This week's episode of the Camerosity Podcast is one for the ages.  Michael Wescott Loder, Nikon historian and author of "The Nikon Camera in America 1946-1953", joins us to discuss a huge number of topics regarding Nikon's history along with the Zeiss-Ikon Tenax II and a huge number of other cameras that he is interested in.  We go over everything from Nippon Kogaku's role in the post war Japanese camera industry, why they were successful and Canon wasn't, Nikon rangefinder prototypes, and a whole lot of other interesting topics.

But wait there's more...

Also joining in on the discussion is none other than president of the Nikon Historical Society, and fellow author, Robert Rotoloni jumps in to add his thoughts and ask some questions of his own.

I'm not done yet....

Returning from episode 8, author of "Making Kodak Film", Robert Shanebrook surprises us with a visit to participate in the discussion and ask some questions.  Rounding out our guests are Mark Faulkner, Nick Lyle, and Miles Libak!

Next week, we will return with Episode 14, so look out for the Episode announcement this upcoming Sunday, November 28th!

This Week's Episode

  • Wes Bought a Nikon S2 to Photograph in Caves / How Wes Got Started Researching Nikon
  • Tenax II / Akarette / Akarelle / AGFA Ambi Silette / Lordomat
  • Why Was Nikon So Successful?  Why Didn't Canon or Pentax Have the Same Level of Success?
  • Why Did Zeiss-Ikon Make the Tenax II? / Which Came First, the Tenax or Robot?
  • Hubert Nerwin, Zeiss-Ikon, the West German Camera Industry, and the Kodak Instamatic
  • Why Didn't West Germany Have any Focal Plane SLRs like the Contax SLR?
  • Zeiss-Ikon Stuttgart Had to Rebuild After the War / East Germany Was Winning For a While
  • Nikon Saw the Best Success in the US East and West Coasts, Not the Midwest
  • Hubert Nerwin and Operation Paperclip
  • Many Camera Companies Went Out of Business Between 1958-1962 / Differences Between Germany and Japan
  • Nippon Kogaku Developed the Nikon F at the Same Time as the Nikon SP
  • German SLRs Were Hampered by Their Own Reliance on the Compur Leaf Shutter
  • Nikon and Canon Had Different Approaches Toward Making Rangefinders
  • The Nikon S2 Originally Had Knobs for Wind and Rewind / Only Black Dial S2s Can Be Motorized
  • Canon Made 33 Different Rangefinders Between 1945 and 1958
  • Why Was the Nikon F So Successful? / Why the Canonflex Failed
  • Nikon Model One Bellows
  • Did Nippon Kogaku and Eastman Kodak Ever Collaborate On Anything?
  • Tuberculosis Almost Killed Medium Format in Japan
  • David Douglas Duncan's Role In Nikon's History / Jun Miki
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 and f/1.5 Lenses
  • Nippon Kogaku Would Service Any Camera or Lens for Any Professional Photographer During the Korean War.
  • The Nikon F Was So Successful, It Killed the Nikon Rangefinder / The Nikon SPX and SP2 Was Built But Never Released
  • There Were More Canon 7 Rangefinders Made Than All Nikon Rangefinders Combined
  • Nippon Kogaku Also Worked on a Medium Format SLR and a 16mm Subminiature, None Were Ever Released
  • What Would the Japanese Camera Industry Look Like if Nippon Kogaku Never Existed?
  • Japanese Optics Companies Helped Each Other Out
  • Can Nikon Survive Today?
  • Smartphones Are Killing the Camera Industry
  • Color Film is Out of Stock Everywhere (Except for Theo)
  • When Nikon Made the Millennium SP and S3 Rangefinders, They Used 80-Year old Retired Guys to Train People How to Make Them
  • Robert Rotoloni Did the Foreward in Wes Loder's Book

Show Notes

If you would like to offer feedback or contact me with questions or ideas for future episodes, please email me at mike@mikeeckman.com

The Official Camerosity Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/CamerosityPodcast

Camerosity Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/camerosity_podcast/

Wes Loder "The Nikon Camera in America 1946-1953" - https://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Camera-America-1946-1953/dp/0786432217

"The Tenax II: Zeiss Ikon's Precision, Fast-action Camera" - https://www.amazon.com/Tenax-II-Precision-Fast-action-Camera/dp/138987821X

Wes's Blog - http://wesloderandnikon.blogspot.com/

Robert Rotoloni - http://www.nikonhistoricalsociety.com/p/rotoloni-book.html

Mark Faulkner - https://thegashaus.com/

Theo Panagopoulos - https://www.photothinking.com/

Anthony Rue - https://www.instagram.com/kino_pravda/

Paul Rybolt - https://www.ebay.com/usr/paulkris

November 17, 2021

Episode 12: The Pentax Episode

This week on the Camerosity Podcast, we have a quad-fecta of returning callers, Mario Piper, Mark Faulkner, Michael Gossett, and Michael Kaplan all joined Anthony, Theo, Paul, and I in a lively discussion that was dominated by everyone's favorite camera, brand Pentax!  Of course, I found a way to mention Miranda again, plus a dig on Petri SLRs, and Anthony previewed a future discussion of developing in Caffenol and Black and White Reversal!

Next week, we are hoping to have a special guest who is a published author of multiple camera related books, so keep an eye out for the show announcement this upcoming Sunday, November 21st around Noon Central Time.

This Week's Episode

  • Michael Gossett Returns with his AGFA Speedex We Made Him Buy
  • Michael Kaplan Loves the AGFA Ambi Silette and Zeiss-Ikon Contessa 35
  • Petri SLRs Never Work / Staring at Cameras
  • Michael Kaplan's Ephemeral Machine Podcast
  • Leica R Lenses / Paul Loves the Leica R4
  • Shutter Lag on the Minolta XD11
  • Minolta/Leica 16mm Fisheye Lens
  • Yellow Takumars / Radioactive Lenses
  • Can a Yellowed Lens Replace Needing a Dedicated Yellow Filter?
  • 8 Element Takumars / Miranda Also Has an 8-Element 50/1.4
  • The Pentax Section
    • The Pentax K1 is the Perfect DSLR for Adapting Pentax K-Mount Lenses
    • Mark loves the Pentax Auto 110
    • Paul's Rare Meterless Pentax SL
    • Mike Loves the Pentax SV and the Pentax K (not the K1000)
    • The Ultimate Asahi Pentax Screw Mount Guide by Gerjan van Oosten
    • Five Element Takumar 55mm f/2.2 and 58mm f/2.4 Lenses
    • Pentax ME Super and ME F (not a Pentax, but the Canon T80 is Cool)
    • The Pentax MX - Is It the Best K-Mount Pentax?
    • Theo's Pick is the Pentax Spotmatic SP
    • Everyone's Favorite Pentax Lenses
  • Vivitar Lenses 35mm f/2, 70-210mm f/3.5 Zoom, 200mm
  • Mike Loves the Nikkor 100-300 f/5.6 Zoom
  • Sigma Z 28mm f/2.8 M42 Lens / Joseph Ehrenreich Red Line and Blue Line
  • The Lester Dine Macro Lens / Yashica Dental-Eye
  • Developing in Caffenol
  • Buying Obscure Old Films From a Guy on Etsy
  • Black and White Reversal Development / AGFA Scala
  • Film Souping

Show Notes

If you would like to offer feedback or contact me with questions or ideas for future episodes, please contact me at mike@mikeeckman.com.

The Official Camerosity Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/CamerosityPodcast

Camerosity Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/camerosity_podcast/

Radioactive Canomatic Lenses - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPl0NUn_Dd0

The Asahi Pentax Ultimate Screw Mount Guide by Gerjan van Oosten - https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Asahi-Pentax-Screw-Mount/dp/907653702X

Etsy Classic Film Shop - https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClassicFilmShop

Theo Panagopoulos - https://www.photothinking.com/

Anthony Rue - https://www.instagram.com/kino_pravda/

Paul Rybolt - https://www.ebay.com/usr/paulkris

This week on the Camerosity Podcast, we were once again joined by previous guests Paul Rybolt and Mike Novak and first time caller, Hong Joon Lee who has been following on Facebook and purchased the Contax Sonnar 1.5 I recently sold.  Half way through the show however, we were joined by camera collector extraordinaire, Ira Cohen, whose massive collection of cameras I was able to visit earlier this year.  Ira has the largest collection of rare and unusual cameras I've ever seen and the level of knowledge he has about collecting is unmatched.

This was a fascinating episode that went in completely unpredictable directions with a lot of talk about Miranda and their history, why the Nikon F was so successful, what point is a Leica copy not longer a copy, and much, much more!

As always, if you are interested in participating in our next episode, be sure to keep an eye here for a new link which will be posted around noon Central Time Sunday, November 14th!

This Week's Episode

  • Hong's Sonnar 1.5 and Mike's New Leotax
  • Amedeo Contax Lens Adapters / Don't Buy Cheap Lens Adapters
  • Paul's Orion Contax to Leica Adapter
  • Miranda's Demise of the dx-3
  • What are the Good Mirandas? / Miranda Soligor Lenses Punch Above Their Weight
  • Miranda's Risque Ads / Mike Gets in Touch with the Niece of the Lady from the Ads
  • How Miranda Got Started and Why They Failed
  • Mike Loves his Miranda A / Wirgin SLRs are Nice Too
  • Montanus / Wirgin TLRs
  • When Did SLRs Start to Take Over from Rangefinders?
  • Mike's Contax I Will Never Be Serviced
  • Ira Cohen Calls In!
  • The Nikon F Officially Began the Era of the SLR
  • Was it that Obvious that the Nikon F Was Superior to All Other Cameras at the Time?
  • Camera Rigidity: Nikon vs Leica
  • Why Was Leitz Hesitant to Release an SLR?
  • When Is a Leica Copy No Longer a Leica Copy?
  • We got Michael Gossett to buy an AGFA Speedex
  • Anthony's Zeiss folders CLAd by Jurgen at certo6.com
  • Ira's Blue Chair / Hong Works by Central Camera
  • Ira's Prototype Box Camera
  • Mike Gets a Book on Cameras by Douglas St. Denny from China

Show Notes

If you would like to offer feedback or contact me with questions or ideas for future episodes, please contact me at mike@mikeeckman.com.

The Official Camerosity Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/CamerosityPodcast

Camerosity Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/camerosity_podcast/

Paul Rybolt - https://www.ebay.com/usr/paulkris

Mike Novak - https://www.flickr.com/photos/greyscale3/

Hong Joon Lee - https://www.facebook.com/hongjoon.lee.33

Ira Cohen - Ira has no Internet Presence

Theo Panagopoulos - https://www.photothinking.com/

Anthony Rue - https://www.instagram.com/kino_pravda/

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