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

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

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

The Salut C 6 x 6 medium format camera

Salut C 6x6

I’ve been lusting after a Hasselblad for at least a decade now, and having had several medium format 6×6 cameras over the years. I stumbled across the Salut C a couple of months ago on eBay, so I decided to take a chance on it since it was listed as “in working condition”. Without really … Read more

Developing black and white film

ilford HP5

As I noted in a recent post, I’ve been shooting a lot of film, and while I really enjoy going to Blue Moon to gawk at all the goodies, it’s been gnawing at me that I have all of the equipment to develop film myself and haven’t managed to get off my arse and do … Read more

Well hello there film; I’ve missed you.

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On a whim last month I decided I would buy another film camera. I was wandering around Blue Moon Camera and they had a couple Nikon FE bodies, and one came with a 28mm f/2.8, so I bought it. There really isn’t anything remarkable about me buying another camera really, I mean I already have … Read more

The Nikon FE joins the family

Nikon FE

I’ve been on a kick lately, and it’s been all about film. I can track it back to a few months ago I started going through some of my old negatives looking for some images I shot out in Eastern Oregon at a lonely (but seriously amazing) place called Leslie Gulch. Now, you really need … Read more

Digital camera slap fight

I’ve been fighting with my cameras and it’s pretty much devolved to a slap fight between my iPhone 6s + and my Nikon Digital SLR. I love them both dearly but I always have my iPhone in my pocket. Always. I rarely carry my big arse DSLR with my fat 16 to 35 f/2.8 unless … Read more

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