Porst

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Photo Porst was a German distributor and retailer of many brands of cameras. It was founded in 1919 by Hans Porst in Nuremberg, Germany. For many years Porst bought cameras from other manufacturers, among them Adox, Agfa, Balda, Braun, Dacora, and Franka, and rebadged them. In the early years, from the 1930s to the end of the 1950s, it used the Hapo brand, an acronym of Hans Porst. Later on, the house brand cameras appeared under the PORST name, e.g. PORST compact reflex or PORST 135 BS. In the 1970s the house-brand Carena was added. A lot of these later house-brand cameras were produced by Cosina, but also by Balda, Franka, Fuji, Mamiya, Taron, and Yashica.

By 1996, the Porst chain of camera stores was Germany's largest photographic retailer[1], and in that year it was purchased by a Belgian investment group. In 2001, ownership was transferred to Pixelnet. The following year, the company became insolvent and the rights to the name Porst were sold to the German group Ringfoto.[2]

Contents

120 folder

127 rigid

35mm folding

35mm rigid

  • Carena 135
  • Carena 35 E
  • Carena 35 EE
  • Carena 35 F
  • Carena 35 JR
  • Carena 35 MD
  • Carena 35 MF
  • Carena 50 MF
  • Carena 60 MF
  • Carena 60 MF Data
  • Carena 85 AF
  • Carena AF-35 M
  • Carena BF-35
  • Carena BF-35AF
  • Carena Auto 35 AF
  • Carena Compact 35
  • carena Compact 35 EE
  • Carena Compact AF
  • Carena Computer
  • Carena Computer II
  • Carena D-35 (Konica EU-mini)
  • Carena Data AF
  • Carena Discovery 35 (Konica EU-mini)
  • Carena EF 250
  • Carena FL
  • Carena FL-M
  • Carena Flash
  • Carena Micro AF
  • Carena Micro Data
  • Carena Micro compact
  • Carena Mini X
  • Carena Motor AF-F
  • Carena Popflash
  • Carena RS
  • Carena Smartie
  • Carena Spectra Zoom 5800
  • Carena Super mini
  • Carena Super Zoom 70
  • Carena Super Zoom 105
  • Carena Top 35 F
  • Carena Twin
  • Hapomat 100
  • Hapomat 200
  • Haponette
  • Haponette B
  • Haponette EB
  • Haponette LK (King)
  • Haponette Automatic
  • Hapo 24, is a Balda Baldina (postwar)
  • Hapo 24e, is a Balda Super Baldina (postwar)
  • Hapo 36 is a Regula Cita
  • Porst CM-135 Auto (= Cosina CX-2)
  • Porst EL 300
  • Porst EL 500
  • Porst LK 500
  • Porst 135 C
  • Porst 135 B
  • Porst 135 BCS
  • Porst 135 BS
  • Porst 135 E Electronic blitz
  • Porst 135 S (Rangefinder based on Konica C35 series. See Cosina 35 Compact E)

SLR

  • Carena Computer E
  • Carena Computer Reflex
  • Carena CX-300
  • Carena CX-500
  • Carena ICS 201
  • Carena KS
  • Carena KSM 1
  • Carena KSM 2
  • Carena Micro RSD
  • Carena MS TL
  • Carena SFL 2
  • Carena SRH 500
  • Carena SRH 760 (Petri FT 500)
  • Carena SRH 1001
  • Carena SMR 1000
  • Carena SX 100
  • Carena SX 300
  • Carena 100 SX
  • Carena 1000
  • Carena 1000 SX
  • Porst Autoflex (=Mamiya Auto Lux 35)
  • Porst Autoflex TL (=Mamiya Sekor 528 TL)
  • Porst Compact-reflex (=Cosina CSM)
  • Porst Compact-reflex AM (=Cosina CT-4)
  • Porst Compact-reflex OC
  • Porst Compact-reflex OS
  • Porst Compact-reflex SP
  • Porst Reflex FX2 (=Praktica FX2)
  • Porst Reflex FX3 (=Pentaflex SL)
  • Porst Reflex FX4 (=Praktica PL Nova 1B)
  • Porst Reflex FX6 (=Praktica Super TL)
  • Porst Reflex 500 C (=Mamiya Sekor 500 TL)
  • Porst Reflex TL
  • Porst Reflex C-EE
  • Porst Reflex C-TL (=Cosina Hi-Lite HDL)
  • Porst Reflex C-TL super (=Cosina Hi-Lite 405)
  • Porst Reflex M-CE
  • Porst CR-1 (=Fujica STX-1)
  • Porst CR-3 (=Fujica AX-1)
  • Porst CR-5 (=Fujica AX-3)
  • Porst CR-7 (=Fujica AX-5)
  • Porst M-CE (=Chinon CE II Memotron)
  • Porst CX-3 (=Praktica L)
  • Porst CX-4 (=Praktica LB)
  • Porst CX-6 (=Praktica LTL)
  • Porst OC-N (=Cosina CS-3)

126 film

  • Carena 126 Sport
  • Porst Automatic 500 (=Braun Automatic 300)
  • Porst Automatic 501
  • Porst Automatic 503 (=Dacora Instacora)
  • Porst Automatic 504
  • Porst Automatic 505
  • Porst Feria 2000
  • Porst Instapak 50
  • Porst Instapak 100
  • Porst Lucky
  • Porst Photopak 50 (Inda FÉX)
  • Porst Photopak 100 (=FEX-MATIC Cube)
  • Porst Photopak 200
  • Porst Photopak 220
  • Porst Photopak 300
  • Porst Photopak 320
  • Porst Photopak 400

110 film

APS film

  • Carena AP 300
  • Carena AP 600
  • Carena AP 800
  • Carena Metal X
  • Carena Vectis X

subminiature

  • Porst EX 55 ELECTRONIC mini-star (=Yashica Atoron Electro)
  • Porst KX 50

Instant

Digital

  • Carena DSC D-7
  • Carena DSC P-6
  • Carena DSC P-50

Notes

  1. McKeown, p.  797.
  2. From 1996: Porst chronology at kamera-geschichte.de.

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