The Contax TVS is the Best Contax Compact to Buy Right Now

2800 1575 James Tocchio

Popular opinion on the Contax TVS says that its sluggish aperture and softer zoom lens make it a…

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What is Zone Focus, Plus How and When to Do It

2800 1575 James Tocchio

Zone focusing (sometimes called scale focusing) allows a photographer to know what will be in focus without even…

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Shooting the Pontiac Super Lynx I – Camera Review

2800 1575 James Tocchio

The Pontiac Super Lynx I is one of the most beautiful 35mm film cameras I’ve yet seen. It’s…

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I Called the Contax T2 Overrated, This Reader Disagreed

2800 1575 James Tocchio

Every Friday, I end the workweek by posting an Ask Me Anything on the site’s Instagram stories. Through…

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A History of the Xenon Lens

2235 1257 Cheyenne Morrison

In the pantheon of fast Double-Gauss lenses from the 20th century, the Sonnar, Biotar, and Planar, are well…

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“Everything starts with light” – An Oral History of Ara Güler

939 623 Drew Chambers

Ara Güler’s first published interview incited a riot. He’d taken his Graflex Speed Graphic, paired with a flash,…

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Remember the 80s – Camera Edition

2000 1125 James Tocchio

If you’re too young or too old, you may not think of the 1980s as the best decade ever. But you’re wrong. We had time-traveling, stainless-steel cars; whip-wielding, Nazi-killing archeologists;…

The Sweetest Taboo – The Unlikely Story of Leitz Minolta

2800 1575 Josh Solomon

The 1970s were a great time for camera geeks. The decade brought us the apex of professional mechanical 35mm SLRs in the Nikon F2, and…

The Weird and Wonderful World of Gold Collector Cameras

1152 648 Josh Solomon

There’s a famous scene in This Is Spinal Tap in which the guitarist of Spinal Tap, Nigel Tufnel, shows off his guitar collection. He finally…

Yoshihisa Maitani – The Man Who Made Olympus

2200 1237 James Tocchio

What makes a person successful? The admiration of one’s peers? The realization of one’s ambitions and designs? Decades of professional coups? If these are the…

Looking Back at Kodachrome – Kodak’s Most Famous Film and Why It’s So Special

2000 1125 James Tocchio

As the song says, everything looks worse in black and white, and if there’s only one color film that could make “all the world a…

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