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In 1909, the four camera makers Hüttig AG in Dresden, Kamerawerk Dr. Krügener in Frankfurt/M, Wünsche AG in Reick near Dresden and Carl Zeiss Palmos AG in Jena joined forces to become the Internationale Camera A.-G. (ICA) in Dresden. Hüttig, one of the oldest camera makers was founded in 1862. Originally, the company logo was a five-pointed star. Later this was changed to a light-bearing angel. ICA produced a variety of cameras, continuing some of the camera lines of the founding companies. The plate cameras Sirene 135 and Ideal are common.In 1926, ICA was one of the name-giving partners in Zeiss-Ikon. The others were Ernemann, also in Dresden, Goerz and Contessa-Nettel. The serial number system employed by Zeiss Ikon until its demise in 1972 was initiated early on when ICA was established, using a letter preceding the serial number..(sourcecamerapedia)

The Kodak Brownie Reflex non-synchronized camera was manufactured from May 1940 to Aug 1942 in the US. It had a simple Bakelite body camera with a main lens and a second-surface keystone reflecting mirror viewfinder. The viewfinder had a hinged sheet metal cover. The winder was on the base, which was removable for film loading. Note the lack of flash synchronization terminals below the main lens on the non-sync model...The Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro model was manufactured from Sept 1941-May 1952 in the US and from 1946 to May 1960 in the UK; some were also made in Canada. Thus overall the model had a 20 year production run. The synchro model had a two-pin flash connector below the taking lens, and had the shutter selector inverted.The design was patented in 1940 by designer Henry O. Drotning as US Patent D119931.

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The Kiev 88 is the most well-known of the Kiev cameras. Produced by the Arsenal factory in Ukraine, the Kiev 88 was a slight revision of the Salyut which in turn was a copy of the Hasselblad 1600 F.

The Kiev 88 is best known as an inexpensive entry-level medium format SLR. Quality control is generally understood to be rather poor on these cameras.

There are, however, some very high-quality lenses available for Kiev-88 cameras at very low prices. The most well-known is the Arsat 30mm f/3.5 fisheye lens, available for around $200, whose nearest rival bears a price tag closer to $6000.

The Kiev 88 originally used a screw thread but was later modified to take the Pentacon Six mount. This version is called the Kiev 88СМ.

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