Dating zeiss binoculars

(1959) (Large Image) This is the original Canonflex model introduced in 1959 at the same show the Nikon F and Minolta SR-2 were introduced in the United States.It had no meter but had an automatic diaphragm and instant return mirror.(See Cameraquest - Canonflex.) This camera includes the clip-on external meter.The Canonflex uses Canomatic lenses which were similar but not identical to the later Canon FL lenses.You risk damaging your camera if you use an FL lens on a Canonflex.This original Canonflex has a removable Pentaprism similar to Miranda and Topcon cameras. The Canonflex RP appeared in 1960 which was similar to the original Canonflex but had a fixed pentaprism.The Canonflex RM, below, was similar to the RP but added a Selenium meter and the film advance lever on top.The original Canonflex is relatively rare and this was a great find. I purchased it for $50 in La Mesa, CA in February 2011 from an ad on Craigslist.

As interesting as the camera is, the original owner was more interesting. Fred Gerlach was born August 26, 1925 and died December 31, 2009. Fred Gerlach - Tribune Tributes.) As explained in his Obituary published January 7, 2010 in the San Diego Union-Tribune, he was a Detroit native, grew up in New York City and came to California in the late 1950s. He is most famous as a 12 string guitar player and maker. Fred Gerlach, Discography, Weenie ) Recordings are available at Smithsonian Folkways and He knew the likes of Woodie Guthrie and was part of the New York folk scene in the early 1950s, and later part of the music scene in San Francisco and San Diego. (See, e.g., Fred Gerlach special - Blue Moment Arts, Obit: Fred Gerlach has Died, The Mudcat Cafe, R. Fred Gerlach was also amazingly talented in many other ways.I bought the camera from his son David and also met Fred Gerlach's wife Barbara.The son showed me some of the things Fred Gerlach had made including one of his 12 string guitars and beautifully crafted furniture.

I believe the son said his father was an engineer by profession.

The comments on the Internet indicate he also made an airplane. While I like cameras and other things I collect, probably the neatest thing is learning things about the lives of some really neat people.

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