So ever the eye for a bargain, I wondered how low you could go to get a digital SLR ? Over the years I’ve managed to snag some brilliant cameras both analogue and digital for peanut prices ? But how about a game changing Canon for less than the cost of Takeaway for 2.
Continue reading A Proper dSLR For 15 Quid ? – the Canon EOS 300D revisited in 2020
But is it any good for 2020 ?
Kodak’s British arm was more than a mere sales outlet for George Eastman’s company. The company made its own cameras, not just British versions of the parent company. The Colorsnap cameras are to my knowledge, the only 35mm cameras the UK branch solely made. But are they worth your time ?
Continue reading A Very British Affair – Kodak Colorsnap 35 Review
Following my review of this I’ve had a few folk asking me just how accurate the meter is. As I said at the time I think it is not bad but the Covid-19 lockdown has given me time on my hands at home so I decided to test this more fully and give some results.
Continue reading Lockdown Field Testing – The V-201x Light Meter
My run of average Joe digital cameras continues with this 2005 entry level shooter from Nikon. 2005 marks the midway point from the 2000/2001 highwater point for film to the generally accepted 2010 almost complete dominance of the camera market by digital. But what does this entry level shooter have to offer. And does a 5MP camera still cut it today ?
Continue reading Go Go Budget Digital No 2 – Nikon Coolpix 5600
When the New Yashica announced the MF2, let’s be honest it wasn’t met with much excitement. But they got enough kickstarter backers and actually delivered a camera that works. But is it as good (or should I say mediocre) as the camera it essentially reboots, the Kyocera era Yashica MF2 super? And should you bother with either?
Continue reading Rebooted But is it Suited ? – New Yashica MF2 Super v The Old One
Earlier this year, there was a bit of buzz with the Kickstarter launch of a new cold/hot shoe mountable mini light meter for vintage cameras. Trouble for the Reveni Labs Light Meter is that it isn’t the only product in the market place. But this cheaper rival has a huge issue
Continue reading Blinded By the Light – The V-201X light meter on test
So the new Yashica actually just made funding for this MF-2 Super at the last minute. Gone was the heady days of the Y35 retro digital camera launch when the company gathered more than 12 times the funding it required.
But the MF-2 is a different proposition. It’s a true 35mm camera unlike the flimsy reloadable disposable MF-1. I’d argue it is the camera they should have launched with not the Y35. But I’m not sure the world needs it.
Continue reading Did we Ask For It ? – Unboxing the New Yashica MF-2 Super
Ricoh developed a bit of a reputation for good SLR bodies and lenses using the M42 & Pentax K Mount. The company still makes K mount dSLR under the Pentax brand. But weirdly their first SLR the Singlex wasn’t developed by them. In fact it is basically a rebranded Nikon. But a Nikon that wasn’t even made by Nikon.
Curious ? Read on.
Continue reading The Ricoh that’s a Nikon made by Mamiya – Welcome to the Ricoh Singlex
Launched in 1996 few cameras get the goat of some ‘serious’ Nikon users as this and its sibling the FM10. The major sin is they aren’t made by Nikon. Even wikipedia describes both as “not a true member of the Nikon compact F-series SLRs,”. But does that make them bad cameras ?
Of course things are not helped by that lens…
Continue reading It’s not a real Nikon but … – The Nikon FE10 Overview
We often stick the tag of crap but good to film cameras. As much as I love shooting film I’m not a total Luddite and have been known to mix it up with digital. But what do budget Digital of yesteryear work out like ?
And what better place to start is my first digital – the Olympus Camedia C-120 (aka D-380). It looks lousy compared to even a modern entry level smart phone camera with Fixed focus and the sheer luxury of 2 Mega Pixels. But why did this camera travel around the world.
Continue reading Retro Digital 1 – The Olympus Camedia C-120 (D-380) Revisited