Canon A-1

Released 1978 I own several Canon FD-mount SLRs but I’ve fancied an A-1 for a while. I think it’s the alluring black paint, rather than the silver fixtures of most contemporary SLRs. I think these hard-edged SLRs are much prettier than the curved plastic bodies that appeared in the 1980s. The A-1 also has the […]

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KMZ Zenit 12xp

Released 1983 Along with the Praktica Super TL 1000, this is my first foray into the world of M42 lenses. The Zenit 12xp is a fully manual camera with battery-powered metering. At a glance Lens M42 mount Film 135 Focus SLR with microprism Meter CdS with match needle

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Praktica Super TL 1000

Released 1980 Along with the Zenit 12xp, this is my first foray into the world of M42 lenses. The Praktica Super TL 1000 is a fully manual camera with battery-powered metering. At a glance Lens M42 mount Film 135 Focus SLR with microprism Meter CdS with match needle

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Canon T90

Released 1986 My Canon FD-mount cameras are probably my most-used film cameras. Quite often on outings I’ll take the AE-1 Program and the FTb and load each with a different type of film. Sometimes, the FTb’s crude metering isn’t quite up to the job in challenging situations so I wanted an FD body with slightly […]

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Voigtländer Vito II

Released 1949 I inherited this camera from my grandfather. Notably, he used it to take his pictures of post-war Korea in 1955. It’s my first 35mm bellows camera (although I do have plenty of larger bellows cameras). At a glance Lens Fixed 50mm Color-Skopar f/3.5 Film 135 (35mm) Focus Guess Meter None

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Halina 35x

Released 1959 I inherited this camera from my grandfather. It’s a fairly ordinary 35mm compact camera. Compared to a modern digital camera it isn’t much larger but it is unbelievably heavy, and feels great in your hands. At a glance Lens Fixed Halina Anastigmat 45mm f/3.5 Film 135 (35mm) Focus Guess Meter None

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Canon T50

Released 1983 This is a pretty boring camera in terms of photography. You are supposed to use it in program exposure mode. If you do that, it doesn’t tell you what aperture and shutter speed it chose. You can force it to do aperture-priority, but you still don’t know what shutter speed it chose.All Posts […]

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Canon EOS 300

Released 1999 I decided to buy this EOS 300 to make my lenses more versatile. As much as I love my AE-1, it can’t take the same lenses as the 450D. This EOS 300 isn’t a very interesting camera, but it can share lenses with the Canon DSLRs and the body only cost a fiver. […]

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Canon FTb

Released 1971 The Canon FTb is a pretty ordinary camera as manual-focus 35mm SLRs go. It’s similar to the AE-1 Program that I already have. So why get this one? The AE-1P is electronically controlled and offers no facility for locking up the mirror. This becomes a problem when I am doing astrophotography, as the […]

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Canon Demi

Released 1963 I bought the Canon Demi partly for interest – it is a “half-frame” camera. It takes normal 35mm film but instead of the usual landscape-format negative, it takes two half-size portrait-format negatives in the same space. This means you can get twice as many pictures on a film – there is room for […]

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