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The Finetta 99 – a Shooter’s Review of a Collector’s Camera

1920 1080 Cheyenne Morrison

Cheyenne Morrison dives deep into the Finetta 99, a rare and beautiful film camera from 1950s Germany.

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The Essentials – A Guide to the Best of Rollei’s Camera Systems

2800 1575 Aaron Stennett

Having produced professional cameras long before Nikon’s and Canon’s 35mm systems were even a glint in their makers’ eyes, Rollei is often heralded as the grandfather of camera manufacturers. With their extremely high quality Twin Lens…

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Sixty Days and Counting with a Pentacon Six

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After years of wanting one and sixty days of shooting one, Jeb relates his thoughts on and experiences with the Pentacon Six.

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Watameter Super – The Rolls Royce of Rangefinders

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A brief history and review of the Watameter accessory rangefinder, a classic device for measuring distance with a camera.

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Robot Royal 24 Review – a Square Format 35mm Film Camera that Runs Like a Clock

2800 1575 James Tocchio

We review the Robot Royal 24, an all-mechanical hand-wound rangefinder camera that shoots square images on 35mm film.

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Leica SLR Camera Buyer’s Guide – Which Should You Buy?

2800 1575 James Tocchio

Not sure which Leica SLR film camera is right for you? Our Buyer’s Guide can help.

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Leica Q2 – a Real World Camera Review

2800 1575 James Tocchio

The Leica Q2 is the most exciting and interesting digital camera I’ve shot in years. But is it worth $5,000?

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Walter Voss Diax IIa – a Shooter’s Review of a Collector’s Camera

2800 1572 Josh Solomon

There’s an old saying in boxing – ”styles make fights.” The most entertaining boxing matches feature complementary styles, well-demonstrated in the slugger-on-slugger brawl of Gatti vs. Ward or the brains-vs-brawn bullfight that was Ali vs. Foreman. Conversely,…

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Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon Wide Angle Lens History and Review

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“After a few weeks with a Pentax 50mm lens, I had the feeling of suffocating. I realized that I needed a wide angle. As soon as I had my Zeiss Flektogon, the world looked very…

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A History of the Xenon Lens

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In the pantheon of fast Double-Gauss lenses from the 20th century, the Sonnar, Biotar, and Planar, are well known. But there’s also a lesser-known lens that is their equal; the Xenon. This lens was invented…

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The Wirgin Edixa Reflex B is Everything I Love and Hate About Film Cameras

2800 1575 James Tocchio

I spent the past week shooting the Wirgin Edixa Reflex B, a West German-made SLR from the 1950s, and when I took it this weekend to a Boston film photographer meet, the reactions around it…

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Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 – Lens Review

2400 1601 Cheyenne Morrison

Modern digital photographers looking for a more distinctive look have turned to classic manual focus lenses; and one of the most popular of these is the Soviet Helios 44-2, famed for its swirly bokeh. However,…

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Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 75mm f/1.5 – The Legendary “King of Bokeh”

2400 1600 Cheyenne Morrison

I’ve been shooting all sorts of classic lenses for many years, but for a long time I sought one legendary portrait lens above them all, the Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 75mm f/1.5. Zeiss originally dubbed this…

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Carl Zeiss Jena Werra 1 Review – Function Following Form

1918 1439 Jeb Inge

One of the pitfalls of brand loyalty is that it urges us to embrace the bad with the good. For instance, I think Guns N’ Roses made the last epic rock and roll record with…

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