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Exploded Views – Nikon F3

After an extended hiatus, our Exploded Views feature is back, and I’ve brought to bear my most ambitious effort yet! I’ve chosen a truly legendary camera, Nikon’s F3, and photographed it in a way that brings unprecedented detail to this popular feature. But what’s different about this Exploded View? Instead of laying out every component of the camera and taking a single photo of the lot (as in our previous efforts) I’ve gone through the excruciating process of photographing every single component with…

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Exploded Views – Olympus OM2

We’re back with another Exploded View, and this time we’ve dissected a fan-favorite SLR. It’s Olympus’ OM-2, one of the smallest and most technologically advanced cameras of the film era. When we reviewed the OM-2 we were impressed by its diminutive size, its ease of use, and the incredible accuracy of its exposure meter. Now that we’ve seen how all these gizmos are put together, we’re even more impressed. The camera’s compact construction made disassembly more difficult than some other machines we’ve tackled, but though we suffered…

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Exploded Views – Canon AF35M

It seems we’ve been on something of a Canon binge lately. We’ve reviewed the classic A-1, put a wide FD lens through its paces, and just wrapped up our AE-1 springtime giveaway! Yes, the past few weeks have brought lot of Canon love here at CASUAL PHOTOPHILE, and we’ll get back to our usual brand diversity soon enough. But before we do, let’s give Canon the spotlight one more time. In this, our latest Exploded View, we take a look at one of…

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Exploded Views – Minolta SRT 201

We’re back with another ridiculous explosion of camera parts, and this time we’ve completely disassembled an old, broken down Minolta SRT-201. This all-mechanical marvel of Japanese ingenuity comes from one of the best line-ups of SLRs ever, Minolta’s SRT range. Well-known for their incredible durability, all-metal construction, and fully-mechanical operation, these machines were long-lived workhorses of photo-journalists and pro photographers back in the day, and their excellent DNA ensures they’re still clanking away today. We reviewed the Minolta SRT-202 last year, and found it…

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Exploded Views – Minolta MC Rokkor 50mm F/2

Here’s another installment in our Exploded Views feature. Last time we featured the Canon AE-1, and this week we’re showcasing something that’s admittedly simpler, less jaw-dropping, and easier on our bleeding fingertips. It’s Minolta’s MC Rokkor 50mm ƒ/2, and while it’s not the sexiest lens in the world it’s still a perfectly respectable and fiscally practical choice. It also happens to be pretty interesting to look at when disassembled and splayed across a white slab. To see the guts of this piece…

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Exploded Views – Canon AE-1

Casual Photophile was born from an appreciation that cameras are amazing, tiny machines. What better way to illustrate the intricacy and wonder of these little devices than to tear them apart and splay their innards across a cold, white slab? I’m always looking for new ways to bring unique content to my readers, and today I’m starting a new segment that delves into the nuts and bolts of vintage cameras – literally. I’m calling it Exploded Views, and every few weeks I’ll…

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