmmaking with these superb and popular camera systems. Fully illustrated with drawings and tables. 127 pages. $15.00

Canon Canonet Guide, covers all Models. Reprint of the 1973 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel. Covers all models from the original Canonet and includes Canonet S, Junior, QL17, QL19, QL19E, QL25, QL28, Compact 28 and Compact QL17 and 19 (GIII 17 and 19 in U.S.). Discusses each camera's design, features and operation as well as exposure, film selection, flash photography and other applications. 72 pages, $15.00

Canon Reflex Guide for F-1, EF FTb, TX, TLb, FTQL. Reprint of the 1976 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel. Covers Canon F-1, EF, FTBn, FTb, TLb, TX, FTQL, Pellix QL, Pellix, FX, FP, EX EE, EX Auto. Discusses each camera's design, features and operation as well as exposure, film selection, flash photography and other applications. 72 pages, $15.00

Contax I, II, III, IIa, IIIa Rangefinder Camera Guide. Reprint of the 1963 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel. Covers the classic Rangefinder Models I, II, III, IIa, IIIa. Detailed coverage of the history, design, operation and applications of these classic cameras. Extensive information on the lenses (including the obscure ones), viewfinders and accessories including the Proxars, Contameters, Stereotar C and Contaprox. Picture taking instructions include exposure, using the contax meter, film selection, filters, close-up photography, stereo photography, flash and scientific photography. Numerous illustrations and charts as well as a selection of photographs. 112 pages, $15.00

Edixa Reflex User's Guide. Reprint of the 1966 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel. Covers the Edixamat Reflex, Edixamat Reflex B, B-L, C, C-L, D, D-L, Standard and Edixaflex A, Edixa Reflex D, Edixamat Kadett, Edixa Prismat and Prismaflex Cameras. Numerous illustrations and a section of photographs by Edixa users. 87 pages, $15.00

Kodak Retina Camera Guide, All Models Vintage & Modern. Reprint of the 1974 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel. Covers the Retina I, Ia, Ib, IB, IBS, IF, II, IIa, IIc, IIC, IIF, IIS, IIIc, IIIC, IIIS and Automatic I, II, III. Discusses each camera's design, features and operation as well as exposure, film selection, flash photography and other applications. Fully illustrated with detailed drawings and tables. 60 pages, $15.00

Leica Guide To All Rangefinder & Viewfinder Models. Reprint of the 1972 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel. A user's guide to the Rangefinder cameras from the Standard to the M4 and M5 and all models in between. Covers the history, design, operation and applications of these classic cameras, their lenses, viewfinders, close-up equipment and accessories. Also provides practical information on film selection, exposure, close-up photography and flash. There are numerous illustrations and charts as well as a selection of photographs. 136 pages, $15.00

Linhof Guide, User's Guide to Linhof Cameras by Dr. Otto Croy. Reprint of the 1953 Herring edition for Kling Photo of New York. Covers the Technika, Super Technika and Standard-Press in 4x5 and 5x7 Models (published prior to 6x9 Technika). Full operating instructions, camera movements, lenses, rangefinder and ground glass focusing, viewfinders and photographic applications in portraiture, close-up and macro, copying, flash, etc. 66 pages, $15.00

Miranda Guide for F, FV, Sensomat, Sensorex. Reprint of the 1970 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel. Covers the Miranda F, FV, FVT, Sensomat and Sensorex. Discusses each camera's design, features and operation as well as exposure, film selection, flash photography and other applications. 75 pages, $15.00

Nikkormat Guide to the FTN, FS and EL. Reprint of the 1977 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel. Covers the FTN, FT, FS and EL. Numerous illustrations. 112 pages, $15.00

Nikon F, TN, FTN, F2, F2 Photomic Camera Guide. Reprint of the 1974 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel. Covers the Nikon F, TN, FTN, F2, F2 Photomic cameras. 110 pages, $15.00

Robot Guide, Robot I, II, Star, Junior & Royal. Reprint of the 1957, 4th edition, Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel for the Robot I, II, Star, Junior and Robot Royal Cameras. Covers each model's design, history, operation, applications, lenses, accessories and technique. Especially noteworthy is the section on close-up photography using Robot close-up lenses. Numerous illustrations, charts and a section of Robot user photographs. 104 pages, $15.00

Rollei 35, 35B, 35C Camera Guide. Reprint of the 1974 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel for the Rollei 35, 35B, 35C Cameras. Discusses the design, features and operations as well as exposure, film selection, flash photography, close-up photography and other applications. Fully illustrated with detailed drawings and tables; includes a selection of Rollei photographs. 72 pages, $15.00

Rollei Rolleiflex Twin Lens Guide, covers Vintage & Modern. Reprint of the 1970 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel for the Rolleiflex Twin Lens 2-1/4x2-1/4, Rollei-Magic and 1-5/8 x 1-5/8 Rolleiflex Camera Models. Covers every model with numerous drawings, illustrations and a section of photographs by Rollei users. 135 pages, $15.00

Voigtlander Vitessa, Vitessa L, Vitessa T Guide. Reprint of the 1957 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel. Covers the original Vitessa of 1951, the updated 1954 model, the Vitessa L of 1954 with built-in meter and the 1956 Vitessa T with interchangeable lenses. Discusses their different design features, the various lens designs and accessories as well as metering, film selection, close-up photography and other applications. Numerous illustrations, charts and tables as well as a selection of Vitessa photographs. 96 pages, $15.00

Zeiss Contessa, Contina II & 35mm Ikonta Guide. Reprint of the 1953 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel. Covers the Zeiss Contessa, Contina II and 35mm Ikonta Guide (Contina I). Discusses each camera's design, features and operations as well as exposure, film selection, flash photography, close-up photography and other applications. Fully illustrated with detailed drawings and tables. 66 pages, $15.00

Zeiss Ikonta & Super Ikonta Camera Guide. Reprint of the 1952 Focal Guide by W.D. Emanuel for the Zeiss Ikonta & Super Ikonta Cameras. This guide analyzes the various models; their history, design, features and operation. It also provides instructions for film and filter selection, exposure and metering, close-up photography with the Contameter and Ikometer and working with flash. Numerous illustrations and charts. Covers the following Ikonta and Super Ikonta models:

Baby Ikonta (520/18) 4.5x6
Ikonta (520 & 521) 6x6
Ikonta (521/16, 523/16) 6x9
Ikonta (520/2, 521/2, 523/2) 6x5x11
Ikonta (520/15) Ikonta III 6x6 (524/16)

Ikonta III 6x9 (524/2) 4.5x6
Super Ikonta (530, 531) 6x6
Super Ikonta (530/16, 532/16, 533/16) 6x9
Super Ikonta (530/2, 531/2) 6.5x11 Super Ikonta (530/15)
Total of 72 pages, $15.00