All posts by Alan D

Lo-Fi Goes Fiscal – The Protax Z 855 Review

The Protax Z 855 sounds like a claim form for the HMRC/IRS that you supplement this year’s tax return with. But in reality it’s one of the weirdest named and designed toy class cameras I’ve ever used with a fixed focus zoom lens and fisher price digital looks. But just how bad is it? You might be surprised.

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Last of the Line – Ihagee EXA 500 Overview

1966 is known for many things. The first screening of Star Trek, the Cultural revolution in China, Luna 9 making the first successful soft moon landing. Plus a host of other things including a certain football match. But it was also the year that saw the launch of the last but probably the best true Exa camera.

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Pandemic Shooting – The Corona 35r Review

Possibly but accidentally the worse camera to wield at the moment landed in lap a few months ago. When the Corona 35r was launched, the term Coronavirus wasn’t even know even in the more benign common cold virus form. But is the 35r to be sniffed at or wrapped in a hankie and binned ?

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Rock, Paper, Scissored ? -Paper Shoot Camera Review

As a lover of kitsch photography products i stumbled across the Paper Shoot whilst looking for older digital cameras with a lo-fi feel. I’d never heard of it but turns out it has gone pretty hip (my words not hers) according to my teenage daughter. But is this eco friendly basic digital a contender ?

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Elemental Decision- Kodak M35 Review

I’m Sorry I goofed about this one. The M35 launched in a variety of funky colours in 2019. A simple single element plastic camera I kinda missed it at the time. I assumed it was just another version of the Harman reloadable my least favourite reusable disposable. Turns out I was wrong. This and it’s twin the M38 are a cut above the reloadables and may now be the best value model in it’s class.

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The Instax Comback – Nons SL42 Mark II Review

Back in 2020 Cheeky Hong Kong based Nons gave us one of the most fantastically innovative camera of the past 10 years with the original SL42. An Instax mini shooting SLR that could use most manual focus 35mm SLR lenses ever made. But it was seriously flawed.

But they’re back with the Mark II. And they’ve almost completely sorted it out giving us one glorious instant shooter.

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EZ Rider ? – The Harman EZ35 Review

Those plucky folk at Harman Technologies (the folk behind Ilford and Kentmere films) are back again with yet another cheap camera. But the EZ35 is not just yet another near clone film company simple camera. It has a winder and other features. It perhaps gives us some encouragement that things are actually quite rosy in the the analogue camera world. But is it good as a shooter as well ?

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10 Nikon Film Bodies that won’t Break the Bank

Ever since Nikon produced the original legandary Nikon F, they have been at the forefront of SLR design. Nikon for years was the dominate player in the SLR professional market and their cameras from the 1970’s have gone beyond earth serving NASA in both the film and digital eras. But whilst sought after bodies can still command a pretty penny you can pick perfectly sevicable but overlooked bodies for peanuts making them a great starter. Here’s my 10 overlooked bargains.

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Poundland Digitals – 1- Fujifilm DX-10

I’ve looked at picking up film cameras for peanuts before on this site. I thought I could see what I could get for a pound or less in digital cameras. The DX-10 is a 1999 early consumer model came through the door for just 99p before postage. But is this camera that once cost £250 worth a look ?

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A Brief History of Photography By Objects – 12 – Fishing Rod Reel ~1860

Our item today doesn’t appear to have an immediate link to photography. But this represents the first steps in a process that would radically alter how we could make objects. That process would also revolutionise photography putting it in mass reach for the first time. It also allowed for the birth of the motion picture industry. But how our fishing reel leads to that involves transatlantic discoveries, legal disputes and exploding Billiard Balls.

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