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Nikon F6 – Camera Review

Well, this is it. I shut the gold box for the last time and laid it into a bigger, blander box, a Priority Mail shipping label from Los Angeles to Boston its only decoration. I headed to the post office and reverently handed the package to a clerk, who unceremoniously stuffed it into a shopping cart and distractedly ordered me to have a nice day. I drove home, the familiar presence of a bulky, black camera sadly absent from my…

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Leica Sofort – Instant Camera Review

It’s the end of 2016, a year of global controversies, and today we’re here to examine what might be the most divisive object in the history of mankind. It’s Leica’s newest film camera, the Sofort, the most controversial camera the world has ever known. And while I acknowledge the ridiculousness of the words ‘controversial’ and ‘camera’ landing adjacent to one another in a sentence, them’s the facts. From the moment it was announced, the Sofort was up against it. Photo…

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Chinon Auto 3001 Multifocus Point and Shoot Camera Review

My dog, Cooper, is a big fluffy oaf; a joyful dope who finds a kind of bliss in play that the rest of us can only dream of. When he runs, he’s the happiest organism in the known universe. A close second, me. As I watch my best pal’s floppy ears and tongue and tail bounce in arrhythmic incoordination, a smile invariably spreads across my face. The idiot’s happiness makes me laugh. Whenever I’m gathering sample shots for the reviews…

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Pentax K1000 – Camera Review

A plump, chunky camera stares at me from across the room. I avert my eyes and glance back at the computer screen, my stomach growing queasy with anxiety. Writing about this camera is proving tiresome, and I start to question whether I’m up to the task. I glance back nervously at it for inspiration, its awkward figure and vacant lens offering none. Again and again I hear the quick clickity-clack of the keyboard under my fingers, but the sound is…

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Fuji GW690 – Medium Format Camera Review

After nearly three years of running this website, I’ve finally discerned the characteristics that make up my ideal camera. I like versatility and affordability, so interchangeable lens SLRs are my starting point. I really love to travel and explore, so compactness is key. And I often use photography as a relaxing escape, so my ideal camera has to have at least one auto-exposure mode; aperture-priority, if I’m being picky. Given these parameters, Fujifilm’s GW690 seems like an awful fit. This…

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Olympus Trip 35 – Camera Review

As enthralling as photography can be, long days, months, and years spent shooting can wear you out. In the worst case, it can lead to a photographic malaise that can dismantle even the most well-built minds from the inside out. It can render the best shooters incapable of even the simple task of pressing a shutter button. It’s shooter’s block, our equivalent to writer’s block, and it hit me hard over the summer. I jumped out of bed one morning…

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Mint InstantFlex TL70 – Instant Camera Review

I spent this past weekend shooting an instant camera like no other. Mint’s InstantFlex TL70 is a twin lens reflex in the vein of Rollei and other TLRs of the distant past. Its vintage-inspired twin lenses sit ready to expose Fujifilm’s decidedly modern Instax pack film, and while it’s a superbly fun camera, it’s also something of a conundrum. This unique camera from Hong Kong promises to “make ordinary days extraordinary”, but with its uncommonly high price, is it a worthwhile…

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Nikon S2 – Camera Review

Every photo geek has their Holy Grail. We all dream of having the perfect machine, and more than most of us spend lots of time and cash actively seeking it out, even though we know such a search is futile. Does the perfect camera exist? Not really. But that didn’t stop me from trying to find it. I took chance after chance on every camera the shooting public calls “perfect” hoping that I’d find my own ideal camera. And in some instances, I got pretty close.…

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Minolta XK – Camera Review

It was after climbing 2,000 feet above sea level, with several hundred more to hike, that I decided to hate Minolta’s XK. I stood hunched and panting over a tangle of evergreen roots attempting to relieve for the hundredth time the throttling grip of the camera strap that clawed the back of my sunburnt neck. I wiped the sweat out of my eyes with the back of an equally moist hand, squinted against the sun, and managed to catch a fleeting…

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