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A pocket camera - 1936

By HobbitDave
So we decided to buy a pocket camera and take some photos,.......some inspired folk said, in 1936.

This one was known as a Vest Pocket camera and came with its own brown leather fitted case. They were quite popular in the late 1930s, and took sharp photos with the Tessar lens. It is called The Kolibri Camera and was made by the Carl Zeiss company in Germany.
This particular one I am doing a refurb for grandson, as he is keen on old film cameras.
Nice to look back in time - 84 years ago this would have been someones pride and joy.

The little instruction book is very good, with its picture of Mr Cholmondely Walnut shown taking a photo Wink The camera has its original lens cap, on a green string, and a separate yellow cloud filter.
(Since taking this the lens has been cleaned of dirt, its now clearer than in the photo!)

I think Zeiss would have been pleased with the way this camera sold, as they made a few Special Edition Kolibri for night photography which were fitted with a classy f2 lens, and very expensive compared to the standard model above.

Ah, the retro years...but I wonder were they better? With WW2 declared 3 years after this camera was made, every generation has its challenges.

Tags: Photo journalism Compact Travel Film camera Zeiss Vest pocket Kolibri

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Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
12 Sep 2020 2:18PM
An interesting set and a good read.
peterkin 17 670 England
12 Sep 2020 3:20PM
Very interesting, Dave.

Peter
12 Sep 2020 3:30PM
Interesting set
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
12 Sep 2020 3:32PM
It would be fun to experiment with this old camera--- or one like it!
Likely also a frustration for us digital users!
12 Sep 2020 3:38PM
A fascinating image of this wonderful old camera, Dave and a very interesting narrative.
I had a Kolibri typewriter in 1961 - it’s still in the attic. I wonder if it was made by the same company.

Richard Smile
12 Sep 2020 3:51PM

Quote:It would be fun to experiment with this old camera--- or one like it!
Likely also a frustration for us digital users!

I think the frustration might be the time taken to load a film, Jenn, the shooting is just two settings to adjust, aperture and shutter speed, then ‘click’ to take pic. But also only 12 pictures to a film, so you had to be very choosy about the ones you wanted to take 🙂
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2020 4:20PM
You certainly know your camera's Dave
a lovely way to show us this lovely old camera
laura1 16 8
12 Sep 2020 5:18PM
a little treasure! I hate film so limited! 36 shots were the max!

Laura
12 Sep 2020 5:28PM

Quote:a little treasure! I hate film so limited! 36 shots were the max!

Laura

Some people went down the Olympus Pen F road Laura, they had various excellent pro-lens choices and being ‘half frame’ they delivered 72 pics on a 36 film roll. They were 60s/70s compact film cameras. They were so popular Olympus kept the name and it is still used today I believe on a classy Pen F digital compact.
12 Sep 2020 7:56PM
Thanks for sharing Dave.
Geoff
12 Sep 2020 9:32PM
Great set Dave, very interesting information.

LorySmile
GeorgeP Plus
13 62 26 United States
12 Sep 2020 11:47PM
A wonderful find . . . and I am sure your grandson will love it. Lots of fun ahead developing film and then scanning the negatives for the "digital darkroom".
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2020 11:58PM
Those were the days of photography... Informative write-up and a fascinating set.
Isabel GrinGrin
13 Sep 2020 11:09AM
Clever you being able to sort out old cameras. Such an interesting write up. Lucky Grandson you have. Debs
Super image a really interesting history Zeiss were a very prolific camera producer.

Carole
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
13 Sep 2020 12:10PM
A fine looking old camera here, Dave, and a great set 👍 Not quite the same instruction manual as with modern digital cameras, about 1" thick! 😁👍
Trev 😀
14 Sep 2020 8:07AM

Quote:It would be fun to experiment with this old camera--- or one like it!
Likely also a frustration for us digital users!

I agree! SmileSmileSmile

Jukka.

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