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With all the glory from the 80's: The Ricoh FF-3AF

5th December 2020
With all the glory from the 80's: The Ricoh FF-3AF

The golden age of photography, according to a half-hearted Internet research I performed before writing this article, is considered to be from the 1930's through the 50's. This time frame makes sense if you consider the amount of progress that was made within the period. Cameras became lighter, portable, accessible, and most importantly image ... Read more

The Sears 35|RF: One that barely fits in my pocket.

10th November 2020
The Sears 35|RF: One that barely fits in my pocket.

Here's another thrift store find worth writing about: the Sears 35|RF. This compact, fully manual rangefinder comes from Sears, the now (almost) defunct superstore. Holy Sears! Unlike most people in the west who grew up with Sears almost everywhere, I grew up in Africa where there were absolutely none. My first encounter with a Sears was in 2008 at ... Read more

Konica Auto S2: Heavy, Impressive and, Worthy

30th May 2020
Konica Auto S2: Heavy, Impressive and, Worthy

I wish I had an interesting story about how I came to own this camera. Truth is, I dont. This story just happens to be the same old boring one I keep telling: I walk into a thrift store, find a camera on the shelf, pay for it, and take it home. Of course, at the thrift store, I unlatched the leather case that contained the camera, took a partial ... Read more

Wonderfully Odd: Fujica AZ-1 and the Mamiya Sekor Lens

6th May 2020
Wonderfully Odd: Fujica AZ-1 and the Mamiya Sekor Lens

I'm always on the hunt for cheap cameras. As far as I'm concerned, there's really nothing as exciting as finding a very good camera with a sub $20 price tag. It seems I have developed a craving that makes it impossible for me to drive by a thrift store without walking in to see what they have on the camera shelves. Call it FOMO if you want, but ... Read more

Getting impressed with the Yashica Electro 35 GSN

6th February 2020
Getting impressed with the Yashica Electro 35 GSN

While preparing to write this post, I kept asking myself a rather simple yet somehow difficult question: "What I can say about this camera that hasn't been said elsewhere already?". Indeed it is a difficult question to answer; because, well, this camera I'm about to review appears to be quite legendary. I don't need to create any fake ... Read more

Darkroom Horror: The roll that came out empty

31st August 2019
Darkroom Horror: The roll that came out empty

There are many reasons why people may want to develop their own film: for some, it allows them to fully appreciate their art, for some, it puts them fully in control of their workflow, and for others, like me, it's pretty much a cost saving measure — if you don't count the cost of my time. Regardless of the reasons for doing this yourself, ... Read more

Canon Canonet 28: The beauty that lies in simplicity

16th August 2019
Canon Canonet 28: The beauty that lies in simplicity

My experience with the Yashica MG-1, opened me up to the world of rangefinders. Although it had its flaws, I made me appreciate the fact that, at least, range finders were accessible, and not necessary expensive troublesome relics. In fact, anytime I walked into any of my favourite thrift stores, I had this secret yearning to find a rangefinder ... Read more

The weird and interesting: Chinon Infrafocus 35F-MA

31st July 2019
The weird and interesting: Chinon Infrafocus 35F-MA

While lugging around my Canon AFM35, I received a lot of compliments from folk who were just happy to see someone still shooting on film. Generally, it seems everyone has moved on and no one shoots on film anymore. This meant that, people had lots of questions along lines of: "do they still make film?", and "are the labs still ... Read more

A pleasant surprise with the Canon AF35M point and shoot

2nd June 2019
A pleasant surprise with the Canon AF35M point and shoot

At this stage in my "cheap camera" photography journey, my quest was to score good SLRs. My motivation, of course, was driven by a false belief that SLRs are the only camera form factors that could deliver quality images. This notion was probably ingrained by how all professional photographers I saw — almost everywhere — used ... Read more