Category Archives: Reviews

Favourite Cameras: Chinon CP-5s

I have to admit I took a flier on this one. When I found a Chinon CP-5s in a local thrift shop, I couldn’t get it to fire, so I had no idea whether or not it worked. And, I … Continue reading

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Favourite Cameras: Yashica T4 Zoom

One day while scanning the contents of this web site, I came to a startling realization. I had never written up this camera. I’ve been using it for so long, and so productively, I just assumed at some point I … Continue reading

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Favourite Cameras: Argus a-four

This is my first Argus camera. Why? Because if there’s one thing that characterizes most Argus cameras I’ve seen, it’s this: they’re ugly. Really ugly. Mind you, if the box-with-stuck-on-dials-and-knobs aesthetic appeals to you, then you’ve found your camera maker. … Continue reading

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Review: Lomography Redscale XR Film

One of the basic tenets of the Lomography movement is that photography should embrace random elements.  Often this means using cameras with generous light leaks, lenses that eschew sharpness in favour of dreamy distortion, or going forth with a  “shoot … Continue reading

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Review: Lomography Belairgon 90mm Lens

As readers of my four-part review of will recall, I felt there were many things to like about Lomography’s Belair X 6-12 camera, but image quality wasn’t one of them. A good deal of the camera’s potential was limited by … Continue reading

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Favourite Cameras: Konica C35 Automatic

Unwanted and unloved. Lying in a tattered cardboard box at a local yard sale, I found a battered little ‘70s Konica rangefinder. It was ugly. There was some kind of black, tarry substance blotting bits of the top panel and … Continue reading

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Favourite Cameras: Olympus XA

Ah, the XA. Could this be the ultimate pocketable camera? On paper, it has it all — if by “all” you mean a compact camera with plenty of user control. Rangefinder focus? Check. Exposure control? Check. Self-timer? Check. Exposure compensation? … Continue reading

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Favourite Cameras: Yashica Electro 35 GSN

“Cool” is a difficult thing to quantify, but you know it when you see it. At least, you know what you think is cool. I’m not sure why it is exactly that some cameras strike me that way, and others … Continue reading

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Review: Lomography Belair X 6-12 Camera (Part 4)

In the final analysis, is the Lomography Belair a camera worth owning ? As I emphasized in Part 3 of this review, much depends on your expectations and needs. As for me, the answer isn’t as cut and dried as … Continue reading

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Favourite Cameras: Pentax Espio 115G

As a rule, I generally don’t bother with point-and-shoot zoom cameras, preferring the simplicity and reliability of their fixed-focal-length brethren. But a couple of factors made the Pentax Espio 115G unusually appealing to me. First, the price was right: $6 … Continue reading

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