Dollina 135 Bellows Camera - My Dad's Old Camera

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I shot 2 rolls of AgfaPhoto APX 100 35mm with this camera, the photos evokes a vintage feel. I want to capture all fleeting moments and what I can see with Dollina 135.

Without saying a word, my dad passed the camera to me. He knew that I love photography and is the most suitable recipient for this gem. This camera is useless for those who don’t know how to appreciate it and will at most be a large paperweight.

This vintage camera is older than me, having been made in Germany in 1935. It accompanied my dad through World War 2’s baptism of fire. It used to belong to one of his fallen comrades, which he is reminded of every time he lays his eyes on the camera.

In my hands, this vintage camera is a heavyweight. It shows some minor wear and rust on the surface. However, it works perfectly with accurate aperture, shutter speed, and proper winding. It is able to operate without a battery, ka-chak, ka-chak, the shutter slap is music to my ears. I love all things mechanical from that bygone era.

As long as I treat it with tender loving care, this unique bellows camera should be able to last forever. As long as I don’t advance the film, I can shoot multiple exposures on the same frame, it will record what it sees faithfully. I shot 2 rolls of AgfaPhoto APX 100 35mm with this camera, the photos evokes a vintage feel. I want to capture all fleeting moments and what I can see with Dollina 135.

written by hwangcharngan on 2011-02-26 in #reviews

4 Comments

  1. sthomas68
    sthomas68 ·

    What a nice treasure!

  2. dogma
    dogma ·

    Folding cameras are one of my favorites!

  3. dyluzo
    dyluzo ·

    awesome !

  4. johnccc
    johnccc ·

    Love it !

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