The “Boy’s book of Photography” review.

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, […]

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Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera – part 1

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. […]

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Mamiya-Sekor 50mm f/2.0 M42 lens on Fuji X-T1

The Mamiya-Sekor 50mm f/2.0 M42 lens was a standard lens supplied on several Mamiya 35mm slr bodies in the 1960s, and is available for not too much money either as a stand alone lens or, more frequently when suppled as a complete camera kit bought second hand. Mamiya-Sekor 50mm f/2.0 Pictures I acquired my copy of the Mamiya-Sekor 50mm f/2.0 when I purchased a Mamiya 500TL recently for a couple of pounds. It turned out that the camera body wasn’t […]

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Ricoh RDC-4200 digital camera

The subject of this post is the Ricoh RDC-4200, an early digital camera made by Ricoh in about 1999. Ricoh RDC-4200 Images and Sample pictures My Ricoh RDC-4200 Camera I bought this camera from eBay as a non working unit for a few pounds. The camera was complete in it’s original box with the software, cables, smart media card and carry case. Although it was described a non working, when I received it, fitted some fully charged Eneloop AA batteries […]

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Optomax 35mm f/3.5 preset lens on Sony Nex

This post covers using this vintage lens, an Optomax 35mm f/3.5 preset, on a modern digital mirror-less camera. The lens is an M42 mount copy which I picked up from eBay for £5 a few weeks ago. Optomax 35mm f/3.5 Images Optomax 35mm f/3.5 Description It’s a lens of simple construction with a fairly slow max aperture of f/3.5 which is controlled with a pre-set aperture ring, and a very large focus adjustment range. The aperture has 6 blades, and […]

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Pentax-M SMC 80-200 f/4.5 zoom on Sony Nex 6

This is a review of the Pentax-M SMC 80-200mm f/4.5 zoom lens in K mount when used on a Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera. Images of the Pentax-M SMC 80-200mm This is one of those lenses which I acquired as part of a camera buy on eBay. The camera (a Pentax MZ-7) unfortunately stopped working the same day as I received it but this lens came with it and although it obviously wasn’t originally paired with that camera, since I […]

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Fujica STX-1 35mm slr camera

A review of an entry level 35mm slr from the 1970’s – the fujica stx-1.

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Pentax ME Super and SMC 50mm f/2.0

I picked up this Pentax ME Super for a very reasonable £15 from ebay uk because the seller thought it may be broken. He sold it as ‘spares or repair’ because the ‘plate behind the film has lines on’. I took this to mean the shutter and I took a gamble that it was probably ok because I know my Pentax P30 has similar ‘lines’ on – the shutter is not a cloth which rolls up, but a metal shutter  […]

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