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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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Olympus OM-1 Camera Review

Fans of the OM system are as passionate and dedicated as any in the world of cameras, and it’s over the original OM-1 that these acolytes most readily swoon. Spend any amount of time chatting with classic camera geeks and the OM-1 is sure to come up in conversation. And I totally get that obsession. Last year I shot the OM-2 for a weekend. On Friday I expected nothing special, and on Sunday I had a new favorite SLR. Since then, I’ve shot the OM-3,…

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The Best First Film Camera for Any Shooter

It’s one of the questions we’re asked most often here at CP, across our social media accounts, and through our online shop. Every day, new shooters and experienced digital photographers ask us to help them choose their first film camera. It’s not an easy task. Often we don’t know the shooter’s goals, experience level, or budget. What we do know, is that there’s a film camera out there for everyone. They just need to find it! With this in mind, we’ve put together…

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The Ultimate Camera Battery Compendium

We field a lot of questions here at CP. Whether they come by way of post comments, our online shop, our social networks, or via direct message, there’s a never-ending supply of inquisitive photo-geeks seeking answers to hard questions. And one of the most common questions we field almost every single day gets right to the heart of the hobby. It’s an important, existential question. A question that, were it to go unanswered, would invariably bring the world of photography to a…

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5 Best Point and Shoot Film Cameras – Part 2

A while back, we published a rather popular list of some of our favorite point-and-shoot film cameras. We made it pretty clear that our list was just a small sampling of the amazing machines out there. Even so, many of you chimed in with your favorite models that we may have overlooked. We loved the response, so to thank our readers for their enthusiasm, we’re bringing another list of five super slick point-and-shoots. Like the previous five, these machines are remarkable exemplars of thoughtful design and optical capability. They’re affordable,…

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Olympus Zuiko Auto-W 28mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

We’re back with another lens review, and this time we’re taking a look at a sleeper lens from Olympus. The OM-System Zuiko Auto-W 28mm F/2.8 doesn’t look like much on paper, but its fun-factor, price, and versatility set it apart from many higher-spec lenses. This lens, when shot within its limits, is capable of creating some really incredible images. It’s sharp, well-corrected in normal shooting situations, and offers a nearly unbeatable value for the money. Equally at home on a…

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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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5 Best Japanese 35mm Film SLR Cameras

The last time we compiled a “Top Five” list we were focused on the simple joy of point-and-shoot cameras. The automated nature of the five cameras we chose was perfect for those photo geeks interested in making beautiful photos with ease. But today we’re going to talk about something a bit different. Today’s top five is all about vintage SLR (single lens reflex) cameras. Back in their heyday, these machines were the diametric counterpoint to point-and-shoot cameras, and for more than half a…

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Olympus OM2 (OM2n) – Camera Review

The Olympus OM system has a long history of both exceptional and under appreciated machines. While the OM1 and subsequent early OM models were received by press and industry insiders as marvels of technology, design, and engineering, they didn’t seem to gain such a strong reputation with the casual user. Though pros and enthusiasts valued what Olympus achieved with the OM, the company’s cameras were often considered by the masses to be capable, yet inferior to the machines of Canon…

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