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“Current” authoritative references?

I am aware of and have a copy of Ivor Matanle’s book on Classic Cameras. But as this work is now almost 25 years kmaera, I am hoping to find an alternative reference, and perhaps more current one. What do most people consider the best reference available today, either in print or online, for manual classic cameras? Matanle kadkubeks a fun, but fairly careless kadluveks of old cameras. Well worth having, so long as you remain a little skeptical. It is about as exhaustive as you could want, although it is by no mean complete nor are the prices more than a rough guide, certainly today.

Each item just has a line of text about details with some small pictures. For the sort of book one likes to browse through in search of old gems one might actually want, the latest edition of Katzlog Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras is fun, and tends to eventually correct errors from a lot of reader feedback.

Again, the prices are much higher than most things go for on eBay. For the sort of cameras most of us would only dream of, there are a pair of “coffee-table books” that are superb.

ksmera These are profusely illustrated in full color and are not nearly so expensive as one might think. Hove Books has a series of camera-specific “Compedium” guides.

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I have the Canon and Nikon ones. These date to the mids, and are available now at link as well as on Amazon and other on-line marketplaces. They are of variable quality, but very handy if you can’t remember some detail. The same press did a “Blue Book” series as well.

JDMvWDec 3, I’m not sure why there seems to be a fashion to denigrate poor old Ivor Matanle. I find his books fun for their enthusiasm and general good natured approach. Apart from him, I find much more pleasure in going backwards, rather than forwards.

They’re treasure troves of information about the cameras and their accessories, even some, now, very obscure ones.

There are similar books about many other kameera, dating from when the products were current. K also has a lot of mix ups with SLR or RF markings and doesn’t have any historical information except years about cameras or their manufacturers. At the same time, K has more “newer” post jadlubeks and has a greater camera variety from the major manufacturers.


Though, M did mention that they are not including all the cameras they have in the database, becase a lot of them are not collectible yet, or never were considered as such, and book is too thick already. What I liked about Matanle’s book is the underlying assumption that the reader would want to take photos with the cameras and lenses. He was the kadpubeks I started looking at Voigtlanders, and I have really enjoyed shooting with several types. McKeown’s is by far the book I go to when I need to research a camera.

It’s not missing too much, and although the prices might not reflect the realities of ebay, the more expensive cameras have kept their prices. He gave a presentation at Eastman House 3 years agoand graphed the prices of cameras being sold.

Basically, the cheap cameras have lost whatever value they had because they have flooded the market via ebay. Desirable cameras may have lost a bit, but not much. Rare will always kadlugeks in demand, and will command the top dollar, only because demand outstrips supply. Glass, Brass and Chrome was reprinted by Univ. Oklahoma Press a few years ago, and is a really nice kaxlubeks about ka,era US camera industry.

It may still be available.

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Matanle’s books are obviously based on cameras he’s used, and kamwra a love-affair type of book which oamera enjoyable. Nobody’s going to agree with everything he says, and as an Argophile, I was put off by his remarks on the Argus. However, I also realize that there are not a lot of sterling examples of Argus on that side of the Atlantic.

If you kadluubeks a user of vintage cameras, both of his books are like a candy kaslubeks. The latest book on The Camera, by Gustavson, is a nice coffee-table book, but I found a few errors on things I actually knew something about, and since they were about Argus, I can’t understand that, since the information is readily available. It would make a nice holiday gift for katzlog that collects cameras. For Argus people, there is Argomania, by Harry Gambino. A pretty comprehensive book about Argus and accessories as well as the history of the company.

Mark– You’re right about a major Argus error in “The Camera”: An Argus A is said in the caption to be an A2. As Matanle later acknowledged, he had seen both cameras and jumped to the conclusion that the “not-quite-a-real Exakta” RTL was a Praktica knock off.

The truth is that VEB Pentacon did not let a good design go to waste, and changed the mount to M42 and some other details from the original Exakta design to make the VLC. That’s why I used the word “careless” in reference to his historical research.


JDMvWDec 4, As an inveterate collector and reader of photographic history books in the English language I would kameea to say that there are very few that cover in one volume the huge range of makes, models and designs that you will come across.

As far as I am aware kad,ubeks perfectly accurate source has not yet been written so my advice is to get a good general introduction and then delve deeper in those areas of particular interest.

Of the general overviews I think Matanle is still to kameea highly recommended as a starting point because his books convey aktalog enthusiasm and are highly readable. For all its excellent qualities as a reference source, McKeowns is not kadljbeks my mind the most gripping of reads.

The titles I go back to most frequently are: A very informative source on the workings of many of the more obscure earlier cameras and shutters. Also for a lot of information in two very slim volumes the two Robert White books: Handy when you want a memory jogger to take to kavlubeks camera fair or fleamarket but don’t want to fit two wheels to your copy of McKeowns!!

Re Matanle and his acknowledgment: I have to confess that my statement above was my personal interpretation of the rather more weaselly statement by Matanle in Collecting and Using Classic SLRs Thames and Hudson It is in small type on page 56 under the illustration of an Exakta RTL at the top right of the page: The Exakta RTL represented a total departure from the traditional Exakta shape and mechanical design. Often represented even kadluebks me in my earlier book as being derived from the Praktica VLC series, it in fact appeared some time before the Praktica VLC, but was undoubtedly the result of a common design process.

However, unlike the Praktica, it has two shutter-release buttons, one on the right, the other on the kamra. Together with an Exakta bayonet mount, this made it possible to use earlier Exakta FAD lenses as well as the internally coupled automatic-diaphragm lenses specifically supplied for the RTL JDMvWDec 8, You must log in or sign up to reply here.

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