There are no deals on eBay: Finding film cameras at the right price

Film cameras aren’t as cheap as they used to be. When I began shooting film around 14 years ago, we all knew digital technology would only get better and prosumers and professionals were quickly selling off their equipment wholesale to begin the rat race that was the DSLR wars. Continue reading There are no deals on eBay: Finding film cameras at the right price

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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 READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 4: 17-24th AUG)

The Reader
A short list this week as the blogs sphere has been fairly quiet. But come as we step back in time to look at the birth of those lo-fi plastic pushing Austrians, Walk through the streets of Paris and discover more about quartz date. We even manage to see 127 film in action and learn how to load a Paterson tank. And is the new Polaroid as good as the old Polaroid ?

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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

The Reading Room – News & Things you might have missed (Week 3: 10-16th Aug)

Picking books
I’m a bit more on the ball this week. So in this guide to news, reviews and stories you may have missed from the last 7 day, we’ll travel from the early days of photo Journalism to the imminent rebirth of a classic and find time to muse over our GAS problems and our shots from yesteryear. Some of this will be beyond the usual spectrum and we’ll be left asking what to do with that last roll…

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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

Le Clic est Freak ! – The Le Clic 170/C170 Review

At first glance things don’t look promising.  We’ve a basic all plastic camera with its basic design and no features. It also come with that badge of dubious quality ‘Japan Lens’.  So if you’re a fan of plastic cameras is it worth your time to click this le Clic ? Continue reading Le Clic est Freak ! – The Le Clic 170/C170 Review

Shooting Film on the cheap on the Border in Credit Crunch Britain