Category Archives: ThisOldCamera

This Old Camera: Voigtlander Bessa R2

If you want a Leica and you have the disposable income required to inhabit Leica town my advice is to get a Leica.

If you want a Leica and, have red dot fever, will settle for no less, but do not have the disposable income required currently do not buy anything else because you will eventually sell it, potentially at a loss, in order to finance a Leica. If you do not mind the maligned aesthetics of the internally metered M5 that is an option. An older body like an M3 may do the trick for you. Not bad with a Leicameter atop. Pricey for the vintage, but waaay less than an M6.

If you have tried or purchased a Leica and would be willing to settle for a Leica like M mount experience for less outlay there are options. Zeiss, Leitz/Minolta collab, so on and so forth.

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This old camera: Petri 7S. From “Ha!, like the dish?” to “Why have I never heard of this camera before?” in one day.

Started out innocently enough looking through posts on a Film GAS Facebook page (Disclaimer: Click at your own risk. I am in no way responsible for any purchases made as a result.) Came across a post on the Petri 7S. Thrown by the brand name at first and moved on. Next day I searched Flickr for some samples that impressed me. Once I realized how cheap these cameras are I picked one up from KEH.com for $23. Here are my thoughts, cons first. Continue reading This old camera: Petri 7S. From “Ha!, like the dish?” to “Why have I never heard of this camera before?” in one day.

Love DSLRs. But I chose mirrorless because I love film gear more.

A valid response to this blog title is “What?” Allow me to explain. Or try to anyway.

These are interesting times. A lot of virtual ink is spilled debating between mirrorless or DSLR. Most points made miss the point for me really. Sure, I chose mirrorless. But my choice has nothing to do with a dislike for DSLRs. I love DSLRs. But I love film cameras more.

But, but… Battery life… OVF over EVF… Native lens selection… AF speed… Dual card slots… So on and so forth. Meh. Gladly put up with all of this. (And most of these concerns are being eliminated by the most recent wave of mirrorless cameras. An A7iii will be in my future and it may go down as the industry tipping point.) But once again film tech is what changed my mind.

Why? Continue reading Love DSLRs. But I chose mirrorless because I love film gear more.

Maxxum 7 and Maxxum 7D: Analog and Digital Vintage Wonderfulness Twins

If photography needs to make sense you are probably not doing it right.

I started uttering this half-jokingly some time ago in response to being drawn to a piece of gear or a photo idea that steps outside the realm of the reasoned. Usually having to do with film somehow. (Brace yourself. This is a long one.)

No difference here. The usual starting place…

So there I was surfing the interwebs researching some random notion that washed over my psyche with no warning and I realized that there existed an Alpha 7 before the Alpha 7. More specifically the Minolta Alpha 7. And it was gorgeous. Was a good camera also I heard.

Never knew this camera existed, but now that I did I must have one.

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This Old Camera: Pentax 645N. A Practical Impractical Camera

I have dabbled with a few medium format film cameras in recent years. Wonderful devices, but practical is not a word that jumps to mind. They kind of make no sense admittedly. If you want to use film 35mm cameras should do the job. Plenty of sharp lenses on 35mm. Plenty of great 35mm cameras. Nikon F-something, Leica M-anything, Contax G or T then number and on and on. But if you are looking for those things many like in pictures without even knowing why, like DOF, focus fall off and detail, it is hard to beat medium format film. Why not digital medium format? Go check out the prices of even years old, used medium format digital cameras at the big sites and come back. Start out with the son of Pentax 645N, the 645D, not even the more recent 645Z. I’ll wait…

You back? I know, right? Ok. As I was saying medium format film cameras.

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This Old Camera: The Yashica Mat LM

So why a TLR? They look cool.

Started with my wanting to get my mitts on a Rolleiflex TLR. At first an f/2.8… Wait, how much? Ok, an f/3.5 then. That settles it. Wait, a Yashica f/3.5 for what now? So why an LM with an old tech selenium meter

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instead of the 124G (great review here) and it’s battery powered meter? Continue reading This Old Camera: The Yashica Mat LM