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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.
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.
The F2 is a fun, reasonably priced Nikon body and in the AS version a real joy to shoot.
A nice review of a time-proven system, along with some useful tips for purchasing and maintaining you growing collection: The Olympus OM-Single digit system.
On last January I found a Polaroid Land SX-70 camera from a private vendor. I was getting acquainted with it before but, as it is a bit expensive to shoot a Polaroid nowadays, I didn´t really get into this world up until now.
My photo output has had a nitrous-oxide boost lately. The Olympus XA is a creative pocket powerhouse. In fact, combined with the availability of £1 rolls of 24 exposure Agfa Vista 200 film here in the UK, I’m shooting more frames than ever.
The camera that we’re looking at in this article, the GSW690ii is a great example of the classic rangefinder with one notable exception, it is in no way diminutive. Saddled with the nickname of "Texas Leica” it is something of a behemoth by rangefinder standards. . . .
Fast forward 25 years and I’ve made tons of mistakes, though the pee and fart ones have largely tapered off. I can without a doubt tell you that one of the great mistakes I’ve made in recent years was selling my Hasselblad 500C/M. At the time I had my reasons, and when I remind myself of them I feel justified, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss it
The things you love the most, it seems, stick with you the longest. Chase Jarvis said, “the best camera is the one that’s with you,” but I tend to think my best camera is the one I never sold. I’ve come back to the Minolta SRT101 and SRT102 because of nostalgia, but what I gained was so much more.
The Kodak Medalist is one of the more interesting cameras that Kodak ever made, and is arguably the best American made camera that ever came out of Rochester NY. Designed by the famous American industrial designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, the camera is also one of the most unique and pretty cameras that I’ve ever come across.
This is a small feature packed camera that works well as an all around pocketable shooter. It has the ridiculous long zoom that was common in some models of this era. (I always thought these things looked like Pinocchio's nose. ) None the less, it can produce very good quality images, is easy to handle, seems common in the used market, and is not expensive to purchase.
My first 35mm film camera was a Konica Autoreflex T, an ancient 35mm camera built like an absolute tank, and the first ever to feature a built-in light meter. Unfortunately, the weight and heft of it didn’t hinder the jam that left the film advance stuck forever in place, rather shortly after I purchased it. Although short-lived, my relationship with this camera got me into the process of photographing with black and white film, and I am truly grateful for it.
This review continues on the theme of inexpensive but good quality film cameras.
The Konica Z-up28W is interesting because not many point and shoot zooms start at a wide angle of
28mm. It zooms to only what would be considered a *normal* focal length of 56mm. For me, this is a
very useful range.
When I first read about the new LOMO LC-A 120, I was really excited and couldn't wait to see what it could do. The LC-A 120 packs some really cool and unique features into a considerably small body. First and foremost is the Minigon 38mm f/4.5 lens, covering (mostly) a 6cm X 6cm frame. If you want 6x6 and 38mm, there is a rather limited number of choices. Secondly, the LC-A 120 features program auto exposure. These features, combined with the small body, make it a very interesting camera.
I subscribe to the adage ‘the best camera is the one you have with you. Now, for nearly everyone that would be a smart phone but this a community based around film, and we are not nearly everyone. The camera I always have is my Yashica T4, and this review will explain how it suits the way I see things and why you might want to give it a try.
There are quite a few cameras in the Pentax Iqzoom line, but this one stood out for me when I found one. It has a fairly compact footprint and shows high quality in manufacture. It is aluminum cased and although a little thick, it will fit in larger shirt pocket. I ran a 1st roll through mine before finding a manual and specs for it, so I was quite pleased when I got what I considered exceptional results for a compact p&s with a zoom.
At a glance, a Leica is a Leica is a Leica, but when you’ve bonded with a camera like I have with my M4 it’s hard to trust anything else. One of the unique characteristics about the Leica M is that each seems to have a character of their own and switching cameras to me felt like infidelity. You’re rolling your eyes because I’ve just described another intangible quality of the Leica. Shoot with two of them though and tell me you don’t feel the same way. A Leica is a Leica is a Leica, or not.
The purchase of my Leica M4 was a product of naivety combined with a healthy dose of gear acquisition syndrome. I had in fact never held a Leica, nor had I known anyone who owned one for me to try out. I simply knew it was an object of beauty, much like the Hasselblad I already owned, and that the only way I could try it out was to take the plunge. I saved for what felt like an eternity, eating ramen at night, and borrowing condiments from the refrigerator at work until I could finally afford the camera.
More than a year has passed since I first reviewed the Fujifilm GA645 and I still get emails asking about the camera. Over the two years that I’ve owned the GA645 a number of cameras have come and gone. For a host of reasons the GA645 has always avoided the chopping block, and I want to provide an update about what I still think is one of the best cameras available for film photographers.
The lenses I own now are not the fastest lenses you can buy. They’re also not the sharpest lenses you can buy. But, they’re lenses that suit the way I like to shoot in that they require me to interact more with a scene rather than solve a compositional equation with a piece of gear. In life as in photography there’s often a lot of answers to different problems so don’t listen to the argument about zooms vs. primes and find something that suits you.
For me the attraction to buying this camera was its classic 70's styling. When I take this out around the town, it elicits admiration from people who don’t even know anything about cameras. There was a saying in the early days of flight that if a plane “looked right, it will fly right”. Well this little camera just looks the business, a no-nonsense camera, which just oozes vintage style.
I had some time to kill recently and found myself in one of Japan’s many thrift shops. In a box marked “Junk”, and priced at a whopping ¥100 ($.83) I found myself a Konica Big Mini. It’s true that I don’t need anymore cameras. In fact, I don’t even want any more cameras, but for less than $1USD I had to make an exception and “rescue” the Konica Big Mini from it’s uncertain fate.