This is my review of the Pentax SFXn camera body fitted with a Sigma 28-80mm F/3.5 zoom. I bought the camera body for £8.30 from eBay UK in March 2013, and paid £5.00 to have it shipped to me. As well as the camera body I received a small camera bag, the camera Handbook and some additional advertising blurb. The camera dates from about 1989 and is an AutoFocus 35mm film camera. Pentax SFXn Images Pentax SFXn Description and Design […]Read more
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I’ve owned my Ricoh GXR Camera for a couple of weeks now and discovered a few days ago that SRS Microsystems are also selling parts of this system off cheap, and as a result I purchased a Ricoh GXR S10 lens unit to go with the P10 I already own. Ricoh GXR S10 sample pictures I received the unit this morning, just before we were about to go out to another National Trust property, Hatfield Forest. I fitted the […]Read more
I’ve had my Ricoh GXR + P10 camera for a few days now and took it to my Son’s cricket practice this morning to see how it performs. Below are the pictures I took – click any for a better sized image. Although I bought this camera with a P10 unit because that was the best cost deal at Clifton Cameras, I could see that if I could ever afford to buy some Leica M-Mount lenses and the 12M APS-C […]Read more
I’ve come to the conclusion that not only do I enjoy taking photographs, I also enjoy owning cameras ! Because I’ve accepted that I no longer feel guilty about buying new cameras, especially when I find a bargain. I’ve liked the look of the Ricoh GXR exchangeable module camera since it was introduced about 4 years ago, but I could never justify the original price asked. I found a few days ago however that Clifton Cameras have the unit on […]Read more
I bought this Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP di lens about 18 months ago as a 1:1 macro lens to be a supplement to my Tamron 70 – 300mm Macro Zoom. Although the zoom is a nice lens and was remarkably cheap (about £90) I wanted a lens that would produce a full 1:1 macro and be of better quality. Because I owned a Pentax camera, the choice in a Pentax K mount came down to Pentax SMC-D FA 100mm f/2.8 […]Read more
This is a review of the latest addition to my camera collection – the Olympus Trip 35. Sample pictures taken with this camera are here. Olympus Trip 35 Images My Olympus Trip 35 Camera I have been really looking forward to receiving this camera since I bought it on eBay for £12.50. This is an iconic camera from the 1970’s which I really wanted to own when they were first introduced but couldn’t afford to buy one. The first thing which […]Read more
This is my review of the Yashica 230AF, 35mm Autofocus SLR which is the latest addition to my growing 35mm camera collection. As well as my impressions of using the camera, there are also some sample pictures taken with this camera. Yashica 230AF Images Yashica 230AF Description As far as I can tell this camera seems to be in perfect condition. It is equipped with a Yashica 35 – 70mm f/3.3 – 4.5 macro standard lens, a novel flash unit […]Read more
This is a review of the Minolta Dynax 5, one of the last 35mm film, autofocus single lens reflex cameras made by Minolta before they moved to digital cameras. Minolta Dynax 5 Images As I implied above, it doesn’t seem correct to call the Dynax 5 a vintage camera because it is in the ‘last film camera’ class before Minolta moved to digital camera production. Of course Minolta, as a camera manufacturer has gone now, having been sold to Konica […]Read more
This is a post about my Yashica MG-1 35mm rangefinder which I bought from eBay UK for £21. The MG-1 was the last in a series of rangefinder cameras which Yashica made between 1966 and 1975. It was available in either black or chrome, my version being the chrome one. For it’s time it was a quite highly specified camera with an automatic exposure system and in-viewfinder indication. Yashica MG-1 Images My Yashica MG-1 Camera I received the camera a […]Read more
The Zorki 4 is a 35mm rangefinder camera made in Russia between the late 1940’s and the late 1970’s. It was basically intended to be a copy of the Leica rangefinder camera – an extremely popular and very expensive camera. This model is the Zorki 4k which was one of the later models made. Zorki 4k Images Zorki 4k Overview This is a rangefinder camera, which means that to assist in focusing the camera there is a split image in […]Read more
I’ve recently replaced my aging HTC Desire HD smartphone with a new Samsung Galaxy Note 2. These are my impressions of the phone after I’ve used it for a week. Sim card In common with a lot of modern phones, the note 2 uses a micro sim so I needed to replace the sim I was using in my old phone. Although it’s possible to cut a sim down to micro size, I wanted to move to an unlimited bandwidth […]Read more
I bought the Tamron 70 – 300 mm Macro tele zoom a couple of weeks ago for use with my Pentax K200D, shown above. I bought it because I wanted to try my hand at close up photography and I found this lens in pentax mount on-line for £80 at Camera World in London. I had been considering a Sigma 105mm ‘proper’ 1:1 macro but the Tamron at £80 seemed a good introduction to close-up photography and I can almost […]Read more
I bought my first DSLR about a year ago and my choice was a Pentax K200D. I’ve always been interested in photography, probably because my Dad was a keen photographer and also a keen antiques collector. Not expensive, valuable antiques, but lots of items bought from the local sales rooms including plenty of box cameras and bellows cameras. I quite often saved my pocket money to buy a roll of 120 film to put through whichever of these he would […]Read more