All posts by Alan D

Protax FHD (aka D7100, 7200 & D7300) – Scam or Not

Cluttering the pages of Wish, AliExpress and even the like of eBay and Amazon – Protax cameras pop up offering killer 33MP resolutions and a 3 lens kit all for somewhere between £140 -300 GBP. Most of us look and go scamera, but is it fair to label the camera itself as this ? Or are they as awful as we think ? As ever the truth is not so clear…

Continue reading Protax FHD (aka D7100, 7200 & D7300) – Scam or Not

The Eco Warrior- The Lensfayre Snap LF-35M Review

Right at the end of COP 26 Summit, the launch of the Lensfayre Snap LF-35M might at first appear to be a bit late to the party. The plastic simple camera market has mushroomed since the launch of the Kodak M35 and the Dubblefilm Show. But unlike its rivals this isn’t a mere clone and bring some serious Eco cred to the market place.

Continue reading The Eco Warrior- The Lensfayre Snap LF-35M Review

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.

Continue reading Lo-Fi Goes Fiscal – The Protax Z 855 Review

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.

Continue reading Last of the Line – Ihagee EXA 500 Overview

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 ?

Continue reading Pandemic Shooting – The Corona 35r Review

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 ?

Continue reading Rock, Paper, Scissored ? -Paper Shoot Camera Review

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.

Continue reading Elemental Decision- Kodak M35 Review

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.

Continue reading The Instax Comback – Nons SL42 Mark II Review

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 ?

Continue reading EZ Rider ? – The Harman EZ35 Review