These days distance is the name of the game, but what lens can you slap on your camera, well we at CCR have come up with four options that will help you go long! Today we’re talking about telephoto lenses from the short to the long and even a couple of macro lenses thrown in for good measure! Nikon AI Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 You can’t go wrong with a classic, and the iconic Nikkor 105/2.5 is a favourite for everyone around the table. But for Bill, his choice of for the version of the 105/2.5 is the AI variant. While the original version of theRead More →

It’s always fun to riff off a camera after shooting with it for the first time while we’ve done this theme before we’re now on our third part of the challenge. But this time we’re adding another twist. This time the camera provider has also loaded the camera up with a specific film stock with the only thing being known to the shooter is the film speed! Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 521 The camera that Bill drew on the Challenge is Alex’s Ikonta 521 a folding medium format viewfinder camera from 1951. Despite being a compact camera with an excellent lens, Bill found the thing aRead More →

In a continuation from the last episode, Bill and James are again joined by Marwan from SilverGrain Classics. In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about the cameras that disrupted Leica’s little kingdom of Rangefinders, the SLR. And the fact that despite not wanting anything to do with them, Lecia would be forced kicking and screaming into the SLR market with mixed results. While Leica sat tall among camera manufactures when it came to rangefinders, the fact of the matter was that by the 1960s the SLR had been gaining traction among photographers both professionals and amateurs. While Leica had the capacity to built high-quality cameras,Read 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 →

If there’s one thing that is certain in the day of interconnectivity and social media, film photographers tend to find each other and today Bill sits down with one of those connections, Aly from the Blog and YouTube Channel, Aly’s Vintage Camera Alley. Bill and Aly talk on the subject of camera collecting, film photography, and more! Website: alysvintagecameraalley.com YouTube: Aly’s Vintage Camera Alley Instagram: www.instagram.com/alysvintagecameraalley Facebook: www.facebook.com/alysvintagecameraalley Want a subscription to SilverGrain Classics and are a fan of Classic Camera Revival? Visit their shop online and buy a magazine or a subscription? Looking for a good spot to get your gear and material fixRead More →

Another episode of our isolation series continues, in part 3 James sits down with Neil Piper of the Soot & Whitewash Photography Podcast for an in-depth discussion on his photography journey.  The pair discuss Neil’s perspective on art and photography and Project Box Camera.  Not focused on any camera(s) in particular, this episode is truly out of the box! Photography is a personal journey and is unique to each of us both as humans and photographers, in this episode we take a glimpse at one really cool photographers journey.  Whether you’re professional or just starting to explore the world of photography and film it’s alwaysRead More →

After our recent shelf queen episode (in which John spoke about his non-functioning Stereo Realist), John heard from listener Howard M. Sandler, who it turns out is quite the expert on Stereo Photography! We thought a deep dive into Stereo would be in order, and John was very happy to have Howard as a guest for this Stereo excursion. Below is an example of Howard’s stereo work. Howard was also kind enough to provide a treasure trove of links on the topic (listed below), so dive in! Howard’s stereo photos (mostly film, but not exclusively. Almost all presented in parallel viewing format) https://www.flickr.com/photos/hsandler/albums/72157674884839827 One ofRead More →

Bill, Alex, and Alex dig into Rollei’s other iconic camera, the small form factor Rollei 35, a small 35mm full-frame before they were popular. The trio discusses the camera’s history, the good, the bad and everything in between. When it comes to cameras produced by Franke & Heidecke, the first format that comes to almost everyone’s mind is the Twin Lens Reflex. But these aren’t the only iconic camera produced by one of the big names in the German camera business. The story of the company’s other iconic camera doesn’t begin with them; it instead starts in a living room. The living room belonged toRead More →

Before there was film, there were plates. But the wet plate was not exactly the easiest method of taking pictures, so the dry plate was introduced. It was the first method of photography where the medium could be shot and then processed later. In fact, the dry plate was what propelled George Eastman into the public eye. And while dry plates haven’t been seen in decades, several folks have taken it upon themselves to produce a new form of dry plate and today we have one of those people, Jason Lane. On today’s episode, we have none other than Jason Lane and enter a territoryRead More →

Sometimes a camera breaks and we can’t get it fixed, but we don’t want to get rid of it either, so they just sit on our shelves looking pretty or in pieces. The gang also talks about getting your camera repaired. Rest In Pieces Those cameras that just sit on the shelf because we either can’t get them repaired, they’re too far gone, and we just can’t get rid of them. David White Co. Stereo Realist For John, now in glorious 3D, the Stereo Realist represented a unique piece of photographic history. The idea of 3D photography wasn’t new when the Stereo Realist saw initialRead More →