You can’t discuss the history of the SLR without discussing the Pentax Spotmatic. And while the Spotmatic is no stranger to us here on Classic Camera Revival, we’ve been asked many times to look deeply into the camera, the system, and of course, the lenses. Today we have our two amazing Spotmatic Experts, Bill and Mike taking a deep look into the iconic camera and lenses. Camera Specs Make: Model: Pentax Spotmatic SP, SL, SPII, SP2a, F, ES, ESII Type: Single Lens Reflex Format: 135 (35mm), 24x36mm Lens: Interchangeable, Praktica Mount (M42) Years Manufactured: 1964-76 The Pentax Spotmatic cannot be held up as the originalRead More →

We’re back on a large format kick just in time for spring to arrive here in Southern Ontario! So today, Large Format Strikes Back! Linhof Master Technika V When it comes to precision in large format you don’t get any better than a monorail camera, but what if you could get that same level in a more compact form. Enter the Linhof Technika line of cameras. These are a hybrid of the power of movement you get with a monorail camera in a package similar to a Press Camera. You get every movement in both your front and rear standards and not just any movement,Read More →

If there’s one camera that resonates with most of the folks on our recording team it is the Nikon F2. Nikon’s brilliant follow up to the original Nikon F, work began a decade after the release of the F to improve and resolve all the issues that were raised by users of the F. Beginning in 1968 engineers began to work on resolving all the mechanical and interface issues with the F, calling their prototype the A. Oddly enough many thought the new camera would be the Nikon G, but when it first was released it became the F2. Like the Nikon F, the F2Read More →

When it comes to the 35mm format in photography, one lens comes standard on almost every camera, the 50mm. We were inspired to cover our favourite 50mm lenses after reading through an article published by The Atlantic, which got passed around the gang and various Facebook Groups. The simple matter is that the 50mm is considered normal, what our human eyes see every day. So for our 50th show, we cover those beautiful 50mm lenses that we all know and love! Canon Lens FD 50mm 1:1.4 S.S.C When it comes to Canon 50mm lenses one of the most sought after is the 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C.Read More →

A mysterious force burst onto the film photography scene several years back in the form of a website named Emuslive. Today the site hosts articles, conducts online film parties, the original being the FP4Party which grew into the TMax Party, Summer Film Party, Delta Def Jam, and most recently the Portra Party. Several of the gang here at Classic Camera Revival has been featured on the Emulsive Website, so it was only fair we get in touch and interview the man himself, known only by a code name of EM. It was an early morning, but John and Bill sat down and chatted with theRead More →

The North American film photography community can probably thank Mike Bitaxi for the introduction of Polypan F. And to make things more interesting, the film is not intended for pictorial work. Instead, Polypan F is a motion picture copy film. As such the film is a blue-sensitive orthochromatic film, but looking at it, you can hardly tell. But if there is one thing the film is known for it’s the GLOW, thanks to the lack of an anti-halation layer on the film. Sadly the film was discontinued, but there’s still plenty of bulk rolls floating around. Undoubtedly worthwhile trying if you come across it. IRead More →

We all know the Christmas season can be tough on the bank account and the credit card statement. And shooting film, processing film, and getting equipment can be hard and hard on the bank account and credit card statement. But we want to show off that you don’t need to get the expensive equipment to get good results from your photography. So to kick off season five, we’re going to show you some cameras and some film that give you the most bang, for your buck. Fujica ST605 A recent camera that came across Alex’s Desk, the ST605 is certainly a camera that matches theRead More →

One thing that I feel that certainly helps any group is spending time together outside of the normal grind of the project you work together on. And for that, it’s the Classic Camera Revival podcast. I first started this idea last year as an end of year way to just get together have fun and do some talk about the next season for the podcast. This year our numbers were reduced due to illness and a broken ankle, but even with just the three of us good times were had in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton and I have a long history, having a grandparent whoRead 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 →

Well, I’ve made it through another year, filled with a lot of technical content in the blog. One goal I have for the new year is to balance the technical content with the historical and general photographic content. So what do I have planned for the new year? Well dear followers and reader, please continue! You will also not a subtle change in some of the blog entries. Now when Classic Camera Revival is mentioned it will be only concerning the Podcast, the Camera and Film Review blogs will no longer include the CCR name, starting with Film Review Blog No. 28 and Camera ReviewRead More →