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This area of craigcamera.com is designed to entertain, educate, and generally help you. Since we are just beginning to build this page, we are just going to add material as we find it. I will give you a brief description of the information, and provide an underlined link, so you can jump to that section for detailed information. USE YOUR "BACK" BUTTON TO GET BACK HERE! We also welcome additions and corrections to any of these informational areas. Just e-mail your contributions and we'll load 'em right up.For instance, we get a lot of requests for Rolleiflex instruction booklets, so just click on one of these three links and you will find a chart listing all the various models of Rollei TLR cameras, serial number range, and years of production. This is of inestimable value in identifying the Rollei model that you have. If You have a Rolleicord, click here. If you have a Rolleiflex 3.5 camera, click here; and if you have a Rolleiflex 2.8 camera, click here.
It can also be difficult to identify the year of manufacture on a lot of Graflex products. So from a July, 1966 service bulletin we have come up with a dating system for Graflex products from 1960 to 1969. Just click on Graflex Dating and learn a lot!
Ever wonder if there was a way you could identify when a lens was made? Well, we have a little section that will help with Zeiss Lenses at least. Here you will find a chart that shows the serial numbers of Zeiss lenses listed by years, from 1912 to 1942.
For those of you who might own an older Bronica Camera, here are sometidbits of descriptive information which highlights the features of the earlier models, and how to tell one from another when the company didn't bother to identify them!
Ever wonder who made Tower Cameras for Sears Roebuck and Company? Well, we've come across a listing of those manufacturers and the Tower model numbers. Originally compiled with the assistance of Sears and published in a 1976 issue of the SPT Journal, we offer it here for you afficianados.
It's amazing what I find buried away in file drawers, like this marvelous c. 1983 release from L.F. Deardorff & Sons in Chicago. Ill. Deardorff It's a folksy kind of history of the company, related by the son of the original Laban F. Deardorff. I wonder what ever happened to the 353 8x10 view cameras the Air Force bought in 1949?
Haven't you always wanted to know just how to price your used photo equipment? Well, before you slam your mouse on Pricing Used Photo Equipment thinking you are going to get secrets of the trade-- this is the typical government confusing double-speak guideline issued by the Office of Price Administration in 1942. If it makes perfect sense to you, your brain cells are a-typical. But it's just for fun!