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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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NONS SL660 launches this month – How it specs up.

A few weeks ago I indicated NONS, those cheeky instax SLR folk, were back teasing the NONS SL660, a Instax square camera body. Turns out more than a tease and hopefully we should see this launched in the next few days. And it looks a cracker and I’ve a bit of an exclusive overview of the spec.

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Fan Daby or Just Dozy? – Nikon F70 (N70)

By the early 1990’s Nikon had lost their dominance due to the rise of Canon’s EOS system. But the company fought back wit the legendary F90 prosumer camera that served as the bridge to the F5. It would be joined by the F70 (N70 in US) serious midrange model. But the Nikon F70’s infamous Fan interface made an otherwise great camera, one of the least desired Nikon models today.

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2021 Review – A Year in film & Vintage Digital Reviewed

So 2021 disappears like a used lateral flow test into the bin of history. Once again a certain little virus dominated the news and looks like being on 2022 list as well. But how was the world of film. Enter our annual 2021 Review looking back at the last 12 months with a tongue firmly in cheek.

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10 Years too late – Pentax MZ-60 (ZX-60) Review

The 2002 Pentax MZ-60 on one level is just another entry level AF film SLR in that ghastly 2 tone silver/black colour. For the novice user it presented a competent enough package. But it’s an example of where an idiotic cost cutting measure has left it being one of the least desired film bodies today.

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Photography Through The Pandemic Kickstarter Ending soon

Whatever your views, the last 2 years have been pretty terrible by anyone’s measure. Photography through the Pandemic photobook brings together 50 photographers from around the world to document their take on the pandemic. And time is running out if you want to back this project. And here’s why you should.

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