As I sit and type this the first Film Camera to bear the Yashica name in over a decade is winging its way to me from Hong Kong. Whether the New MF-1 is any good or more likely not remains to be seen. But the new Yashica are also hinting at 2 new cameras. In the long term a 35mm version of the Yashica-44 TLR but perhaps more imminent is the MF-2. Turns out the MF-2 is based on the 1980’s MF-2 Super a fixed focus flash cam.
So you know, I decided to test the original.
Continue reading Resurrection Blues- The Yashica MF-2 Super Review
After a run of not so cheap cameras, I thought I’d better get back to basics with another Poundland challenge 2019 camera. In brief that challenge set out to find what you could buy for a quid and although we’ve had several high end cameras including the MZ-5 SLR, I’d rightly assumed that we’d be faced with several fixed focus plastic numbers.
But this no frill plastic flash camera doesn’t hail from Haking, Hanimex or Concord. This one’s a Minolta and it’s not good.
Continue reading You Get What You Pay for – Minolta F25 review
The eagle eyed amongst you will have remember as well as the Halina Super-Mini I recently reviewed, I’d also picked up the flash version. But this offers exposure control as well as the built in flash. And Hey it actually is a museum piece !
Does that make things any better ?
Continue reading Stuck in the MIddle ? -Halina Super-Mini Flash
Car boots are often is bit hit and miss for the cheap camera hunter. I’ve scored some great wee finds over the years from my £3 XA, a K1000 for a £5 that I sold on to my mint £2 Espio 120SW. But at times you find nothing but the odd instamatic and true tat. The bank holiday weekend on in Dumfries however flung up a grubby mju zoom 105(aka ∞ Stylus Zoom 105) for two quid that literally worked for one roll and then died.
Was it £2 quid well spent despite this ?
Continue reading A Quick Dirty Booty Call – The Olympus Mju Zoom 105 Review
Once there was a legendary Japanese Camera maker famed for its detailed very compact cameras. But in 1988 they went very large with a camera with a passing resemblance to a star cruiser.
That camera was the Olympus AZ-300 Superzoom (aka Infinity Zoom 300 (US) and IZM-300). It would become one of the cameras that defined the term bridge.
Continue reading In a Galaxy Far, Far Away The Olympus AZ-300 Superzoom
The Konica pop has acquired some zeitgeist as the a potential king of the fixed focus flash compacts. But how does it measure up wehn compared against it’s successor the Konica pop 10 (here in the sought after Konica Tomato guise). Which one is flavourful and which is a bit mushy ?
Continue reading Popping the Tomato – A tale of 2 Konica Cameras
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.
Continue reading 1 roll good one roll bad -Tentative Ricoh Myport 330 Super Review
I’ve a bit of a soft spot for the old Barclaycard Visa Camera despite it being pretty basic and prone to breaking. However I’ve been long aware there is another Barclaycard film camera. So when I came across a couple of these for peanuts I couldn’t resist. Continue reading Credit Crunch ? – Barclaycard Camera Review
Hang on to your hat, Indy ! After a near miss with the trip 500 and an own goal by the AF51 have I finally come into the cave of the Mythical Olympus Lomo in the guise of the Trip 505. But is it a lost ark or a temple of Doom ? Continue reading Raiders of the Olympus Lomo Part 2 – Olympus Trip 505 Review
I’ll honestly avoid being too political about Brexit here. But as I type this the UK is still in the process of negotiating its departure from the European Union . Whether this leads to a prosperous future, disaster or somewhere in between remains to be seen. But is this oddly apt camera from Konica, a Negotiation Disaster or Brexit busting Deal. Continue reading Mini Brexit ? – Konica EU-mini Review