Bronica S2 medium format camera

Bronica S2 medium format film camera

Bronica started designing and producing medium format cameras when it was founded 1958 by Zenzabur Yoshino in Tokyo, Japan. They continued to produce high quality cameras until 2005 when the last model, the RF645 was discontinued and ended their 47 year run. I stumbled onto the Bronica S2 system in 1995 while wandering around a … Read more

Halina 35X – A compact 35mm

Halina 35X

The Halina 35X is a stout little rangefinder built by the Haking company in Hong Kong and released in 1959. It’s size and quite frankly it’s shininess are what attracted me to the camera initially and being built in Hong Kong put it over the top. W. Haking Enterprises Ltd. is a Chinese company founded … Read more

Bolsey Model C 35mm Twin Reflex

Bolsey Model C

The Bolsey Model C is a curious little 35mm film camera with its TLR design and cast aluminum body. The design of the camera is unique and eye catching, one of very few 35mm film cameras that boasts a twin lens reflex system, waist level finder and, just to make it even more unique, a … Read more

Argus C33 – A beautiful brick

Argus C33 35mm film camera

Years ago I read that War Correspondent Ernie Pyle used an Argus C3, which would be a great segway into this post, but I haven’t been able to confirm it. Regardless, the C3, the third in the “Brick” series was the most popular camera that Argus made selling 2 million or more units during its … Read more

Lordomat – a compact 35mm rangefinder

Lordomat 35mm film camera

Founded in 1921 by Rudolf Leidolf making microscope lenses until after WWII making the Leidox, which was the first camera released by Leidolf in 1950. The Leidox is a 4cm medium format roll film camera that used 127 film. It featured a somewhat unusual Gallilean Viewfinder but a capable 50mm f/3.8 Triplet lens in a … Read more

Konica FS-1 : The best camera you’ve never heard of.

Konica FS-1

Konica has been making cameras and photographic materials since 1873 and was Japan’s oldest camera company until it merged with Minolta in 2003. During that time they produced dozens of camera models ranging from 110 film cameras to large format field cameras many of which are very memorable, such as Konica Hexar. The Konica FS-1 … Read more

Shoot film in style with the Canon EOS Elan ii

Canon EOS Elan ii camera

Most of my cameras are manual cameras in that they don’t have auto-focus, a motor to advance the film and they don’t have a bunch of presets for sports, landscape, aperture priority, etc. Honestly, that’s by choice, but there are times that I enjoy being able to just trust the camera and worry about framing; … Read more

Comparing features of Nikon manual 35mm film cameras: FE, FM & F3.

Nikon film cameras

Nikon has been making high quality film cameras since it was founded in 1917 and, no surprise here, they’ve made dozens of models over the last 102 years. If you’re looking to add a new camera to your stable, and want a manual camera with a built-in meter then this post is ready-made just for … Read more

Fairchild K-20 Aerial Camera

Fairchild K-20 Aerial Camera

I have always been interested in aerial photography; being able to photograph places from a perspective that most people will never see themselves or photographing places that can only been seen from the air. Photographers like Bradford Washburn and Vittorio Sella served only to pour gas on an already raging fire, with their amazing portfolios … Read more

Mamiya C220 Twin Lens Reflex Medium Format

Mamiya C220 medium format film camera

When I hear someone talking about a TLR, my mind instantly goes to Rollei. They ruled the market on high quality TLR cameras (and some others). The next best thing to a Rollei is a Mamiya from the C line of cameras. The C220 is the third camera in the Mamiya C line. It’s a … Read more

There’s a format for everyone with the versatile line of Kodak folding pocket cameras.

Kodak folding cameras

Kodak always seemed to have a firm handle on the concept of branding and how brand longevity increases the product awareness among consumers. It doesn’t really matter if it’s film or actually cameras, they named them, and kept that name through a variety of redesigns to add features, change the film format or maybe just … Read more

Finney Field Camera : a 4 x 5 Pinhole

Finney Field Camera

Over the years there have been more than a few cameras that I have always kept an eye out for. This post features the Finney Field Camera, a 4 x 5 pinhole camera. The thing that attracted me to this particular camera was the fact that it is adjustable. It’s capable of several focal lengths … Read more

Linhof Technar : Point & Shoot Large Format

Linhof Technar large format camera

I have a lot of cameras. I’ve used even more than what I currently own, so when I say that camera X is my favorite, there’s more than a fair amount of experience that puts it in that position. The Linhof Technar holds that spot. I have a bias though, I love Linhof. Their cameras … Read more

Graflex 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 field camera

Graflex large format folding camera

I’ve always wanted a Graflex, more precisely, a Speed or Crown Graphic 4 x 5 or 5 x 7 field camera, but I never really got around to getting one. I’m very familiar with using folding field cameras. In fact my first 4×5 was a Linhof Technika IV, which is the best field camera that … Read more

Vintage 4 x 5 : Rochester Optical Pony Premo Sr

Rochester Optical Company - Pony Premo Sr

In a time where everything is made of some sort of plastic having a camera that is primarily made of wood is a curiosity to most folks that are not familiar with the history of photography. 150 years ago all cameras were made of wood and some sort of metal, usually brass. They didn’t have … Read more

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