kodak vest pocket camera


Weekly Camera Deals: Vintage Medium Format Edition

We often focus on practical cameras for our weekly deals, like rugged 35mm SLRs that you can chuck in your bag and use forever. But this week we thought we’d focus on something different - namely the cameras you want to display and look at and show the world because they are so very beautiful. These authentic vintage medium format beauties are in working condition, although some of them may require you respool film - that can be a fun weekend project and using one of these babies is like traveling through time. So without further ado, here are some of the great deals we found this week on collector’s pieces:

From Top to Bottom:

#1: Debonair Classic 120 Film Medium Format Plastic Camera: Prelude to the every popular Diana, buy this baby used for $19.95

#2: Kodak Brownie Reflex TLR: Synchro model with flash, buy it used for $24.96

#3. Kodak Junior 16 Art Deco Folding Camera: Buy it used for $49.96

#4. Ansco Vest Pocket A Camera: From 1910 - 1912, buy it used for $49.96

#5: Kodak Vigilant Junior Six 20 Camera: With box and instructions, buy it used for $59.96

#6. Agfa Ansco Box Camera: Buy it used for $69.96

#7. Kodamatic 2C Autographic Folding Camera: buy it used for $99.96

#8. Fotokor-1 Vintage 1930s Russian Folding Plate Camera - buy it used for $124

#9. Kodak No. 1A Model D Folding Pocket Camera:  buy it used for $79.96

#10: Zeiss Ikon 9x12cm folding plate camera: with ground glass and pack adapter, buy it used for $149


Takayama Masataka

Description from Wiki:  Masataka Takayama (高山 正隆, Takayama Masataka; 15 May 1895 - 14 April 1981) was one of the most prominent Japanese photographers in the first half of the twentieth century.

Takayama was born in Tokyo, Japan. As an amateur photographer, he published many of his works in the magazine Geijutsu Shashin Kenkyū (芸術写真研究), beginning in the 1920s. He remained an active photographer even after World War II.

He was talented at pictorialist (art) photography and took many photographs using a soft focus lens and deformation and “wipe-out” techniques.

Takayama usually used a “vest-pocket” Kodak camera (a very compact folding model taking 127 film) with a single-element lens (a tangyoku lens in Japanese). These cameras (and Japanese derivatives such as the Rokuoh-sha Pearlette and Minolta Vest) were popular in Japan at the time for snapshot use, and called ves-tan (ベス単, in Japanese pronunciation besutan) cameras; “ves” coming from “vest” and “tan” from tangyoku. Takayama’s works are thus said to belong to the “ves-tan” (besutan) school. (via: wiki) (images: dassai2.p2.weblife)