So Many Cool Cameras, So little Time!

I wanted to share some portraits of some of my favorite vintage cameras and others of interest. It's fun to trace the evolution of design through the years and see how the cameras have changed as various innovations were made. And it's even more fun to collect them, in some cases clean them up and restore them, and then take them out and shoot some rolls. I suspect you won't be able to do that in 2050 with your 1998 digital cameras. :)

First up is the Waldorf Minicam from the 1940's. It's a 127 roll film camera with simple shutter, quite like the Sprocket Rocket in function. Wonderful little pocket camera and I posted a roll from it recently. You get 16 images on one roll of film. LSI should make a 35mm version of this fabulous little half frame cam.


  1. macstef
    macstef ·

    uuu... hello pretty little thing ;-)

  2. arurin
    arurin ·

    Jesus Christ, you own all these cameras?

  3. rik041
    rik041 ·

    its a very well known germany

  4. rik041
    rik041 ·

    its a very well known germany

  5. trw
    trw ·

    This is without a doubt one of my favorite albums of all time!!! I freely admit that I am addicted to camera porn! ;-) Thanks for all the interesting information on the cameras too.

  6. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    @arurin, yes indeed, I'm very fortunate to have been able to collect all these and many others over the past few years. It is a joy to try to get decent images out of them too. :)

  7. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·

    Seriously, these are all yours? Holy cow! :D

  8. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·

    love the way you described your cameras! nice collection *drooling*

  9. hhjm
    hhjm ·

    cool :)

  10. allanbendiksen
    allanbendiksen ·

    Thanks for sharing. Great album.

  11. grazie
    grazie ·

    Wow wow wow

  12. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    Oh man! you have a treasure! this album is absolutely amazing also for all the infos, I must bookmark it to my favourites!

  13. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    OH MAN! :D

  14. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Thank you so so much dear pete, your collection is wonderful.. And thank you for taking the time to write about each single camera, they are informative and good knowledge about the history in this beauty industry....<:) Thank you again for the sharing love...<:)

  15. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Thank you so much my friends!

    @wuxiong, thank you, yes, the purpose of this album was not to show off how many cameras I have but to convey information about vintage cameras to the community...for some of us, having the experience of using modern cameras only is like if you heard punk rock music for the first time but you didn't know about the roots of rock and roll, garage rock, British Invasion, rockabilly, blues, etc. I think we all benefit from seeing what has come before and the evolution of these amazing pieces of industrial design. I'm not done yet by the way, I have probably another 100 cameras to go in future albums! :D

  16. stratski
    stratski ·

    Lovely collection! I'm looking forward to seeing (and reading about) the rest of your collection. Also, I feel a lot less guilty now about owning about 30 camera's and still wanting more...

  17. sweetyyydreams
    sweetyyydreams ·

    Thanks a lot for showing and explaining us about you great collection of cameras, it's very interesting! I can't wait to hear more about the further 100 cameras of yours!

  18. jackpumpkinhead
    jackpumpkinhead ·

    Dirty McPete!! I tell you what I like about these old cameras, is that when you use them you hold them to your face, so you get to smell that wonderfully fusty age!

  19. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    @jackpumpkinhead, hehe, they have all different smells...some smell clean and others have various degrees of mustiness and age. I try to clean them up and go through a lot of Windex and q tips but some you can never get the stench out of.

  20. weleasewoger72
    weleasewoger72 ·

    I love this camera. My friend has one but refuses to loan me it! I also agree with you when you said LSI should do a 35mm version of this baby!

  21. jeniferricken
    jeniferricken ·

    It is a gorgeous collection!

  22. jeniferricken
    jeniferricken ·

    It is a gorgeous collection!

  23. emkei
    emkei ·

    great album!

  24. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Incredible collection!!!!

  25. dj3555
    dj3555 ·


  26. dreadlockboy
    dreadlockboy ·

    sick album :O

  27. bravebird
    bravebird ·

    thanks for sharing that amazing collection with us, peter!!!!

  28. troch
    troch ·

    Great album, wonderful collection! Most important, you are keeping them alive by using them.

  29. vici
    vici ·

    so cute!

  30. photobarbie
    photobarbie ·

    Nice looking camera can't believe it's so old! I love classics :) Thanks for sharing.