I got the Laack on ebay for very little. It was complete but a basket case. The wood was terrible and the rest was covered with years of dirt. To my surprise, after cleaning, it wasn't brass but gold plating with bellows that were beautiful and a lens that is rather rare. The Rulex shutter is also great after basic cleaning with no more than flooding with Zippo fluid.
Meisupii J by Tougo-do. Takes (or took) Balta film.
Lovely, I had a Meisupii half. A lovely 35mm half frame camera from about 1963.
This looks nice too, much earlier probably 1951-1953. Bolta film is unperforated 35mm film with a paper backing - not unlike 828. Unfortunately the two spools were completely different so they werent compatible, the Bolta having square key holes in the spool and the 828 having one end with a protruding ratchet arrangement. I expect 828 could be respooled onto a Bolta spool though. Konishiroku had a similar film but the spool was much wider than the 828 or Bolta and had protruding lugs each end of the spool making it incompatible.
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N for Nikon L35AF, Nikon's first ever compact camera and their first AF. This I've had since about 1984. The lens is a 35mm f2.8 an improved Sonnar design, not designated Nikkor but designed by a Nikon lens designer (who's name escapes me now) and made by them A great little camera to use, noisy but nice and sharp. The covering on the grips is rubbery and comes off easily, I replaced it with 'leather' from a broken Praktica.
Nicer looking than the Contax and Leica of the day, its a pity they settled on a 38mm screw thread (to avoid Leica patents) 41 or 42mm would have been better then Leica lenses could be used with an adapter.
I love the rewind and slow speeds levers on the front. A lovely camera with a design 10 or 12 years before its time.