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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:29 am    Post subject: Central's Photographic Almanac for 1941 Reply with quote

I have just picked this up with some other photographic material.I do hope to scan some of the more interesting pages from this booklet...stay tuned.



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inside front cover



PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The following pages are about the Contax camera and lenses.







PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool! I have a Canon IIIa rangefinder with a Central Camera Co sticker inside. The camera also has an X/FP flash sync added to the front, which I believe CCC installed.

It is my understanding that CCC was equivalent to B&H today. They were a big resource for the photographic community.


PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike,Just from looking at this book I would say they were huge in their day.I will scan some of the pages that talk about what they could do and what repairs they did.

But first here is a little bit about Leica





PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few pages about Zeiss Ikon cameras etc







PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love those old catalogues - More please!

It's interesting to compare then-and-now prices: a Leica IIIb with a Summitar at first sight looks pretty cheap at £273 but using the https://www.measuringworth.com/uscompare/index.php website tells us that its present day equivalent is over $4,600 based on the consumer price index. And a 135mm Contax Sonnar works out at over $2,000 on the same basis.


PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh. Those prices sound about right for Leica. And Zeiss. Using that link for determining an estimated current equivalent price, that $235 Super Ikonta BX has an equivalent 2015 value of $3,760.00. So the BX I picked up for $100 a few weeks ago was a pretty good deal, I'd have to say.

Mo, I'm interested in the sort of "repairs" CCC offered. Do they mention the x/fp flash sync installation that my Canon rangefinder has?


PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike,I have not read these pages in their entirety,but from what I understand you could ask them to do almost anything.
See below


PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Developing,Enlarging and Print Costs...


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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Need Camera Insurance? Very Happy


Postage costs and terms of service


PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These last pages are very cool to look at. I like the comment on the repair page that states basically that they'll build any sort of custom configuration you want.

I just googled Central Camera, and guess what? They're still in business.

http://centralcamera.com/


PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering if they were still in business.

I liked the question on the insurance page....If my camera was stolen by burglars or my servant!


PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah yes. Perhaps the scullery maid . . .