If you like rangefinders the size of a point and shoot, the Ricoh 500G is a great option. In my opinion, I think it's an under appreciated and overlooked gem.
Large Negatives, high resolution, the Zeiss name stamp, all in the palm of your hand. What more could you ask for? Considering todays growing desert that has become the Medium Format film camera market, these options sound like gold. While the Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515 might be just what you're looking for, there are a… Continue reading Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515 – Medium Format in the Palm of Your Hand
The Kiev 4A is the third Soviet camera that I have gotten to try. It is another camera from the extensive collection of Mike Eckman, who was nice enough to lend me this one along with the FED-2 that I previously reviewed. I don't call this camera the Contax copy. I like to call it… Continue reading Kiev 4A – A Contax Clone
The FED factory, located in the Soviet Ukraine, started creating Leica copies in the 1930's. This was after the Soviet Union stopped importation of photographic equipment. The history of the factory leaves you with a bit of goose bumps, and not just for the poor orphans that worked there. FED was named for the initials… Continue reading The Fed-2 – A Soviet Leica
In 1968, the KMZ plant (Krasnogorski Mekhanicheskii Zavod - Mechanical Factory of Krasnogorsk) located just outside of Moscow, created an SLR called the Zenit B, and more than half a million were produced between 1968-1973. Zenit B Top Plate In Russian it is Зени́т B, and when translated to English it's Zenit-V. Zenit meaning Zenith, a point… Continue reading The Zenit B – An SLR from the USSR
My camera collection is growing more and more each month. After all, this wouldn't be Aly's Vintage Camera Alley if I didn't have a lot of vintage cameras right? I love these cameras. I can't help it, and I love reviewing different ones for all of you, but the downside is, I don't get to… Continue reading One on One – One Week with One Lens or Film Stock
The Kodak Duaflex is a pseudo TLR made by Eastman Kodak from 1947 until 1950 in the US. In the UK they were available from 1949 to 1955. 1952 Australian Ad These cameras were designed for people who didn't want to learn how to use a camera. They just wanted something simple to take snapshots… Continue reading The Kodak Duaflex
If you are just starting out in film photography, the Pentax ME Super is a great choice. It is so small you can carry it in your purse or coat jacket. It also has a great blend of automatic and manual features. There is so much packed into such a small body, and yet it… Continue reading The Pentax ME Super – the Camera that Proves Size Isn’t Everything
The Capitol 120 box camera was made by the company Metropolitan Industries in Chicago, Illinois around 1930. It came in two versions: one with a silver faceplate and black letters and one, like mine pictured below, with the black background and white letters. Capitol 120 Box Camera It gets its name from the Capitol building… Continue reading The Capitol 120 Box Camera
Exakta VX1000 The Exakta is an advanced camera made by a Dutch owned factory named Ihagee Kamerawerk located in Germany in 1936, just before world war 2. That sentence right there says a lot about its history all by itself. There were a series of 8 versions throughout its production. The Exaktas continued to be… Continue reading The Exakta VX1000 – A Left Handers Dream?