Camera Reviews

Holga Medium Format Camera Review – Still Worth It, or Total Cliché?

2000 1125 Josh Solomon

A too-familiar plastic camera appeared in my friend’s hands after rummaging through his junk box. “I wasted too many rolls of film with this,” he said. “I figure you’ll be able to get something out…

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Polaroid Spectra Pro / Minolta Instant Pro – The Most Creative Polaroid Cameras Around

2000 1125 James Tocchio

In 1990, Minolta and Polaroid both released an improved version of the Spectra camera called the Instant Pro and Spectra Pro, respectively. These cameras were essentially the same as one another (though the licensed-from-Polaroid Minolta…

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The Leicaflex SL2 Could be the Best Leica SLR Ever Made

2200 1238 James Tocchio

The Leicaflex SL2 combines the exceptional quality of Leica cameras with technical capabilities that matched its contemporaries, and adds a dash of rarity.

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Canon F-1 vs FTb – Should You Go Pro?

2400 1350 Chris Cushing

In 1971, a shooter looking for the best Canon camera had two choices: the top level F-1, and its little brother, the FTb QL. I own both, and the two cameras produce images that are…

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Seizing the Means of Production with the Soviet Zenit-E 35mm Film Camera

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

I spent the better part of a recent Saturday traveling and photographing a number of towns in central Virginia. In the town of Orange it was a vintage Coca Cola advertisement painted on the side…

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Lomo’Instant Wide Instant Camera Review

5456 3069 Josh Solomon

Few things in this world are as fun as an instant camera. Just try holding back a smile while watching a camera spit out a white piece of paper on which an image magically materializes.…

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The Canon P is A Beautiful, Functional 35mm Rangefinder Worth Shooting Today

1833 1031 Chris Cushing

What adjectives describe a modern Canon camera? Rugged? Purposeful, maybe? I’ll bet beautiful seldom comes to mind. That’s not a knock. Canon today produces cameras that survive when guys like Larry Chen strap them to…

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Yashica T2 Review – A Charmingly Imperfect Point-and-shoot

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

The long history of photography has always bent toward convenience. In hundreds of years of cameras, the world has gone from minutes-long exposures and staged Civil War battlefield scenes to being able to take and…

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Fujifilm’s Instax Square SQ10 Solves the Problem of the Instant Camera

2000 1125 James Tocchio

When I first heard that a new Instax camera was coming from Fujifilm, I was skeptical. Another instant camera pumping out tiny, expensive prints, I thought. Great. But I was wrong. Fujifilm’s Instax Square SQ10 is an…

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Topcon RE Super 35mm Film SLR Camera Review – The Greatest Loser

2000 1123 Josh Solomon

History, according to a popular truism, is written by the victors. And so it is in the world of cameras. Our victors? Nikon, Canon, Leica, etc. Info on those manufacturers still operating today is plentiful,…

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Six Months with the M2 and My Struggles with the Myth of Leica

1999 1124 Josh Solomon

Author’s note: The Leica M2 is an interchangeable lens rangefinder introduced in 1957 by German optical powerhouse Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH. It is the successor to the famous Leica M3 used by Henri Cartier-Bresson, among…

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Let’s Roast – We Pick Our Most Hated Cameras

1600 900 James Tocchio

Get ready for some grumpy, burnt out bitching about camera stuff from writers who possibly spend a bit too much time shooting them. You’re still here? Wow. Well, let’s do it. In our Desert Island…

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Canon EOS 650 Camera Review – The Autofocus Revolution Arrives

1924 1082 Jeb Inge

The late 1980s brought big changes and a moment of decision for every camera maker in the world. And the harbinger of that change was a thing called autofocus. But the adoption of this technology,…

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Polaroid SX-70 Instant Film Camera Review – The Pinnacle of Polaroid

2000 1125 James Tocchio

“You worked at Polaroid?” I asked the question with restrained interest and a hint of weariness. Living where I live, it’s not unusual to run into old people who spent the prime of their lives…

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