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Compact Obsession Continues…

Went out to visit my camera buddy Hing Hshen today, at his shop “FilmNeverDie”. More on that to come… I am delighted to say I am now the proud owner of a “new in box” Olympus Mju II. This little beauty was hiding in the FilmNeverDie shop on a table, in the box, untouched. I […]

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Compact Cameras – Undiscovered Brilliance

Until you discover compact film cameras, you will never know what you are missing! I recently went out with a couple of old favourites, the Nikon 35ti and Ricoh GR1v… You can read more about these cameras here : Ricoh GR1v Nikon 35ti Compact 35mm Cameras There are plenty of others I would love to […]

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Mamiya 7II Rangefinder Review

Everyone deserves a brand new medium format film camera once in their life. You can still buy these as new “old” stock on Ebay. If you have the means, spoil youself. Getting one of these babies, in a brand new, unopened carton is a special experience. They ain’t making many medium format film cameras any […]

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Ricoh GR External Optical Viewfinder GV-2

I hardly ever pick up digital gear on my way out the door for a photo walk. Using live view on digital just doesn’t get me excited. Call me an elitist, or whatever you like, but I just hate using live view and chimping. When the awesome new Ricoh GR digital turned up in my […]

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Ricoh GR Digital Compact

Mid to long focal lengths have been my preferred lenses to reach for when heading out to see what is out there to photograph. My absolute favourite (which will probably change next week – like my fave camera of the week) is 135mm on 35mm. Long enough to get closer, and still short enough to […]

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Starting in Film Photography on a $350 budget.

So you have decided to have a crack at film photography? Here is my recommend “first go” kit for under $350.  What do you need? 1. Film Camera Body (featured above) 2. Lens (featured above) 3. Film 4. Someone to develop and scan OR scan yourself.   1. Camera Body. Well, there is some good […]

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Nikon 50mm f1.8 – The affordable nifty fifty

So, you just purchased a shiny new DSLR, despite my advice that you probably really needed a high end point and shoot compact camera… It came with a couple of lenses in the box, didn’t it? They look pretty awesome. Maybe you could even offer to shoot your cousin’s upcoming wedding with these new image weapons? […]

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Value of a Notebook

Ever felt a bit flat about your photography? Like you are taking the same groundhog day shots every time you go out? Last November, I made a commitment to take another step forward with my pursuit of creative growth. I had slipped into a groove which had rapidly developed into a rut. As photography is […]

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Holga “Toy” Camera

Analogue is good. Overlay that with plastic and you get something great! Holga cameras were designed and started manufacture in China during the heady days of the early ’80’s. I suppose they were manufactured as a super economical camera suitable for a radiant socialist future. The are a medium format camera – ie. they take film like […]

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Domke F2 Classic Bag

Gadgets, doodads, and technical stuff seems to go hand in hand with some photographers. Sometimes I wonder if photographers are just bicycle freaks who are too unfit to ride. Both groups suffer from GAS – gear acquisition syndrome. The number of times I have seen “wiggle” boxes turn up with scientifically proven performance enhancing cycle gear at work […]

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Holga Panoramic

This is one big ass piece of plastic. Seriously, this thing is massive! The Holga Pan 120 takes medium format film and shoots 6cm x 12cm negs – yes, 60mm x 120mm! The camera technically has a 90mm fixed focal length lens – the best estimate I could find for 35mm equivalency was a 29mm […]

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Tilt Shift Digital Toy Camera

Tilt-Shift lenses are designed to help 35mm and medium format cameras achieve the same effect as a large format field camera. The bellows of a field camera allows the photographer to tilt the lens left and right, and shift it up and down relative to the film plate. There are a whole bunch of technical […]

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Ricoh GR1V Camera Review

Simon Stephenson got me hooked on the Ricoh GR1V – a little surprise of a camera. You can now read my review of the wonderful newish digital version of the Ricoh GR here! Ricoh have a fair bit of cred in the compact camera space. The GR series of 35mm film cameras have continued into […]

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Nikon 35Ti Camera Review

What a wonderful little camera. The Nikon 35ti was made from 1993 – 1999, the period of the “Great Resistance” – a time when the film companies thought everything was still going to be OK. Nikon mostly did not skimp on anything with this little beauty. The Lens is a suprisingly sharp 35mm F2.8 Nikkor. […]

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Compact 35mm Cameras

Hmmm, it would seem I am a regular breaker of one of the ten commandments handed down to Moses on Mt Sinai. “Thou Shalt Not Covet” It is tough when friends come along to a photography function with shiny new items. I find that as soon as I pick up a camera or lens that […]

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Camera Straps

If you wear the standard “branded” strap that came with your camera please click out of this website and never come back, unless you are wearing it “ironically” – But you better look like one of these guys if you are using that escape clause… Apart from the clear crime against humanity, branded straps are […]

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Rangefinder Cameras – Starting Out

Rangefinder Cameras are a revelation to photographers who are starting to delve into more exotic kinds of gear. At first glance, to the developing photographer, rangefinders can look like toylike and less than worthy of your new found skillz. There are good reasons why rangefinders can look a bit ‘r Us. The viewfinder is a […]

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Voigtlander R4A Rangefinder

Hankering for a Leica, but don’t have Leica cash in your pocket… Consider a Voigtlander rangefinder for that HCB experience on a budget! Despite the decidedly German heritage, Voigtlanders are now made in Japan. The Japanese make some very stylish and single minded cameras vs some of the current crop from Europe. Consider the latest […]

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