Jun 242013
 

camera 1735

I was poking around in some shops in Wickenburg, AZ on Saturday and saw this old 35mm film camera.  Turns out this really heavy camera is a Contax II which was released in 1936. It was the first camera with a rangefinder and viewfinder combined in a single window.  Rangefinder cameras were common from the 1930s to the 1970s, but the more advanced models lost ground to single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras. (Information from Camerapedia and Wikipedia.)

Would love to know where this camera has been and who was its lucky owner?  I’m sure it was more camera than I could afford! Do you think your camera will be sitting on shelf somewhere in 75 years?