Is it Hip to be Square ? – Nons SL660 First Impressions

My Nons SL660 Instax Square SLR actually arrived 2 weeks ago. Literally as I was packing to go to Canada so reviewing this camera had to wait. But I’ve now shot a few film packs and I’m impressed. It is a game changing camera but with some issues.

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Hometown Glory ? Processing on the British High Street in 2022

Most of you reading this will either process your own and/or use your favourite lab. If you live in a bigger city you maybe lucky and have a choice of local labs. But for folks in smaller towns, there’s a good chance you won’t have a lab on your doorstep. That said even in small towns you can drop off films at 2 high street stalwarts – Boots and Timpson (aka Cewe & Max Spielmann respectively)

But are they any good ? Well lets just say it isn’t exactly perfect.

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The Other VUWS – The Jelly Lens UWS Camera – 1 Roll Review

Credit to to Reto, they successfully brought the VUWS back with very successful launch of the Reto UWS. But turns out that wasn’t the only VUWS clone out there. In fact the Jelly lens Camera comes straight from the same factory. It’s a bit cheaper but is it any good ?

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5 Shots in the not so Dark – Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow 1 roll Review

Kosmo Foto launched a second B&W film via Kickstarter this year and it started to arrive for backers and those who pre ordered it after the KS campaign finished. There’s been some discussion about the origin of this film and it been touted as a good choice for low light push shooting. But turns out it’s not a bad choice for good light at Box.

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A Brief History Of Photography By Objects – 13 – Google Street View Image- 2020

Although Street view arguably merits a place on this list. Our focus today is the building shown. Sadly by Mid 2021, it is no longer in existence. But it in many ways changed the photography world just like street view has over 130 years later. And that’s down to one man John Carbutt.

This is the birthplace of consumer photographic media which started the process of moving photography from the preserve of the professional, wealthy and chemically minded to the average person.

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The Yongnuo YN50mm F1.8 may not be a bargain if you use EOS film cameras

For the Canon shooter on a budget the Yongnuo YN50mm F1.8 might make a tempting choice. Launched in 2014, it garnered general positive things in digital camera reviews. Often being compared pretty near the Canon EF 50mm 1:1.8 II (aka the Nifty 50) on which it is rumoured to based. Trouble is close clone it may be but Yongnuo left something out that means for film shooters you may wanna give this a swerve.

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Old Meets New: The original VUWS and the Reto UWS

Or How not to do a head to head Review

The cult plastic legend that is the VUWS (Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim) rides again in the form of the Reto UWS (Ultra Wide and Slim). And this got folks really excited so I decided to take the orginal out with the new kid

But how does the Reto UWS compare to the VUWS ?
It would help if I had loaded the same film

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Last of the Line – Canon EOS 300X

Somehow the bag got flipped over.

2 cameras headed straight down onto the road. The one would survive with a mere scuff but the hit snapped the door clip off on my Canon EOS 300X (aka Rebel T2/Kiss 7).

I had killed the last Film SLR designed by Canon.

But I’m torn if I’m gonna replace it or just move on. It’s 5 part technical brilliance mixed with dollop of marmite.

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Shooting Film on the cheap on the Border in Credit Crunch Britain