Five Reasons Vintage Zoom Lenses Aren’t Terrible

Few things in the vintage camera world are as universally reviled as old zoom lenses. They carry a reputation for being bulky, useless in low light, and criminally soft, especially when compared to legacy prime lenses, which most shooters regard as the gold-standard in vintage glass. Even photo geeks who embrace vintage zooms will tell you that only a select number of brand-name examples are worth shooting; that Leitz designed MD zoom from Minolta, select Vario Sonnars from Zeiss, the…

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Minolta Hi-matic 7sII – 35mm Film Rangefinder Camera Review

Beginning in the late 1970s, camera manufacturers began to turn away from fun and discrete rangefinders to bulky, and often boring, SLRs. But before totally abandoning the once-popular rangefinder, each of the major Japanese makers seemed to honor their recent…

Shooting Film Through Thailand with Dan Diaz

Editor’s Note – James here. You may have noticed that we’re branching out from our usual gear reviews and opinion pieces. While those will still make up the lion’s share of posts here at CP, we also want to…

Desert Island Cameras No. 03 – Minolta Edition

We’re back with another installment of Desert Island Cameras, the recurring article in which we answer the question, “If you could only have one, which would it be?” That’s right – in a quest to help you choose the…

Konica Big Mini BM 201 – Point and Shoot Film Camera Review

The hype train for point-and-shoots travels faster than a Japanese Shinkansen, and seems to change tracks more often than a hobo runnin’ from the law. Every few months, it seems, another point-and-shoot camera becomes the talk of the town. One…

Desert Island Cameras No. 02 – Olympus Edition

We’re back with another installment of Desert Island Cameras, the recurring article in which we answer the question, “If you could only have one, which would it be?” That’s right – in a quest to help you choose the…

Featured Photophile No. 008 – Enzo Gohlke

Featured Photophile, our recurring segment showcasing talented amateur photographers, is back. Today we’re spotlighting a young photophile named Lorenz Gohlke, known to his pals as Enzo. Enzo is a classic example of today’s modern photo geek – a young person who started on…

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