Category Archives: Cameras

Broad Category for camera reviews or discussion

THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 15: 2ND-8TH NOV )

This week we’ve  atruely big beast, a camera to slow down with and yet another fun trashcam. There’s new film, new Instax Kickstarters, Agfa Compacts  and a trip backstage with Bowie  to enjoy.

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Did You Expect the Unexpected – A Yashica Y35 Review

Before the Kickstarter Yashica Y35 project even closed there were negative rumblings and those have intensified over this year reaching fever pitch when the camera shipped. But what did folk really expect for ~$120USD ?  Are we making realistic appraisals of this camera with too high expections

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Retro Medium Format Lo-Fi- The Samtoy – an original Diana Clone

Lomography’s launch of the Diana F+  in 2007 wasn’t a step forward in lo-fi photography. It represented a hommage to the medium format camera that would lead to the development of that movement – the original Diana camera  and its numerous clones. So how does one of these stack up to the 21st century. Continue reading Retro Medium Format Lo-Fi- The Samtoy – an original Diana Clone

1 roll good one roll bad -Tentative Ricoh Myport 330 Super Review

This was a chance finding on eBay earlier this year and on paper what’s not to like. Also known as the RZ-3000, the Shotmaster 130Z, or the Q-130Z, this is a Ricoh compact but in zoom format.   it’s as cheap as chips and feature laden including Passive AF.  But did it live up to the promise of being a bargain for those of us who can’t afford a GR1 ?  Sadly on the 2 rolls I shot, it’s a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde number.  And that’s not just down to the optics.

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99p SLR v bargain bucket dSLR challenge – Nikon F55 v Nikon D50

In both film and digital land there’s some bargains to be had in the second hand market. This blog like many has focused on the bargains to be had in the analogue world but few discuss older digital cameras in the same way (a notable exception being our sometimes  guest writer Dan James over at  his 35hunter blog). But can you make a real comparison ?

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The Cosmic Comrade – A 1 roll Review of the Lomo Smena (Cosmic) Symbol

This is nostalgia for me. This was first proper camera I got given as a child by my dad, abet in its UK Export guise as the Cosmic Symbol. But enough nostalgia for the mo..If you fancy a vintage styled fully manual P&S with FSU character then this could be for you. Continue reading The Cosmic Comrade – A 1 roll Review of the Lomo Smena (Cosmic) Symbol

Shooting in the Golden Fortnight – Part 1 YouthBeatz

Although the thunderstorms and rain of the last weeks paint a different picture, the UK has basked under some of the best Summer weather ever seen. That luckily coincided with my time off in what’s known as the Golden Fortnight.  So I though for something different I’d chart my photographic experience.  Here’s my journey in the first of 4 parts Continue reading Shooting in the Golden Fortnight – Part 1 YouthBeatz

Americana Re-rolled – A misguided attempt at using 35mm film in an Ansco Pioneer

Oddly for a discussion about another company’s camera, I need to open this with – Why Kodak Why ?

The Ansco Pioneer 20 is a vintage slice of Americana film photography and is a box camera similar in styling to the Agfa’s Clack and Click cameras. Irritatingly it uses 620 film not 120 like the Agfa’s. But hey could I mod this to work with ordinary 35mm film ? Continue reading Americana Re-rolled – A misguided attempt at using 35mm film in an Ansco Pioneer