period correct cameras Queenie, I'm sure the other camera collectors & I could have a HUGE posting flurry on cameras. And most of it would go over everyone elses head. Just like if you guys started discussing cars, this non driver would be left in the dust. A correspondent would have a professional camera of the period. Usually magazines & newspapers back then prefered images from large negative cameras. LIFE really didnt want anything smaller than a rollie TLR. Its all got to do with the engraving process back then. Most images were heavily retouched to make them print clearly. So thats why you see all those press guys carrying big4x5 Speed Graphics. Big negative, big beautiful tonality. But Eisenstaedt at Life Mag changed a lot of that in pursuing 35mm photography. His candid style changed a lot of things. Note his pic of the Sailor Kissing the Nurse in TimesSquare was a Leica camera shot. This is way before nikons. Capa used a Leica inthe SpanishCivilwar, but by WWII he had two contax 35mm cameras & a rollei. CarlMydans & most of the other Life photogs seemed to prefer contax to leica. Whereas a GI might have a brownie or an argus. I've seen pix of a Yank mag photog w/ a leica & a SuperIkonta and a pistol I knew an old war photog who couldnt stand the SpeedGraphic, so usually used a Rollei. When his rollei was damaged, he scavenged a leica. The russians made leica counterfeits, but certainly scavenged th real thing. The pix of the russian soldiers waving the flag over the captured Berlin used a leica & had brought along the flag to get his own version of the Flag over IwoJima. Joe Rosenthal shot that w/ a Speedgraphic. You can often get copies of vintage style cameras made inthe USSR up til the early 90s.They captured th contax factory during the war. But be careful, the russian workforce is not known for its quality control. I have a $50 russian 35mm lens thats clearly a contax zeiss copy. Its about as sharp as anything I've ever used. I'll leave motion picture cameras to someone else.