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Los Angeles Times cameras

Los Angeles Times cameras

April 13, 1987: A studio photo shows vintage Los Angeles Times photography equipment. At the top, on a wooden tripod, is a 70 millimeter high-speed motorized Hulcher camera used at sporting events. At the middle center is a circa 1940 Speed Graphic camera. To its right is a 1917 Graflex camera.

The three cameras on the bottom, from left, are a 1940s-era Fairchild K-10 aerial camera that used 5×7-inch roll film;  a 1980s-era Nikon F3 35 millimeter camera; and a 1950s-era Rolleiflex 120 millimeter film camera.

This photo by former staff photographer Randy McBride was used in the 1987 Los Angeles Times book “Images of Our Times: Sixty Years of Photography from the Los Angeles Times.”

In the upper left of the photo is an early 300 millimeter lens but the brand was not identified.


  1. February 26, 2013, 8:43 am

    What I wonder is what came between the Rolleiflex and the Nikon–what was the first 35mm SLR used by Times staff? The Kodak Retina Refles? A Voigtländer Bessamatic?

    By: CarrotCakeMan
  2. February 26, 2013, 8:39 pm

    By 1970, most of the Los Angeles Times photo staff was using Nikon SLR 35mm cameras and lenses. Some images were still taken on Rolleiflex or similar large format cameras.

    By: Scott Harrison
  3. February 27, 2013, 1:24 pm

    Having 2 1950s Rolleiflex cameras, I have to wonder. What dimension is 120mm? The cameras are identified as being 6-by-6 (reflecting 6 centimeters by 6 centimeters) for the exposure frame. While not precisely 6-by-6, they’re very close. The camera looks like a high end (f2.8) vs. low end (f3.5) version. The f2.8 lens allowing twice as much light into the camera as the f3.5 version at maximum aperture. Also, the presence of the built-in light meter means that it is at a minimum an E model. I would suspect that it is a Rolleiflex 2.8e.

    By: David Ecale

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