Nikon F – Start of a Legacy


The Nikon F is a unique camera in that it not only became an iconic camera, it started a legacy. It began a line of SLR cameras that are still being sold today and where each of the F professional cameras has been an iconic camera in its own right.  The Nikon F, a camera that only needs one letter…

Fuji GS645S – Camera with a Roo Bar


Medium format in a small package, the Fuji GS645S Professional gives that to you in spades. Apart from some of the folding cameras, this is one of the smaller cameras I have come across which shoots 120 roll film. I really enjoy cameras where they have been designed in a thoughtful way to achieve a specific outcome and again this…

Kodak Retinette 1B Type 037 – Fat Boy


Secondary lines for cameras in the past have created iconic cameras.  The Kodak Retinette series had the pedigree to achieve this, following up from the hugely popular and very well regarded Retina range.  The Retinettes were aimed more at the general camera users rather than the enthusiasts, but having been built with some very good and quality parts they are…

Olympus Pen EE-2 – An 11-year-old’s perspective


Half-frame cameras are an acquired taste.  For those that have that bend, the Olympus Pen series caters very well, from the more professional type SLRs through to the basic point and shoot cameras.  The Olympus Pen EE-2 falls squarely into the latter category. Between the portrait framing and massive grain when the picture is blown up, you need to be…

Pinhole 4×5 – Lower than low-tech


What is a box, with a small hole on one side and photo sensitive material on the other called?  A Pinhole camera!  It does not get any simpler than this.  There is usually no mechanism, yet alone any electronics.   Calculation of exposure is quite complex, but made easier in modern times with apps that can help calculate all elements, including…

Olympus Trip 35 – The holiday camera


The people’s camera, compact, easy to shoot, always ready, fun!  Enter the Olympus Trip 35.  The camera designed and sold for the masses to take with them on holidays and travel, thus the name Trip.  So popular that it sold for 20 years and well into the millions, which can even be seen today on the second hand market.  Further…

Fuji GSW690III Professional – The Texas Leica


There is a saying that “everything in Texas is bigger”.  So, let’s take the svelte Leica M camera, and visualise what it would look like if it came from Texas, but to add a twist, has the build from Japan.  We have just described the Fuji GSW690III Professional camera.  This is a camera capable of some amazing results, has an…

Icons of Sydney


Each city in the world has its own image and style defined by its people and landmarks.  Each city has specific icons, which help define it to the rest of the world.  As photographers, we sometimes concentrate so much on capturing something so different that we forget to capture the defining beauty of our city. In this project I am…

Tale of two festivals, with two different camera bags


Last weekend Sydney hosted two quite different festivals, The Festival of Chocolate and The Festival of the Wind.  Both with a tonne of photographic opportunities, but to my mind requiring very different approaches.  I attended both of these and thought it would be interesting to show what I chose to use and why.  I will be posting the photographs I…