Use Your Flash
December 28, 2018Flash photography I think is misunderstood, too many are confined to the perceived limitations of its use. I think flash can just be as important in making an image as focal length, aperture, shutter speed, or even framing itself. There’s no need to feel confined to its intended purpose; keeping ISO low, adding light in dark situations.— Emil Raji.
My Little Half-Frame
December 6, 2018A well-illustrated review of a Japanese half-frame with a tack-sharp 𝑓2.8 25mm lens and an uncoupled meter.— Betty, with images by Dmitri.
Getting Aquatinted With Ikon Ikonta 520/2
November 29, 2018A chance encounter with Ikon Ikonta 520/2 medium format film camera from an antique mall.— Von LaFave.
Voigtländer Vitessa L With Ultron 2.0
German Precision Optics in a Foldable Rangefinder Camera
November 20, 2018Voigtländer Vitessa is a German 35mm film rangefinder camera, manufactured in the mid-1950s. At the top of its line, it boasts a highly-regarded fixed 50mm foldable Ultron lens with an aperture range of 𝑓2-22. Its quiet, vibration-free leaf shutter fires between 1 and 1/500th of a second.— Dmitri, with images by Betty.
Polaroid Sun 660 LMS Autofocus
A ‘90s Instant Classic Camera Review
October 30, 2018A complete camera and film review, user guide, history, and comparison against Instax and SX-70.— Dmitri.
Pinhole Day, Abroad
Celebrating a Global Photography Holiday In Calabria, Italy
October 26, 2018A trip to Italy to visit a friend and shoot my pinhole camera for the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day event.— Jozef Pajersky.
A Pinhole Summer
September 28, 2018With my pinhole, everything is harder, more valuable, more thought-provoking. But also, more memorable. This summer I went back to basics to learn about photography. I bought a pinhole camera. When I was a kid my dad bought me a film point-and-shoot.— kelleedonnelly.
Lomography Diana Mini
A Review and a Brief User Guide
July 31, 2018An overview of the camera’s build quality, use cases (with lots of samples), and history.— Dmitri, with images by Betty.
1977 USSR 35mm Rangefinder
FED 5b with Industar-61
May 15, 2018ФЭД 5в is a Russian LTM rangefinder with a kit 𝑓2. 8 55mm Industar-61 L/D lens. It’s a large, fully-mechanical 730g metal beast with a silk shutter curtain that can be set between 1s and 1/500s. The camera features a hot shoe, flash sync at 1/30s, self-timer, and a dioptry adjustment.— Dmitri.
Yashica Electro 35
A Classic Rangefinder Review
April 5, 2018An extensive review of the Electro 35 camera system with plenty of sample images, user guide, and a repair guide.— Dmitri, with images by Betty.
Testing the Canon Sure Shot AF-7 in Chongqing
Part 2 of 2
March 13, 2018This post is Part 2 of a test run did of an old film camera I bought. The camera, a Canon Sure Shot AF-7, was loaded with Kodak ColorPlus. The images are very, very minimally cropped, if at all. I wanted to preserve imperfections at the edges of the frames and also keep a consistent feel to the set.— Lee Webb.
Testing the Canon Sure Shot AF-7 in Chongqing
Part 1 of 2
March 6, 2018Airport Square in Chongqing is probably not a place you’ll ever go to. That’s not me being an elitist travel bore. Not deliberately anyway. Airport Square is a place I found myself in due to a bonus day in Chongqing after a delayed flight caused a missed connection.— Lee Webb.
Why Shoot Film
October 23, 2017I bought my first film camera five years ago as a 17th birthday present to myself. I saved up my money and walked to a little old and dusty Kodak shop and bought myself a Nikkormat FT2 with a 50mm lens. A tall, skinny, old man owned the store and kept me there for a few hours to show me how it worked. He compared the sound of the shutter with some of the less well-kept cameras so I could identify if it started to wear in the future. He also showed me how to use the light meter, and changed the battery for me.— Kayla Medica.
Canon Canonet QL25
A Budget Rangefinder Review
September 28, 2017Canon Canonet QL17 GIII is a popular rangefinder film camera, known for its quality glass and great overall performance. But what about its older, cheaper sibling, Canon Canonet QL25? Released just four years after Canon’s inaugural Canonet model, QL25 features a decent 𝑓2.— Dmitri, with images by Betty.
Testing the Olympus Supertrip in Shanghai
A New Old Camera in a New Old City
July 29, 2017The Olympus Supertrip is the second of two film cameras I picked up from a charity shop in Nottingham. The other was a Canon Sure Shot AF-7. If you’ve not read it yet, I’d recommend the article I wrote about them both here. While the test run of the Canon Sure Shot AF-7 was mainly done in Chongqing, I tested the Olympus Supertrip once I’d got back to Shanghai.— Lee Webb.