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35mm Cameras (Crowood Collectors') Hardcover – 3 Oct 2007

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; First Edition edition (3 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186126948X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861269485
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,059,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Long is a professional writer, with around forty books on motoring subjects and a highly-respected history of the Nikon brand [published by Crowood] to his credit. He is a member of the All-Japan Classic Camera Club and is an avid collector of vintage 35mm equipment. He lives in Japan.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan on 21 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Brian Long, staying in Japan, has added some information which most other authors not easily come by, mostly related to the Japanese situation. He has gathered pictures to illustrate his book from local sources as well as having included his own pictures of cameras. Some interesting advertising material is also included.

The book has a nice layout and is good reading, including a few advices on camera collecting, camera storage, and camera caretaking in general.
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By the Bear on 14 Mar. 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A nice book prefaced by a very health statement to the effect that collecting cameras is a hobby, and should therefore not be an occupation that consumes vast sums of money. I enjoyed the book but my only criticism is that it meanders a bit, without any apparent logic defining what's in and what's out.
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35mm Cameras 12 July 2011
By Sam Adams - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Brian Long lives in Japan and is "an avid collector of 35mm equipment." This book, published in 2007, is packed with photos of 35mm cameras from the Tourist Multiple and early Leicas to rangefinder reintroductions by Nikon and Zeiss Ikon in 2005. Besides photos of cameras, there are many photos of advertisements over the years. A short glossary is in the back.

Long's purpose is to introduce anyone interested in collecting 35mm cameras to their history. He explains how to examine a camera for condition, discusses possible repair issues that cameras of a particular era might have, and offers advise on what to consider if you're buying an old camera not only to display but to use. He gives short histories of the makers of popular brands during each decade, and mentions landmark cameras of each era. This is not an exhaustive look at 35mm cameras and does not cover every model of even a single brand, but it's an excellent, informative overview of this type of film camera.

Capsule histories in the book -

Some Popular Brands of the 1930s and 1940s:
Zeiss Ikon, Ihagee, Kodak, Agfa

Landmark 35mm Cameras of the 1930s and 1940s:
Leica I (1925), Kine Exacta (1936), Argus C3 (1939)

Some Popular Brands of the 1950s:
Iloca, Leidolf, Kiev, Apparate, Regula, Alpa, Sears, Yamato, Argus, Braun, Leica

Landmark 35mm Cameras of the 1950s:
Leica M3 (1954), Nikon SP (1957), Zeiss Ikon Contarex (1958)

Some Popular Brands of the 1960s:
OPL, Voitlander, Kowa, Ansco, Krasnogorsk, Wirgin, FED, Dacora, Balda, Franka, Nikon

Landmark 35mm Cameras of the 1960s:
Nikon F (1959), Agfa Selecta-M (1962), Asahi Pentax Spotmatic SP (1964)

Some Popular Brands of the 1970s:
Topcon, Yashica, Praktica, Fuji, Foto-Quelle, Petri, Mamiya, Porst, Hanimex, Miranda, Canon

Landmark 35mm Cameras of the 1970s:
Olympus M-1/OM-1 (1972), Canon AE-1 (1976), Konica C35 AF (1978)

Some Popular Brands of the Modern Era:
Ricoh, Olympus, Minolta, Rollei, Pentax, Certex, Vivitar, Konica, Chinon, Minox, Cosina

Landmark 35mm Cameras of the Modern Era:
Minolta 7000 (1985), Canon T90 (1986), Nikon FM3A (2001)

Also in the book, for collectors who want to use the camera -

Focal Plane Shutter SLR Lens Compatibiltiy for Popular Manual Focus Models:
Canon, Exacta/Exa, Leica, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Praktica, Voitlander, Zeiss Ikon
A Must for Serious Collectors 23 Aug. 2014
By JR - Published on
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A must for any serious collector of 35mm cameras. Provides a wealth of information and lots of pictures that really help sorting out one version of a classic camera from another.
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