Cameras, Lenses, Gear
90 Analogue Photography Gear Reviews, History, and Stories
Konica Big Mini F Camera Review
Neither Over-Hyped nor Over-Priced 👌
June 6, 2023Konica Big Mini F is the top-tier film camera in the series of mid-level Japanese point-and-shoots that can be had for under $300.— Dmitri ☕️.
Pentax Espio Mini Camera Review
A.K.A. Pentax UC-1
May 18, 2023Pentax Espio Mini is a compact 35mm point-and-shoot camera with a 32mm 𝒇3.5 lens and a great close-up mode.— Dmitri ☕️.
Miranda Sensomat Japanese Film SLR Review
With the Waist-Level Finder & a M39 Lens Adapter
May 17, 2023Miranda Sensomat is a Japanese 35mm SLR with a versatile lens mount, swappable viewfinder, and great build quality at an affordable price.— Dmitri ☕️.
Voigtländer Bessa-L Film Camera Review
A Pro-Grade Rangefinder-Type 35mm Film Body for Under $200
May 1, 2023Voigtländer Bessa-L is a relatively modern and lightweight rangefinder-style 35mm film cameras with a fast focal plane shutter for LTM|M39/M/C/S lens mounts.— Dmitri ☕️.
Chinon Belami AF Point-and-Shoot Camera Review
April 13, 2023Chinon Bellami AF is an early pocketable point-and-shoot camera by a Japanese company that’s currently owned and operated by Kodak.— Dmitri ☕️.
Industar-50 50mm 𝒇3.5 Lens Review
A Soviet M39 Pancake Lens for Miranda, Zenit, Pentax, and Praktica SLRs
April 8, 2023Industar-50 50mm 𝒇3. 5 lens is a compact Soviet-made lens with great creative potential and characteristic flaws.— Dmitri ☕️.
Nikon L35AD2 (L35AF2) Point-and-Shoot Camera Review
a.k.a. Nikon One Touch
April 4, 2023A sharp 35mm 𝒇2.8 “character” Nikon lens in a plastic point-and-shoot body with metal chassis, auto-focus, and auto-exposure.— Dmitri ☕️.
Polaroid Film Shield a.k.a. “Frog Tongue” Review
Does It Work and Is It Worth It?
March 30, 2023In this review, I discuss and demonstrate Polaroid Film Shield’s effectiveness at preventing opacification failure and improving overall contrast.— Dmitri ☕️.
Polaroid Now I-Type Instant Camera Review
A Reborn Classic
March 28, 2023The “Now I-Type” is a modern instant film camera by the same company that makes Polaroid film. This is my in-depth review and shooting guide.— Dmitri ☕️, with images by Betty.
Hasselblad XPan/Fuji TX-1 Pano Rangefinder Review
The One and Only
March 7, 2023Hasselblad XPan is a true panoramic rangefinder that makes the most of 35mm film.— Dmitri ☕️.
Mamiya U — an Ultra-Rare Compact 35mm Film Camera
February 16, 2023I came across Mamiya U compact 35mm film cameras by chance back in 2020. Its unusual design — a square window cut out within a plastic sphere for a round lens with a stark blue ring — screamed ‘80s Terminator chic. Unfortunately, every single copy sold had a disintegrated shutter button, amongst other issues.— Dmitri ☕️.
Ricoh FF-1s Compact 35mm Film Camera Review
A Hidden Gem of a Lens in a So-So Body
February 4, 2023Ricoh FF-1 is a little-known compact full-frame 35mm film camera with foldable lens bellows. It features an excellent 35mm 𝒇2.8 lens at a wallet-friendly price.— Dmitri ☕️.
Olympus LT-1 Camera Review
January 22, 2023LT-1 is a pocketable 35mm point-and-shoot camera with a 35mm 𝒇3.5 lens, autofocus, motorized film transport, and built-in flash, wrapped in one of four leather² colours.— Dmitri ☕️.
NONS 35mm F/2.4 EF-Mount Manual Lens Review
For SL42 and SL660
January 10, 2023NONS is a small camera and lens manufacturer, known for their Instax SLRs that let you adapt a slew of lenses. This one was made specifically for their cameras but in this review I’m tasting it on 35mm film.— Dmitri ☕️.
Welta Penti 0, a Pocketable Half-Frame Camera Review
Plus a Brief History and a Practical Camera Use Guide
January 3, 2023Welta Penti is a tiny, all-mechanical half-frame camera with a unique film advance lever, a Meyer-Optic Trioplan 𝒇3.5 30mm lens, that uses special 35mm film cartridges.— Dmitri ☕️.
Canon EOS 5/EOS A2 Film SLR Review
December 28, 2022A review of one of the latest pro-level full-frame analogue EF-mount body by the famed Japanese manufacturer.— Dmitri ☕️.
Olympus OM-1 Film Camera Review
With Olympus F-Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 Kit Lens
December 6, 2022OM-1 is a film SLR everyone’s talking about. It’s compact, streamlined, reliable, easy to use, versatile, and affordable. Who wouldn’t want such a camera?— Dmitri ☕️.
Canon Canonet QL17 GIII Film Camera Review
Aperture Priority Fixed-Lens Japanese Rangefinder With Full Manual Controls
November 24, 2022Often recommended for new photographers, this camera comes with a great lens and full manual controls.— Dmitri ☕️.
Kodak Retina Longar (Xenon C) 80mm F/4 Lens Review
Telephoto Lens Attachment for Retina IIIC Film Cameras
November 3, 2022Kodak Retina Longar (Xenon C) 80mm 𝒇4 is an encased set of front elements that augments Kodak Retina IIIC’s native 50mm lens. It transforms the fancy 35mm film folder into a non-foldable telephoto camera— Dmitri ☕️.
Kodak Retina IIIC Foldable Film Camera Review
The “Big C” Collectible German Rangefinder
November 2, 2022Kodak’s Retina IIIC (Big C) is the best rangefinder the iconic American brand has ever produced. It was built in the 1950s by German engineers with German optics.— Dmitri ☕️.