Continuing with our love of chemistry in part two we dig into some of the older and stranger developers. While many of these are speciality they are rather common in our own chemistry cabinets and they include the likes of the alphabet soup that is HC-110, the oldest commercial developer Rodinal, and the rather toxic Pyrocat-HD. Kodak HC-110 Kodak’s HC-110 developer is a strange creature, released with little fanfare in 1962 with a small article in a photography magazine, the developer became an instant classic. It’s best known as the developer of choice for Ansel Adams. And while most Kodak Developers had the letter DRead More →

There’s a little category of cameras between manual focus and point-and-shoot. These cameras, often mistaken for Point-And-Shoot are Manual Focus, have little automation, and require you to guess the focus. We’re calling them Scale Focus Cameras and on today’s show, the CCR gang has a wide range of cameras from semi-automatic to toy. Voigtländer Bessa 66 Back when the Bessa name indicated some form of medium format folding camera, the Bessa 66 is often called the Baby Bessa. For John, this camera is special, produces amazing black & white images. The camera itself was a gift from John’s friend David Kent. He has a post-warRead More →

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 →

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 →

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 →