Gold in the Antique Store: Spartus Full-Vue


An antique TLR camera from 1940-1948.

I was in Maine recently and found an old Spartus Fullvue TLR camera collecting dust in a corner. It still had its leather case, crusty with the ravages of time. But under its hardened shell lie a shiny, almost new vintage TLR,

It’s a set aperture but the shutter is smooth as silk and the viewfinder is crystal clear. It’s dated between 1940-1948. Almost shaking with the thought of the adventures it has seen, I clumsily loaded a roll of 120 Fuji Pro H 400 and brought it out for a test run. I got the film back today and sat aghast at the tiny squares in my hands—even my beloved Diana doesn’t capture images such as these!

I feel truly fortunate to have been able to find this wondrous camera, as many of its peers have survived the years only to sit on shelves as decorations. Here’s hoping that you too can rescue an old camera and breathe new life into its deflated lungs!


written by aroninvt on 2011-07-12 #gear #antique #review #120mm #lomography #film-camera #user-review #analog-camera


  1. bear_feet
    bear_feet ·

    Beautiful images here!

  2. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·


  3. jeffr
    jeffr ·

    YEAH! that 6th photo is awesome!!

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