Rangefinder

The Olympus 35 SP – Ansel Adams’ Point and Shoot?

2800 1575 Cory Miller

Our review of the Olympus 35 SP, a spot-meter-equipped 35mm film rangefinder 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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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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The Contax G1 Takes on the World

2800 1575 Drew Chambers

From my first foray into modern film photography, I was confronted by the apparent supremacy of Leica and its M mount. But for some reason, the Leica bug has never seemed to bite me. To…

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Five More Affordable Rangefinder Film Cameras for 2019

2200 1238 Jeb Inge

Two years ago we tried to help budget-conscious photographers by publishing a list of excellent but affordable rangefinder cameras. Today, as more and more people begin to understand the historical importance and to appreciate the…

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Five High Quality 35mm Rangefinders You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

2800 1575 James Tocchio

Leica too trendy for you? Sick of hearing about the Nikon SP? First, what’s wrong with you? And second, what’s wrong with me? Because I’m sick of them too! Looking for something to spark the…

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Leica CL Review – the Smallest M-Mount Rangefinder Defies Comparison

2800 1575 James Tocchio

The great thing about the Leica CL, when new, was that it shed the trappings of the brand whose name it wore. It wasn’t trying to be a Leica M. It was its own thing,…

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The Canon Canonet 28 – A Camera Made for Taking it Easy  

3000 1688 Drew Chambers

We’ve talked about the Canon New Canonet 28’s faster relatives twice before; our reviews of the New Canonet QL17 and that camera’s successor, the Canonet G-III (QL) 17, both spoke in glowing terms. And rightly…

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Agfa Ambi Silette 35mm Film Rangefinder Camera Review

3000 1688 James Tocchio

The Agfa Ambi Silette is an odd duck. Here we have an all-metal, fully mechanical, interchangeable lens rangefinder camera with bright-line frame lines for three focal lengths, parallax correction, and a sophisticated leaf shutter. It’s…

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Nikon SP Limited Edition 2005 Overview – Nikon’s Rangefinder Swan Song

2400 1350 James Tocchio

The Nikon SP Limited Edition from the year 2005 is a really special camera. All things considered, it may be the brand’s best film camera. It’s the most capable rangefinder that Nikon ever built, handcrafted with…

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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…

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Unboxing a Brand New, Never Opened, Leica M6 Classic – Video Feature

2400 1350 Nelson Murray

Very rarely does one get to experience something old as though it were new. Instead, we search for the cleanest examples, the vintage gear with the lowest mileage, striving to get as close as possible…

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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…

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Desert Island Cameras No. 07 – Rangefinder Edition

2400 1350 James Tocchio

We’re back with another installment of Desert Island Cameras, the recurring article in which the CP writers answer the question, “If you could only have one camera of a certain type or from a certain…

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