Fuji X-T1 Picture with the Samyang 12mm

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my initial test of the Samyang 12mm f/2 lens which I’d bought for my Fuji X-T1 mirrorless, and today I got to try the camera out in a real life situation when we visited the National Trust Workhouse in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. Although the picture above is only a single shot, I actually took lots of pictures in exactly the sort of situation I bought the lens for, internal shots with low light, […]

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Praktica TL3 35mm slr camera

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. 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 when I picked […]

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Fuji XT-1 Film Simulation modes

One of the great features of the Fuji X series cameras is the Film Simulation mode which is available in camera and allows you to take pictures with the look of some of Fuji’s classic film emulsions. Today, I decided to try this out and carried out a test on the Fuji XT-1 Film Simulation modes. This is probably not the only article you could find which carries out a similar sort of  test since the XT-1 is now 3 […]

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An update on the Found Film site

I wanted to give a short update on the Found Film site which I set up about 8 months ago. My original idea for the site was that it would be home to lost photos – a place where pictures which were taken long ago and left in forgotten cameras would be found, developed and displayed for all. Well, like many projects, the idea has changed over time and expanded to include another of my collecting passions – old 35mm […]

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Boots Pacemaker CM viewfinder camera

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. 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 age – almost unmarked […]

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Fuji X-T1 macro experiments

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been taking some Fuji X-T1 macro pictures with a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 K mount macro lens and couple of add on extension tubes to increase the magnification. Although I’ve used the Tamron several times I’ve been considering buying the Fuji 60mm f/2.4 autofocus macro lens, which is available second hand for about £300, but I wanted to see how the Tamron performed before taking the plunge and buying one. The main difference of […]

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Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom

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. 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 as the first digital […]

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Eyam Hall favourite pictures

When we were in Derbyshire earlier in the year one of the places we visited was Eyam Hall, which is a National Trust property only a few miles from the cottage we stayed in.  We were fortunate because the weather was glorious, and so it presented many photo opportunities for me with both the Pentax K-5 DSLR and Z-1P film SLR. Eyam Hall is an interesting place for a visit, although there is no car park at the actual property […]

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Ihagee Exakta Exa Version 4

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 […]

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Yashica 635 TLR camera

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. 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 problem (a sticky shutter) […]

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Ricoh G600 sample pictures

Last week I wrote a review of the Ricoh G600 ruggedised camera, and over the last couple of days I’ve been trying the camera out and taking some test pictures with it. Ricoh G600 Shooting Experience and results In common with most compact cameras the G600 doesn’t have an optical viewfinder and therefore the LCD has to be used to compose and review pictures. Although LCDs generally are really not good for this, I found the G600 has one of […]

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Yashica 635 shutter removal

This post shows the procedure for removing the Copal MXV shutter from the Yashica 635 medium format film camera which you may need to do if either the shutter speeds or self timer unit are not working correctly. I bought my Yashica 635 a few days ago from a seller on eBay, but the reason I got it was a bit different from the norm. I was contacted by someone who had a Yashica 635 which belonged to her father […]

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Ricoh G600 ruggedised digital camera

This is my pictorial review of the Ricoh G600 a waterproof, dust proof, 10 Mp compact digital camera which was made by Ricoh in about 2008. My Ricoh G600 camera Normally I buy cameras to add to my collection rather than to actually use but this camera was a little different. For quite a while I’ve been interested in buying a ruggedised camera which I can take with me to use when we go on holiday. Although we are not […]

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Ricoh R1v Sample pictures

A few days ago I posted an article reviewing my Ricoh R1v digital compact camera and today I’m going to add to that post by describing my experiences of shooting with it, and show some sample pictures. In order to try the Ricoh R1v out, I took a walk around the old town area of Stevenage this morning and used the camera in the way it was intended – as a snap shot camera, and the pictures I took are […]

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FED 3 35mm rangefinder camera

The Fed 3 is a 35mm rangefinder camera made in the Ukraine in the mid 1960s and designed to be similar in style to a Leica but with a price tag which made it much more affordable to the average person. My Fed 3 camera I bought this camera for a few pounds from eBay uk simply to add to my collection of rangefinder cameras. It was ‘sold as seen’ with no guarantee that it worked, but it looked in […]

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