Film Cameras

Shooting Martha’s Vineyard with the Leica R5 and Kodak Ultramax

2400 1350 James Tocchio

In five years of shooting film cameras, I’d never shot the Leica R5. When one rolled through the shop an hour before I was set to board a boat to Martha’s Vineyard, it seemed like…

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Hands On with the Prototype Mint InstantKon RF70 Instax Wide Rangefinder Camera

2400 1350 James Tocchio

MiNT Camera has quickly established itself as a unique player in the instant camera market. While Fujifilm has long been happy to sell vast quantities of instant point-and-shoot cameras, and Polaroid Originals (formerly Impossible Project)…

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One Roll, Five Countries, With the Half-Frame Agat 18K Film Camera

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

“I brought you a gift.” my friend said simply upon arriving in Europe, and I knew that the gift would be one of two sorts; either it’s one of the many small things I miss…

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We Review Maitani’s Masterpiece, the Olympus XA Rangefinder Camera

5316 2991 Josh Solomon

The Olympus XA is a compact 35mm film rangefinder camera, and the best of the Olympus XA series of compact cameras. Sample shots and details here.

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Meet the PONF Camera, a Film and Digital Multi-back Camera System

1032 581 James Tocchio

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Raffaello Palandri about the camera he and his company are making. The PONF camera promises to be the camera for every photographer; a highly customizable, modular design…

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We Review the M-A, Leica’s Newest 35mm Film Camera

2198 1236 Chris Cushing

In 1968 Mercedes-Benz introduced the world to the pinnacle of the luxury sedan. Up to that time, the 300SEL 6.3’s combination of engineering, ambition, and sheer bloody mindedness had never been matched. While others had…

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The Best Beach Cameras Just in Time for Summer – Updated

2400 1350 James Tocchio

James has put together a list of his favorite waterproof and underwater film and digital cameras for summertime fun!

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Ten Years Later Zeiss’ Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 Ultra-Wide for Nikon F and Canon EF Mount is Still Pretty Great

2400 1350 James Tocchio

I realized with sudden terror that I’d been yanked away from everything I loved. My family, my cappuccino, the delicious key lime tart I’d been eating just moments before raising the camera to my eye,…

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Contax IIa – Zeiss Ikon’s Best Classic Rangefinder Reviewed

2400 1350 James Tocchio

James reviews one of the prettiest and most storied German rangefinder film cameras ever made, the Contax IIa.

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What’s an ‘Apollo’ Nikon F and Why It Matters

2400 1350 James Tocchio

James explains what makes the special Nikon F “Apollo” so special (or not so special), with examination of why it matters (or doesn’t).

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FED 5b – The Joys and Pains of Shooting the Soviet Union’s Beer Can Rangefinder

1956 1100 Jeb Inge

For those who argue that the third part of a trilogy is typically the worst, The Godfather Part III is People’s Exhibit A. The political intrigue of financial malfeasance in Vatican City was destined to disappoint…

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Why Every Photographer Should Try Medium Format

2000 1333 Chris Cushing

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is an oddity. A film that blends classic elements of old-timey westerns with modern sensibilities, it’s an unusual throwback. Perhaps most unusually, Hateful Eight was shot on 70mm film, an…

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Capturing the American West with a Nikon F100 and Kodak Film

2000 1333 Jeb Inge

As someone who’s spent almost all of his thirty years firmly ensconced on the East Coast, my experience with the American West boils down to old Marlboro advertising, dying of dysentery on the Oregon Trail,…

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Nikon F – The Camera That Changed Everything

2200 1238 Josh Solomon

If there’s one camera that’s been a constant presence throughout my years as a photographer and writer, it’s the Nikon F. Nearly every research trail or trip to the camera show somehow ends with the…

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