Redscale Film – Reverse It!


The apocalypse will eventually come one day and when it is photographed it will be in redscale.  Why wouldn’t it be?  Artists would be aiming at a realistic look, and nothing does that better than urban decay in red. This article is also part of the Red October theme being posted this month, where I am shooting with Soviet cameras…

Kodak Retina IIa – Coat Pocket Rocket


The Kodak Retina is a camera that holds a certain amount of mystique.  It was made by a company that by the 1930s was more focussed on manufacturing film and generally created cameras to support that and the multiple formats they were introducing.  Kodak never seemed to aim for or achieve anything above a second tier camera manufacturer, but the…

Minolta 110 Zoom SLR – The flat wonder


To try out 110 film there are only a few higher quality options, with the Minolta 110 Zoom SLR being one of them.  This is very distinctive looking camera, possibly designed to resemble an original Cylon Raider!  What it does show is that Minolta, in their heyday, was very progressive and not afraid to try new ideas. 110 film is…

Nikon Lite.Touch 140 Zoom ED AF

Nikon Lite.Touch 140 Zoom – A little bit of luxury


Everyone loves a little bit of luxury.  The finer things in life.  Not that surprising we then have a camera with gold trimmings like the Nikon Lite.Touch 140 Zoom ED AF.  A camera that gives the feeling you are using something with leather seats and a top class gold finish.  That is if you ignore the fact the camera body…

Combinations – Fuji GSW690iii and Kodak Ektar


Fish and Chips.  Kermit and Miss Piggy.  Cheese and crackers.  All classic combinations.  Just like these, photography has its great combinations.  A camera with a particular lens, a camera with a specific emulsion, an emulsion with certain development and so on.  Welcome to a new series.  Rather than a review of photographic equipment or emulsions, this series will concentrate on…

Jupiter 8 – A giant amongst the stars


Sonnar at a budget price.  Those are the thoughts when purchasing a Jupiter 8 lens.  A lens design which has become quite a “must have” for a photographer, but can be out of reach in many cases.  This is where the wonderful Jupiter 8 (ЮПИТЕР-8) comes in, with a very useable L39 Leica Thread Mount or Contax bayonet mount, both…

Werra 2 – Oh Carl, Werra art thou?


Beautiful.  Clean Lines. Minimalist.  These are all words uttered about the Carl Zeiss Werra cameras. Cameras with a top plate that only house a shutter release and an exposure value display, sitting within a smooth metal finish that would have made Steve Jobs proud.  Only, the Werra 2 covered in this review was produced decades before Apple computers, yet alone the iPhone…

Polaroid Spectra – Almost Instant


Square instant photography too limiting? Want a camera that fits nicely on The Love Boat set? You have a preference for the Polaroid integral instant film?  There is one camera that fits this bill, it is the Polaroid Spectra! The Spectra uses the same film formula as the Polaroid 600 cameras but is in a wider format rather than the…

Zorki 4 – Attempted equaliser


Very often it is considered a form of flattery to be copied.  It means you have achieved something causing envy amongst others and they would like to also have it, but not necessarily have the means to get it.  That is the case with Leica cameras.  Whilst not everyone covets them, there is many people that do. This spurred on a…