Film Camera

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

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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…

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Meet the PONF Camera, a Film and Digital Multi-back Camera System

1032 581 James Tocchio

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Raffaello Palandri about the camera he and his company are making. The PONF camera promises to be the camera for every photographer; a highly customizable, modular design…

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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…

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These are the Best Beach Cameras (Film and Digital) Just in Time for Summer

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Summer (for those of us in the northern hemisphere) is almost here, and while the sun, the sand, and the sea can be glorious for our bodies and minds they can be murder on delicate…

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Ten Years Later Zeiss’ Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 Ultra-Wide for Nikon F and Canon EF Mount is Still Pretty Great

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I realized with sudden terror that I’d been yanked away from everything I loved. My family, my cappuccino, the delicious key lime tart I’d been eating just moments before raising the camera to my eye,…

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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…

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What’s an Apollo Nikon F and Why Should We Care

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Nikon’s first single lens reflex camera enjoyed a remarkably long production run. From April of 1959 to October of 1973 the Nikon F stood as one of the best cameras in the world. In September…

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FED 5b – The Joys and Pains of Shooting the Soviet Union’s Beer Can Rangefinder

1956 1100 Jeb Inge

For those who argue that the third part of a trilogy is typically the worst, The Godfather Part III is People’s Exhibit A. The political intrigue of financial malfeasance in Vatican City was destined to disappoint…

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Why Every Photographer Should Try Medium Format

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Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is an oddity. A film that blends classic elements of old-timey westerns with modern sensibilities, it’s an unusual throwback. Perhaps most unusually, Hateful Eight was shot on 70mm film, an…

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Capturing the American West with a Nikon F100 and Kodak Film

2000 1333 Jeb Inge

As someone who’s spent almost all of his thirty years firmly ensconced on the East Coast, my experience with the American West boils down to old Marlboro advertising, dying of dysentery on the Oregon Trail,…

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Nikon F – The Camera That Changed Everything

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If there’s one camera that’s been a constant presence throughout my years as a photographer and writer, it’s the Nikon F. Nearly every research trail or trip to the camera show somehow ends with the…

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The Rolleiflex Instant Kamera Kickstarter Launches Today – Full Details and Editorial Commentary

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A new Rolleiflex Instant Kamera project is launching today on Kickstarter. This twin lens reflex camera isn’t a medium format TLR, as you might expect given the brand’s lineage. Instead, it exposes Fujifilm’s Instax Mini…

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Diving Deep with Nikonos – A Brief History of Nikon’s Underwater Cameras

2200 1238 James Tocchio

I watched with helpless horror as my camera fell, seemingly in slow-motion, fumbled from the uppermost point of a rough stone jetty. It tumbled and bounced from rock to rock on a plummeting course to…

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The Mamiya Press Camera – With Great Weight Comes Great Versatility

2200 1238 Chris Cushing

I like things to be small, light, and simple, and these preferences apply equally to nearly any product. My favorite car since the close of the Second World War is the original Golf GTI, and…

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