Our '10 Iconic Cameras' portfolio celebrates a selection of film cameras that in our opinion have made a remarkable contribution to photography. Thanks to the ingenuity of truly visionary individuals and companies, an array of cameras were invented that could magically manipulate light through ground layers of glass into dark chambers and finally onto film coated with light-sensitive crystals. This allowed practically anybody to document life in all its gritty detail and capture the ebb and flow of the modern world as we know it. Its time to doff our cap...


Commissioned by Dutchmann and designed by our very own Durban-born designer Warwick Kay, each camera in the portfolio is stripped of its brand name and represented only by its iconic, recognisable form. Available in a strictly limited edition of 30, each archival fine-art print receives a Dutchmann 'Seal of Authenticity' and is then editioned and signed by hand with the camera name and release date.

The portfolio comprises 10 prints, is shipped in a cloth-bound Solander box and includes a signed colophon designed by Dutchmann collaborator Garth Walker. Each portfolio costs $3,500 / R4,000 ex Vat whilst stocks last... Enquire now.

The portfolio comprises 10 prints, is shipped in a cloth-bound Solander box and includes a signed colophon designed by Dutchmann collaborator Garth Walker. Each portfolio costs R3,800 ex Vat whilst stocks last... Enquire now.


The portfolio prints are trimmed to 435mm x 300mm and are only sold as a complete set. If you have your eye on a single print, individual XL prints are available at a size of 1189mm x 841mm. These extra-large archival fine-art prints are similarly limited to an edition of 30, each receive a Dutchmann 'Seal of Authenticity' and each are signed by hand with the camera name and release date. R2,800 ex Vat each whilst stocks last... Enquire now.


The portfolio comes with a signed colophon designed by camera-loving, design-guru Garth Walker that carries a text overview compiled by Dutchmann of each camera. Whilst the iconic camera designs speak for themselves, we felt it was fitting to cover the often-overlooked details of what makes these cameras unique. Find out which camera is credited with popularising the term 'Snapshot' and indeed which took a bullet to save a famous photographer's life in Vietnam....



Rolleiflex is a series of medium format 120 roll film cameras introduced in 1929 by Franke & Heidecke in Germany and refers to Rollei's premier line of medium format Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) cameras. Rolleiflex TLR film cameras were notable for producing high quality (now iconic) 6x6 cm square negatives in a compact, easy to operate camera. Widely imitated, their exceptional build quality, compact size, superior optics, reliable mechanics and bright viewfinders made them the choice of professional photographers across the globe. Notable Rolleiflex photographers who have produced some of history's most memorable images include Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Robert Doisneau. Enquire ...



The Leica M3 is a 35mm rangefinder camera produced by Ernst Leitz GmbH (now Leica Camera). The M3 introduced several features to the Leica, among them the combination of viewfinder and rangefinder in one bright window and the now legendary 'M' mount. It was the most successful model of the M series, with over 220,000 units sold by the time production of the M3 model ended in 1966. Perhaps one of the most famous users of the M3 was Henri Cartier-Bresson, the French street photographer who used his M3 to shoot one of his most famous images, On the Banks of Marne with an M3 and 50mm lens. Other greats that used the Leica M3 include, Robert Frank, Robert Capa and W. Eugene Smith. Enquire ...



The Pentax Spotmatic refers to a family of 35mm single-lens reflex cameras manufactured by the Asahi Optical Co. Ltd., later known as the Pentax Corporation, between 1964 and 1976. The Spotmatic was one of the first SLR's to offer the revolutionary Through-The-Lens (TTL) 'Average' exposure metering system, which was ironically initially designed to use a 'Spot' meter. But the change came too close to production to change the name and so 'Spotmatic' stuck. During the Spotmatic era Asahi were manufacturing more SLRs per month than all the other camera manufacturers combined. Noted users of the Pentax Spotmatic include the American poet and photographer Ira Cohen. Enquire ...



The Trip 35 is a 35mm compact camera manufactured by Olympus. It was introduced in 1967 and discontinued in 1984. Over twelve million were sold. The Trip name was a reference to its intended market - people who wanted a compact, functional camera for holidays - made even easier to use by the camera s built-in light meter that required no batteries. The Trip pioneered and dominated the compact point-and-shoot camera market and was popularized by photographer David Bailey (who famously shot portraits of Andy Warhol, and other iconic 1960s celebrities).
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The Nikon F camera, introduced in April 1959, was Nikon's first SLR camera and showed the superiority of the Japanese SLR quality over more expensive rangefinder options. It was the first SLR system to be adopted and used seriously by the general population of professional photographers and carries the title of being the first SLR on the lunar orbit. It was produced until October 1973 and aspects of its design remain in all of Nikon's subsequent SLR cameras. Probably the most famous user was Don McCullin whose Nikon F suffered a direct hit whilst he was covering Cambodia. It saved his life and is a testament to the build quality of the camera. Enquire ...



The Hasselblad 500C was introduced in 1957 by the Victor Hasselblad AB. Its name is derived from its 1/500th of a second leaf-type Compur shutter, which allowed for electronic flash synchronization at all speeds. The landmark 500C design formed the basis for Hasselblad's product line for the next forty years, with variants still being produced in small quantities in 2008. The now iconic modular design of the series meant that all components were interchangeable and proved highly popular with professional photographers. Perhaps the most famous use of the camera was during the Apollo program missions when man first landed on the Moon. Enquire ...



The LOMO LC-A (Lomo Kompakt Automat) is a fixed lens, compact camera introduced in 1984. Originally manufactured until 2005 by the Leningrad Optical Mechanical Association (LOMO) in St Petersburg Russia, its replacement (the LC-A+) moved to China. In 1991, a group of Viennese students discovered the Lomo LC-A and were "charmed by the unique and sometimes blurry" images that the camera produced. The Lomographic Society International was subsequently founded in 1992 with a motto of "Don't Think, Just Shoot", accompanied by 'Ten Golden Rules' that encourage spontaneity while minimizing considerations of formal technique. Enquire ...



First introduced in 1900, the Brownie is the name of a popular series of simple and inexpensive film cameras made by Eastman Kodak until 1962. With its simple controls and initial price of $1, it popularized low-cost photography more than any other camera in history and introduced the concept of the 'snapshot'. Famously quoted mid-century photographer Bert Hardy suggested 'an expensive camera was unnecessary for quality photography' and used a Brownie to shoot a posed (and at the time, racy) snapshot of two young women on a breezy day in Blackpool in the United Kingdom. Enquire ...



Walter Zapp invented the original Minox subminiature camera in 1936. Initially manufactured in Riga, Latvia - the camera attracted the attention of intelligence agencies in America, Britain and Germany due to its small size and macro focusing ability. The close-focusing lens and small size of the camera made it perfect for covert uses such as surveillance or document copying. The Minox was used by both Axis and Allied intelligence agents during World War II and later versions were used well into the 1980's. The Soviet spy John A. Walker Jr whose actions against the US Navy cryptography programs represent some of the most compromising intelligence actions against the United States during the Cold War era, used a Minox C to photograph documents and ciphers. Enquire ...



The Contax G1 and G2 are interchangeable-lens rangefinder cameras sold by Kyocera under the Contax brand in competition with the Leica M7. The G1 was introduced in 1994 with the G2 joining it in 1996. Production ended in 2005. The G-series use a unique (and at the time revolutionary) electronic rangefinder autofocus mount called the "G"-mount. Designed by Carl Zeiss, the lenses quickly established the G series as a camera of worth. German fashion and art photographer Juergen Teller - who's work is marked by his refusal to separate the commercial fashion pictures and his autobiographical un-commissioned images - employs a raw, overexposed style using a Contax G2 camera with an on-board flash. Enquire ...

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