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Our archive of analog camera reviews is listed below. You will find reviews of some of the best film cameras from brands such as Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon, Hasselblad, and more. You can see a complete listing of our archives, here.
I can’t quite remember when I got my first Spotmatic, it was a SP1000, screwmount version of a K1000 minus the hot shoe over a decade ago, I have my brother Alex to blame for enabling me. I later picked up an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F from the Henry’s Clearance Centre when they were located on Queen St. in Toronto just west of the flagship store. Much later in 2013 on I grabbed a Spotmatic SP and II off Leica repair tech Dan Goldberg ‘s site when the Canadian dollar was at par.
Known as “The Brick” due to it’s brickly and rectangular appearance, it is fairly easy to operate. I was lucky, because my camera came with a nearly mint 128 page reference guide that describes in detail the function of each knob. Now, I could have probably figured out how to operate this little beast on my own, but it was fun to see pictures and graphs from a camera manual that was published in 1952.
Observations about the new Polaroid Originals OneStep2 by an instant film novice
I first read about Soviet cameras back in 2011. For a while they didn’t seem that interesting to me. Back then I thought they looked kinda ugly, and after reading about how problematic they could be, I definitely had some reservations about buying myself one. A few years later, after reading a few glowing reviews of the Industar 61L/D lens, I started looking into buying the lens plus a camera to shoot it with.. . . .
This month we celebrate Red Oktober with a series of reviews and articles about using “commie cameras”.
Labour Day photo montage.
.The Bronica ETR-Si is not what is usually considered a pretty or elegant camera. I suspect in designing the ETR-Si, Bronica chose to go with function over form for nearly every aspect of the camera. That doesn't mean it's not good looking, but it's not the kind of camera you'd regularly see on a list of most sought after film cameras. Those kinds of lists are usually filled with names like Rolleiflex, Hasselblad, Leica, Nikon, etc. Because of this, as well as the fact that of all medium format cameras the 6x4.5 format seems to be the least popular, the Bronica ETR system is currently (IMO) one of the best values in medium format photography.
I think just about anyone who shoots medium-format should have at least one TLR. It is a different experience from just about any other type of camera.
Canon FTb, a workhorse loved by die-hard Canon FD mount fans, is one camera that gets overshadowed by the A-1 and AE-1 with photography enthusiasts.
Last September I finally pulled the trigger on a camera that I'd been eyeing for a while - an Intrepid 5x4. I already have a Crown Graphic, but I wanted something that would give me more flexibility with regard to movements. With the Crown Graphic I don't really use movements, so all you're gaining is the additional film size, and since my Hasselblad is no slouch in the optics department, there didn't seem to be much advantage in using the Crown Graphic over the Hasselblad, despite its smaller film size. The Intrepid would, hopefully, give me more flexibility with movements, as well as being lighter and more compact.
The combo of a Contax G1 and the 28mm lens came into my life about 24 months ago. This particular cam was not at all on my radar, but after reading a number of glowing internet reviews, I was hooked and knew I wanted one.
Konica’s Autoreflex T3 descended from their original Autoreflex single lens reflex which had the novel (and probably unique) feature of being able to switch from the full 35mm format to half frame at will mid-roll. Although the T3 does not share this ability, it’s still a solid, well made 35mm SLR that’s worth considering if an example presents itself to you at a keen price.
My display case at home contains too many 35mm SLR cameras. Beautiful, elegant examples from some of the big names in film camera manufacturing; Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Minolta, Konica, stare wistfully through the glass. The cameras are from my brief yet intense period of searching for my perfect 35mm SLR camera.
Enter the Voigtländer Bessa R3M – a subtle masterpiece in design and function.
I’d been jonesing for a medium format point and shoot for a couple of years now. I like higher end automatic rangefinder style cameras because they allow me to focus on the image rather than the settings. It was one of those deep down wants that I’d feed on regular occasions with internet reviews and Ebay browsing. LOTS of internet reviews and Ebay browsing…
At times, objects seem to take on more than their physical nature; they embody and become part of the memories attached to them. This is no different for cameras, maybe even more so for a camera.
When Lomography introduced the Lomo LC-A 120 it was with this optimism that we got excited about getting one in to Blue Moon Camera. A point-and-shoot medium format street camera with a 38mm lens!
In this camera harem of mine, I have my favourites, the ones upon whom the passion is even stronger. One of them is the Fuji GX 680. I have model II, built in Japan from 1995 to 1998. And it is just something out of this world, that weights around 4kg, accessories out, made for studio work, but that I carry around hanging from the neck feeling it like a feather of joy and pride. A true love story.
I have a theory about hunting for used cameras, wherein the closer you get to that payment sweet spot, the more you will love that camera.. . . . Today we have the first in a series of articles on gear by Marc Nagainis, starting with the classic Hasselblad 500 C/M.
Film photography enthusiasts usually have a lot of cameras and I’m no exception. Recently I found myself reaching the point that I call Vintage Camera Critical Mass. This the point where your collection of cameras is so large that it starts attracting more cameras all by itself. . . .
In honor of "Red Oktober," we will be featuring a short series of FSC members' musings on their favorite FSU cameras. We begin with Kevin Rosinbum's musings on his personal favorites.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being part of a Polaroid workshop/Polawalk hosted by Impossible HQ in beautiful Central Park at the heart of New York City to kick off the start of Polaroid Week 2016.. . . .
Film photographer Bill Smith makes a convincing case for the worry-free practice of acquiring durable cameras to tote on vacation.
HW Kateley reviews the Fuji GS645s
Film photographer Michael Fauschette posits a lesser known option as an ideal travel camera, and reviews the Bronica rf645.
Ever want to shoot large format hand held? Want to shoot wide open and large format and hand held? Want to rock it like it’s 1929? Then a Graflex SLR may be for you.
As many of you know, April 24th, 2016 was Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD). I am not a professed pinhole professional, but I have this Ondu pinhole that I have used a few times and I thought I would take her out for a spin again.