Japanese Cameras and Lenses

The Contax G1 Takes on the World

2800 1575 Drew Chambers

From my first foray into modern film photography, I was confronted by the apparent supremacy of Leica and its M mount. But for some reason, the Leica bug has never seemed to bite me. To…

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The AF Nikkor 24mm F/2.8D is Nikon’s Best Value Wide-Angle Lens

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

A little more than one year ago, while preparing to emigrate to Europe, I decided to put together a proper kit that could shoot nearly any type of photo. I settled on a Nikon F100…

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The Contax T2 – Searching for Value Amongst the Hype

2800 1575 Aaron Stennett

While many cameras have gone from unknown to idolized as a result of the film renaissance, the Contax T2 stands shoulders above the competition. In terms of the sheer hype it has received in the…

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Olympus Écru – Camera Review

2800 1575 James Tocchio

In 1991, Olympus released an unusual point-and-shoot film camera. They called it the Écru, a French word that, according to Google, means “raw” and according to my French friends means “off-white, not quite beige.” In…

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Nikon F100 Review – The Ultimate 35mm Film SLR Value

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

It was one year ago, while preparing to move to Germany, that I purchased my Nikon F100. I bought it in the hope that it would be all the camera I would ever need —…

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Fujicolor Industrial 100 – Film Profile

2800 1575 Drew Chambers

The simplest, most cost-effective way to jazz up one’s film photography is to spring for a new film stock. Sure, you could seek a rare lens or a unique body, but nothing beats the ease…

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Nikon FM2/T Camera Review – a Stronger and Lighter Nikon

2800 1575 James Tocchio

In 1993, Nikon released a special version of its most respected compact SLR. They wrapped the bones of the FM2n in titanium, called the camera the FM2/T, and decorated it with a price tag of…

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Canon T80 Review – A Canon Fan Shoots Canon’s First Autofocus SLR

2800 1866 Chris Cushing

Back in mid-December James asked if I wanted to review the Canon T80. When I responded enthusiastically (and in the affirmative), James seemed to think I was being facetious. His reponse to my apparent excitement…

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Which Contax T Series Camera Should You Buy?

2800 1575 Josh Solomon

In 1984, Zeiss’ Contax brand partnered with Yashica to make the Contax T cameras, a series of luxury compact cameras aimed at moneyed enthusiasts. The cameras were small jewels of photographic design and technology, and…

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Olympus Zuiko 40mm F/2 Lens Review – Maitani’s Smallest Zuiko

2800 1575 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

I’ve spent the past few months shooting a rare and interesting lens from Olympus’ glory days, the Olympus Zuiko 40mm F/2 in OM mount. This lens combines many of the things that photo geeks (past…

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Leica CL Review – the Smallest M-Mount Rangefinder Defies Comparison

2800 1575 James Tocchio

James reviews the Leica CL, the smallest M mount rangefinder camera ever made. Sample photos, practical use, user experience, and more.

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Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm F/2.8 Aspherical Lens Review

2400 1350 James Tocchio

Leica has just revealed a cosmetic update to its digital mirrorless Leica CL, and this time, it’s silver. But I’ve already reviewed that camera. Can I really request a test camera based on a new…

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Pentax UC-1 (Espio Mini) Point and Shoot Film Camera Review – The Little Lens that Could

1863 1048 Jeb Inge

Brand loyalty can be a beautiful thing. Take an old friend of mine for example – she was head-over-heels in love with her Pentax K-5. She loved taking photos, even if she wasn’t in love with…

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The Canon Canonet 28 – A Camera Made for Taking it Easy  

3000 1688 Drew Chambers

We’ve talked about the Canon New Canonet 28’s faster relatives twice before; our reviews of the New Canonet QL17 and that camera’s successor, the Canonet G-III (QL) 17, both spoke in glowing terms. And rightly…

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