Retrospectives

Nikon SP Limited Edition 2005 Overview – Nikon’s Rangefinder Swan Song

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The Nikon SP Limited Edition from the year 2005 is a really special camera. All things considered, it may be the brand’s best film camera. It’s the most capable rangefinder that Nikon ever built, handcrafted with…

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The Weird and Wonderful World of Gold Collector Cameras

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There’s a famous scene in This Is Spinal Tap in which the guitarist of Spinal Tap, Nigel Tufnel, shows off his guitar collection. He finally comes to the crown jewel, a Sea Foam Green Fender…

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

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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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Nikon F – The Camera That Changed Everything

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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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Diving Deep with Nikonos – A Brief History of Nikon’s Underwater Cameras

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I watched with helpless horror as my camera fell, seemingly in slow-motion, fumbled from the uppermost point of a rough stone jetty. It tumbled and bounced from rock to rock on a plummeting course to…

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Yoshihisa Maitani – The Man Who Made Olympus

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What makes a person successful? The admiration of one’s peers? The realization of one’s ambitions and designs? Decades of professional coups? If these are the measures of success, famed Olympus camera designer Yoshihisa Maitani measured…

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Tahbes Synchro and Synchrona – an In-Depth Look at the Machines of an Obscure Dutch Camera Company

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Europe in 1945 was not a great place for manufacturing, yet it was there and in that moment in history during which a small, Dutch company successfully manufactured and sold some of the most beautiful…

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Kodachrome Retrospective – Kodak’s Most Famous Film

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A retrospective look at Kodak’s most famous film. Paul Simon wrote a song about it, and movies have been made about it. What’s so special about Kodakchrome?

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1905 Ticka Watch Camera – An In-Depth Look

2000 1125 James Tocchio

There’s this guy I know; one of those old-timey photo geeks that have seen it all and own most of it. He ran a camera shop for god-knows-how-long, the result being that he’s not too impressed by…

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