Classic Camera Revival – Episode 22 – Cream of the Crap


Sometimes it just feels good to let it all out and that’s exactly what we’re doing! The gang clears the air and discusses the cameras they love to hate along with the film stocks they aren’t too pleased in as well!

Cameras Featured on Today’s Show…

Bonica SQ-Am – Now Alex already has a love/hate relationship with the Bronica SQ system, but the SQ-Am takes the cake for him. The camera is loud bulky and chews through batteries like they were ancient NiCad rechargeables. Who integrates a motor drive on a 6×6 SLR anyways!

The Dark Lord

The Dirt:

  • Make: Bronica
  • Model: SQ-Am
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: Medium Format, 6×6
  • Lens: Interchangeable, Bronica Bayonet Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1983

Oakville - Febuary 2012
Zenza Bronica SQ-Am – Zenzanon-PS 65mm 1:4 – Kodak Ektachrome E100GX

Oakville - Febuary 2012
Zenza Bronica SQ-Am – Zenzanon-PS 65mm 1:4 – Kodak Ektachrome E100GX

Oakville - Febuary 2012
Zenza Bronica SQ-Am – Zenzanon-PS 65mm 1:4 – Kodak Ektachrome E100GX

Zenit 3m – Three swings and three misses for John with the Zenit 3m, he really only brought it to use the cult classic Helios 44m lens, but when shutter issues kept plaguing him he went the adapter route and threw it on a Canon EOS and hasn’t looked back. At least they’re cheap.

Camera Review Blog No. 141 - KMZ Zenit 3m

The Dirt:

  • Make: KMZ
  • Model: Zenit 3m
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 135, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangeable, M39 (non-LTM)
  • Year of Manufacture: 1962-1970


Shooting film

Naima on film

Halina 35x – A Hong Kong made copy that looks like a Leica but is far from it. Poor quality, heavy, terrible lens, it’s not even quirky enough to be a good toy camera.

Praktica RIAD03202013 - Frame 23

The Dirt:

  • Make: Haking
  • Model: Halina 35x
  • Type: Point & Shoot
  • Format: 135, 35x24mm
  • Lens: Halina Anistigmat 1:3.5 f=45mm
  • Year of Manufacture: 1959

Diana – While many see this as a loveable plastic toy camera, Donna isn’t too impressed with it. A tendency to have serious light leaks and a poor performance on the lens, she would rather see people use the FPP Debonair!

Photo Care of Tony Kemplen

The Dirt:

  • Make: Great Wall Plastic Co
  • Model: Diana
  • Type: Point & Shoot
  • Format: Medium Format, 4.5×6
  • Lens: Fixed, Single Element Meniscus
  • Year of Manufacture: 1960s

Film Featured on Today’s Show…

Ilford Delta 400 – No matter what Alex does he just can’t bring himself to love Delta 400, poor contrast and muddy grain especially in the 35mm format makes this film a looser in his books.

CCR - Review 4 - Canon AE-1 Program
Canon AE-1 Program – Canon FD Lens 50mm 1:1.4 – Ilford Delta 400 – Ilford DD-X (1+4) 8:00 @ 20C

Toronto - New Year's Day
Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Ilford Delta 400 – Ilford DD-X (1+4) 8:00 @ 20C

Fomapan 200 – While John would expect Fomapan 200 to be a decent film after enjoying the Fomapan 100 emulsion he just can’t stand the look, it’s soft, grainy, and just bad. The FPP EDU 200 is based on Fomapan 200 but is much sharper as it’s the surveillance version of the film.

The Bridge
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm 1:4 – Fomapan 200 @ ASA-200 – Blazinal (1+25) 5:30 @ 20C

Levering Cabin
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm 1:4 – Fomapan 200 @ ASA-200 – Blazinal (1+25) 5:30 @ 20C

Shanghai GP3 – Mike’s biggest beef with this film is quality control. Sometimes you get a good roll, other times you get the frame numbers bleeding through. Or that the emulsion is peeling off, or the film you thought was 5×7, wasn’t really. But if you get a good roll (rarely these days), it’s not such a bad film.

An example of the good…
Calumet CC400 4×5 Monorail – Kodak Ektar 127mm ƒ/4.7 – Shanghai GP3 @ ASA-100 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 8:00 @ 20C

M-119 - Tunnel of Trees
An example of the bad…
Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 35mm 1:3.5 – Shanghai GP3 @ ASA-100 – Ilford Ilfosol 3 1+9 8:00 @ 20C

Looking for a good spot to get your gear and material fix…check out Burlington Camera, Downtown Camera, Film Plus, Belle Arte Camera and Camtech, if you’re in the GTA region of Ontario. In Guelph there’s Pond’s FotoSource For those further north you can visit Foto Art Camera in Owen Sound. On the West Coast (British Columbia) check out Beau Photo Supply. Additionally you can order online at Argentix (Quebec), the Film Photography Project or Freestyle Photographic.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

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