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Contax 139 Quartz – Camera Review

I recently found myself the reluctant owner of a Contax 139 Quartz 35mm SLR, a camera about which I knew little and for which I cared even less. After all, if this rebranded, electronic Yashica were anything worthwhile I’d have heard about it from my friends at the camera shop, or spied one scrolling by in my Instagram feed. Yes, surely if the 139Q mattered I’d have known about it. Still, it was being sold with a fairly legendary Zeiss…

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Zeiss Ikon Contina II (524/24) – Camera Review

When shooting vintage cameras there exists something of a sweet spot- a kind of “Goldilocks zone” that only a certain number of cameras occupy. For most photo geeks, a camera needs to be old enough to have the vintage appeal we’re pining for, yet it can’t be so old as to be prohibitively slow and archaic in its operation. We’ve seen it before. If a camera’s too ancient it becomes too alien, and would-be shooters are turned off. Because of this, many excellent…

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Zeiss Ikon Ikomatic A – Camera Review

After spending about two weeks kicking around Boston with the Zeiss Ikon Ikomatic A, it’s clear there’s something special about this camera. The number of people who commented on it was staggering. Perhaps that’s because it looks like nothing else out there, vintage or modern. Without question, it looks nothing like modern DSLRs or their smaller contemporaries, the super-compact point-and-shoots. With its clear and concise design, highly reflective body, and virtually featureless layout, this is one machine that really distinguishes itself…

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