Author Archives: photographica
Author Archives: photographica
Welcome to the Pacific Rim Camera home page. We are dealers in vintage and film cameras. And the world mostly seems to be moving in a direction where all film cameras are vintage cameras. And some digital cameras are becoming collectible.
Our website has been experiencing urban sprawl. Like many major metropolitan areas, it’s growing in every direction, with no end in sight. But unlike those cities, this growth is not bringing with it crime, traffic congestion and additional sports franchises. It does bring you a reference section on collectable cameras, Photographica Pages (which is under perpetual construction), with photos of cameras, lenses, accessories and even original boxes! We also have a links section, with links to stories and articles posted by us (although many aren’t written by us) and even links to other camera related sites.
And of course, the catalog.
I’ve made the catalog without images, so that it will load quickly, and should be accessable to the most people, with links to photos of almost every one of our multitude of thousands of items. Almost everything else has some graphics, and almost every area is constantly being made new and improved. Check back from time to time.
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Mike’s Praktica Collection
The first Praktica was built in 1949 by the Company “Mechanik Kamera Werkstätten VEB Niedersedlitz” which was founded as “Kamera-Werkstätten Guthe & Thorsch GmbH” 1919 by Benno Thorsch and Paul Guthe in Dresden.
In 1989 the Berlin wall was down; the GDR was no more; and a great name was soon fade into history. The famous Pentacon factory in Dresden was shortly closed and with it, unless something unexpected happens, the end of the Praktica SLR.
The following pages contain some information about the history of the Praktica cameras as well as the history of Pentacon Dresden the company which has designed the Praktica SLR ‘s for 31 years. At the end of this time, on October 2, 1990, Pentacon Dresden was the largest and famous German camera producer. The market share of Pentacon was at this time 5% in Germany, 12% in France, 24% in United Kingdom and 30% in the Netherlands (Blumtritt).
My collection contains today 324 different cameras such as Praktica cameras as well as their precursors.
PhotoLit is a freely accessable databank which aims to list photographic literature published since 1839 . It is NOT a list to order books from. At present (June 2011) PhotoLit lists 38.000 entries (c. 74 MB) of books, periodicals and periodical articles which have – in a wider or more narrow sense – to do with photography in all its artistic, visual and technical aspects. The stock listed so far is only a small part of the world’s existent photographic literature – but titles are constantly added to. And we ask your assistance to make PhotoLit more complete.
As PhotoLit has been founded in Germany it yet reflects listings which are predominantly German or English language based. An internationalisation is definitely aimed for. In spite of its present language-based handicaps (see below) PhotoLit already offers remarkably interesting research results if used creatively.
The wanton destruction of projectors and other related professional film equipment prompted in 1978, a few like minded preservationists to form The Projected Picture Trust. The proposals were not only to locate the equipment being destroyed, but to renovate, preserve and exhibit it for the enjoyment of the public at large. In other words, these people wanted to preserve the magic of cinema.
Camera instruction manuals. Original and professionally produced copies of camera manuals for every camera ever made. We are the world’s leading supplier of camera guides.
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