Camera Reviews

Olympus Mju II Review – a Skeptical Look at a Cult Favorite

3000 1688 James Tocchio

A skeptic at heart, I’d been side-eying the Olympus Mju II for a long time. As prices for this tiny point-and-shoot camera from the 1990s continued to climb over the last few years, my incredulity…

read more

Nikon F4 Camera Review – Thirty Years Old This Month

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

The Nikon F4 is the perfect camera for me, but it took a while to get there. Like most photo geeks, I long suffered from Gear Acquisition Syndrome, a disease that makes us think that…

read more

Voigtländer Bessa R 35mm Film Camera Review – a Value Proposition

2400 1350 Chris Cushing

The Voigtländer Bessa R is an oddity in my camera collection, which mostly consists of heavy Canons. As someone who values lightness and simplicity, it makes sense. By the same token it’s difficult to explain my…

read more

Reliving Polaroid’s Glory Days with the Polaroid Sun 660

2400 1350 Josh Solomon

Growing up, there was one object in the house I coveted more than anything else – the Polaroid 600 sitting on the top shelf of our housemates’ dresser. On occasion I’d see it being passed…

read more

Minolta XD 35mm Film Camera Review

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

I started shooting film with Minolta’s SRT-101, a historical camera that decades after its creation remains an outstanding machine capable of withstanding severe conditions. My personal SRT had clearly seen a lot of these —…

read more

Konica Autoreflex TC and the Hexanon 40mm – Shooting Bare Bones

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

In most conversations about classic SLR producers, Konica is always left out. The 1970s hosted a tug of war between camera brands vying for supremacy in the SLR market. One brand would develop a camera…

read more

Leica M5 – 35mm Film Camera Review

2400 1350 James Tocchio

The Leica M5 is the most radical Leica M film camera ever made. Debuting in 1971, it deviated from the earlier M formula by introducing a totally new design aesthetic. It also brought functional and…

read more

Shooting Martha’s Vineyard with the Leica R5 and Kodak Ultramax

2400 1350 James Tocchio

In five years of shooting film cameras, I’d never shot the Leica R5. When one rolled through the shop an hour before I was set to board a boat to Martha’s Vineyard, it seemed like…

read more

Hands On with the Prototype Mint InstantKon RF70 Instax Wide Rangefinder Camera

2400 1350 James Tocchio

MiNT Camera has quickly established itself as a unique player in the instant camera market. While Fujifilm has long been happy to sell vast quantities of instant point-and-shoot cameras, and Polaroid Originals (formerly Impossible Project)…

read more

One Roll, Five Countries, With the Half-Frame Agat 18K Film Camera

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

“I brought you a gift.” my friend said simply upon arriving in Europe, and I knew that the gift would be one of two sorts; either it’s one of the many small things I miss…

read more

We Review Maitani’s Masterpiece, the Olympus XA Rangefinder Camera

5316 2991 Josh Solomon

Hype can kill. We’re no strangers to the phenomenon here. We’ve tested plenty of popular cameras that have failed to support the weight of expectation and popular opinion, and it’s always disappointing to shoot a…

read more

We Review the M-A, Leica’s Newest 35mm Film Camera

2198 1236 Chris Cushing

In 1968 Mercedes-Benz introduced the world to the pinnacle of the luxury sedan. Up to that time, the 300SEL 6.3’s combination of engineering, ambition, and sheer bloody mindedness had never been matched. While others had…

read more

Our Favorite Fanboys Swap Camera Systems – Nikon F3 Versus Canon F-1

2400 1350 Chris Cushing

As objective as we are when reviewing unfamiliar cameras, our biases show when it comes to the cameras that remain with us permanently. My FD mount Canons have always been my benchmark, the cameras I…

read more

Contax IIa – Zeiss Ikon’s Best Classic Rangefinder Reviewed

2400 1350 James Tocchio

In 1944, Allied invasion forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in France. With the first wave of troops was a young combat photographer named Robert Capa. In his hand was the Zeiss Contax II, then…

read more