I’m currently away for the Scottish half chasing my weans around theme parks and castles in the Midlands and the South of England with a Espio and the lomographer’s favourite the LC-A. However there’s been quite a lot published online that’s worth picking up on. So this week we’ve a camera you’ve never really heard of, a legendary rangefinder and Canon’s answer to the F2. We look at the rebirth of a classic but also sadly have to mourn the passing of one of the greats. and we also get to answer the question of what happened to the moon cameras ? Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 12: 12TH-18TH OCT)
So this week I’ve selected a great eclectic bag of stuff. We’ll find long overlooked classics, kill it disposable style and shoot the ghosts of the past. There’s an open letter to Kodak too, plus a mysterious emulsion, a compact trip up river and do we really need to post that !! Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 11: 5TH-11TH OCT)
We leap forward by over a century and half. Our subject is a lowly simple viewfinder from Japan. But this is one of a new wave of innovative cameras in the late 1950’s offering automatic exposure. It also represents an early hint of the shifting dominance of the camera market in the coming decade. Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY BY OBJECTS – 4 – Fujica Camera ~1958
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
Eight very different news and blog stories this week. We’ve a new camera, new films and new DIY periscopes !! We also look back at some vintage film and cameras too spanning from the USSR to NY and Europe. Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 9: 21ST – 27TH SEPT)
We’ve some worthy reviews of gear some familiar and some not so as well as a trip into the mountains of Colombia and the day a wee band went global. Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 8: 14TH – 20TH SEPT)
So I’d discussed the weakness of the F55 in the comparison review with the D50 dSLR. The F55 is arguably the cheapest Nikon film bodies you can buy but does spending a bit more snag you a better camera in the guise of the F75. The reality is it a bit more nuanced. Continue reading Nikon Budget Face off – Does the F75 make the F55 pointless ?
A quieter week takes us for a look at the world’s biggest camera, a music festival and some classic vintage gear. We laster wind up marvelling the coast and I pose the question of fairness in kit comparison reviews. Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 7: 7th – 13TH SEPT)
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.
There’s been quite a lot of good articles over the last 7 days so picking is hard. But here’s my ten best film photography reads for the week. Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 6: 31st AUG – 6th Sept)