1939 Falcon Miniature Vintage Camera

Falcon Miniature vintage camera photographed by Jeff Baumgart

This Falcon Miniature is the newest addition to my vintage camera collection. It was made in 1939 by the Utility Manufacturing Company in New York. The body is made of Bakelite, and it takes 127 roll film. It came with a 50mm lens with a fixed aperture and fixed focus. The simple spring rotary shutter offers only one speed, 1/25.

It’s nice to also have the original box. Can’t wait to find some 127 film and test it out!

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Analog Photography with a Soviet Zorki

Zorki 4

Several weeks ago I bought this cool Soviet camera from a vendor in the Kazimierz district here in Kraków. It is a 1963 Soviet made Zorki 4. I have wanted an old vintage film camera for a while now, and this one really jumped out at me. The body is made of aluminum and is very solid. Every part still works great. It has a removable 50mm f/2 lens. These old rangefinder cameras are focused manually using a prism and mirror arrangement between two viewing windows. Small adjustments in the angles of the prisms will align two superimposed images. When the images are aligned the subject will be in focus.

It’s so interesting to wonder who has used this camera over the last 48 years and what kind of photos were made with it.

It’s a lot of fun learning photography all over again with the manual controls. I have only shot 1 roll of film, but I am happy with the results so far.  Here are some shots from the first roll. The only post processing I did was a little cropping here and there. I have decided to keep all images just as they were straight out of the camera.

Krakow through a Zorki

Krakow through a Zorki

Krakow through a Zorki

Krakow through a Zorki

Krakow through a Zorki

Krakow through a Zorki

Krakow through a Zorki

Krakow through a Zorki

Zorki Self Portrait