Late in 2015 Holga production ceased. A sad fate for an iconic plastic camera that helped drive the Lo-Fi photography movement and remains much beloved today. Luckily you can still buy ’em brand new.
Holga120N, a film camera captured ironically by instagram
But how does the 120N (the closest to the original 80’s Holga) fare today and compared to the obvious rival product from Lomography, the
Continue reading Holga 120N Review : End of a (Plastic) Era
I love shooting on 120 cameras and sneakily you can also shoot 35mm on many of them. This allows you to get neat effects like a sprocket shot.
Bencini Koroll 24s 120 Camera (shoots half frame 3x6cm normally) with Agfaphoto Vista Plus 200. Dumfries 2014
Modern Lo-fi cameras like the Diana F+ and the Holga 120 series have cottoned on to this and actually make 35mm film backs but even with them you can use 35mm film without them
Continue reading The Bluffer’s 8 Steps Guide for shooting 35mm in 120 Cameras
The FED Mikron half frame camera
arrived last year and I was immediately taken by it. But how has it fared as time has gone on ?
FED Mikron- the soviet answer to the Olympus PEN EE series
Continue reading FED Mikron Revisited – Back in the USSR ?
If the Olympus Trip 35 became the classic P&S during the 60’s-70’s, that title was likely held by Voigtländer in the 50’s with this all time classic of German Engineering
Voigtländer Vito B (late model). Possibly the sexiest 35mm P&S Ever
Still a thing of beauty to hold and use today. This wonderfully engineered has picked up a classic tag. And for once it deserves but you need to pick your version wisely young Jedi.
Continue reading Voigtländer Vito B Review – I’m sexy and I know it
I reviewed the so called
Hong Kong Lomo last year. This nicely styled fixed focus shooter obviously draws its design cues from the Cosina CX series that also inspired the Lomo LC-A.
Halina Micro 35 in Revue 35FC guise
But there has been a lot of discussion online about this camera and setting. And it perhaps gives rise to a wider discussion about later fixed focus basic cameras
Continue reading Halina Micro 35 Redux – The Hong Kong Lomo Reappraised
So it is that time of the year again where I have a quick look back at what has been happening in the analogue world whilst eating the last mince pie and putting the Xmas tree oot for the bin men.
Carlisle Jan 2015 . Fujica 35 Automagic with Fuji Superia X-tra 800 (expired ’02) at 200asa
Continue reading 2015 Another Year Reviewed in Film
As the year drags out the regular
‘Poundland’s Running Out of Agfaphoto !!!’ panic starts to kick in. I have been guilty myself of triggering this just when I was waking up from Hogmanay last year.
Agfaphoto Vista 200 (2015 repackaging of AVP200)
Usually these concerns are triggered by stock running low. Xmas lulls probably relate to Poundland Christmas sale strategies but there may be more at play here
Continue reading Budget Film – Rumours, Fears and Cheap Deals December 2015
I’d effectively stopped looking for Poundland cameras (any that I could buy a quid or less) some time ago but this camera body came up as a you might like too when browsing eBay.
Nikon F55 Film SLR with AF-D 35-80mm 1:4-5.6 lens. Our Festive & 20th Poundland Camera
So welcome to Our 20th Poundland Camera and the last for 2015 – a Nikon F55 SLR body.
Continue reading Poundland Camera Challenge Xmas Special – The 99p Nikon SLR
In 1998 Samsung weren’t exactly the obvious name for a camera. Whereas these days Samsung and Japanese competitors Panasonic & Sony are often top dogs at photoshows, back in ’98 they were better known for non camera stuff. Samsung’s modest range of compact point and shoots including this one were hardly stars of 1998 Photokina show in an era still dominated by Japanese marquees.
Samsung AF 105XL late 90’s AF 35mm compact
But the AF 105 XL (aka Fino 105 AF) perhaps illustrate why the sands were shifting
Continue reading Samsung AF 105 XL – Shape of things to come
This is my second dalliance with this East German camera. This series of basic viewfinders have a sound a like name to Bond’s original firearm before Fleming gave him the Walther PKK and like its namesakes compact and stylish. But is this camera worth taking on her majesty’s secret service or has been a Quantum of Solace ?
Beirette K100 35mm simple compact from 70’s East Germany
Continue reading The spy who blurred me – Beier Beirette K100 Review