Spring loaded cameras

All kids are fascinated by clockwork mechanisms, evidence of which are the numerous mechanical clocks the were dismantled and could never be put together again. Mechanical cameras are the super epitome of that, all levers and cogs, springs and hinges.

Some camera maker went the extra mile to add spring winding to the cameras. In most cases this was before the lever winding mechanism, and even thereafter it allowed fast frame by frame shooting.

My first decent camera was a Zorki 4. The Russian engineer that designed it had a short thumb, else there is no explanation for the tight position of the film winder. My knuckle was bruised after taking couple of shots.  As a salute to the camera makers that saved photographer’s skin, attached is a list of spring loaded – spring motor  mechanical  cameras.

Note that the Robot Recorder cameras are committed, being special purpose cameras, not for daily use.

 

BrandModelCountryYearEstimate US$Morethumbnail
AnscoMemo Automatic USA196350More2961-Ansco-Memo Automatic
AnscoMemo IIUSA196730More31195-Ansco-Memo II
Bell and HowellDial 35 USA196340More11195-Bell and Howell-Dial 35
Bell and HowellFoton USA1949870More11238-Bell and Howell-Foton
CanonDial 35 I Japan196340More1661-Canon-Dial 35 I
CanonDial 35 II Japan196830More1662-Canon-Dial 35 II
CanonDial Rapid Japan1965150More1663-Canon-Dial Rapid
DebrieSept I France1921180More20520-Debrie-Sept I
DebrieSept II France1923300More
Finetta88Germany195330More13116-Finetta-88
Finetta99Germany1953110More13115-Finetta-99
Finetta99LGermany1953230More13121-Finetta-99L
FinettaFinetta I DGermany195980More
FinettaFinetta II DGermany194980More
FinettaFinetta IIIGermany194980More13120-Finetta-Finetta III
FinettaFinetta III DGermany1949100More
FinettaFinetta IV DGermany195060More13113-Finetta-Finetta IV D
FinettaFinetta SuperGermany195160More13122-Finetta-Finetta Super
FinettaFinetteGermany194850More13117-Finetta-Finette
FinettaFinette I AGermany194970More
FinettaFinette I BGermany194960More
FinettaFinette II AGermany1949100More
FinettaFinette II BGermany60More
FinettaHanimarGermany1953150More13118-Finetta-Hanimar
FujiDriveJapan196460More10137-Fuji-Drive
FujiRapid-D1Japan196620More10167-Fuji-Rapid-D1
GaumontPascal Box France1900170More
GOMZLeningrad USSR1956110More14124-GOMZ-Leningrad
Great WallGreat Wall SZ-11969100More
Great WallGreat Wall SZ-21976100More
JapyLe PascalFrance1898710More
KilfittRobot Prototype spring motor19482400More22102-Kilfitt-Robot Prototype spring motor
KMZFotonUSSR1969340More15394-KMZ-Foton
KMZFoton 2USSR1973510More
KMZFoton 3USSR1975420More
KMZFoton MUSSR1970510More
KodakAutomatic 35USA195910More27916-Kodak-Automatic 35
KodakAutomatic 35BUSA196110More27917-Kodak-Automatic 35B
KodakAutomatic 35FUSA196210More27918-Kodak-Automatic 35F
KodakAutomatic 35R4USA196520More27919-Kodak-Automatic 35R4
KodakAutosnapUSA196210More27553-Kodak-Autosnap
KodakInstamatic 400USA196310More27839-Kodak-Instamatic 400
KodakInstamatic 814USA196810More27865-Kodak-Instamatic 814
KodakInstamatic X-125USAMore
KodakInstamatic X-45USA197010More27892-Kodak-Instamatic X-45
KodakMotormatic 35USA196010More28017-Kodak-Motormatic 35
KodakMotormatic 35BUSA1960More
KodakMotormatic 35FUSA196220More28018-Kodak-Motormatic 35F
KodakMotormatic 35R4USA196520More28019-Kodak-Motormatic 35R4
LOMOLomo 135 M USSR198030More14132-LOMO-Lomo 135 M
MinoltaAutopak 800Japan196930More5442-Minolta-Autopak 800
MiyagawaBoltax I Japan1938250More16517-Miyagawa-Boltax I
MiyagawaBoltax II Japan200More16518-Miyagawa-Boltax II
MiyagawaBoltax III Japan1941250More16519-Miyagawa-Boltax III
NichiryoTeleca 2401970770More36038-Nichiryo-Teleca 240
RicohAuto HalfJapan196320More4672-Ricoh-Auto Half
RicohAuto Half EJapan196690More4673-Ricoh-Auto Half E
RicohAuto Half E2Japan197670More4674-Ricoh-Auto Half E2
RicohAuto Half EFJapan197850More4675-Ricoh-Auto Half EF
RicohAuto Half EF2Japan50More4676-Ricoh-Auto Half EF2
RicohAuto Half SJapan60More4679-Ricoh-Auto Half S
RicohAuto Half SEJapan196720More4680-Ricoh-Auto Half SE
RicohAuto Half SE2Japan110More4677-Ricoh-Auto Half SE2
RicohAuto Half SLJapan110More4682-Ricoh-Auto Half SL
RicohAuto Half Zone FocusJapan1963150More4683-Ricoh-Auto Half Zone Focus
RicohAuto ShotJapan196420More4684-Ricoh-Auto Shot
RicohHi-Colour 35Japan197010More25076-Ricoh-Hi-Colour 35
RicohTeleca 240Japan1970380More4778-Ricoh-Teleca 240
Robot375Germany19384300More17008-Robot-375
Robot82 ElectronicGermany1982More17099-Robot-82 Electronic
RobotI Germany1934270More17009-Robot-I
RobotII Germany1939190More17010-Robot-II
RobotII Air ForceGermany1940260More17011-Robot-II Air Force
RobotIIa Germany1951190More17012-Robot-IIa
RobotIIa Deluxe Germany19521330More17014-Robot-IIa Deluxe
RobotIIa red-brownGermany19511410More17013-Robot-IIa red-brown
RobotJuniorGermany1951140More33129-Robot-Junior
RobotJunior Green Germany19523500More
RobotMotor-Recorder 36CS Germany330More17018-Robot-Motor-Recorder 36CS
RobotMotor-Recorder PostGermany190More17017-Robot-Motor-Recorder Post
RobotOS 35 F Germany19851190More17019-Robot-OS 35 F
RobotRobot TrafficGermanyMore29522-Robot-Robot Traffic
RobotRoyal 18 Germany19572300More17082-Robot-Royal 18
RobotRoyal 18AGermany1957760More
RobotRoyal 24Germany1957370More17084-Robot-Royal 24
RobotRoyal 24 BlackGermany19571900More
RobotRoyal 24 FKF Danish ArmyGermany760More17086-Robot-Royal 24 FKF Danish Army
RobotRoyal 24AGermany1957560More17087-Robot-Royal 24A
RobotRoyal 36 Germany1955680More17088-Robot-Royal 36
RobotRoyal 36 IIIGermany1955780More17089-Robot-Royal 36 III
RobotRoyal 36 Vl Germany19551420More
RobotRoyal 36AGermany1955860More
RobotRoyal 36BGermany19591140More17092-Robot-Royal 36B
RobotRoyal 36B BlackGermany19593000More
RobotRoyal 36SGermany1956900More17094-Robot-Royal 36S
RobotRoyal 36S AGermany19611420More
RobotRoyal 40 Germany1952390More17096-Robot-Royal 40
RobotRoyal II Germany19541620More17097-Robot-Royal II
RobotRoyal III Germany1953420More17098-Robot-Royal III
RobotSCGermany1982510More31993-Robot-SC
RobotStar Germany1952200More17100-Robot-Star
RobotStar 25 Germany1969290More17102-Robot-Star 25
RobotStar 25 EndoscopeGermany1969240More17103-Robot-Star 25 Endoscope
RobotStar 50 Germany1969210More17104-Robot-Star 50
RobotStar 50 18Germany1975680More17108-Robot-Star 50 18
RobotStar 50 D Germany1969630More
RobotStar 50 DA Germany1991660More
RobotStar 50 ED Germany1975540More17107-Robot-Star 50 ED
RobotStar 50 ES BlackGermany1975210More17109-Robot-Star 50 ES Black
RobotStar 50 S Germany1975200More17110-Robot-Star 50 S
RobotStar 50 Spy OutfitGermany19691420More17111-Robot-Star 50 Spy Outfit
RobotStar 50 STASIGermany1969440More17112-Robot-Star 50 STASI
RobotStar 50 Stasi BriefCaseGermany19692800More17113-Robot-Star 50 Stasi BriefCase
RobotStar 90 Germany1970480More
RobotStar Brown LeatherGermany1952260More17101-Robot-Star Brown Leather
RobotStar Classic Germany1996950More17115-Robot-Star Classic
RobotStar EGermany370More35460-Robot-Star E
RobotStar I Sweden Air ForcesGermany19551240More17116-Robot-Star I Sweden Air Forces
RobotStar II AutoGermany1958270More17121-Robot-Star II Auto
RobotStar II Auto ScientificGermany1954320More17122-Robot-Star II Auto Scientific
RobotStar II Auto STASIGermany360More17123-Robot-Star II Auto STASI
RobotStar II FKF Danish Air ForceGermany19552100More17118-Robot-Star II FKF Danish Air Force
RobotStar II S Germany1958290More
RobotStar JuniorGermany1952260More17015-Robot-Star Junior
SearsEasi Load FC 600USA19700More32068-Sears-Easi Load FC 600
Standard Projector And EquipmentGatling1963140More
TeraokaAuto TerraJapan660More
TeraokaAuto Terra IIJapan140More
TeraokaAuto Terra IIB Japan1957100More19127-Teraoka-Auto Terra IIB
TeraokaAuto Terra IIBS Japan1958130More
TeraokaAuto Terra IIL Japan140More
TeraokaAuto Terra P Japan1959390More
TeraokaAuto Terra Super Japan1959230More19131-Teraoka-Auto Terra Super
TeraokaAuto Terra Super AJapan550More36277-Teraoka-Auto Terra Super  A
TeraokaAuto Terra Super L Japan1959130More19132-Teraoka-Auto Terra Super L
TeraokaAuto Terra Super P policeJapan1961120More
TessinaTessina 35 Switzerland1957480More19139-Tessina-Tessina 35
TessinaTessina 35 blackSwitzerland1957780More19141-Tessina-Tessina 35 black
TessinaTessina 35 GoldSwitzerland19571170More19142-Tessina-Tessina 35 Gold
TessinaTessina 35 redSwitzerland1957820More19138-Tessina-Tessina 35 red
TessinaTessina 35 'STASI' Switzerland19663700More19140-Tessina-Tessina 35 'STASI'
TessinaTessina L BlackSwitzerland1957830More19144-Tessina-Tessina L Black
TessinaTessina L ChromeSwitzerland1957400More19145-Tessina-Tessina L Chrome
TessinaTessina L GoldSwitzerland19571140More
TessinaTessina L RedSwitzerland19571040More