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.
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Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Camera – Flash Model
The Kodak Brownie Hawkeye was made from 1949-1961. It's made of Bakelite and was designed by Kodaks own designer Arthur Hunt Crapsey Jr. It was one of many easy to use cameras Kodak Eastman made for the everyday person who simply wanted to take snap shots of their everyday life.Upgraded in the 1950's and given… Continue reading Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Camera – Flash Model
The Canon FTb QL
Ilford HP5 400 The Canon FTb QL is a mechanical 35mm SLR for the advanced amateur photographer. It was released in 1971 at the same time as its Pro brother the F-1 and was preceded by the FT QL. (Check out Jim Greys great review of that camera). The FT uses the FL mount lenses… Continue reading The Canon FTb QL
the Beacon Two Twenty-Five
Made by Whitehouse Products INC in Brooklyn, NY from 1950 to 1959, the Beacon 225 was named for the 2.25 inch square pictures it takes. Like many cameras made then, it's made of Bakelite plastic. An old ad stated that it was made of molded shock-resistant plastic from General Electric. When I researched this camera,… Continue reading the Beacon Two Twenty-Five
The Anscoflex II
I recently wrote an article about the Anscoflex in which I expressed that I wasn't crazy about the camera. Can the sequel to it redeem the Anscoflex?
The Anscoflex was created in 1954 by Ansco, but designed by an industrial designer named Raymond Loewy. You may know him as the designer of the Shell gas station logo, among others. He had a very impressive design career. Ansco wanted a camera that looked like no other at the time. Raymond was the right… Continue reading The Anscoflex
The Mamiya 645 Pro – Finding the right medium format camera
you can't count out the equipment you use to get the picture you want. Sure, if you know what you're doing and you have the eye, you can get a picture with a box camera or a digital camera. It doesn't matter. But you also have to remember that if you're going to be doing this for more than a couple days on a whim, you want a camera that suits your style, is comfortable for you to work with, and that gives you the features you need to achieve that style.
The Nikon F – the Camera that Will Outlive You
this tank of a camera just feels indestructible. When you hold a heavy Nikon F you just feel like this monster could never be broken.