Nikkormat, Brutish & Beautiful

If you happen across an old Nikkormat in a junk shop etc, you might wonder, what the hell is this?! It doesn’t SAY Nikon but it has a Nikkor lens and the name plate reads “Nikkormat,” or “Nikomat.”  Is this some sort of cheap Nikon knock-off?  But it’s weighty and machining is quite handsome.  What […]

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Yashica A, In Use

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my new-to-me, super cheapie antique-store-find Yashica A.  Last week, I burned my first 5 rolls of Kodak Tri-X in it as a test drive and man, what a test drive it was! Every year, my wife hosts a Fall Family Photo session on our friends’ beautifully rustic property in […]

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Discovering the Yashica A

The Yashica A is like the VW Beetle or Converse All-Stars of the Twin Lens Reflex world. But like these cheap, low tech and timeless cars and shoes, the Yashica A is simple, fun and effective. A few days ago, my charming wife and I found ourselves with the day off work and nothing pressing […]

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Defending the Nikon FM10

The Nikon FM10 is a camera that experienced/knowledgeable film photographers take pride in dismissing. The chorus is common: “It’s all plastic!”  “It’s not even made by Nikon!” But look, what the vocal opponents don’t seem to get is that the Nikon FM10 is actually a highly evolved, practical camera, capable of terrific photos.  And it represents […]

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Behold, the Konica III

It’s been a few weeks since I retrieved my Konica III from BP-ES where it’s sticky shutter was repaired and rangefinder calibrated.  I’m carrying the III with me daily, slowly working my way through a few rolls of Tri-X as I come across interesting scenes in my life. I have only owned one other Konica […]

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