This is a pictorial post about the Nagel Vollenda folding camera which was made by Dr. August Nagel in, probably, the 1930s. Nagel Vollenda Images My Nagel Vollenda camera I picked this camera up from eBay uk for a total of £15 including postage. I initially became interested in it simply because it is a folding camera and I wanted to increase the ‘folders’ section of my collection. However, once I looked at the pictures of it on the sellers […]Read more
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The E. Ludwig Meritar 50mm f/2.9 lens was one of a number of standard lenses supplied on several different cameras made in East Germany in the post war years. In this article, I’m going to show a few examples of the sort of performance you can expect with this lens when fitted to a modern mirrorless camera, the Fuji X-T1. My copy of the lens is fitted with an Exakta bayonet mount, and I used a simple Exakta to Fuji […]Read more
I’ve written many posts about vintage cameras on this site, but this is something a little bit different – it’s a review of a book – the Boy’s book of Photography. This was a book I owned many years ago and was, in fact, the first book I owned on Photography when I was – well, a boy. Actually, I guess ‘review’ is the wrong word – it’s more an appreciation of a book which got me interested in photography, […]Read more
This is a look at the Nikon Coolpix 995 camera which was introduced by Nikon in about 2001. It follows the design of other Coolpix cameras in that the optical unit is separate from the display unit, making it possible to hold the body at an angle where the screen is easily seen while the lens is pointing at the subject. In effect, this was an early attempt to solve the problem which is currently solved with an articulating screen. […]Read more
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the Winait 8mm scanner which I purchased with the aim of adding videos to the Found Film site and I followed it up with a post about the problems I’ve had with it. Well, this follow up post about my Winait film scanner problems is a warning to anyone who is considering buying one – before you do, understand the conditions under which you buy it. The video above shows the […]Read more
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about a new 8mm film scanner I’d bought as a birthday present from Amazon. The unit was made by a company called Winait in China and at first everything was good with it, but unfortunately, things have not gone well after the initial use. Problems with the Winait 8mm film scanner Update: Please read the update about the problems I’ve had with this unit here. In my initial post, I’d used […]Read more
This is a descriptive review of the Eumig Sound 31 XL Super 8mm sound cine camera, which is a battery powered camera which takes super 8 mm cartridge film and is equipped with a 8.5 to 24mm zoom lens. Eumig Sound 31 XL Images My Eumig 31 XL Camera I bought this camera for £5 in an ebay sale because I had the idea of attempting to recreate some of the 8mm films my father used to take when my Brother, […]Read more
This is a short post which describes my initial impressions of the Winait 8mm film scanner which is used to convert 8mm home movie films into digital mp4 files. Update: I have had considerable problems with this unit which I’ve documented in this post. I would certainly not recommend anyone purchase one or any of the same machines made by Winait under different names. Why did I buy a Winait scanner? When I started thinking about the Found Film site about […]Read more
The Agfa Karat series of cameras covered a wide variety of models from the initial release in 1936. I’ve covered a few different models on this site, but this model is the one that started the series – the Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco. Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco Images My Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco Camera This was a camera which I bought basically on impulse because it was a good price. I found it as a buy it […]Read more
Praktica made a whole series of tough, dependable, solid cameras in the 1960s, 70s and 80s which sold in large numbers. The subject of this post, the Praktica TL3, is no exception and the fact that it’s still working well some 30 odd years after it was made. Praktica TL3 Images My Praktica TL3 Camera There is a certain similarity to most of the Praktica series of 35mm cameras, so I got the distinct feeling I’d seen this camera before […]Read more
The Boots Pacemaker CM camera is a version of the Regula Sprintic model C made for the Boots company at a time when Boots were a major supplier to amateur photographers. Boots Pacemaker CM Images My Boots Pacemaker CM camera I was given this camera by John, a reader of my blog who had a number of cameras donated to him and he didn’t need this particular model in his collection. The unit is in very good condition for it’s […]Read more
The Camedia series of cameras were made for a long time by Olympus and ranged from some quite simple point and shoot units to much more sophisticated cameras. The Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom is certainly towards the top end of that line. Olympus Camedia C-5050 Images My Olympus Camedia C-5050 I paid a total of £11-30 for this camera which, considering the quality of the unit is a fantastic buy. I bought it because it is in the same family […]Read more
The Fuji X-T1 is one of the top cameras in Fuji’s pro level mirrorless camera range, and there is a very good selection of professional quality lenses available for it. From zooms of all ranges to stunning quality prime lenses, it is possible to pick up a lens for virtually any purpose, with only one barrier for the amateur photographer working on a limited budget – price. I’ve recently been thinking about buying one of these lenses, the Fuji 10-24mm f/4 […]Read more
This post is about version 4 of the Exakta Exa 35mm camera which was made by the Ihagee company in Dresden (which at the time was in East Germany) sometime between 1956 and 1959. My Exakta Exa Version 4 camera This camera was an eBay purchase from an auction which I made because I don’t have a Version 4 Exa and I think the older Exa cameras are much more attractive and interesting than the newer models. Of course, when […]Read more
The Yashica 635 TLR camera is a medium format camera with a bit of a novel twist – it can also shoot 35mm film when fitted with an adaptor. Yashica 635 TLR Images My Yashica 635 camera As I said in an earlier post, I bought this camera from eBay after I’d been offered a similar unit but at a price I couldn’t justify. It was sold as not working, but it was a relatively simple job to fix the […]Read more