Zeiss Ikon Icarette 500/15

Released 1925 I’ve long fancied a 6×12 good-quality panoramic camera. The best option seems to be a 6×12 roll film back for a large format camera (such as my Horseman 45HD) but these are very expensive. Even more expensive are most of the dedicated 6×12 cameras from the likes of Fuji, Horseman and Linhof. I managed […]

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Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta A 531

Released 1937 This wonderful camera is one of the oldest in my collection, and yet I bought it specifically to use, not to look at. I wanted a medium format travel camera, because my medium format SLRs are too heavy to cycle with comfortably. This Super Ikonta folds up to a size barely larger than […]

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Mamiya M645J

Released 1979 I dearly love my Mamiya RB67 but sometimes it’s just a bit too big and heavy to lug around all day. I decided to buy this M645J for “travel” use. Its 6×4.5 format has most of the benefits of the 6×7 format, while the camera is significantly smaller and lighter. At a glance […]

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Canon AT-1

Released 1976 The AT-1 is the only one of Canon’s A-series that does not have automatic exposure. It’s a nice SLR but I mostly bought it to get a step closer to owning all of the A-series. Now I just need the AL-1! At a glance Lens Canon FD mount Film 135 Focus SLR split screen […]

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Canon Auto Zoom 814 Electronic

Released 1972 I’ve dabbled in Super 8 film-making before with my budget-level Mayoral Super 8 camera. It was rather point-and-shoot and I found it quite limiting. For my latest project, I decided to buy this Canon Super 8 camera which has more manual controls, variable frame rate, TTL viewing and other useful stuff.

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Canon AV-1

Released 1979 The AV-1 is quite similar to the other Canon A-series SLRs of its time but distinguishes itself from the others by offering aperture-priority rather than shutter-priority. At a glance Lens Canon FD mount Film 135 Focus SLR split screen & microprism Meter CdS with aperture priority

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Shackman Auto Camera mk3

Released 1945 This is a rather interesting scientific and military camera that was manufactured between approximately 1945-1955 in Britain. It is powered by clockwork but also designed to be controlled by an external trigger to take pictures automatically. The intended use is to take periodic photographs of scientific equipment or the dials on an aircraft. Think of […]

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Canon EOS 5

Released 1992 I don’t have any particular interest in autofocus cameras but they are sometimes useful as they can use most DSLR lenses. I got this EOS 5 for a bargain price as an upgrade to my EOS 300. The autofocus on the EOS 5 is older than the EOS 300 but everything else about […]

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