A short episode today to introduce our fifth season and what a season we have planned! First and our biggest news is that we’re moving up our episode count, and going for two episodes a month. Our regularly numbered episodes will continue to keep the standard round table format and will continue to be released on the last Friday of each month. However, the second episode will be released closer to the middle of the month and feature either a Deep Dive into a singular camera model digging into its history, design, variants, and everything about it. The second type of the second episode willRead More →

We have a little bit of Saturday Night Fever here at the Classic Camera Revival and we just cannot get enough of those disco-era cameras from the 1970s. Turn up the Beegee’s, and get on your best bell bottoms, ’cause gimmie, gimmie, gimmie a cam before midnight! Camera’s featured on Today’s Show Minolta XE-7 – Back in the 1970s, Leica and Minolta joined forces and produced several ‘cousin’ cameras, the first being the Minolta CLE/Leica CL. But the second camera to come out of the Alliance was the Minolta XE-7, cousins with the Leica R3. And while at forty-yards the two may look alike, whenRead More →

Digital’s rise to fame in the early 2000s did not mean the end of the film camera, in fact, there are several film cameras that we love here at CCR that were produced during and beyond the year 2000! Cameras Featured in Today’s Show Cosina Voigtländer Bessa R2m – For John the smaller, the lighter, the better when it comes to cameras these days. And for him, his hands down favourite rangefinder in 35mm is the Bessa R2m, while officially Cosina built, the Bessa R2m offers up the Leica M-Mount without paying the price of a Leica camera. But don’t let that stop you, theRead More →

This won’t be the first time the gang has talked about lenses, but just like there’s a wide range of cameras out there, classic lenses seem to be having a resurgence especially with the adaptability of mirrorless cameras. But we prefer to use our classic lenses on our classic cameras! So what lenses will we be discussing today? Nikkor 105 f/2.5 – If there’s an iconic Nikon lens, it’s the short telephoto, almost perfect portrait lens, the Nikkor 105mm f/2.5. It has come in every variant of manual focus Nikon, from the original Nikkor-P through AI and AI-S. Legendary NatGeo photographer Steve McCurry used itRead More →

There’s no denying when you get a group of photographers together for a long period to time there’s bound to be some cross-person camera exchanges. Well that’s what we’re talking about because there’s been a fair amount of exchanges of gear between our hosts even in the short four years we’ve been operating. Nikon F5 – The Nikon F5 is no stranger to the CCR, we talked about it back when we did our brilliant Nikon F-Series where we first were joined by Bill Smith. But today, it’s John Meadows who recently acquired the F5 off of James Lee (who upgraded to the F6). AsRead More →

There’s no doubt about it, the 80s was a loud decade. Loud Hair, Loud Colours, Loud TV, and Louder Music. And then there are the cameras, the 1980s marked a radical shift in camera technology. You had the advent of consumer autofocus (which was noisy), the introduction of compact point-and-shoots, and the matrix metering systems. And we’re not saying the cameras we have today are loud, but they certainly speak volumes. Cameras featured on today’s show… Minolta XG-M The XG-M would become the more desirable of all the cameras in the XG-M series as it has full manual controls. It’s small, light-weight, and has aRead More →

Some media focuses on the camera, others show cameras just in the background, but between the seven of us we have a lot of cameras many of which have been featured on the big and small screen, so for July, it’s our own summer blockbuster! Kodak Retina – Four Weddings and A Funeral One of the best little rangefinders to come out of Kodak German plant, the Retina series is one that holds a special place in any photographer who owns one. Though people with large hands have some trouble with the tiny controls of the camera and it seems odd that such an olderRead More →

Regular Maintenance – Keeping your Camera in Fighting Shape Ever since Ontario lost Roger, the former owner/operator and general all-around genius with most camera systems, getting your camera maintained has been a hit-and-miss operation. But there are plenty of options that you can do yourself! And to bring us up on how he handles his used cameras is James Lee. One of the best tools he uses is the Mr Clean Magic Erasers to help clean up scuffs, marks, oils, and generally ground in dirt. Lysol Wipes are okay, but a little too damp, however, you would be better off using Electronics Cleaner or isopropylRead More →

In all cases, it’s all about picking the right gear for the job, so this episode the gang talks about the cameras they use when they’re in specific situations from street photography to travel, sports to portrait work. It’s all about picking the right poison for the job. Portraiture – James is an amazing portrait photographer who has done hundreds of wedding and even taught on the subject. And while he does shoot plenty of digital images when out doing portrait work he uses a few film cameras. The iconic Hasselblad 503 and more importantly the Carl Zeiss Sonar 150mm f/4 lens and the otherRead More →

One of the oldest lens mounting technologies is surprisingly simple, a thread. Leica would be the first with the Leica Thread Mount or M39 as it became known in the 1930s with the Leica I (C), in the 1940s Zeiss Ikon would put forward a much larger diameter thread mount, known as the M42. The camera would be the Contax S and marked the start of the modern SLR. Eventually, the M42 mount would take on additional names like Universal screw mount, Pentax screw mount, and Praktica screw mount. In this episode, the gang takes on some of their favourite screw mount cameras. Cameras FeaturedRead More →