No matter how you describe him, Merlin is a film photographer that gets around, he is in touch with all different aspects of the community as a whole, kind of like Kevin Bacon and today he’s joining Bill, James, and Chrissie on today’s episode! While he doesn’t describe himself as a photographer, he feels more like an archivist, he loves using film to archive the people and places that are important to him. While traditional film is a medium he uses, his film of choice is instant and it is the community that he feels the most connected to, especially the Instant Film Society. MerlinRead More →

When it comes to cameras there are many who are fans of the red dot but we’re not talking about older Kodak cameras, rather those gems from Germany, the Leicas. Today’s episode covers the famous and super expensive M-Series of Rangefinders. Joining Bill and James on today’s episode is Marwan from SilverGrain Classics. The history of Leica extends well back from the introduction of the M rangefinders. If you have a Leica you’ll know that the company has always had an eye for quality and a certain high-standard. The original Leica cameras designed by Oscar Barnack had their days in the inter-war years and theRead 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 →

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 →

Cameras Featured on Today’s Episode Agfa Ventura Deluxe – The Agfa Ventura Deluxe is a camera by many names, and while the copy that Alex has produces images closer to that of a toy camera, that is mostly due to age, rather than design. But hey, you can probably get one for a lower price than a Holga these days. Make: Agfa Camera Works Model: Ventura Deluxe. Also Known As: Ventura 66 or Isolette II Type: Point & Shoot Format: 120, 6×6 Lens: Fixed, Agfa Apotar 1:4,5 f=8,5cm Year of Manufacture: 1952-1955 Agfa Ventura Deluxe – Agfa Apotar 1:4,5 f=8,5cm – Kodak Tri-X 400 @Read More →

We recently posted a link to our Facebook page about the top twenty-two vintage cameras to buy and it generated a lot of discussion about the article. And while we agreed (mostly) on the cameras on the list we felt that there were some better choices for vintage gear that you should buy. So this month we’re giving you the Classic Camera Revival Top Twenty Vintage Cameras to buy! In no particular order… Nikon F2 – This mechanical beauty won’t let you down whatever model you pickup! Pentax 645 – Simple, Easy, Great way to get into Medium Format without breaking the bank Nikon FMRead More →

In the convoluted times that was the Second World War the American photographic industry saw some interesting changes in Up-State New York, specifically in the city of Binghamton. So Alex took a trek down to Rochester, NY to speak to photographer Andrew Hiltz who has done extensive research into Ansco, Agfa, GAF, and the Third Reich. A short summary, Ansco was founded in 1842 as E. Anthony & Co, by 1901 the family has picked up the camera business of Scovill Manufacturing, becoming Anthony & Scovill, this would be combined to become Ansco before 1905. By 1928 the company has merged with German camera giantRead More →