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
Nikon are one of the Key players in SLR design and manufacture. And I’d argue all the models they’ve produced using their F mount are useable cameras. But there are better cameras amongst the pack. The F-601M although arguably the most technologically advanced manual focus SLR Nikon ever made is not one of those.
It is perhaps the most pointless Nikon ever made
Continue reading Just pointless – The Nikon F-601m (N6000) Review
I’ve come across a few more basic cameras that pick up a mythic tag comparing them to a more esteemed classic. But the Nikon F-301 (or in my case weirdly the Americanised N2000) is perhaps the most bizarre of the bunch. That’s because some folks do compare it to the legend that is the F3
Whilst it’s no F3, if you’re on a budget this might be good compromise.
Continue reading The Poor Man’s F3 ? – The Overlooked Nikon F-301 or N2000
Usually when I review an SLR I tend to caveat my reviews by pointing out optical performance depends on the Lens glass and don’t focus on that side of things. But with this Ukrainian beast it really is all about the glass in the form of the Helios-81N ( гелиос-81н )50mm 1:2 lens.
But let’s not ignore the camera and we’ll begin there.
Continue reading It’s All About The Lens Baby – Kiev 19 Review Part 1
I’d already nailed a good SLR body with the Pentax MZ-5 for the Poundland challenge this year. But a AF SLR Nikon body also arrived for a 99p plus postage. So how does the F65 fare ? and how does it compare to other bodies.
Continue reading OPPS I DID IT AGAIN ! – Poundland Challenge 2019 – The Nikon F65/N65 Review
One of my targets in my Poundland Challenge of getting cameras for a quid or less was to get a SLR body. I knew this was still likely and I’d come close with a Mamiya camera with a non interchangeable lens (some sneaked in at last minute with a £1.20 bid. I’d also passed on a Nikon F55 (already own) and a Praktica BM series body that went for 99p. Still I was bit surprised when this 1996 Pentax prosumer AF camera arrived (which is known as the ZX-5 in the US)
Continue reading A SLR for 99p ? – Pentax MZ-5/ZX-5 Technical Review
Like any technology the camera as we now it has changed many times during its life. It’s a process that continues, even among modern digital SLR cameras.
For every feature, function and design point though there was a first time. Here we take a look our first 5 of those important milestone cameras, the ones that made history, and the ones that continue to have a lasting impact on camera design in the 21st century. Continue reading History Makers – Part 2 – Guest post by filtr film cameras
This is probably the weirdest camera I own. I wasn’t too sure if I if I should provide a breath sample with it or take photos. Welcome to the Minolta Zoom 110 SLR. Not only is it one of the weirdest looking in the world. But it’s also a fully functioning SLR that takes 110 film and arguably if not a bridge camera then sets the path for them.
Continue reading Over The Limit, Sir ? – Minolta zoom 110 SLR 1 Roll review
Stick a cropped sensor digital lens on a film body ? What could possibly go wrong. Thanks to me recently arrived Nikon F75 we actually have the chance to do this and if you like your shots with a lo-fi slice but with good gear this might just be up the street for you Continue reading Goin’ Lomo on a Nikon – DX lens on a Film Body