My Father's Cameras

Smart ads coming Soon

When my Dad died in 1980, I was left with the two cameras he still had: a Nikkormat FT and an Olympus 35RC rangefinder. Since then, I've gradually acquired examples of the ones he'd had earlier to add to my collection, and I think I've basically got them all now:

The first one I know of was an Argus A, which I believe was given to him by my mother for Christmas in 1942.

By the time I came along, the Argus had taken a back seat to a Voigtlander Vito (you can see the original one around my neck at the top of the "Camera Stuff" page). It took me a few years to find one just like it for my collection, but here it is.

When Grandpa Oleson died in 1958, Dad inherited his Ansco Memar, and that became our official family camera. The Vito was really a better camera, though.

In the early 1960s (I think 1963, but I'm not positive), Dad traded in the Vito on a Voigtlander Bessamatic. It was Dad's first SLR, and his last German camera. Reliability was terrible, resulting in entire rolls of blank Kodachrome after vacation trips. This one works, but it's otherwise similar to Dad's original.

The best thing about the Bessamatic was that it was so bad it pushed Dad to buy his first Japanese camera, and this time he hit a home run: in 1966, they just didn't come any better than this Nikkormat FT, which still works (and looks) just like new.

Dad's last photographic investment was this Olympus 35RC, bought somewhere around 1972. He liked it so well that he got me one just like it for Christmas in 1974. I was a little disappointed, frankly, since by that time I could have used an SLR and the 35RC's close-up capabilities are distinctly limited. It's a very nice little camera though, and now in the service of my daughter (who happily gave up an SLR in exchange for it)
powered by lycos
SEARCH: Tripod The Web