Photography
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Photography is nowadays a very popular and wide spread hobby - and no doubt far away from being uncommon. There are many occasions for taking pictures, such as baptism, marriage and holidays - simply something for the album. Anyway, being a lot of fun was the reason for this most fascinating hobby. My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic 100 - a very simple thing. This was around 1963.

The pictures were of very poor quality - and yet, at that time it meant a lot of fun for all of us. The "lens" was a kind of plastic material and the flash light didn't look very stable. Anyway, it was a camera and we were quite happy with that poor old thing. And the Instamatic Cartridge was something completely new at that time. Say: "cheese!".

However, after a certain time I was dissatisfied with this very low quality standard. So I decided to buy a new camera: an Instamatic 500. And this time the lens was really a lens; after all it was from Schneider! A skylight filter and a flash light followed and my photo equipment was complete.

However, after a certain time I was dissatisfied with this very low quality standard. So I decided to buy a new camera: an Instamatic 500. And this time the lens was really a lens; after all it was from Schneider! A skylight filter and a flash light followed and my photo equipment was complete.

It was only a matter of time until I decided to have a camera that could meet all my demands concerning photography. So my next buy was a Topcon RE Super - an extremely versatile camera that was exactly what I was looking for. The pentaprism could be replaced with a special precision viewfinder (with adjustable diopter!). Even the fresnel lenses could be exchanged: microprism, split-image or precision range-finders.

Somewhat later I bought a few accessories. Among them were a Novoflex bellows together with a compendium and a few lens heads. A slide copier, extension rings, filters and a double cable release made the equipment more or less complete - in my opinion at least.

My Novoflex quick-shooting bellows was a very fine piece of equipment. It was similar to what you can see on the picture at your right side with the exception that there were bellows instead of a tube.

A single lens reflex without exchangeable lenses? Pretty soon I bought a 28-mm wide angle lens followed by a 135mm telephoto lens (picture showing the 200mm version). A 58mm macro lens head with a separate adjustable extension-ring made the party complete.

Together with the adjustable extension ring and a double cable release the above mentioned lens head could also be used in the normal range. But it was a real true macro lens of very high quality.

Topcon Accessories 


waist level viewfinder

precision viewfinder

adjustable extension ring

set of extension rings
Topcon Lenses 


RE Auto-Topcor 1:3.5 f=135mm

Macro-Topcor 1:3.5 f=58mm

RE Auto-Topcor 1:2.8 f=28mm

The last camera I added was an Exakta Varex IIb. It was only the body without a lens. I could use the Topcon lenses instead, because they were using the Exakta bayonet as well. A strange thing was that the wind lever and the shutter release were on the left side of the camera. In contrast to the Topcon there was no through the lens exposure meter. However, it was such an extremely versatile camera that it was nearly impossible to find something equal.